Happy National Cheeseburger Day. Of course, this isn't a nationwide holiday anywhere in the world (some may wish), but it's a time to indulge in and celebrate one of the most delicious American classics.
Picture this, if you will: a toasted bun, a hot and juicy ground beef patty, melted cheese and your favourite toppings. This may seem like heaven to many people, but now there’s a special day held every Sept. 18 called National Cheeseburger Day.
During the late 1920s, adding cheese to a burger was becoming quite popular. The creation has been accredited to Lionel Sternberger, who claims he came up with the invention when he was a 16-year-old fry cook at his father’s “The Rite Spot” sandwich shop in Pasadena, California. Sternberger said he “experimentally dropped a slab of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger.”
Although many restaurants take credit for coming up with the cheeseburger and dispute Sternberger’s claim, the cheeseburger is truly one of the most popular items in the world and can be found in most dining establishments.
Celebrations are being held by restaurants, websites and other companies all over the country Tuesday.
MyBeefCheckoff.com is promoting its many cheeseburger recipes, including the garlic herb cheeseburger, the caprese polenta burger and even the cheeseburger mac. It is also offering entertainment tips for those who are holding a cheeseburger-themed party for this special occasion.
VillageVoice.com has published an article that lists several New York restaurants that have promotions for National Cheeseburger Day. Neely's Barbecue Parlor on the Upper East Side will introduce the $10 Blue Ribbon Burger and Beer Special for the day, while A.G. Kitchen in Upper West Side is serving its A.G. Double (two beef patties, American cheese, crispy bacon, barbecue onions and others) for $9.18.
Foursquare, Kraft Foods and Five Guys Burgers and Fries have teamed up for charity. For each Foursquare check-in at the Five Guys restaurant, Kraft will donate a meal from the restaurant to Feeding America.
Will you be taking a bite out of a cheeseburger today? Share your recipes in the comments section below.