Who created the first cheeseburger?
Well as with the history of the hamburger, there are several claims to be the first cheeseburger ever.
Adding Cheese to Hamburgers
Did it start by accident? Was cheese an intentional addition to the wonderful new super-sandwich called hamburger?
In the 1926 Lionel Sternberger is reputed to have invented the cheeseburger. The experimenting 16 year old fry cook at The Rite Spot in Pasadena, California added American cheese to a sizzling hamburger.
In 1928 O’Dell’s restaurant menu in Los Angeles listed a chili cheeseburger for 25 cents.
Of course there are other claims. Kaelin’s Restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, said it invented the cheeseburger in 1934.
Louis Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in Denver, Colorado trademarked the cheeseburger in 1935, but Steak ‘n Shake claims its founder applied for that trademark in the 1930s also.
Do you know of any others who say they invented the cheeseburger? Chime in..