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?)
- 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
- 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.