Saturday, September 17, 2016

A Tasty Review for National Cheeseburger Day - September 18

Image of Cheeseburger for National Cheeseburger Day September 18
Cheeseburger (Source: Pixabay)

National Cheeseburger Day is one of those 'unofficial' holidays with no known source, although several restaurants have laid claim to it over the years going back to the 1920s.

As the story goes, Lionel Sternberger supposedly invented the cheeseburger in 1926 while working at his father’s Pasadena, California sandwich shop, “The Rite Spot”.  During an experiment, he dropped a slice of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger.

Other Possible Origins of National Cheeseburger Day

  • In 1928, O'Dell's restaurant in Los Angeles served a cheeseburger smothered with chili. It cost 25 cents.
  • Kaelin’s Restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky says it invented the cheeseburger in 1934.
  • It's said that a trademark for the name “cheeseburger” was awarded to Louis Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in Denver, Colorado in 1935, and Gus Belt, founder of Steak n' Shake is known to have applied for a trademark for the word in the 1930s. 

Whatever it's origin, the cheeseburger, America’s favorite sandwich of a hamburger  topped off with a piece of cheese, is enjoyed by millions every day.  Somewhere along the line, September 18 was designated as "National Cheeseburger Day".

Having your Cheeseburger in a Restaurant

Cheeseburger meal at a restaurant
Source: PIxabay
If you plan to go out to eat a cheeseburger on September 18, here are some free cheeseburger discounts and coupons compiled by Go Banking Rates website to help you celebrate National Cheeseburger Day.  For instance, Steak 'n Shake is offering a Philly Cheese Double Steakburger and Fries for just $3.99 with the coupon in this article until October 23. And by searching the web, you can find other special deals and freebies offered by a variety of places aimed at helping you enjoy a Cheeseburger!  Some of these offers are good for several days or weeks after the event.

What is a Cheeseburger?

Image of a cheeseburger
Image Source: Pixabay

Well, naturally, we all know a cheeseburger is a hamburger usually made with ground beef, with a slice of cheese on top. Usually the cheese slice is added just at the end of cooking the 'burger' so it melts on top.  But, many people add a selection of  popular toppings, which include lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, bacon, sauteed mushrooms and more. 

A Different Cheeseburger Recipe

Cheeseburger Soup recipe card
Image courtesy of mbgphoto
Mary Beth Granger (mbgphoto here on Review This!) gives us a wonderful alternative to a cheeseburger on a bun. 

Here's her recipe for Cheeseburger Soup!

Cheeseburger Cookbook

If you are looking for more cheeseburger recipes, this cheeseburger cookbook recipe collection will show you how to dress up your everyday cheeseburger and take it to the next level of 'deliciousness'.  

The pages are filled with 37 mouth-watering cheeseburger recipes.  Try them all until you can decide which is your favorite! 

Crafty Cheeseburgers!


Cheeseburger Potholder Set in Crochet on Etsy
Cheeseburger Potholders in Crochet
Since I'm a crochet crafter, I decided to create in yarn a set of potholders which, when stacked together, look like a cheeseburger. If you'd like to make your own, I put together a tutorial for a free crochet pattern for these Cheeseburger Potholders

If you don't crochet, but would like a set, one can be ordered from my Etsy Shop Coastal Crochet Crafts. 

These cheeseburger novelty potholders are sure to be noticed and talked about when displayed in your kitchen. They are also a very practical addition to your kitchen helpers.

Happy Cheeseburger Day!

National Cheeseburger Day September 18th Postcard


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  1. Elf, you've made me very hungry! I love cheeseburgers, especially when they're free so thanks for the heads up on the available freebies to help celebrate Cheeseburger Day! What a nice surprise to see my recipe post here, too. I appreciate that! I adore your crocheted cheeseburger and really appreciate both the tutorial to make my own and the link to buy it. Have a good time celebrating National Cheeseburger Day!

    1. Thanks, Susan. Guess I'll have to have a cheeseburger today to celebrate! :)

  2. It is 10am in the morning and I wasn't the least bit hungry until I saw that photo of a delicious cheeseburger!!! I really appreciate you sharing the coupon link. I think I might just want to treat myself to a cheeseburger this weekend. Plus, as the weather is starting to get cooler, I have already started thinking homemade soup and I know Mary Beth's soup recipe is delicious. You already know I love your crocheted cheeseburger. That is truly a clever design!!!

    1. Thanks, Mouse. Delighted you liked my crocheted cheeseburger. And enjoy any 'real' cheeseburger you happen to have today for National Cheeseburger Day.

  3. Huge cheeseburger lover here! Hamburger and cheese together is just yum,yum,yum! Thanks for the coupon too!

    1. Almost everyone I know loves cheeseburgers, Heather. Glad to hear you do too. :)

  4. I love the cheeseburger potholders, what a great gift idea because really who doesn't love the odd cheeseburger!

    1. Thanks, Louanne. Delighted you like my cute cheeseburger potholders. They do make a unique gift idea.

  5. Thanks for the alert -- I might have missed cheeseburger day otherwise. I don't really plan to celebrate it though I sure would like to.

    1. One doesn't need to actually celebrate this day, Brenda, but it is nice to know about it just in case you are hungry for a cheeseburger come NEXT September 18! :)

  6. I love a great cheeseburger, the fresher the better. Freshly grilled is superb.


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