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It’s National Cheeseburger Day, Again…

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.

H&F Burger at Turner Field

H&F Burger at Turner Field

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.

Homemade BT Burger

Homemade BT Burger

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.

23 comments Add your comment

Baltisraul......

September 18th, 2013
4:19 pm

This might be the best ‘National Day’ of the year, Bob. I like the way you prepare it at home, minus the Duke’s, I am a Hellmann’s guy w/ a slice of Vidalia under that bun also.

Ned Ludd

September 18th, 2013
5:18 pm

Agree with the grass fed beef–great flavor and texture. Home made fries and a fine craft beer –nothing better. Has always been a family tradition to….

Mary Davis

September 18th, 2013
5:21 pm

Marketing opportunity for sure…the new Stillhouse: Craft Burgers and Moonshine in Buckhead’s first 50 Guests to Receive a Free Cheeseburger a Month for a Year….wow

Ned Ludd

September 18th, 2013
5:21 pm

oops—had to go flip the burgers!….we add diced onions to the patty before we grill. Slightly cooks them and really adds a unique kick. Not enough to overpower the flavor of the meat—-just enough to accent. May take me out of the traditionalists category but everyone should at least try it.

Jadzia

September 18th, 2013
5:57 pm

Tonight it will be cut up freshly roasted hot hatch chiles along with some chopped red onion, melted into the cheese on simple grilled patty on a potato bun – yum!

Art

September 18th, 2013
6:38 pm

Just came across the Sublime burger at Cypress Street Pint and Plate. Its bun is two grilled Sublime doughnuts with caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, bacon, a quarter pound beef patty and a good barbecue sauce on the side. It sounds crazy but it works really well. I’m normally a pretty traditional burger guy, with Duke’s Balt, but the Sublime surprised me.

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(the other) Rodney

September 19th, 2013
7:56 am

I don’t know about you all but I’ve eaten d*mn near every cheeseburger this city has to offer and my favorite, still, is The Vortex.

Not that I would turn down ANY of the above mentioned burgers, mind you – but there’s just something about The Vortex’s that makes me happy. Could be me romanticizing my Lil 5 days … many many moons ago. ;)

USMC-FoxbotAlpha

September 19th, 2013
8:20 am

Don’t forget Miss Ann’s Snack Bar on Memorial…
The Ghetto Burger and the double chili/slaw burger are incredible but make sure to mind your manners or Miss Ann will kick yo a$$ out.
(She is really harmless if you “don’t act a fool.”) :-)

…But what a great burger that woman makes.

Barry

September 19th, 2013
8:21 am

I like mine with lettuce and tomato, Heinz 57 and french fried potato, big kosher pickle and a cold draft beer.

Baltisraul......

September 19th, 2013
8:37 am

Art, when you bring up mayo, you really get 3 camps; Hellmann’s, Duke’s and Blue Plate here in the South. Duke’s is ok if you don’t have to use it as a binder, a bit greasy. Blue Plate is what you got at the school lunch room and you went home and told your mom not to buy that stuff.

RK

September 19th, 2013
8:56 am

I need a National I’m Sick of Having a Made Up National Thing for Every Day Day

Edward

September 19th, 2013
9:38 am

I, too, have tried most of the top burgers in this city. My favorites would be Farmburger, H&F, Houston’s, Bocado, and yes, that Sublime Burger from Cypress Pint & Plate. Ann’s Snack Shop “ghetto burger” is a gimmicky mess, not worth waiting in line and putting up with the atrocious attitude and hordes of neckbeards and douchy fratbrahs.

Edward

September 19th, 2013
9:39 am

Oh, how can I forget the burgers from George’s in VaHi. One of the best and a bargain, too.

scottofjohnscreek

September 19th, 2013
11:04 am

Love mine on a very crispy sourdough English muffin…

ABCDave

September 19th, 2013
9:45 pm

Bob- Impressive that your grilling with wood. Also great choice going with the Hoppyum.

Baltisraul......

September 20th, 2013
9:33 am

Edward……That Houston’s burger also gets my vote.

AzCat

September 20th, 2013
10:15 am

If you’re just over the river on Johnson Ferry on the Cobb side, Moxie Burger makes a great burger, too.

I second ABCDave’s comment on the drink accompaniment, Bob.

btownsend

September 20th, 2013
11:44 am

Thanks for the comments. Wood when I can. Otherwise, hardwood charcoal or the cast iron are the way to go. Love Foothills Brewing. Hoarding some Pappy barrel-aged Sexual Chocolate that I need to open as soon as the temps get a little more fall-like.

Baltisraul......

September 20th, 2013
12:29 pm

btownsend……don’t know what Pappy barrel-aged Sexual Chocolate is but I wish I did. Sounds like something I would have had around the house when I was in my 20’s.

vega

September 20th, 2013
6:43 pm

Delicious!! But why is Cheese Burger Day only 1 day?

Here’s a funny shirt for cheeseburger lovers: http://teespring.com/cheeseburger

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