September 18th The legend goes that teenager Lionel Sternberger, while working for his father at his sandwich shop the Rite Spot in Pasadena, California was the original inventor of the Cheeseburger.
Have faith America. National Cheeseburger Day falls on September 18. That means there’s a free (or at least discounted) cheeseburger waiting for you somewhere in this great nation. (See below.) Prepare to enjoy an American food icon — a cheeseburger oozing warm cheesy deliciousness on top of a moist, juicy patty (or two.) No matter how refined your palate might be, a good, old-fashioned cheeseburger seems to satisfy! Especially on September 18.
Here you’ll find money-saving deals, plus a hand-curated list of chefs, food writers and bloggers contributing their most creative National Cheeseburger Day recipe ideas. Hint: Think donuts!
HISTORY OF NATIONAL CHEESEBURGER DAY
We have Lionel Sternberger to thank for his invention of gastronomic genius. Sternberger? Well, he certainly had the perfect name for the job.
Anyway, Lionel was 16 years old in 1926, flipping burgers inside his dad’s sandwich shop, the “Rite Spot,” in Pasadena, California. But, here’s where things get interesting. Consistent with most how-it-got-started stories, there are two versions. In one, Lionel, out of curiosity, added a piece of American cheese onto a hamburger frying on the griddle. In version two, a homeless passerby saw Lionel working those burgers and suggested adding cheese. Either way, the rest is mouth-watering, delicious history.
Whether you grill your own burgers today or caravan with your crew to everybody’s favorite burger joint, go hog-wild crazy eating as many toasted, drippingly-good cheeseburgers as your tummy can hold. So, thanks, Lionel — we wouldn’t be eating cheeseburgers without you!
NATIONAL CHEESEBURGER DAY DEALS
One of the great things about National Cheeseburger Day is that there are always plenty of deals knocking around. We’ve searched the web so you don’t have to. Here’s some of the best deals.
Applebee’s are offering a complete Burger Bundle for $8.99. You can choose from any one of their handcrafted burgers and get a fries and soft drink included. All you have to do is select the Burger Bundle option from the menu this Friday. Participation may vary from location to location.
You can get your cheeseburger fix for as little as $3 at Burger King. Options include a $3 Double Cheeseburger Meal (a double cheeseburger, fries, and drink) or a $3 snack box (cheeseburger, fries, nuggets, and a drink).
NATIONAL CHEESEBURGER DAY TRADITIONS
The only tradition you need to follow on National Cheeseburger Day is the eating of a cheeseburger. Simple, right? It’s also worth keeping an eye out to see what the food marketing guys have planned as you can often get discounts on your burger. Yes please.