National Cheeseburger Day, like so many fake ‘holidays’ must be the invention of some marketing sub-genius. But I will admit, it’s not one I really mind, at all.
Like so many Americans, I love cheeseburgers. And Atlanta is a place where you can find some really good ones. From H&F and Bocado to Rathbun Steak and the General Muir, the attention to detail, right up to the condiments and the bun, is amazing.
I also enjoy making cheeseburgers at home, grilled over a wood fire or seared in a red hot cast iron skillet and finished in the oven. Either way, I always let the burgers rest for a few minutes to concentrate the juices and melt the cheese.
I like to use grass-fed beef, topped with really good melty/tangy cheese, like aged Gruyère or Comté, a bit of Lusty Monk mustard, some Duke’s mayo, lettuce, tomato, and a fresh bakery bun, like the one from H&F.
Add some homemade fries and a fine craft beer, and it’s as good and simple as cooking at home gets.
How are you celebrating National Cheeseburger Day? Will you be eating your favorite burger out or making your own at home?
— Bob Townsend, Food and More blog.