Which metro-area eatery serves the best cheeseburger is a long-standing debate, but there’s no arguing that Thursday is National Cheeseburger Day.
But the discussion about the origin of the noble cheeseburger may prove that the proof is in the patent. According to Wikipedia, “There are several competing claims as to who created the first cheeseburger”.
“Lionel Sternberger is reputed to have invented the cheeseburger in 1926 at the age of 16 when he was working as a fry cook at his father’s Pasadena, Calif., sandwich shop, The Rite Spot, and experimentally dropped a slab of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger.
“Other restaurants say they invented the cheeseburger. For example, Kaelin’s Restaurant in Louisville, Ky., said it invented the cheeseburger in 1934. One year later, a trademark for the name cheeseburger was awarded to Louis Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in Denver. According to Steak ‘n Shake archives, the restaurant’s founder, Gus Belt, applied for a trademark on the word in the 1930s.“
While the cheeseburger’s origin may be unclear, there’s no disputing that the delicious cheese-covered beef patty on a bun is worth celebrating.
Local food blogger and radio restaurant show host Elizabeth Woessner, picked her top five faves in honor of National Cheeseburger Day. They are (in no particular order): Acorn’s Oak-Grilled Double Cheeseburger, Squeaky Bean’s Double Cheeseburger a la Nouveau Jersey, The Curtis Club’s Colorful Ranch Burger, Old Major’s Pork Burger (happy hour only) and TAG Burger Bar’s TAG American Slam.
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