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Enjoy a juicy hamburger today: It's National Hamburger Day

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Billions of hamburgers are consumed every year in the United States. Since May 28 is National Hamburger Day, the number is sure to increase. For children and adults, nothing is more American than a big, juicy hamburger.

Hamburgers and cheeseburgers have been part of the American diet for decades. In 2001, over 8.2 billion burgers were served in restaurants in the United States. This number doesn't even include the number of burgers people eat at home, which is about another 15 billion.

A hamburger is also called a beef burger, hamburger sandwich, burger or hamburg . It is a sandwich consisting of one or more cooked patties of ground meat usually placed inside a sliced hamburger bun. The meat in hamburgers is usually ground beef. Hamburger can be eaten plain, but they are often served with lettuce, bacon, tomato, onion, pickles, cheese and condiments such as mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup and relish. Once you put cheese on your hamburger, it is no longer a hamburger. Then it becomes a cheeseburger.

Hamburgers did originate in Hamburg, Germany, but eating the burger in a bun is actually an American innovation. The hamburger sandwich was most likely invented in Seymour, Wisconsin. Each year the city hosts a hamburger festival called Burger Fest. That is where the world's largest burger weighing 8,266 made its debut in 2001.

To celebrate National Hamburger Day, eat at least one hamburger. You could host a backyard barbecue with your friends and grill some juicy hamburgers. Remember you can customize your hamburger by adding lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, mayonnaise, ketchup and your other favorite fixings.

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