The Big Question: Who Invented The Cheeseburger?


The all American cheeseburger is one of the most popular food choices in the world, more than anywhere in the United States. Whether you go through a fast food joint to order a couple cheeseburgers or grill them up on the barbecue at home, most people love them and cannot get enough of them. There is actually quite a long and interesting history behind the cheeseburger, which is worth learning more about if you are a cheeseburger lover yourself.

It is thought the first cheeseburger ever invented was by a chef named Lionel Sternberger in Pasadena, California, somewhere between the years of 1924 and 1926. He was working as a chef for his father at the young age of 16 when he apparently dropped a slab of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger to see what happened, and the delicious taste of a cheeseburger was discovered. From then, there were many different condiments and garnishing put on hamburgers and everyone had their own preference. Garnishing and condiments include everything from ketchup, mustard and relish to egg, feta cheese, sauerkraut, onion rings, chili and mushrooms.

These cheeseburgers quickly became a huge hit around the United States and the popularity of cheeseburgers grew elsewhere as well. Before long, people in Germany and even places as far as Australia and Denmark were enjoying delicious cheeseburgers and adding them to the menus of restaurants and dinner tables of homes.

The history of the cheeseburger is certainly interesting and it is pretty neat to know how the worldwide craze of the cheeseburger all got started. If you want to prepare a cheeseburger yourself right at home, you simply prepare a hamburger as you normally would, either by pan frying on the stove top or grilling on the barbecue. Once the hamburger has been flipped and cooked through on both sides, you simply place a piece of processed cheese or authentic cheese if you want to cook an authentic American cheeseburger, and let the cheese sit on the burger over the heat until melted through. Just make sure you do not flip the burger after placing the cheese on, as this will leave you with a big mess.

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