Pimento cheese on a cheeseburger is a special treat (photo © Gardenia Restaurant | NYC [now closed]).
 Switch out the bun for a different bread: baguette, brioche, English muffin, focaccia or pita, for example (photo © Thomas Breads).
 A bacon cheeseburger with blue cheese (photo © Cheesecake Factory).
September 18th is National Cheeseburger Day—so we know what we’re having for lunch!
Several restaurants claim that they created the hamburger, by placing a ground beef patty inside bread.
Several also claim the invention of the cheeseburger, although it’s not a stretch to see that any cook could have easily thought to garnish the patty with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, etc.—and that it happened everywhere burgers were made.
Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut claims to have served up the original burger in the U.S. in 1900, placing a beef patty, tomato, onion, and cheese between two slices of toasted white bread—no ketchup or mustard. They still serve it the same way.
So: Did they invented both the burger and the cheeseburger?
> Check Out The History Of Hamburgers
While people use different cheeses (we’re partial to Brie or Gruyere) and pile on ingredients like avocado or onion rings, some restaurateurs go overboard:
The $295 Cheeseburger. Serendipity 3 in New York City created Le Burger Extravagant in 2012. At $295, it was declared the world’s most expensive burger by The Guinness Of World Records. The burger is topped with black truffles, cheddar cheese from James Montgomery in Somerset, England and a fried quail egg. The Wagyu beef is infused with white truffle butter, and the roll is dusted with edible gold. A mini blini with caviar and crème fraîche was nestled on the top of the roll [source]. It’s not on the current menu.
The $5,000 Burger. In the no-cheese burger category, the record goes to the $5,000 cheeseburger that Chef Hubert Keller served at his Las Vegas restaurant a year earlier. A Kobe beef patty was topped with foie gras and black truffles, plus truffle sauce. It came with a bottle of 1995 Petrus Bordeaux, $2500 at the time—and of course, a side of fries. Was cheese extra? [source]
We don’t know any high rollers to treat us, so we’ll stick with some of the creative—and affordable—cheeseburger recipes below.
As you eat yours, enjoy Jimmy Buffett singing “Cheeseburger In Paradise.”
Bacon Cheeseburger Crescent Ring
Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza
Cheeseburger Baked Potato
Cheeseburger Day Toppings From NYC Restaurants
Cheeseburger Hot Pockets
Cheeseburger Recipes With Better Cheeses
Creative Restaurant Cheeseburgers
Elvis Presley Cheeseburger
Creative Toppings For Burgers, Franks & Brats
Gourmet Cheeseburger Toppings
Mushroom-Stuffed Bacon Cheeseburger
Patriotic Cheeseburger For Memorial Day & July 4th
Pimento Cheese Cheeseburger
Turkey Bacon Cheeseburger With Jarlsberg
MORE CHEESEBURGER RECIPES
Caramelized Onions (one of our favorite cheeseburger toppings)
Homemade Burger Buns
Man who invented the cheeseburger was smart; man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius.” — Matthew McConaughey