Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About The Cheeseburger

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The mouthwatering burger has been around for nearly a century and its popularity doesn't seem to be waning. Sometimes there is nothing more comforting than the feeing of biting into a big juicy cheeseburger.

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The biggest cheeseburger ever made was 2,014 pounds at Minnesota's Black Bear Casino. The cheeseburger had "60 pounds of bacon, 50 pounds of lettuce, 50 pounds of sliced onions, 40 pounds of pickles and 40 pounds of cheese."

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The most expensive cheeseburger in America is the Kobe Beef and Main Lobster burger for $777. The burger contains Kobe Beef and Main lobster, imported brie cheese, prosciutto, caramelized onions and balsamic vinegar that has been aged for 100 years! This cheeseburger is also the second most expensive hamburger in America, losing out to the 5,000 dollar FleurBurger 5,000 from the Fleur de Lys in Mandalay Bay Las Vegas.

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Cheeseburgers burst onto the scene around the 1920s-30s.

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Many people credit the invention of the cheeseburger to the appropriately named Lionel Sternberger in Pasadena, California. In 1924 legend has it that at aged 16, Sternberger dropped a slab of cheese on a burger he was cooking in his father's sandwich shop.

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The city of Pasadena even created a "Pasadena Cheeseburger Week" to honor Sternberger's significant contribution to the food world.

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However, a Louisville restaurant called Kaelin's claims to have invented the cheeseburger. Charles Kaelin claimed to have invented the delicious burger in 1934 hoping to "add a new tang to the hamburger."

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Strangely, the trademark name for "cheeseburger" came from Denver, Colorado by a man named Louis Ballast from the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in 1935.

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Walter Anderson, founder of the White Castle chain, is said to have created the hamburger bun back in 1916 when the hamburger hadn't yet met the cheese that would make it famous.

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The hamburger itself has been around in America since the 1890s when it was sold as street food in cities, according to Andrew F. Smith, food studies lecturer at New York University and author of Hamburger: A Global History.

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Cheeseburgers didn't always come with fries either. During World War II there were restrictions on beef, but not on potatoes, so French fries quickly became the perfect complementary snack to a cheeseburger.

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Stephen Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics, controversially claimed on his blog that the cheeseburger was "the cheapest, most nutritious and bountiful food that has ever existed in human history." Speaking economically, of course, the cheeseburger delivers almost 400 calories and for as cheaply as one dollar.

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Cheeseburgers are delicious for a reason. With over 14 grams of fat , 30 grams of carbohydrates and 15 grams of protein (according to the USDA), it's no wonder the cheeseburger is a tasty and satisfying treat -- for special, indulgent occasions.

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Sliders are popular miniaturized cheeseburgers that make great party appetizers. They are said to have received their name in the 1940s from sailors in the Navy who called the tiny burgers "sliders" due to their greasy quality. Cheese burgers were referred to as "sliders with a lid."

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The Big Mac was invented in 1967 by Jim Delligatti. The cheeseburger contains two beef patties and a sesame seed bun sandwiched between the meat. It was first served on August 22, 1967 in Pittsburgh and became an instant classic. To this day the Big Max is still one of the most recognizable cheeseburgers in the world.

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Chef Bobby Flay has made a career out of burgers. For the perfect cheeseburger he recommends beef that is 80 percent meat and 20 percent fat. Melting the cheese evenly is of the utmost importance as well.

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The great thing about a cheeseburger is that it's incredibly versatile. Choosing the cheese alone takes effort. Processed cheeses like Velveeta or Kraft American Singles will melt easily and their mild flavors won't overpower the beef. For tangier cheeseburgers Monterey Jack or aged Provolone will do the trick. A distinct cheese like Maytag Blue will add a unique flavor.

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A German company has even managed to make canned cheeseburgers!

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Matthew McConaughey perfectly sums up our feelings toward the cheeseburger, "Man who invented the hamburger was smart; man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius."

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We have to agree with Channing Tatum, "Life is too short to miss out on the beautiful things like a double cheeseburger."

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September 18th is National Cheeseburger Day! To properly honor this delectable classic, we're bringing you everything you've ever wanted to know about the cheeseburger. Since this hearty meal can be enjoyed at sporting events, backyard BBQs and at thousands of restaurants and diners, we've decided to pay homage to the cheeseburger by exploring how the tradition of cheese on beef between to pieces of bread became an American classic.

Check out the slideshow above for everything you've ever wanted to know about the cheeseburger.

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