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National Hamburger Day (May 28)

Check out the weird holiday National Hamburger Day on May 28. Learn about the history of World Burger Day, and get ideas on how to celebrate.

One weird holiday on May is 28 is National Hamburger Day, which is also International Burger Day or World Burger Day. Check out the other weird May holidays!

Burgers, burgers everywhere! Is there any food more beloved, more versatile, or more emblematic of the American culinary landscape than the hamburger? Bursting with flavor, comfort, and nostalgia, the hamburger transcends borders and cultures, making it a global sensation. It’s a meal that needs no introduction, yet its history, evolution, and global impact are as fascinating as the many variations you’ll find on menus worldwide.

While this iconic dish has its roots in the United States, its influence reaches far beyond American borders. That’s why, in this comprehensive exploration of National Hamburger Day, we’ll occasionally refer to it as International Burger Day or World Burger Day to highlight its worldwide appeal. Get ready for a sizzling journey through the history, culture, and endless culinary possibilities of the hamburger.

When is National Hamburger Day?

National Hamburger Day and World Burger Day (also called International Burger Day) take place on May 28th each year.

The choice of May 28th does not appear to be linked to a specific historical event related to hamburgers. Instead, it may have been selected to coincide with the onset of summer and the grilling season in the United States, as burgers are a popular choice for outdoor cooking and barbecues.

Who Invented National Hamburger Day?

The exact origins of National Hamburger Day and the reason for its specific celebration on May 28th are not well-documented. Like many food-themed commemorative days, it’s likely that National Hamburger Day was established by food industry groups, restaurant chains, or burger enthusiasts as a marketing strategy or a way to celebrate this popular food item.

Over the years, National Hamburger Day has become a day for burger lovers to enjoy their favorite version of this classic American food, whether it’s from a fast-food chain, a local diner, or homemade. It’s also an opportunity for restaurants and burger joints to promote their unique takes on the burger with special deals and new menu items.

Is It World Burger Day, International Burger Day, or National Hamburger Day?

The celebration of hamburgers has different names depending on the region and the specific focus of the celebration. The most commonly recognized are “National Hamburger Day” in the United States and “International Burger Day.”

  1. National Hamburger Day: This is primarily observed in the United States and is celebrated on May 28th each year. It is dedicated to honoring the hamburger, a quintessential American food icon.
  2. International Burger Day: Also known as “World Burger Day,” this celebration recognizes the global popularity of the burger. It is celebrated in various countries around the world, often on the same day as National Hamburger Day, May 28th.

Both these days celebrate the hamburger in its many forms and the joy it brings to people worldwide. They recognize not just the classic beef hamburger but also the diverse variations that have emerged globally, including vegetarian and vegan burgers, and those incorporating unique local flavors and ingredients. The choice of name for the day often reflects the scope of the celebration – national or international.

The Birth of a Classic

The story of the hamburger begins in the late 19th century, and its origins are a subject of debate among food historians. While its precise birthplace remains uncertain, some records suggest that the modern hamburger as we know it was born in America.

One popular theory attributes the creation of the hamburger to Louis Lassen, a Danish immigrant who owned Louis’ Lunch, a small lunch wagon in New Haven, Connecticut. According to the restaurant’s lore, in 1900, a customer rushed in, in a hurry, requesting something he could eat on the go. Lassen quickly placed a ground beef patty between two slices of toast, and the hamburger was born. To this day, Louis’ Lunch continues to serve this classic burger.

Another claimant to the title of “first hamburger” is Seymour’s Commissary, a restaurant in Wisconsin. They purportedly served a ground beef sandwich in a bun in the 1880s, and it was a hit with local diners.

While these claims are compelling, the exact truth remains elusive. What we do know is that the hamburger gained popularity rapidly, finding its way onto menus across the country, and eventually, the world.

