September 18 – National Cheeseburger Day

September 18 marks National Cheeseburger Day – America’s favorite cheesy sandwich. There are many speculations of how the burger was created. One claim is from Lionel Sternberger who invented the tasty sandwich in 1926 by dropping a slice of cheese onto a warm patty. Other claims involve the appearance of cheeseburgers on O’Dell’s menu in Los Angeles for 25 cents in 1928; Denver’s Humpty Dumpty Drive-In claims Louis Ballast was awarded the cheeseburger name trademark in 1935 and Steak n’ Shake’s founder, Gus Belt applied for a trademark on the word in the 1930s.

While its history is unclear, meat-ing this cheesy dish proved to be the bun we were looking for. Celebrate today and grab a cheeseburger from your favorite restaurant – or invite some friends over and make your own.

Lettuce challenge you to a more complicated cheeseburger recipe (that includes bacon because why not?)

Ingredients:

  • Ground Beef – 3 pounds
  • Heavy cream – a third of a cup
  • Hot sauce – a few drops
  • Worcestershire sauce – a few drops
  • Salt and Pepper to taste – one teaspoon
  • Kaiser rolls
  • Butter – for rolls and 2 teaspoons for frying
  • Cheddar – six slices
  • Halved cooked bacon – 6 slices
Method:

  • Add the beef, sauces, spices, and cream to a mixing bowl and mix with clean hands. Set aside.
  • Slice the rolls and spread some butter onto each. Placing the rolls face-down on a skillet, lightly grill them until lightly golden. Leave to cool.
  • Add butter to the skillet and after shaping the beef mixture into six patties, place them in the skillet. Cook for four minutes before flipping. Add a slice of cheddar on top and leave until cooked through.
  • Place the cheese patties on the rolls with two pieces of bacon. Enjoy.

Some Cheesy Facts:

  • 777 pounds is the weight of the world’s second largest cheeseburger made in 2011 in California by Juicy’s. It had 50 pounds of cheese and was about 1.3 million calories.
  • The biggest cheeseburger weighed a ton and was made in 2012 in Minnesota.
  • There is a song called “Cheeseburger in Paradise” about Jimmy Buffett craving a cheeseburger whilst on a boat trip but having nothing but canned food and peanut butter available.
  • The oldest burger chain is White Castle in America, created in 1921.
  • Americans eat roughly 3 burgers a week – working out to 50 billion burgers a year.
  • The state with the most amount of burger restaurants is California with 6, 104. Texas is the runner-up with 5, 553.
  • MacDonald’s controls 35% of the burger sales and is the largest burger chain.

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