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Get Your Beef on for National Cheeseburger Day

Tuesday is National Cheeseburger Day. To celebrate, check out these fun facts about the cheese covered sandwich.

Americans love cheeseburgers, evidenced by the number of burger joints in communities big and small. Tuesday is National Cheeseburger Day and what better excuse to bite into a juicy burger topped with American, cheddar or Swiss.

To celebrate National Cheeseburger Day, here are some fun facts to bite into:

Huge cheeseburger

The largest cheeseburger ever made in the world weighed in at a whopping 777 pounds. Created June 2, 2011 at the Alameda County Fair in California by Juicy's, the giant burger also featured 50 pounds of cheese. The bun alone weighed in at 272 pounds. Fairgoers were able to purchase 99-cent portions of the estimated 1.375 million calorie burger to eat. Click the link above for coverage of the event (including pictures).

Unique options

As we settle into fall weather, it's a great time to fire up the grill. You can find 30 new cheeseburger ideas like "The Johnny Appleseed," which features aged Wisconsin cheddar, maple bacon, sauteed apples, whole grain mustard and red onions on sourdough. But you don't have to eat meat to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day.

A musical touch

The popular Jimmy Buffett song "Cheeseburger in Paradise" was inspired by a boat trip Buffett took. Hampered by bad weather and tired of the canned food and peanut butter stocked aboard, Buffett found himself continually craving a cheeseburger. When the boat finally docked on the island of Tortola, Buffett was able to order the cheeseburger he had been fantasizing about.

Mayor McCheese?

Anyone remember Mayor McCheese? The giant cartoon cheeseburger served as the bumbling mayor of McDonaldland from 1971-1985. A lawsuit against McDonalds over the character's resemblance to H.R. Pufnstuf was settled in 1977.

There are plenty of local options for a cheeseburger, check out the Fox Point-Bayside Patch restaurant directory, or stop at a local grocery store to grab some meat and grill your own.

And while you're enjoying that cheeseburger — keep moderation in mind. A recenty study found that Wisconsin is heading for a 56 percent adult obesity rate in 2030.

Where do you go for a good cheeseburger?

Locally, we've got quite a few spots to pick from including:

  • NSB Bar & Grill, 8649 N Port Washington Rd., Fox Point
  • Kopp's Frozen Custard, 5373 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale
  • Solly's Grille, 4629 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale
  • Five Guys Burgers and Fries, 5650 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale
  • Bar Louie, 5750 N. Bayshore Dr., Glendale
  • Applebee's, 5810 N. Bayshore Dr., Glendale

Readers voted Three Lion's Pub in Shorewood and Solly's Grille in Glendale the top two places in the North Shore to nab a burger.

Tell us your favorte spot in the comments. 

Greg September 18, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Best by far, Robert's Custard in Germantown.
Sarah Worthman September 18, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Thanks for sharing, Greg. I haven't been there yet - is it a place you can dine-in? Why is it your favorite?

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