A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 12, 2018
“How was the hamburger murdered?"/"First it was ‘rolled,’ then smothered in onions.”

A hamburger riddle is:

Q: How was the hamburger murdered?
A: First it was “rolled,” then smothered in onions.


The joke was printed in the book 101 Hamburger Jokes: Meaty Jokes to be Devoured with Relish (1978).


Google Books
101 Hamburger Jokes:
Meaty Jokes to be Devoured with Relish

By Phil Hirsch
New York, NY: Scholastic, Incorporated
1978
Pg. 28:
How was the hamburger murdered?
First it was “rolled,” then smothered in onions.

29 April 1986, Philadelphia (PA) Daily News, “Share-a-Joke,” pg. 52, col. 2:
Question: How was the hamburger murdered!
Answer: First it was rolled, then it was smothered with onions.

Twitter
KristynBrittney
@KristynBrittney
How was the hamburger murdered? First it was ‘rolled,’ then smothered in onions
1:54 AM - 24 Oct 2009

Google Books
Sensible Nonsense.. Frank’s Comic Pack:
Humour Pack Series

By Frank Paul
BookBaby
2014
Pg. ?:
“How was the hamburger murdered? First it was ‘rolled,’ then smothered in onions”

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lorraine Jo King
@LahLahBean
#badjokethursday
How was the hamburger murdered?
First it was ‘rolled,’ then smothered in onions
1:29 AM - 12 Jul 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, July 12, 2018 • Permalink