September 18th, 2012
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

September 18 is National Cheeseburger Day.

Ah the cheeseburger. It's as American as, well, American cheese. But that’s as far as the patty’s origin gets narrowed down. Various eating establishments (mostly in California) claim to have invented the cheeseburger. The Pasadena Sun did due diligence in investigating the burger’s background and while it heavily leans toward one over the other, it’s left undecided.

Top 10 cheeseburgers around the country

The front runner for the American classic is “The Rite Spot” in Pasadena, California. Legend has it, one of the cooks there, Lionel Clark Stenberger, slapped a piece of cheese on his burger and the rest was history. The year was around 1924, but could have been more like 1927. Backing up this assertion, the other main family laying claim to cheeseburger’s fame reportedly worked at the Rite Spot before going out on their own.

(Above, see some of the best burgers in Pasadena)

More on the great cheeseburger controversy and a bit of hamburger history

Whatever the history, the cheeseburger has cemented its place at the American table. Chefs across the country have jumped on the meat wagon, coming up with ideas like Kobe, lobster and brie burgers, or burgers laden with Swiss cheese foam, seared foie gras and Coca-Cola ketchup.

More outrageous burgers from around the country, plus our readers' favorite burgers

Sound a tad fancy? We've got some advice for cooking up amazing burgers at home, from backyard basic to late-night lunacy

– Advice from a backyard expert: Best. Burgers. Ever.
– The secrets behind America's Best Cheeseburger (according to Food Network)
– Step-by-step guide: Making the World's Best Bacon Cheeseburger (according to the London Observer)
– Killer cheddar sliders from our battling spouses

Here's what to drink with that cheeseburger (and a few extra suggestions for Chardonnay fans)

Video via KQDS

We originally ran this post in 2012, but dude - cheeseburgers!

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soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. Mary Thomas

    Excellent post. I absolutely appreciate this site. Stick with it!

    June 21, 2014 at 11:39 pm |
  2. Personal Fitness Coach

    A 1 ton burger Nice! 1 Billion calories. What a waste, Now you know why the world hates us, there’s people starving and we are making
    1 ton burgers. What a group of idiots, he’s probably so proud.

    January 29, 2014 at 5:06 pm |
  3. JoeD

    Cheezboogah... cheezboogah !
    Chips... no fries.

    September 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
  4. LOLCats

    I can has cheezburger?

    September 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • keith

      lol. I put away the tilapia I was going to have in honor of national cheeseburger day. Honor thy cheeseburger.

      September 18, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
  5. ohioan

    Well, that was dinner last night (homemade). My husband is cooking tonight, I'll find out what's for dinner when I walk in the door.

    September 18, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
  6. frostingfanatic

    Mmmm, thanks for the comprehensive cheeseburger coverage. I reviewed the wine recommendations. It's nice to have alternatives to beer.

    September 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
  7. Chris

    Check out the best burger in Miami Beach!

    September 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
  8. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    YAY! Guess I'm going to Milwaukee Burger Co tonight!

    September 18, 2013 at 9:07 am |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      September 18, 2013 at 9:07 am |
  9. m&k

    cool i am hugery give me one!! ;)

    September 19, 2012 at 11:48 am |
  10. m&k


    September 19, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  11. Frank

    Nothing like a great burger. Make ones like the restaurants do,

    September 19, 2012 at 8:38 am |
  12. Jess
    FDA urged to ban feeding of chicken feces to cattle
    Food and consumer groups say the practice increases the risk of cattle becoming infected with mad cow disease. A beef industry trade group say a ban isn't needed.
    October 31, 2009|Jerry Hirsch

    A fight is brewing over the practice of feeding chicken feces and other poultry farm waste to cattle.

    A coalition of food and consumer groups that includes Consumers Union and the Center for Science in the Public Interest has asked the Food and Drug Administration to ban the practice. McDonald's Corp., the nation's largest restaurant user of beef, also wants the FDA to prohibit the feeding of so-called poultry litter to cattle.

    Members of the coalition are threatening to file a lawsuit or to push for federal legislation establishing such a ban if the FDA doesn't act to do so in the coming months.

    Farmers feed 1 million to 2 million tons of poultry litter to their cattle annually, according to FDA estimates.

    September 18, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • kit graham

      You are such a Buzz-Kill

      September 18, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
  13. cowstastegood

    The Beach Boy Favorite at Hut's in Austin. Monterrey Jack, grilled bell pepper and pineapple with mayo.

    September 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  14. Tom

    Just in time for homegrown tomatoes!

    September 18, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Homegrown is always best

      September 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
  15. Moi

    If we, the American people can celebrate National Cheeseburger Day, lettuce not concern ourselves with the national obesity rate!

    September 18, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  16. Kneehall

    Oh yeah...hitting up some In-n-Out for lunch near LAX and then a Simzy's Burger for dinner at Simzy's in Manhattan Beach!!!

    September 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • wimpy

      buy me a cheesburger today and i'll gladly pay you thursday

      September 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  17. Jeann

    National Cheeseburger Day?

    American tastes are so undeveloped.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • Kneehall

      Uhhhh...oh know this is for fun right? It's o.k. to enjoy a burger you know. Do you tell an Irish man that he has no taste cuz he likes a Reuben sandwhich?? Of an Italian cuz he wants a meatball sub?? Or a Frenchman that he has no class because of his French Dip Sandwich?? Geez!!!

      September 18, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  18. Thor

    Cheesburger topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, bacon, avocado, pineapple... served with a Mai Tai at Cheesbrugers' in Paradise in Key West is the way to go. Dag! Those prices at Louis'lunch are outrageously high! Two freaking dollars for a bag of potato chips? Are you kidding?

    September 18, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  19. wyobob

    Used to love hamburger henrys in long beach.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  20. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Here is the undisputed truth about the history of the burger! Eat and enjoy!

    September 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • RC

      How many times do we have to say.........oh, never mind.

      September 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
  21. organically

    I think today is also national obesity day... oh wait, that's every day.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  22. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    I find it ironic that the link for this article is right next to the link for obesity related health problems. On that note – gimme a Double-Double, and a chocolate shake, please.

    September 18, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • Ed G.

      Would you like Animal Fries with that?

      September 18, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
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