Next National Cheeseburger DayMonday, 18 September 2023
On September 18 we celebrate an American classic because it is National Cheeseburger Day. No one can resist a good cheeseburger and fries, and this is the perfect day to indulge in this classic food because many restaurants have National Cheeseburger Day offers, where you can get your burger at a discounted price or even for free!
The origins of National Cheeseburger Day are unknown, but some people think that it began being observed in the 1920s when America's favorite burger was created.
Lionel Sternberger is credited with creating the cheeseburger when he was only 16. In 1926, Lionel was working at his dad's sandwich shop, the Rite Spot, in California. There are a few different versions of how he created the first-ever cheeseburger, but the most popular is that, while cooking on the griddle, Lionel decided to try adding a piece of American cheese onto the hamburger that he was frying. The cheeseburger quickly became popular with customers, and the Rite Spot in Pasadena is considered to be the birthplace of the cheeseburger.
The cheeseburger is such an American classic that many restaurants claim to be the place where the cheeseburger was invented. One of them is Kaelin's Restaurant in Louisville, which claims the cheeseburger originated there in 1934. In 1935, Louis Ballast was awarded the trademark for the name cheeseburger, for his restaurant in Denver. The founder of Steak 'n Shake also applied for a trademark on a cheeseburger in the 1930s. However, the first instance of the cheeseburger appearing on a menu was in 1928, in O'Dell's in Los Angeles, where they sold a cheeseburger with chili for 25 cents.
Fast-forward to today and the iconic sandwich is still as loved now as it ever was. So much so, that over 50 billion burgers are enjoyed by Americans each year, and the humble burger has also spread throughout the entire globe.
What to do on National Cheeseburger Day
Take advantage of the many National Cheeseburger Day specials and deals and go eat your favorite cheeseburger for a discounted price. Better yet, look out for restaurants near you that are giving away free burgers! Of course, you can enjoy your favorite burger at any of the popular chain restaurants such as Five Guys, In-N-Out Burger, Wendy’s, Red Robin, McDonald’s, and Burger King, but consider also supporting some of your local, independent burger joints who will often get even more creative with experimental and gourmet options.
As an alternative, fire up your grill and cook some delicious cheeseburgers yourself. The good thing about having your own cookout is that you can try any combinations that you would like, and experiment with different cheeses and new ingredients! There are plenty of recipes and suggestions out there to help you create your very own showstopper!
However you choose to celebrate this delicious day, be sure to go all out and enjoy your cheeseburger with some fries, a stack of onion rings, a shake, or an ice-cold drink.
If you prefer your burger without cheese, or simply want another excuse to indulge, don’t forget you can also celebrate International Burger Day, also known as National Hamburger Day, on May 28th.