September 18th is National Cheeseburger Day, a day to chow down on one of America’s most loved sandwiches. Several people claimed to have invented the cheeseburger in the early 1900′s, but adding cheese to hamburgers really became popular in the mid 1920′s. Much like the ingredients for hamburgers, cheeseburger toppings are numerous and change according to region. Some people prefer more traditional toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, mayo, pickles, ketchup, and mustard, but there is also a long list of less common ingredients that sometimes appear on a cheeseburger, like egg, salsa, anchovies, sauerkraut or onion rings. Whatever ingredients make your toppings wish-list, today is the day to fire up the grill and enjoy a juicy cheeseburger (or double-cheeseburger…or triple-cheeseburger…or…well, you get the idea).
Last May, when we celebrated National Hamburger Day, I mentioned how much I love a juicy, medium-well burger. Unfortunately, (or fortunately, if we’re thinking about love-handles), I don’t really eat them that often. Whenever we go out I gravitate more toward poultry dishes, which I suppose is evident if you consider my obsession with Chick-fil-A. Still, every once in awhile I’ll crave a good burger covered with mustard, ketchup, and pickles…and as much cheese as possible!
To celebrate National Cheeseburger Day, Chris and I considered getting some inexpensive McDonald’s cheeseburgers, but then Chris had the great idea of picking up a late lunch at our local Five Guys. Five Guys is a popular chain that opened its first restaurant in Arlington, Virginia when we were both just kids, and now has locations all across North America. And it’s no wonder they’re doing so well: Five Guys makes some of the best burgers around and offers a huge list of toppings! Chris and I took the short ten-minute trip to our closest restaurant and picked up a cheeseburger with mayo, lettuce, pickles, bacon, ketchup, onions, and jalapeños for him, and a “Little Cheeseburger” with ketchup, mustard, tomato, and pickles for me. We rushed our loot home and ate in front of the television while we watched a recording of today’s Redskins vs. Cardinals game. My cheeseburger was delicious, but so filling, which reminded me why I don’t eat them that often! But with the air growing colder and grilling season coming to an end, I’m glad we celebrated this yummy “unofficial”.
Arrrr! Tomorrow we’ll be trading in burgers for booty — it’s International Talk Like A Pirate Day!