Worldwide Burger Love

The appeal of the hamburger is universal. As it spread beyond American borders, it underwent transformations to suit the local palate. In Germany, it became the “Frikadelle,” a seasoned ground meat patty served with a variety of toppings. In Greece, it’s the “soutzouk loukoum,” a minced meat patty flavored with spices. India gave the world the “Vada Pav,” a spicy potato fritter burger. And in Japan, you can find the “Rice Burger,” where rice patties replace the traditional buns.

On International Burger Day, or World Burger Day, you can experience the global fusion of flavors that have evolved from the classic hamburger. Many restaurants celebrate by offering special menus that feature unique burger creations inspired by international cuisines.

The Influence of Fast Food

One of the primary drivers behind the worldwide popularity of the hamburger is the fast-food industry. Chains like McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s have not only made the hamburger accessible to billions but have also played a significant role in shaping the cultural perception of this beloved food.

The concept of fast food, where quick service and affordability are key, was pioneered by these chains. They made burgers the cornerstone of their menus, allowing customers to order and enjoy their meal within minutes. This revolutionized dining, making it more convenient for people with busy lives.

Through clever marketing and consistent quality, fast-food chains have turned the hamburger into a symbol of modern, fast-paced living. On National Hamburger Day, many of these chains offer special deals and promotions to celebrate the iconic status of the burger.

Beyond Beef: A World of Possibilities

While ground beef is the traditional choice for making hamburgers, culinary innovation knows no bounds. On International Burger Day, you’re likely to encounter a variety of protein options, from turkey and chicken to plant-based alternatives like veggie burgers or the increasingly popular Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger.

These meatless options are not only changing the landscape of burger consumption but also contributing to environmental sustainability. They offer a tasty way for vegetarians and environmentally conscious consumers to enjoy a burger while reducing their carbon footprint.

The Craft Burger Revolution

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in artisanal or craft burgers. Restaurants and food trucks worldwide are putting their unique spin on this classic dish. These gourmet burgers often feature high-quality, locally sourced ingredients and imaginative toppings, elevating the humble hamburger to a fine dining experience.

From truffle-infused cheeseburgers to Korean BBQ-inspired creations, the craft burger movement showcases the creativity of chefs and their dedication to pushing culinary boundaries. On National Hamburger Day, exploring these craft burgers is a delightful adventure for any food enthusiast.

Hamburgers in Popular Culture

The hamburger’s influence extends far beyond the dining table. It has become an enduring symbol in popular culture, appearing in movies, music, literature, and art. One of the most famous instances is the “Big Kahuna Burger” from Quentin Tarantino’s film “Pulp Fiction.” This fictional fast-food chain has become iconic in its own right.

In music, the burger often finds its way into lyrics and album artwork, embodying the spirit of youthful rebellion, indulgence, and American cultural identity. The album cover for “Eat to the Beat” by Blondie features a hamburger, while Jimmy Buffett’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise” celebrates the simple joy of a well-made burger.

National Hamburger Day Celebrations

Celebrating National Hamburger Day, or as some call it, International Burger Day or World Burger Day, can take many forms. Here are a few popular ways people around the world enjoy this culinary icon:

  1. Cooking at Home: Many people choose to celebrate by firing up the grill and making their own burgers at home. Whether you prefer classic beef patties, plant-based alternatives, or exotic variations, crafting your perfect burger is a rewarding experience. Scroll down for delicious recipe ideas!
  2. Visiting a Favorite Restaurant: For those who prefer to leave the cooking to the professionals, dining at a beloved burger joint or trying out a gourmet burger restaurant is a popular choice. It’s a chance to savor unique flavors and toppings.
  3. Exploring Food Festivals: Some regions host food festivals dedicated to burgers on this special day. These events feature a variety of burger vendors, live music, and a festive atmosphere that’s perfect for families and friends.
  4. Supporting Local Businesses: Celebrating National Hamburger Day is also an opportunity to support local businesses. Many independent restaurants and food trucks offer exceptional burgers, and this day is an excellent time to discover hidden gems in your community.
  5. Sharing the Experience: Food brings people together, and sharing a burger with friends and family is a tradition for many. Hosting a barbecue or cookout is a wonderful way to bond and enjoy delicious food.

