What is the Cheeseburger? In Literal Terms
The Anatomy of a Cheeseburger
Well, this section is more for those who have never eaten a cheeseburger, and if you’re one of those people then what are you waiting for!? Run out and get a cheeseburger right now!
If you’re waiting for some more information before you go on your cheeseburger run, then traditionally it is a slice of cheese placed on a meat patty and put in between a bun. It is then served with toppings such as lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, and bacon. The cheese is usually added to the patty right before it is completely cooked to melt the cheese.
As a fast food option, processed or American cheese is used traditionally, but there are other variations such as cheddar, swiss, mozzarella, pepper jack, and more! There are also many variations in types of beef, number of patties, and the type of bun used. The amount of combinations is endless, making this simple-seeming burger a real contender in the world of food. You can find burgers on the menu anywhere from a fast-food chain to a gourmet restaurant.
The History of the Cheeseburger
Cheeseburgers have been tickling tastebuds since the 1920s. The history of the cheeseburger is a little complicated. Although the invention of the hamburger dates back to 1990, adding cheese to hamburgers didn’t become popular until the late 1920s to mid-1930s. There are several claims as to who is credited with creating the first cheeseburger. Lionel Sternberger is reputed to have invented the cheeseburger in 1926 when he just 16 years old. He experimentally added American cheese to a sizzling hamburger. A happy accident that is relished all over the world today. (pun intended)
Another early example of the cheeseburger was at Los Angeles restaurant O’Dell’s which featured a chili-smothered cheeseburger for a mere 25 cents. (Can you imagine that today?)
There are several other restaurants claiming that the cheeseburger was their invention, though the trademark was awarded to Louis Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-in in Denver, Colorado. Whatever the origin, there is much to celebrate on this day and credit goes to all of the early connoisseurs of the cheeseburger. We thank you all for your brilliance!
Variations of the Cheeseburger
In addition to the more traditional toppings listed here, restaurants and cheeseburger lovers everywhere have come up with other popular and sometimes crazy-sounding, but delicious toppings.
These include chili, cheese sauce, salsa, avocado, guacamole, eggs, jalapenos, banana peppers, ham, horseradish, tartar sauce, pineapple rings, and even some fully-fledged sides stuffed into the burger like French fries, onion rings, and potato chips to name just a few.
If you’re a meat lover, you can even have a double cheeseburger consisting of 2 patties, a triple consisting of 3, or a quadruple consisting of 4. Don’t forget the bacon and a corresponding number of cheese slices!
10 Unconventional Buns that Completely Changed the Cheeseburger Game
Step over, conventional white bread sesame seed bun. These 10 crazy, or innovative buns (depending on how you like them) are completely changing the way we look at cheeseburgers. Love or hate them, many of these create so much buzz around them in the social blogosphere that you really can’t help but wonder what they might taste like.
After all, two wonderfully delicious things put together must taste wonderfully delicious twofold right?
So without further adieu, here are 10 “cheeseburgers” you may or may not want to try.
The Doughnut Cheeseburger
Ah, the Doughnut Cheeseburger. Instead of a bun, you have two regular glazed donuts. There’s something to be said about the sweet and salty combo right? If you’re going for one of these, you best skip the coke or milkshake and opt for something a bit healthier. Oh, and if you can jog to and from the burger joint that’d be a good bet too.
The Ramen Burger
Like most of these fine creations, the Ramen Burger combines two guilty pleasures. The cheeseburger and delicious, salty ramen noodles. Since debuting at a food festival in Brooklyn, NY, and being embraced all around the world, people have waited hours in line to get their hands on this delectable fusion burger. If you’re feeling adventurous and would like to try your hand at making your own, there are quite a few tutorials online.
Chicken and waffles have long been a celebrated combination so beef and waffles weren’t really that far off. Add cheese into the mix and you have yourself a winner. Add an egg in there and you have the ultimate brunch combo.
Grilled Cheese Cheeseburger
Because grilled cheese sandwiches are awesome, and burgers are awesome. So, put the two together for an extra awesome burger. Don’t try this one if you’re not willing to get your hands dirty! An extra slice of cheese on the burger patty optional, but hey, you’ve come this far already right?
French Fry Cheeseburger
French fries have been used as a burger topping before, but this is the first time we’ve seen an actual bun made out of fries but yes, it’s possible! A little time-consuming maybe but look at those crispy french fries!
If you want to save some time maybe use 2 extra crispy hash browns instead? But hey, we’re just throwing out ideas here.
As if the donut cheeseburger wasn’t already enough, we have a fusion food item, creating another fusion food item. Fusion within fusion. Insert inception reference here!
The Cronut is a croissant donut that took the world by storm in 2013, even being named as one of Time Magazine’s “25 best inventions” of the year. While the Cronut cheeseburger probably won’t make the list, you have to admit it looks absolutely amazing.
