Cheeseburger in Paradise: National Cheeseburger Day

In 1924, a 16-year-old fry cook named Lionel Sternberger overcharred a hamburger at his family’s fast-serve eatery in Pasadena. Rather than throw it away, the young chef hid the meat beneath a slice of cheesy goodness, and the cheeseburger was born. On September 18, celebrate National Cheeseburger Day at a local burger boîte. Don’t know where to go? We’ve done the research for you.


The International

The Frenchie - DBGD at Daniel Boulud

The all-American classic gets a Francophile makeover at Café Boulud (561-655-6060) in Palm Beach. Known as the Frenchie, this beefy 6-ouncer comes with Morbier cheese, confit pork belly, arugula, tomato-and-onion compote, and cornichon garnish. Find the Frenchie on the DBGB Takeover pop-up menu, along with other classics from Daniel Boulud’s Bowery Street kitchen in New York City, now through October 12. Turn the page for more of our favorites.



PB Illustrated A-List Burger - Grease - downtown West Palm Beach

In 2011, we asked the Clematis Street hotspot Grease (561-651-1075) to build a designer burger we could boast about. The chefs responded with the PB Illustrated A-List, a tender, 10-ounce beast of beef crowned with mozzarella, radicchio, red onions, tomatoes, pesto, and a wicked-good balsamic glaze. Our namesake burger continues to impress Grease’s persnickety customers—if we say so ourselves.


Moowich Millionaire

The Counter - Bacon2 Barbeque Burger - National Cheeseburger Day

If variety is the spice of life, then belly up to The Counter (561-557-8515) in Palm Beach Gardens, where diners can craft a burger from more than a million possible combinations. If that task seems daunting, then bite into one of The Counter’s signature selections, like the two-napkin Bacon2 Barbecue Burger. This hormone- and antibiotic-free beefwich is dressed with Tillamook cheddar, applewood-smoked bacon, onion strings, sliced tomato, and hickory barbecue sauce.



The Alchemist - The Alchemist Burger - National Cheeseburger Day

Prefer pub grubbing in a super-cool, steampunk setting? Head to downtown West Palm Beach, where The Alchemist (561-355-0691) offers a haute approach to popular bar staples. Hefty appetites can reach for the Alchemist Burger, a 12-ounce, cheddar-stuffed pork patty paired with pork belly, cracklings, baby kale, and chipotle ketchup. The Works dons a sunny-side-up egg, bacon, shoestring potatoes, onion relish, and spicy mayo.


C.G. Burgers - Carmine's Favorite - National Cheeseburger DayHam It Up

Jupiter’s burger brainiacs know that a knife and fork are essential tools to get the full effect of the Carmine’s Favorite burger at CG Burgers (561-340-3940). Slicing and dicing is the only way to get a taste of every mouthwatering element: fresh-ground beef, sliced prosciutto, red-onion marmalade, and a thick slab of Brie cheese.

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