Whether you call it National Hamburger Day, International Burger Day, or World Burger Day, there’s no denying the enduring appeal of this iconic food. From its humble beginnings to its global dominance, the hamburger has become a symbol of convenience, indulgence, and culinary creativity.

On this special day, people around the world come together to celebrate the deliciousness and diversity of burgers. Whether you prefer classic simplicity or gourmet extravagance, there’s a burger out there for everyone. So, fire up the grill, visit your favorite burger joint, or try something new – because when it comes to burgers, the possibilities are endless, and the enjoyment is universal.

Recipe Ideas for National Hamburger Day

Chorizo Poblano Cheeseburgers (Gluten-Free) • The Heritage Cook ®
Bacon Jam Burgers – Ground Beef Recipes
Wagyu Burgers – The Short Order Cook
Sirloin Burger (with beets)- Food Meanderings
Avocado Burger – Homemade In The Kitchen
Fried Egg Burger – Homemade In The Kitchen
Smoked Burgers – crave the good
Poblano Queso Taco Burgers | Couple in the Kitchen
The Frisco Burger | Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Classic Patty Melts – Love Bakes Good Cakes
Smash Burger Recipe – BBQing with the Nolands
Bacon-Infused Beef Burgers With Fresh Ground Beef | Drugstore Divas
Coriander and Black Pepper Burgers | With A Blast
Dunker Burger Recipe
Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzadiki Sauce
Apple Mustard Pork Burgers – My Kitchen Love
Easy Smoked Burgers – Burrata and Bubbles
How to Make Grilled Venison (Deer Meat) Burgers – Grits and Gouda
Juicy Veal Burgers Recipe – Adriana’s Best Recipes
Grilled Cheese Burger Recipe » Homemade Heather
The Best Keto Bacon Wrapped & Cheese Stuffed Burgers | Lazy Girl Blog
Extra Juicy Air Fryer Turkey Burgers – A License To Grill
Truffle Burger with Brie and Mushrooms – Christina’s Cucina
Easy Taco Meatloaf Burgers – Fearless Dining
Vegan Jackfruit Burger Patties
Crispy Chicken Burgers (With Ground Chicken) – Two Kooks In The Kitchen
Asian Chicken Burgers (Bahn Mi Style) | A Reinvented Mom
Vegan Chorizo Burgers with Spicy Maple Lime Mayo | Planted365
Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Burgers – Basics with Bails
Mpiftekia (Greek Veal Burgers) – Kopiaste..to Greek Hospitality
Green Chile Cheeseburger • A Table Full Of Joy
Air Fryer Frozen Turkey Burgers | The Rustic Foodie®
Grilled Chipotle Mexi-burgers – Low Carb Simplified
Grilled Chipotle Mexi-burgers – Low Carb Simplified
Jerk Chicken Burger with Refreshing Mango Salsa – Krumpli
Indian Spicy Lamb Burgers with Red Onion Chutney – Krumpli
Southwest Black Bean Burger Recipe – Reuse Grow Enjoy
French Onion Burgers – A Seasoned Greeting – Juicy and cheesy!
Kangaroo Burgers (Video) – Peter’s Food Adventures
Greek Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce – Good Food Baddie
Grilled Pineapple Beyond Burger – Good Food Baddie
Grilled Bison Burgers with Pimento Cheese – The Toasty Kitchen
Aloha Burgers – Fantabulosity
Double Decker Brunch Burger – A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Kentucky Burger with Bourbon Onions and Pimento Beer Cheese – A Kitchen
Hoor’s Adventures
Healthy Turkey Burgers Recipe | Laura Fuentes
Islak Hamburger – The Taksim ‘Wet Burger’ Experience
