The man who invented the hamburger was smart; the man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius.Matthew McConaughey
Easily one of the best comments in the history of mankind, a proper lauding of the combination of perfectly seasoned hamburger topped with rich and creamy cheese. And then making it into a double cheeseburger takes it to the extreme.
Of course, if there’s one thing that most people have learned it’s that there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing. That’s why National Double Cheeseburger Day exists. Because some bright individual decided that the only thing better than a cheeseburger would be making it into a double cheeseburger!
For anyone who has ever needed an excuse to enjoy one (and honestly, most people don’t) this is it! Happy National Double Cheeseburger Day!
History of National Double Cheeseburger Day
National Double Cheeseburger Day was made to celebrate the birth of the double cheeseburger, and by extension the cheeseburger itself.
While it may seem the most natural thing in the world to add cheese to a hamburger these days, originally a hamburger was a very simple affair. Simply meat, bread and condiments were pretty much all that a hamburger had going for it.
The first person who is said to have created the cheeseburger was Lionel Sternberger in Pasadena, California. The story goes that Lionel created it while working at his father’s sandwich shop in 1926 when he was only 16 years old. A sizzling piece of hamburger seemed to be just begging for something a little extra, and so a piece of cheese was added to see what came out.
What came out, obviously, was magic. It wasn’t long before someone realized that a single sizzling patty of hamburger topped with melting cheese wasn’t the best thing in life, not when you could have two sizzling patties of hamburger topped with melting cheese!
The birth of the double cheeseburger was as inevitable as the cheeseburger itself, and National Double Cheeseburger Day celebrates it all!
How to Celebrate National Double Cheeseburger Day
Life is too short to miss out on the beautiful things, like a double cheeseburger.Channing Tatum
Anyone can enjoy celebrating National Double Cheeseburger Day in a variety of ways that will keep their taste buds and their bellies happy! Try out these ideas or come up with some other creative ones:
Eat a Double Cheeseburger
Well, start off that National Double Cheeseburger Day by having a Double Cheeseburger obviously! There’s no reason you can’t enjoy them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Well, aside from a little concern about an expanding waistline, but who has time to worry about things like that?
Making cheeseburgers at home is pretty easy. Or head out to a restaurant that might offer a discount for National Double Cheeseburger Day. Many restaurants have various discounts on the day (or throughout the month) offering deals on this delicious sandwich. In the past, some McDonald’s restaurants (particularly in the US) have been known to offer cheeseburgers for an extra low price in honor of the day.
Share a Double Cheeseburger
What could be better than sharing this fun day with friends, family or coworkers? Even if it isn’t realistic to share an actual cheeseburger with someone (because most people want to keep them to themselves!), it certainly would mean a lot to remind them of the day and get them one of their own. Whether sharing or not, enjoying a double cheeseburger with a loved one is a perfect way to celebrate the day.
Learn Some Fun Facts About Cheeseburgers
Who knew that some people believe the cheeseburger was actually invented in Denver, Colorado in the USA,? Get into the spirit of National Double Cheeseburger Day by learning and sharing these fun pieces of trivia and facts.
- One of the largest cheeseburgers ever made weighs in at an almost unbelievable 1800 pounds. It was created by Mallie’s Sports Bar in 2017. To make it, the restaurant had to convert a shipping container into an oven so that there would be room to cook the whole thing. Even today, a burger this size can be ordered off of the menu–for a mere $10,000, with a 3-day order ahead policy.
- Several US cities claim to have invented the cheeseburger, including Denver, Colorado; Louisville, Kentucky; and Pasadena, California (as mentioned above).
- While a cheeseburger can be made with almost any kind of cheese topping it, according to a survey most Americans actually prefer the most predictable one–American cheese. It melts well and provides a tasty flavor on top of the burger patty.
- Jimmy Buffett wrote the song “Cheeseburger in Paradise” about a time when he was stuck on a boat in bad weather and only had canned food, making him dream of the day when he could have a cheeseburger again. Now there’s an entire restaurant chain named after this song!
Get Creative with National Double Cheeseburger Day
For those who have a double cheeseburger on most days, this day might be one to take things a step further into the adventurous path! For the truly daring, it might just be time to try a double cheeseburger topped with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and a dollop of chili. Never heard of a chili-double-cheeseburger? Well, National Double Cheeseburger Day is the ideal chance to try one, and that’s just the first step!
Let the imagination run wild and mix up the cheeses and toppings that go together to create the perfect, personal hamburger masterpiece! National Double Cheeseburger Day is the best time for it–so get started!