Freddy Schilling – Die Hamburger Manufaktur.

Tribute to the German Burger Pioneer  

Who was Freddy?

Freddy („Alfred“ to his mom) Schilling was probably the first emancipated stay-at-home dad in the early seventies.

Living in the outskirts of Cologne, his life suddenly changed dramatically when he lost his accounting job at the local typesetter. His wife earned a good wage as a teacher, so they soon decided that Freddy should stay home and take care of house and kids. 

Becoming a stay-at-home dad certainly wasn’t the way he had imagined his future. By that time, all he dreamt about was the American way of life. He loved movies like Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and would have loved to own a Cadillac Fleetwood. That was why he made people call him Freddy. Everyone used to call him by his real name, Alfred, but he always introduced himself as Freddy.

The Birthday Party – or How Burgers Got into Freddy’s Life

With his son’s birthday fast approaching, Freddy found himself confronted with an almost insurmountable challenge: he had to organize the party all by himself! Driven by panic, an idea came to mind. He decided to organize a typically American burger party – French fries and everything. That couldn’t be too hard, could it? Stuff some meat, salad, cucumbers and tomatoes into a bun, squeeze some ketchup on top and voila! You have a burger.

So, he got to work calculating all ingredients he needed – euphorically, but still meticulously. He just couldn’t leave his life as an accountant behind. He ordered fresh buns from the local bakery, shopped for fresh salad and produce at the farmer’s market and asked the butcher from down the street for the best meat he could get. Freddy also put a lot of work into the fries, cutting each potato by hand until he had 150 grams of identical strips for each of his little guests.

The birthday party was a great success! Afterwards, not a week passed without Freddy having to serve up a plate of burgers and fries to his kids and their friends. 

Freddy Schilling – Die Hamburger Manufaktur in Cologne

Freddy’s passion for burgers helped him learn to love his role as a stay-at-home dad and to embrace his creativity. He even started to become creative, putting out a vast variety of burgers, each one better than the last. He started experimenting with homemade condiments, pickles, different cheeses and seasonal produce from the local farmer’s market.

If you knew Freddy, you’d know that he wrote down each and every recipe. These meticulous notes became the cornerstone of Freddy Schilling – Die Hamburger Manufaktur. And after all these years there are some things that never change: the fresh ingredients and the love for the details.

Our patties are made from Neuland beef, an association that cares as much for animal welfare as it does sustainable and environmentally friendly farming. Neuland concentrates on a social and quality-oriented rearing and upbringing of their beef, along with guaranteed transparency. If you want to know more, visit www.neuland-fleisch.de (only available in German)

Our fries are handmade from fresh potatoes every day. To achive maximum crunchyness, we finally found  the variety that is just right for our fries. We leave the peel on – not because we’re lazy, but because the skin gives the fries a great texture.

Our sauces are made 100% from scratch with only the best ingredients – influenced by Alfred Schilling’s original recipes. And if you can’t decide which you’ll like best with your fries, you can just order a sample platter with all of our sauces to try. And if there’s a sauce that you just can’t get enough of, you can buy it at the counter and take it home in a canning jar. 

Are you looking for vegetarian, vegan or gluten free burgers? That’s no problem at Freddy Schilling! You can order any of our burgers with a vegan patty made of beans, beets, mushrooms, chickpeas and onions in a crispy tempura coating. All our burgers also come with a gluten free bun option that is even safe for people with a gluten intolerance.* Just let us know when your order!

*Since we process products containing gluten in our restaurants, there is always a small risk of traces of gluten in your burger.