What is better than National Cheeseburger Day? National DOUBLE Cheeseburger Day! And September 15 is your day! And if you aren’t into the double-y goodness, a mere three days (September 18) later you can celebrate National Cheeseburger Day. Or you can just plan for lots of cheeseburger celebrations during this week. If you love a burger slathered in cheesy goodness, this holiday has your name written all over it.
Fun double cheeseburger trivia
As you sit down over your double cheeseburgers, stump your friends with these burger trivia questions! (Find answers below.)
- Americans eat more hamburger at home versus a restaurant. True or false?
- The oldest fast food restaurant in the world?
- How much did the largest hamburger weigh?
Double cheeseburger history
There is no doubt the double cheeseburger has distinctly American origin! Who else would double up the food of an already decadent meal? However, there does remain some doubt and fight over who invented the actual cheeseburger. Here is what we know:
- Adding cheese to a hot hamburger gained popularity, spreading through the US from the late 1920s to the mid 1930s.
- Lionel Sternberg, of Pasadena, CA, in 1926 decided to experiment by putting a slice of American cheese on a hot hamburger. He worked as a fry cook in his dad’s sandwich shop.
- Then in 1928, cheeseburger debuted on a menu at O’Dells, a Los Angeles based restaurant. It was price for $0.25 and was smothered in chili.
- But other restaurants claimed to have also invent the cheeseburger, some going so far as to apply for a trademark on the name.
- Kallen’s Restaurant in Louisville, KY, claimed invention in 1934.
- 1935: the Humpty Dumpty Drive-in in Denver, CO, applied for a trademark on the name “cheeseburger”
which they were awarded.
- Steak ‘n Shake got in on the trademark action in the 1930s and also applied, according to old archives.
What makes a double cheeseburger a double cheeseburger?
While the double cheeseburger appears simple with two ground beef patties and two slices of cheese on a bun, there are actually numerous variations of a double cheese burger. From the type of beef or cheese to the style of bun. Some like to mix up the types and styles of condiments on the burger to create a unique taste. Or you can add sauteed onions or mushrooms.
Honestly, there are hundreds of ways to create a double cheeseburger heaven. What do you like on your burger?
Places to go to celebrate National Double Cheeseburger Day
Answers to trivia
- American’s are more likely to eat hamburgers out than at home.
- The oldest fast food restaurant is White Castle, established in 1921.
- The largest hamburger weighed over 8,000 pounds and was cooked for a burger festival in Wisconsin!
Check out other National Food Holidays!