Monday, September 17, 2012

National Cheeseburger Day

Are your hungry yet?
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By Diane Forrest

I spend alot of time on the Yahoo! news page trying to keep current on daily events.  As I was pursuing the site on Labor Day I found an article about the largest cheeseburger that was made in Minnesota at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton.  It was 10 feet in diameter and weighed a ton.  It even took a crane to flip it.  It took 4 hours to cook, and included 60 pounds of bacon, 50 pounds of lettuce, 50 pounds of sliced onions, 40 pounds of pickles and 40 pounds of cheese.  It was even quite tasty.  A picture of the massive burger is shown here.

That is Really Big!
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Another feature on Yahoo! is a program called Blue Ribbon Hunter.  These are small episodes of a reporter traveling around to find the best foods in the country.  I recently saw one from a hamburger festival in Akron, Ohio.  I remember all the burgers she tested, as she was one of the judges for the festival.  I think she said she ate 13 burgers, but the winner was a corned beef burger with sauerkraut and blue cheese.

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I wasn’t really sure about her choice, to me a cheeseburger must have ground beef , and the best ones I have found, other than grilling my own, are from out of the way burger joints, not the big chain restaurants.  There used to be a small burger joint in town called Kathy's Dairy Bar.  They would grill up the best burgers, on a jumbo toasted bun with mayonnaise lettuce tomatoes, purple onions, pickles and mustard the cheese would be placed on the burger while still on the grill so it was slightly melted.  They served it in a paper checked basket with a side of crisp crinkle fries and a mound of Ketchup.  I would get a thick chocolate shake to drink, and I couldn’t think of a better meal ever. Even after the place closed, and I met my future husband, he also had fond memories of the same restaurant, and would frequently reminisce about having lunch there with his father while they were in town working.  Another great place for a cheeseburger was our local bowling alley in the Delta.  Not a place you would typically go to for burgers, but after all this time I still remember how delicious it was. High School Football games are another place for a great burger.  I think they are so good because you are outside, the band is playing, the aroma of the cooking meat and the roar of the crowd make them taste even better.

Yeah, life it good!
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Today is National Cheeseburger Day.  According to, there are several theories about the origins of the cheeseburger. One story claims that the cheeseburger was created between 1924 and 1926 by a chef named Lionel Sternberger. As the story goes, a homeless man dining at Sternberger's restaurant in Pasadena, California, suggested the addition of a slice of cheese to his hamburger order. Sternberger complied, eventually added it to his menu.

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So today, try to find an out of the way burger joint, bowling alley, high school football game or even cook your own.  Finding a place with a great cheeseburger is a wonderful experience, and will make some great memories too.

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