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May

National Hamburger Day

Posted by Brittany

National Hamburger DayMay 28th is National Hamburger Day, a day to appreciate the sandwich formerly known as “Hamburg Steak.” German immigrants brought this favorite to the United States centuries ago and it quickly became a standard meal. There are many accounts that claim to tell the story of the burger’s invention or rise to fame in the Americas, but upon examination it appears that many events, people, and restaurants helped the burger skyrocket in popularity. Today, just about every fast food and restaurant chain offers a hamburger — be it round, or the less common square. A restaurant in Southgate, Michigan has even added the “world’s largest hamburger” to their menu: at 185 lbs. it takes half a day to prepare and will set the purchaser back $499!

I love a good, medium-well burger. When Chris and I, and our families get together for a cook-out or barbecue there’s nothing I enjoy more than my mother-in-laws delicious salad recipes and my dad’s burgers (when he’s not accidentally throwing them in the pool). Given my fondness for a good juicy burger, I find it extremely odd that I’ve had so few lately. I had a hamburger at my cousin Laine’s recent bridal shower luncheon, but before that I think it must have been close to six months since I’d sunk my teeth into the all-American sandwich! Knowing that today was on the horizon, I started to wonder what the perfect burger would be for today’s “unofficial”…sometimes I like a plain cheeseburger with ketchup and mustard, and other times I crave a complicated mess of mushrooms, bacon, or even guacamole. With so many choices it’s just about impossible to go wrong!

Earlier this evening Chris and I went out with our parents to celebrate his upcoming birthday (Chris will turn 28 this Wednesday, but we thought it would be nice to celebrate over the long holiday weekend). The soon-to-be-birthday-boy chose Logan’s Roadhouse as the location for his birthday dinner, and ordered a juicy 10 oz. steak. I perused the menu and settled on a Roadhouse Deluxe Burger, topped with bacon, shredded cheese, Onions, sautéed mushrooms, & BBQ sauce. The restaurant was busy, but we were served quickly. And my burger was so good, it disappeared pretty quickly too. I’d forgotten just how satisfying a good hamburger can be! After dinner we all headed to Carl’s Ice Cream, a deservedly famous outdoor ice cream stand in old town Fredericksburg. I was way too full to order my own ice cream, but I had a bite of Chris’s ridiculously tall chocolate cone. The ice cream was delicious, the weather was beautiful, and the company was great — it was enough to make me wish it was National Hamburger Day every day.

There are plenty more food and drink holidays just around the bend — tomorrow is National Coq Au Vin Day!

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