National Burger Day 2016: Celebrate with these 15 burger deals and freebies

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In 2014, Americans purchased 9 billion burgers at restaurants, according to data from the NPD Group. Whether you're a fan of the classic beef patty or prefer your hamburgers vegetarian, the burger industry is booming — and brimming with delectable options.

May is National Burger Month, with National Burger Day falling on May 28. Celebrate your love of this classic American dish with these summer deals.

National Burger Day 2016 Restaurant Deals

TGI Fridays: Get a Truffle Stacked Burger and Blackberry Margarita or other entree and beverage combo from the Dine & Drink Pairing Menu for $12. This promotion runs through June 19 at participating restaurants.

Steak 'n Shake: Get a Western BBQ 'n Bacon Double Steakburger with fries and a side for $4.99 with this printable coupon. Offer expires June 19.

Burger 21: Download the free B Loyal app by May 27 and get a free cheesy burger. Plus, you'll automatically be entered to win free cheesy burgers for a year. The winner will be announced on National Burger Day. The app is available from Google Play and the Apple app store.

Johnny Rockets: Enjoy a full night out. Buy a burger at a participating location and get a discounted movie ticket. Discounts and details vary depending on location.

LongHorn Steakhouse: Get a free appetizer or dessert when you purchase two adult dinner entrees using this coupon. Offer expires May 30.

Flemings: Get a $40 credit toward a $100 purchase if you make a reservation online and dine by June 16.

Restaurant.com: Spend $25 and receive a $25 gift certificate with this exclusive offer. Restaurant offers vary depending on location. Some purchase minimums might apply to redeem gift cards. Limit one per order.

Margaritaville Beach Hotel: Book a stay in Pensacola Beach in Florida and get the Beach Burger in Paradise Appetizer for two. Use promo code burger. Offer valid through May.

White Castle: The creator of National Hamburger Month and the nation's first fast food hamburger chain, White Castle is honoring its original four-item menu with a limited edition Coca-Cola glass for 95 cents with a beverage purchase, or $1.95 without. The glasses are available during National Hamburger Month while supplies last.

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Omaha Steaks: Get free burgers and $1 shipping when you spend $59. Access this Omaha Steaks deal through this portal and order by June 2.

Butterball: Save $1 on frozen turkey burgers with this printable coupon.

Home Depot: Save up to 15 percent on grills and grilling supplies at Home Depot.

Home Decorators: Get 20 percent off all outdoor items until July 4 with this deal.

Bed Bath & Beyond: Save 20 percent on one item with this coupon. Offer expires May 30.

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Food & Wine: Count down to National Burger Day and keep track of all your burger-loving affairs with this free wallpaper.

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National Burger Day 2016: Celebrate with these 15 burger deals and freebies

How far back in history does the hamburger go?

The hamburger evolved from a long lineage of meat patty predecessors, going as far back as the times of Mongol emperor Genghis Khan. Khan’s horsemen would store flat patties made from meat scraps underneath their saddles, and after a day of battle the patty would be tenderized and ready to be eaten raw.

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Who invented the hamburger?

There are competing claims for the creation the first hamburger, but the debate also lies in whether or not sandwiching a meat patty between two slices of toasted bread counts. The first hamburger on a bun could be attributed to Oscar Weber Bilby from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who served grilled Angus meat patties on homemade yeast buns at his Fourth of July cookout in the summer of 1891.

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Another theory on the first hamburger

Others argue that serving hamburgers at a private party is like a tree falling in a forest with no one around to hear it.  For these historians, the story of the hamburger starts with the establishment of White Castle, the first hamburger chain, by Billy Ingram and short-order cook Walt Anderson in 1916.

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White Castle's custom spatula

Ingram developed a White Castle custom creation, a spatula made from saw-blade steel perfect for flattening patties, which is currently housed in a temperature-proof glass case at the Ohio State Historical Society.

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How did McDonald’s start?

Brothers Dick and Mac McDonald originally ran a struggling movie theater, then opened a hot dog stand in Pasadena, California, called the Airdrome, moved operations to San Bernardino in 1940 to become a full-fledged restaurant that sold hot dogs, hamburgers and barbeque called McDonald’s Barbeque and finally reinvented the restaurant in 1948 to become the fast-food burger joint McDonald’s.

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How long does it take to make a Big Mac?

It takes approximately 15 seconds to assemble a Big Mac. Don't believe us? You can watch the YouTube video here.

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Remember Liberty Fries?

When World War I broke out, a hamburger was referred to as a “liberty sandwich” to erase its German roots.

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What's in a vegetarian burger?

The patty of a vegetarian hamburger usually contains a vegetable protein like soy, other vegetables especially legumes such as chickpeas and beans, grains, seeds, nuts and spices.

What makes a veggie patty taste so meaty? A more processed soy protein leads to a chewy, meat-like texture, and flavor agents like vegetable oil imitate the "mouthfeel" of beef fat.

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