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CENTENNIAL, CO - Americans are kicking off the official start of grilling season this Memorial Day weekend and firing up their barbecues in celebration of National Hamburger Day on Sunday, May 28.

Join the fun with just-released, "hot off the grill" favorite burger recipes and culinary inspiration from the Beef Checkoff.

As the authority on beef, the Beef Checkoff's BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com continues to be Americans' go-to source for top burger ideas.

To further inspire ahead of National Hamburger Day this Sunday, the Beef Checkoff revealed its top ten most-searched-for burger recipes.

  • Lean Mean Cheeseburger 
  • Ranch Burgers 
  • Caribbean Beef Burgers with Mango Salsa 
  • Cheesy Jalapeno Pepper-Stuffed Burgers 
  • Carolina Barbecue Burgers 
  • Classic Beef Cheeseburgers
  • Maple-Bacon Beer Burger
  • Barbecue Chipotle Burgers 
  • Thai Burger
  • Zesty BBQ Cheeseburgers 

"Americans' love affair with burgers continues, as they say they're twice as likely to visit a grocery store that's promoting beef for grilling, over a store that promotes any other protein," said Dave Zino, Executive Chef at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff. "As a high-quality protein packed with 10 essential nutrients, a sizzling, juicy burger is a satisfying meal like no other - perfect for Memorial Day entertaining and experimenting with new flavors."

With so many culinary twists on the classic, burgers have taken on countless shapes, sizes and toppings over the years since the original burger began its rise to stardom.

The origin of the term 'burger' dates back to the 1880s in Hamburg, Germany, where locals ground up beef steak and formed it into patties they called a "Hamburg Steak." German immigrants then brought Hamburg Steak to the United States where Americans placed it between two pieces of bread to form the first hamburger.

Though the exact origin of the hamburger continues to be debated, one thing is certain: the first burger was indeed beef - and the hamburger continues to be an American all-time favorite.
 

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