It’s National Cheeseburger Day Again!
It’s time to celebrate! And what a celebration it will be! I mean, what is there to say about something as beautiful as this?
You could say “Hello, gorgeous!” It is, after all, a thing of beauty and simplicity….it’s our best friend the cheeseburger, and today is the day to honor it in all of its gooey glory…
It’s National Cheeseburger Day!
Yes, it’s National Cheeseburger Day! Didn’t know that? Well, I am here to set you straight!
I have a lot of great cheeseburger trivia to share, but first, here is what wikipedia says about the cheeseburger:
“A cheeseburger is a hamburger with cheese.”
Well OK then! Talk about getting right to the point…
Here are some more substantial facts to share, including the origin of the cheeseburger:
There are several theories about the origins of the cheeseburger. One story claims that the cheeseburger was created between 1924 and 1926 by a chef named Lionel Sternberger. As the story goes, a homeless man dining at Sternberger’s restaurant in Pasadena, California, suggested the addition of a slice of cheese to his hamburger order. Sternberger complied, eventually added it to his menu, and the rest is history.
There is no confirmation that a “homeless man” made the suggestion to young Lionel or not, but the story seems to be accepted as fact – Wikipedia weighs in with this theory: “Adding cheese to hamburgers became popular in the late-1920s to mid-1930s, and there are several competing claims as to who created the first cheeseburger. Lionel Sternberger is reputed to have invented the cheeseburger in 1926 at the age of 16 when he was working as a fry cook at his father’s Pasadena, California sandwich shop, “The Rite Spot,” and “experimentally dropped a slab of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger.”
I searched quite a bit and Lionel Sternberger and the Pasadena story seems to be considered the accurate birth of the cheeseburger…
I looked for the original of National Cheeseburger Day, and found this:
“Origin of National Cheeseburger Day: We found no factual information about this special day. There was some reference to the American Dairy Association sponsoring this day. We have yet to find substantial evidence to confirm this. We did not find any documentation confirming this to be a “National” day. We found no congressional records or presidential proclamation.”
So it’s a day that just magically appeared…all the more reason to celebrate it!
One last interesting fact: Louis Ballast of Denver, Colorado filed a trademark for the name ‘cheeseburger’ in 1936. He never enforced it though – can you imagine if you owned the named for a cheeseburger?
Here are a few fun quotes about our best friend, the cheeseburger:
Life is too short to miss out on the beautiful things like a double cheeseburger.
I eat a cheeseburger with French fries almost every day.
This “ice cream” cheeseburger is a perfect lead in to Bobby Flay:
I can’t be on the cheeseburger diet all the time.
Montreal’s Burger Bash!
Montreal got a jump on celebrating the cheeseburger by launching an inaugural Burger Week celebration and competition last week, and thanks to the website BurgerBusiness, here is a look at some of the masterpieces that wowed the hungry crowd!
Thirty-one Montreal restaurants took part, which is great!
The winner was a burger-specialty restaurant, Burger Bar Crescent, which received 534 votes for its Hangover Burger, a 6-oz. beef patty topped with caramelized onions, bacon, American cheese, truffle oil, fried egg and a mini poutine (fries, cheese curds and gravy). That’s the winner (menu priced at $15) at right. It out-polled one burger topped with “pulled Appalachian deer.”
And here is one of the delicious-looking runners up!
Diablos Smoke House BBQ: The Sixth Deadly Sin Burger ($15)
Diablos did a great job creating a deep-fried burger bomb – It’s a beef patty topped with Provolone cheese, smoked bacon and smoked tomato ketchup; then the entire burger is deep-fried!
A Cheeseburger’s Best Friend!
We all love bacon on our cheeseburger – and I found this on reddit – with special thanks to the investigative reporter who ate their way through this bacon masterpiece – and since it includes cheese, it fits our post: let’s get started with glazed bacon sticks!
These pics highlight a bacon week celebration at a place they call “Plan B” in Milford…not sure where that is, but the pictures are amazing…here is what they call “Divine Swine aka The Drop Dead Burger!”
This is 100% Ground bacon burger topped with thick sliced chicken fried bacon, bacon aioli, bourbon bacon red onion jam, and a fried egg… it was suppose to be sandwiched between two grilled cheeses. BUT Instead this guy chose to have it served on A BED OF WOVEN BACON!
Talk about a fashion statement…
I have to keep reminding everyone that my birthday is just a few days after Christmas, and I CAN get cold at times…so the jacket on the right below is just what I need…although I’d probably take the pizza jacket as well…
I’m not worried if more than one or two or three of you decide to get this for me – I mean, can you ever have TOO many Cheeseburger jackets?
France Offers Up Cheeseburger Chips!
And let’s not forget how the rest of the world is helping out, as my friends Karen and Bruce found out in France – and they sent me this picture from France – of delicious looking Cheeseburger Chips!
So here’s to the innovative chefs around the world who are currently dreaming up the next cheeseburger masterpiece – and all of us amateurs who like to dream big as well!
Check out how other years celebrated by clicking here!