A cheeseburger isn’t simply a hamburger topped with cheese. It’s actually more
complicated. Traditionally, the slice of cheese is placed on top of the meat patty, but the burger can include many variations in structure, ingredients, and composition.
Adding cheese to hamburgers became popular in the late-1920s to mid-1930s, and there are several competing claims as to who created the first cheeseburger. Lionel Sternberger is reputed to have introduced the cheeseburger in 1926 at the age of 16 when he was working as a fry cook at his father’s Pasadena, California sandwich shop, “The Rite Spot,” and “experimentally dropped a slab of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger.”
An early example of the cheeseburger appearing on a menu is a 1928 menu for the Los Angeles restaurant O’Dell’s which listed a cheeseburger smothered with chili for 25 cents.
Other restaurants say they invented the cheeseburger.
Currently, the most expensive cheeseburger in America belongs to New York City food truck 666 Burger. It’s a $666 burger that is wrapped in gold leaf and topped with lobster, caviar, truffles, foie gras, and aged gruyere cheese melted with steam from champagne poured on the hot griddle.
The largest cheeseburger ever made in the world weighed 2,014 pounds, “60 pounds of bacon, 50 pounds of lettuce, 50 pounds of sliced onions, 40 pounds of pickles and 40 pounds of cheese.” The record was broken by Minnesota’s Black Bear Casino breaking the previous Cheeseburger record 881 pounds.
We are so lucky we don’t have to travel outside Roswell to get a delicious cheeseburger. Try all ten of these burger joints and let us know which is your favorite:
Lucky’s Burger & Brew•1144 Alpharetta St
Salt Factory Pub•952 Canton St
Peach & the Porkchop•12040 Etris Rd
Moxie Burger•555 S Atlanta St
Stax Burger Bar•690 Holcomb Bridge Rd
Rhea’s 2•11490 Alpharetta Hwy
Rhea’s Take Out Foods•1210 Canton St
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The Counter Roswell•850 Mansell Rd
Oak Street Cafe•45 Oak St
1920 Tavern•948 Canton St