As if we really needed an excuse to honor a culinary masterpiece and American staple—it’s officially National Cheeseburger Day. The cheeseburger, in all of its savory, grilled deliciousness, was said to have been invented around the 1920s. Who exactly thought of this culinary concoction is debatable, but according to legend, its origins can be traced back to Pasadena, CA fry cook Lionel Sternberger who was asked by a homeless man to add a slice of cheese to his hamburger order—thus giving life to the cheeseburger.
Incidentally, it was while indulging in a double cheeseburger in 2005, that Adam Fleischman came up with the idea for his mouthwatering chain, Umami Burger. Since then, Fleischman’s delectable empire has come a long way, serving up specialty burgers around the country, with the new Umami Burger Beer Garden & Sportsbook in SLS Las Vegas opening just weeks ago.
And today, to mark the national day, the highly anticipated Umami Burger Chicago opens to the public. For the most appetizing update on the cheeseburger the Windy City has ever seen, check out the “Calabrese Burger”—a calabrese sausage patty, truffle cheese fondue, Chicago-style relish, and Umami’s signature bun. And for Bay Area burger lovers, Umami Burger in San Francisco has the chance to win the Miller High Life / Menu Pages Best Burger contest (thanks to your vote here!) and a free happy hour can be enjoyed by everyone. After all—the only thing better than a cheeseburger in hand, is a free beer in the other hand!