Vegan + Gluten-Free Lentil Cheeseburger Sliders – ZardyPlants
Cordon Bleu Burgers | Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
Italian Grilled Chicken Burgers – Goodie Godmother
Easy Mediterranean Hamburgers – A Cedar Spoon
Chicken Satay Burger with Peanut Sauce – Baking Sense®
Grilled Guacamole Burgers – That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Halloumi Burgers – Souvlaki For The Soul
Smoked Turkey Burgers Recipe | A Grill for All Seasons
Delightfully Different Pork Burgers – I’d Rather Be A Chef
Jackfruit Burger Patty Recipe (Easy & Delicious!) – DIY Candy
Cheeseburger Sliders – Razzle Dazzle Life
Bacon Jam Cheeseburger – Razzle Dazzle Life
Creamy Chipotle Cheeseburgers – Razzle Dazzle Life
Healthy Mexican Chorizo Burgers • Beyond Mere Sustenance
Grilled Brisket Burgers Recipe – Out Grilling
Grilled Bacon Mozzarella Burgers – Miss in the Kitchen
Easy Grilled Fajita Burgers with Guacamole – Two Healthy Kitchens
Hamburger Soup – The Forked Spoon
Key West Surf and Turf Burger – 2 Cookin Mamas
Hawaiian Style Teriyaki Pork Burgers – Dish ‘n’ the Kitchen
French Onion Burger – Swirls of Flavor
French Onion Stuffed Burgers au Gratin – Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Bulgogi Burgers with Kimchi Sauce – OMG! Yummy
Bacon Blue Cheese Burger with Caramelized Onions – Fresh Flavorful
Easy Stuffed Burgers – Simply Stacie
The Best Greek Chicken Burgers | Busy Day Dinners
Blackstone Oklahoma Fried Onion Burger | Best Blackstone Recipes
Avocado Burger Recipe – Foxes Love Lemons
Air Fryer Hamburgers – Moore or Less Cooking
The Carolina Burger – Quiche My Grits
Turkey Burgers on the Grill (no bland, dry burgers with this recipe!)
Greek Style Lamb Burgers with Feta & Harissa Aioli – Pinch and Swirl
Spicy Vegan Peanut Butter Burger
Ginger Sesame Teriyaki Burgers
Crispy Halloumi Burgers (15 Minute Meal) – Scrummy Lane
Crispy Chicken Burger – Where Is My Spoon
Mac and Cheese Burger Recipe » The Fast Recipe Food Blog
Burgers with Blueberry BBQ Sauce, Brie, and Lemon Shallot Aioli – Hezzi-D’s
Books and Cooks
Best Southern Pimento Cheese Burgers – Grits and Pinecones
The Classic Cuban Burger (Cuban Sandwich Burger) | Latina Mom Meals
Copycat In-N-Out Burger – Pams Daily Dish
BBQ Chilli Burgers with Spicy Guacamole – Fab Food 4 All
Wagyu Burgers (Two Ways) – The Gourmet Bon Vivant
Grilled Brat Burgers Recipe – Bonappeteach
Garlic Herb Lamb Burgers – Healthy Seasonal Recipes
Bacon Egg Brooklyn Burger – Mommy Evolution
Cowboy Burger Recipe with Grilled Pickles + Crispy Onion Straws
Best Smash Burger Recipe with Onions on a Blackstone • The Fresh Cooky
Spicy Cumin Turkey Burgers | Sift & Simmer
Kimchi Beef Burgers with Creamy Kimchi Sauce – In the Kitch
Chicken-Fried Burgers – In the Kitch
Spicy Chicken Burgers (Healthy) – Hello Spoonful
Cranberry Turkey Burgers – Healthy & Easy | Hello Spoonful
Irish Burgers with Bacon and Cheese – BENSA Bacon Lovers Society
Pimento Cheese Stuffed Burger Sliders – Biscuits & Burlap
Ground Chicken Burgers with Spicy Tzatziki
Smokehouse Burgers with Bacon Onion Jam – Cooks with Soul
Recipe for South Philly Ground Pork Burgers : Jawns I Cooked
Buffalo Chicken Burgers – Scarlati Family Kitchen

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