The cheeseburger has remained a staple food in American for almost an entire century. Conservative estimates show that Americans, on average, eat about one hamburger a week or 50 hamburgers per year, with higher estimates at about three hamburgers per week or 150 hamburgers per year for individuals. That’s a lot of beef! Statistics show that about 40 percent of these hamburgers served in the US have cheese added to them. In celebration of National Cheeseburger Day on Sept. 18, The Dish scours the United States to show you some of Restaurant.com’s most popular signature and namesake cheeseburgers.
Located on the north end of 8th Avenue (Frederick Douglass Boulevard) in Harlem, 2647 Harlem “combines uptown soul with downtown elegance.”
The Douglass Burger
Frederick Douglas’s namesake cheeseburger at 2647 Harlem. The Douglass Burger’s ingredients reflect the formality of a man’s last name, as the 8 ounce beef patty is topped with applewood bacon and an onion ring and dressed in bleu cheese sauce. The Douglass is also served on an English muffin.
Ripps Grille in Houston cooks some of Texas’s finest comfort dishes with signature gourmet burgers and famous dipped sandwiches. Enjoy the spacious interior and movie-themed décor while you feast to your heart’s delight.
All in the Family fans will remember the pointed commentary and general “grouchiness” of legendary sitcom character Archie Bunker. Ripps has named a burger in his honor, featuring enough flavor to leave as lasting of an imprint as Archie himself. The Archie Bunker consists of a patty melt burger with sautéed onions, pimento cheeses and Ripps signature sauce (a blend of spicy romano cream sauce and Thousand Island dressing) served between two pieces of Texas Toast.
It’s not that uncommon to see sports bar dishes named after famous retired athletes and personalities, but you’d be hard pressed to find a “John Salley” cheeseburger anywhere else.
The John Salley
Named after the former Detroit Piston, Chicago Bull and Los Angeles Laker (among other teams), forward/center John Salley was the first player in NBA history to play for three championship-winning franchises. Before he was a host of The Best Damn Sports Show Period and an active celebrity personality, John Salley anchored the Detroit Pistons’ “bad boys” defense and still ranks among the top of the team’s all-time blocks leaders.
The John Salley burger features a beef patty topped with jalapeños, pepper jack cheese and bacon. According to the Catch 22 menu, “Being bad never tasted so good.”
If spicy isn’t your thing, try another Catch 22 signature burger such as the Roger Clemens, the Clyde Drexler or the Doug Flutie.
Sully C’s is a great place to catch sports games, relax and pig out on delicious American barbecue and hamburgers.
The Heart Stopper
Sometimes a name says it all. That is certainly the case with the Heart Stopper cheeseburger. The Heart Stopper features a combination of Swiss and cheddar cheese topped with Polish kielbasa and onion rings. All of Sully C’s burgers are served with lettuce, tomato, red onion and your choice of coleslaw or french fries.
Local 22 has a mission to serve the best local food and beers that the Midwest has to offer. Working with the top organic, hormone-free and self-sustained farmers in the area, Local 22 claims to cook Chicago’s best burgers and serve its best beer. Stop in to try their featured burger of the month.
Local 22’s menu features food choices named after recognizable Chicago landmarks, neighborhoods and streets. The Loop is one of Local 22’s most popular burgers, featuring applewood smoked bacon, Bermuda onion, tomato, Muenster Cheese and its signature Local Sauce (ketchup, mayonnaise and chopped up dill pickle).
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