Fried Mac and Cheese Cheeseburger
Another somewhat odd but popular burger topping has been macaroni and cheese. And sure, you’ve probably seen it in a burger but have you ever had a bun made of out it? Let alone, deep-fried?
Well, now you have. Ladies and gentlemen, we present the deep-fried macaroni and cheese bun!
Pretzel Bun Cheeseburger
The pretzel bun has been gaining in popularity lately, likely due to its refined look. Even establishments like Wendy’s are jumping on board!
Lasagna Bun Cheeseburger
The Lasagna bun is a pretty far stretch, but it’s definitely an interesting concept that caught our eye. Deep-fried lasagna as the bun with a patty, sauce, and more cheese in the center. Looks like you might need a knife and fork for this one. That, or maybe 30 napkins.
Deep Fried Twinkie Cheeseburger
You’ve probably seen deep-fried Twinkies as a state fair treat, but here they are being used as burger buns! Dessert and a meal all in one?
8 Mouthwatering Cheeseburgers to try for National Cheeseburger Day
These cheeseburger variations look and taste amazing. Read on at your own risk because after you get through the list, you’ll be hankering for a big juicy cheeseburger. Try one or try a few in celebration of National Cheeseburger Day. We’ll be celebrating cheeseburgers of all types and sizes!
The Swiss Mushroom Burger
Swiss cheese and mushrooms are one of those combinations that seem like they were meant to be. The flavors are extremely complimentary. Add that to a perfectly cooked juicy beef patty, tasty mayo, and veggie fixings and you’ve got a party!
The Onion Ring BBQ Sauce Burger
Another favorite combination of ours is onion rings and BBQ sauce. A great option if you’re looking to spice it up and have something different than the traditional ketchup, mustard, and lettuce cheeseburger!
Cheeseburger with a Fried Egg
Ever had a cheeseburger with a fried egg on top? If you haven’t, you’re so missing out! C’mon, just look at that yolky goodness!
Triple Bacon Cheeseburger
3 meat patties, 3 cheese slices, and a whole ton of bacon. Yup, this one pretty much sells itself.
Avocado/Guacamole Bacon Cheeseburger
Top your bacon with avocado or guacamole spread instead of mayo if you’re trying to cut down on calories. Or if you’re like us and don’t care about calories, add guacamole and mayo and bacon and you’ve got yourself one heck of a burger!
Four Cheese Cheeseburger
Let’s face it. For the cheese lover, sometimes one slice of cheese isn’t enough. Sometimes two slices of cheese aren’t enough. Sometimes 3 does it, but if you’re a real cheese lover you could be with 4 slices. Mix and match, do whatever you like! It’s your burger after all.
The Poutine Burger
Poutine, a Canadian classic and a mouthful of deliciousness! While the Poutine Burger doesn’t have traditional cheese slices, the cheese curds in the poutine make up for that! Oh, and it’s smothered in gravy too. That’s right, gravy.
The Loaded Caesar Cheeseburger
The Cheeseburger doesn’t always have to be the main attraction. And with loaded caesars popping up all over the place, we think a little cheeseburger makes a great topping!
The Largest Cheeseburger Ever Made – World Record
World Record for the largest burger was set by the Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton, Minnesota for this whopping 2014 pound 10-foot diameter bacon cheeseburger.
The previous world record for the largest burger was a measly 881 pounds compared to this monster burger.
It was so large in fact, that it took a crane to flip it. A big burger requires a lot of toppings, 60 pounds of bacon, 50 pounds of lettuce, 50 pounds of sliced onions, 40 pounds of pickles, and 40 pounds of cheese, to be exact.
It took about seven hours to bake the bun and 4 hours to cook the beef patty in a specially designed outdoor oven.
After all, was said and done, the burger was sliced up and served free to guests.
September 18th is National Cheeseburger Day!
Cheeseburger lovers everywhere can join hands and celebrate every September 18th for National Cheeseburger Day!
It’s not just a day to celebrate the deliciousness that seeps from a huge juicy patty, melted cheese, and a plethora of toppings though, it’s also a day to support your favorite local burger chain and possibly even take advantage of FREE cheeseburgers.
The best way to look for FREE cheeseburgers in your area is to check the websites and social media platforms of your favorite joints. Your local news station or paper may also have a piece up with a list of the stores participating in National Cheeseburger Day!
But even if your favorite burger place isn’t giving out free cheeseburgers on September 18th, show them some love and support and grab a cheeseburger anyway!
Super cheeseburger recipes
What could be better than biting into a hot, juicy, tasty cheeseburger? I can’t think of much. Because my passion for cheeseburgers won’t quit, I decided to share it with the world. Below is a list of my favorite cheeseburgers. My mission to find the best cheeseburger will never end, though I must say, my current #1 pick is going to be hard to beat.