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National Cheeseburger Day

Celebrate the Day

Yes! It’s National Cheeseburger Day! What’s better than a hamburger topped with cheese? Two hamburgers topped with cheese! The history of cheeseburgers may be false but the story goes that in 1926 a homeless man walked into “The Rite Spot”—a sandwich shop in Pasadena, California—and asked to put a slice of cheese on top of his hamburger order. Lionel Sternberger, chef and 16 year-old son to the owner of restaurant, dropped a slab of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger and the cheeseburger was born. Other restaurants claim to have invented the cheeseburger. In 1935, a trademark for the name “cheeseburger” was awarded to Louis Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in Denver, Colorado but according to Steak’n Shake archives, the restaurant’s founder, Gus Belt, applied for the trademark on the word in the early 1930s. We honestly don’t care who invented the cheeseburger but are very glad someone did!

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