September 18th National Cheeseburger Day

If the national food of the United States is the hamburger then the cheeseburger is the better national food of the United States! Cheese enhances what is already good. The flavor you add can be your choice and each bring a little something different to the burger. Cheddar (sharp or mild), Swiss, Gouda, American, Feta, Parmesan, Camembert, or any of the other 1833 types of cheese known to man. If it melts it can go on your burger. With all that cheese in play, you may need to pick a wine to go with your cheeseburger!

How to celebrate – Have a cheeseburger. Sample different kinds of cheese on your burger. Watch old episodes of Saturday Night Live!

July 21st National Junk Food Day

It’s funny what we consider junk food and what we don’t. The real definition of junk food is something we eat that has no nutritional value. Except that most everything has some nutritional value, albeit some have very, very little value. And what is junk food to one person is not to another. When I looked up junk food I found many items including the hamburger, which granted is not the best food available to us, but in many places it would be a step up from the normal diet. All that aside, today is a day you can eat junk food without guilt (or at least in theory anyway).

How to celebrate – Have some junk food. Make a list of things you consider junk food. Forget the diet for today.

May 28th National Hamburger Day

The Hamburger is, without doubt, the most popular American food on the market. Is it truly American? No one really knows, in fact, no one really knows when the hamburger as we know it today actually was first served. I think most of us know what a hamburger is so I’m not going to describe it here but I will add an aside that may family learned. In the Popeye series there is a character known as J. Wellington Wimpy. He is always trying to get someone to buy him a hamburger for which he will repay them tomorrow. Well apparently Elze Crisler Segar, the creator of Popeye, knew an Uncle of mine who was a hamburger panhandler in Illinois and based Wimpy off of him. Wow, a claim to fame! Not sure it’s a good one but what the heck…

How to celebrate – Have a hamburger today. Read Popeye. Have a cook-out.

September 18th National Cheeseburger Day

What makes a hamburger better? Cheese! Now you can add all sorts of stuff to top off your hamburger, lettuce, tomato, onions, ketchup, mustard, mayo… well you get the idea, just about anything. But by adding cheese you just seem to complete the package! It doesn’t even matter what kind of cheese it is! Swiss, cheddar, American, provolone, or even go off the board by choosing a cheese you can’t even pronounce! And with the end of summer you may just get your last chance to grill that burger outdoors! Of course if you are lactose intolerant you may want to skip the cheese but for the rest of us… the more cheese the better!

How to celebrate – Have a cheeseburger. Experiment with the cheese of your choice. Add the cheese into the hamburger mixture to let it soak in.

May 28th National Hamburger Day

The All-American meal, the hamburger! Unless you are a vegetarian, who doesn’t love the hamburger. Rare, Medium Rare, Medium, Medium Well, Well done… who cares!?! Add a little cheese and it becomes a meal fit for a King! McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s (Among others) owe everything to the hamburger. On September 2nd, 2012 the Black Bear Casino Resort, in Carlton, Minnesota made histories largest hamburger ever. It weighed 2,014 pounds! Can you imagine the size of the grill!?! It also leaves me to wonder, who ate it? I’ll bet the middle was pretty rare! Don’t forget the fries!

How to celebrate – Have a hamburger today. Try adding different things to the meat to make it a new experience. Have a family cook-out!

September 18th National Cheeseburger Day

So after the founding fathers finished writing the Constitution they celebrated by having cheeseburgers the next day! Well, maybe not really but it could have happened. You know, a big cookout outside the Hall where all the founding fathers got together for a picnic!

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I find it interesting that two of America’s favorite foods come from cattle, hamburger and cheese. Now I know, a lot of hamburgers today are made out of turkey and that goats produce cheese as well, but come on… give credit where credit is due.

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No one really knows when the cheeseburger became all that popular. Maybe it was after Saturday Night’s depiction of no hamburger, cheeseburger only. However I know I was eating hamburgers long before that!  And I am sorry but, a veggie burger with fake cheese is not a “cheeseburger”.

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And naturally, it’s bad for you. Seems like anything good is actually bad. So maybe we should cut back on them, but we can’t cut them out completely. Besides, we’d put McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and who ever else is known for their cheeseburgers out of business.

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How to celebrate – Eat a cheeseburger today. Have a cook-out. Appear on Saturday Night Live.

May 28th National Hamburger Day

With summer coming, or in some places already here, the idea of swimming pools, lemonade, and cookouts begin to fill our thoughts. What spells summer more than an outdoor cookout while you enjoy a cool lemonade by the pool.

So where did the hamburger come from?  There are many that claim ownership of the ground beef delight. Congress recognizes Louise Lassen, a Dutch immigrant (legal), who created the treat in 1900 as reported by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. But that would not explain the reports in the Boston Journal in 1884 or the Chicago Tribune in 1896.  Others have claimed to have invented the hamburger, namely Charlie Nagreen, Frank and Charles Menches, Oscar Weber Bilby, Fletcher David, and Otto Kuase ,who later founded White Castle, and whose claim goes back to 1891.

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It may have even been first served in Germany, though most believe it was created in the US. The UK has its own version, generally made out of either turkey or bison.

The world’s largest hamburger is not in debate though, created by the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, Minnesota, in 2012 –  weighing 2014 pounds. Even Wimpie would be impressed by that.

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And lets remember that hamburger is also a part of tacos, pizza, spaghetti, meatballs, picadillo, egg rolls, chili, nachos, pot pies, stuffed potatoes, meatloaf…

So just start a cookout in your backyard and see how many neighbors are your friends!  Find kids you never knew you had. You might even discover a pet that has been missing all winter reappears.

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How to celebrate: Have a cookout this holiday weekend. Try to fix your own 2,000 pound hamburger. Go to McDonalds or any other burger joint you prefer.