Lionel Sternberger was 16 years old in 1926, flipping burgers inside his dad’s sandwich shop, the “Rite Spot,” in Pasadena, California. But, here’s where things get interesting. Consistent with most how-it-got-started stories, there are two versions. In one, Lionel, out of curiosity, added a piece of American cheese onto a hamburger frying on the griddle. In version two, a homeless passerby saw Lionel working those burgers and suggested adding cheese. Either way, the rest is mouth-watering, delicious history. Prepare to enjoy an American food icon — a cheeseburger oozing warm cheesy deliciousness on top of a moist, juicy patty.
- Applebee’s: Offering an online-only Burger Bundle deal consisting of any one of its Handcrafted Burgers paired with Classic Fries and Applebee’s exclusive MTN DEW Dark Berry Bash for $10.99 on September 18, 2022. Simply select the ‘National Cheeseburger Day’ option from the online menu, order for To Go or delivery on the Applebee’s mobile app or by visiting Applebees.com.
- Burger King: Royal Perks members can receive a free cheeseburger with any $1 purchase on September 18, 2022. This deal is exclusively available for Royal Perks members through the BK app or bk.com.
- Hardee’s: (1) New My Rewards members will receive an in-app offer for a Free Famous Star or Western Bacon Cheeseburger with purchase when they register. (2) All My Rewards members can take advantage of BOGO $1 Famous Star with in-app offer. (3) All My Rewards members receive 2x Stars on all cheeseburgers purchased through the app on National Cheeseburger Day.
- Dairy Queen: Offering $1 off any of the five flavor-filled Signature Stackburgers (excluding combo meals) with the DQ App on September 18, 2022.
- McDonald’s: Offering a free Double Cheeseburger with a $1 purchase via the brand’s mobile app on September 18, 2022.
- Smashburger: Buy one, get one free deal in-store and online with promo code “BOGO22” on September 18, 2022.
- Twin Peaks: Make a meal of it with a $10 cheeseburger and fries that includes a 22 oz. Budweiser or Bud Light on National Cheeseburger Day.
- Wendy’s: (1) Offering a Free Dave’s Single with purchase in-app from September 15 through September 21 – in the Wendy’s app. (2) Buy one premium sandwich, get one for $1 exclusively via the Wendy’s app under the “Offers” tab.
If you prefer to go local to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day may we suggest:
- Slyder’s Tavern
- Benjamin Burger Masters
- Little Fish Brewing Company
- Mudlick Tap House
- 571 Roadhouse
- The Pine Club
- Carmichaels Pub