National Cheeseburger Day
Have faith America. National Cheeseburger Day falls on September 18. That means there’s a free (or at least discounted) cheeseburger waiting for you somewhere in this great nation. (See below.) Prepare to enjoy an American food icon — a cheeseburger oozing warm cheesy deliciousness on top of a moist, juicy patty (or two.) No matter how refined your palate might be, a good, old-fashioned cheeseburger seems to satisfy! Especially on September 18.
Here you’ll find money-saving deals, plus a hand-curated list of chefs, food writers, and bloggers contributing their most creative National Cheeseburger Day recipe ideas. Hint: Think donuts!
HISTORY OF NATIONAL CHEESEBURGER DAY
We have Lionel Sternberger to thank for his invention of gastronomic genius. Sternberger? Well, he certainly had the perfect name for the job.
Anyway, Lionel was 16 years old in 1926, flipping burgers inside his dad’s sandwich shop, the “Rite Spot,” in Pasadena, California. But, here’s where things get interesting. Consistent with most how-it-got-started stories, there are two versions. In one, Lionel, out of curiosity, added a piece of American cheese onto a hamburger frying on the griddle. In version two, a homeless passerby saw Lionel working on those burgers and suggested adding cheese. Either way, the rest is mouth-watering, delicious history.
Whether you grill your own burgers today or caravan with your crew to everybody’s favorite burger joint, go hog-wild crazy eating as many toasted, drippingly-good cheeseburgers as your tummy can hold. So, thanks, Lionel — we wouldn’t be eating cheeseburgers without you!
NATIONAL CHEESEBURGER DAY ACTIVITIES
1.Build your most outrageous cheeseburger
Today is the day you build the craziest, meltiest, and most out-of-this-world cheeseburger! Take your time selecting only the best and freshest ingredients. This applies whether your cheeseburger is made from lamb, beef, chicken, pork, turkey, or tofu. When you’re done barbecuing, flipping, grilling, and frying, that cheeseburger will be so. dang. good.
2.Give cheeseburgers to the ones you love
Cheeseburgers taste good when you’re alone but they can take so much better among friends. Plus, nobody’s mad when they’re eating a big, juicy cheeseburger. Enemies become friends and friends just love you more for inviting them to the feast. Are cheeseburgers bringing world peace? It can happen.
3.Get thee to a fast food chain
What’s your favorite cheeseburger place? In-N-Out? Whataburger? Or maybe the old standbys, like McDonalds and Burger King are tailor-made just for you. Whatever. The task on National Cheeseburger Day is to enjoy a finely-crafted cheeseburger or double-double and feel oh-so-good (and full) for the rest of the day!
WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL CHEESEBURGER DAY
A. Cheeseburger donuts?
National Cheeseburger Day creates an excuse to be a glutton for just one glorious day because there are so many different kinds of cheeseburgers from which to choose. You can have one, two, or three patties topped with your favorite cheese like American, Monterey Jack, feta, or even brie. Pile on some bacon, slivers of mushroom, or a fried egg. There’s even a cheeseburger squeezed in between two doughnuts instead of buns (see above)!
B. We all love ’em
Americans eat an average of six hamburgers per day according to a report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO.) Throw some cheese on those burgers and the figure is probably a whole lot higher!
C. Cheeseburgers are quick and easy
Work at your desk? Chow down on a cheeseburger. Driving somewhere? Stop for a cheeseburger. That’s why we love em’. When you get that undeniable craving for something hearty but really good to eat — the cheeseburger always hits the spot because it’s quick, easy, and sloppy fun!
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