The 18th of September is Cheeseburger Day.
It’s one of the high holidays in the food calendar of cheese lovers.
And vegans don’t have to be left out, either: it’s easy to get vegan ones now.
What fast-food restaurant chain makes your favourite cheese burger? What non-chain restaurant?
What kind of cheese do you like best on your burger? Cheddar, Swiss, or something more upscale like provolone?
And do you think that a processed cheese slice is better, or, a slice of actual cheese?
What’s your favourite drink to go with a cheeseburger?
Do you like it with a splodge of chili on?
If you’re cooking burgers at home, and you’ve never used an instant read thermometer to test the doneness of your hamburger patties, today could be a good day to give it a go for the first time. These thermometers are very inexpensive now, and assure food safety. Colour is not a reliable indicator of doneness. They also allow optimum quality: they prevent many a dried, grey, tough hamburger patty that was overcooked out of an abundance of caution.
See also: Hamburger Day, Burger Day UK, Burger Lover’s Day, Cheese, Fast Food Day
Activities for today
- Look for deals, offers, and free or discounted cheeseburgers or free delivery (don’t forget to check apps);
- make cheeseburgers at home on your grill or in your air fryer;
- have friends over for cheeseburgers to celebrate today — don’t forget the fixings;
- look for innovative recipes such as cheeseburger casserole with whole cheeseburgers in it, or cheeseburger mac and cheese;
- get creative, and trying using a doughnut as the hamburger roll.
In 1999, the 25th of June was noted as Cheeseburger Day by several newspapers in different states, such as this newspaper from Bonner Springs, Kansas:
“With June as National Dairy Month and Friday, June 25, designated as National Cheeseburger Day, here are some grilling tips and flavorful suggestions for spicing up the classic cheeseburger.” — Visit My Kitchen. Bonner Springs, Kansas: Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Chieftain. Thursday, 3 June 1999. Page 11, col. 2.
The first print media mention that CooksInfo is aware of for a Cheeseburger Day being on the 18th of September dates from 2007, in California:
“National Cheeseburger Day (18th)” — A Peek Ahead: September. Modesto, California: The Modesto Bee. Page B1, col. 3.
Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day, September 18, with these UFCW-made products. Toronto, Canada: United Food and Commercial Workers. 16 September 2020. Accessed August 2021 at http://www.ufcw.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=32770&lang=en
Get a free McDonald’s cheeseburger for National Cheeseburger Day. Toronto, Canada: Toronto.com. 17 September 2019. Accessed August 2021 at https://www.toronto.com/whatson-story/9601801-get-a-free-mcdonald-s-cheeseburger-for-national-cheeseburger-day/
Meyer, Jon. McDonald’s is giving out free cheeseburgers but there’s a catch. Barrie, Ontario, Canada: Barrie 360. 12 September 2019. Accessed August 2021 at https://barrie360.com/mcdonalds-is-giving-out-free-cheeseburgers/
Siegal, Jacob. National Cheeseburger Day 2018: Where to find free and cheap burgers today. Boy Genius Report. 18 September 2018. Accessed August 2021 at https://bgr.com/2018/09/18/national-cheeseburger-day-2018-cheap-deals-burgers/
Toronto’s best burgers for National Cheeseburger Day. Toronto, Canada: Daily Hive. 18 September 2020. Accessed August 2021 at https://dailyhive.com/toronto/toronto-burgers-national-cheeseburger-day
Tuttle, Brad. Today Is National Cheeseburger Day 2018! Here’s Where You Can Get Free Burgers. Money.com. 18 September 2018. Accessed August 2021 at https://money.com/national-cheeseburger-day-deals-2018-free-food/
Tyko, Kelly. Free cheeseburgers! Where to find the meal deals for National Cheeseburger Day. USA Today. 18 September 2018. Accessed August 2021 at https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2018/09/18/national-cheeseburger-day-2018-get-free-food-and-discounts-tuesday/1275508002
Zusel, Yvonne. Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day in Atlanta with these deals. Atlanta, Georgia: The Atlanta-Journal Constitution. 17 September 2018. Accessed August 2021 at https://www.ajc.com/blog/atlanta-restaurants/celebrate-national-cheeseburger-day-with-these-deals-specials-and-recipes/s0SVR5xLNfKuOmirOOpEZK/
Sorto, Gabrille. There really is a holiday for everything, and so today we celebrate the cheeseburger. CNN. 18 September 2019. Accessed August 2021 at https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/national-cheeseburger-day-deals-facts-trnd/index.html