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:
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).
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.
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.
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.