You Are Allowed To Eat One Cheeseburger On Cheeseburger Day

September 18 is National Cheeseburger Day. That's right; the humble cheese slice and beef patty encased in a bun has its own food holiday. Even if you're on a strict diet, you need to partake in one cheeseburger today. It's the law.

"Cheeseburger Day" might be a stupid, meaningless gimmick - but it's also a perfect excuse to cut loose one day each year. Just remember: a single burger isn't going to hurt you - in fact, it can even be healthier than a store-bought salad, depending on the dressing. So head to your local burger joint and go nuts!

Once you've got your burger in hand, kick back and enjoy some of our favouroite burger posts, which we've assembled below. It's all here: from the top 10 hamburger joints in Australia to our most fearsome DIY burger creations.

We've divided our menu into four tasty categories: How To, Taste Test and Burger Factoids. Click on the headlines to read the original articles. Bon appetit!

How Tos:

How To Steam A Good Cheeseburger In Your Pressure Cooker

Turn Burger Patties into Edible Bowls for the Ultimate Bunless Burger

Like many of the greatest minds of my generation, my brain has been utterly poisoned by memes. Although I’m not exactly a discerning meme consumer, I do have my favourites — and I think I’ve watched every iteration of the iconic Simpsons “Steamed Hams” clip on YouTube twice, minimum. (My favourite is “Steamed Hams but it’s Basket Case by Green Day.” No, I will not be taking questions. Thanks!)


How To Make Your Own Carl's Jr-Style Cheeseburgers

If you're keen to try these extra-thick burgers but don't fancy a trip America, you need this mouth-watering DIY recipe from fast-food demystifier Todd Wilbur.


How To Make Beer Can Bacon Burgers

Beer can bacon burgers. Beer can. Bacon. Burgers. You know you need to make these at your next backyard barbecue. Science demands it. We have the full recipe right here.


How To Make Veggie Burgers That Taste Great And Won't Fall Apart

Make Homemade Veggie Burgers that Taste Great and Won't Fall Apart

Most store-bought veggie burgers are flavourless, rubbery disks. With the right ingredients and a little time, you can make your own delicious veggie burgers that all your party guests (not just the vegetarians) will love.


How To 'Smash' Your Burger For Maximum Flavour

There's something aesthetically pleasing about a perfectly formed hamburger patty; especially when it has those little symmetrical grill marks. However, it turns out that smashing your patty during the cooking process actually imparts more flavour. Check out the video to see how it's done.


Add Iced Water To Burger Patties To Keep Them Moist

Add Ice Water to Burger Patties to Keep Them Moist

We thought we'd come across every burger-making tip out there, from how to pack the patties correctly to how to make steamed burgers. But here's a smart-sounding one we'd never heard of until now: to keep patties extra juicy, add a little iced water to your meat.


How To Make Black Burgers

Burger King's new all-black burger has black buns, cheese, and sauce

You've seen Burger King Japan's black cheese burger. You've seen McDonald's black burger. You may have even read the Kotaku review. Now, learn how to make your own using squid ink and bamboo charcoal. (Warning: If you get squeamish around dead sea creatures, maybe sit this one out.)


How To Mince Meat For Burgers Without A Mincer

Mincing your own meat is the best way to control what goes into your burgers, and it results in meat patties that are tastier and juicier. The folks at America's Test Kitchen show us how to produce our own meat patties with nothing more than a freezer and a food processor.

Taste Test:

I Took My Wife To McDonald's For Our Wedding Anniversary... And It Was Surprisingly Fancy

In its latest attempt at gentrified reinvention, McDonald's has opened a deluxe "Burger Bar" in Thornleigh, NSW. The launch of this fancy new restaurant happened to coincide with my wedding anniversary — so I did the unthinkable and took my wife on a Macca's run to celebrate. No really.


Taste Test: McDonald's Black & White Burgers

McDonald's serves up some pretty weird menu items in overseas markets. During a recent jaunt to Hong Kong, we tried out the company's black-and-white heibai liangdao tongchi burgers. Read on for our taste test. (Plus tips on how to make your own!)


Taste Test: The McDonald's Bunless Beef Double

McDonald's new "Create Your Taste" menu allows customers to build some pretty unique burgers — including an all-beef take on the KFC Double. Intrigued? Here's how to order one (and what it tastes like.)


Taste Test: McDonald's Home Delivery Service Is Kind Of Awful

There are some things in life that just go hand in hand: peaches and cream, Simon & Garfunkel, jockey shorts and Ryan Gosling. Unfortunately, it would seem McDonald's and home delivery do not make a perfect duo. In fact, the results are pretty horrendous.


Grill'd Mac: I Put Big Mac Sauce On A Grill'd Burger And Created Something Magical

As part of its "Mac It Special" campaign, we were sent a bottle of Big Mac sauce. Rather than preserve it or flog it, I decided to take up the challenge of putting it on just about everything.

Burger Factoids:

The Ten Tastiest Burger Joints In Australia

There's no room in life for sub par burgers. If your local takeout shop isn't cutting the mustard, you need to upgrade to a tastier establishment immediately. According to TripAdvisor's customer review data, these are the best ten burger places in Australia. (Note: The following descriptions and photos may cause extreme taste-bud torture. You have been warned!)


This Is The Unhealthiest Burger In Australia

Hungry Jack's, we need to talk...


The Perfect Burger Starts At 200 Grams

The Perfect Burger Starts at 7 Ounces

Fast food chains keeping trying to create bigger burgers. Home burger chefs, on the other hand, need to keep the pre-cooked weight around 200 grams to get the proper level of flavour and juiciness.


The Most Revealing Responses To McDonald's 'Our Food Your Questions' Campaign

A few months ago, McDonald's Australia flung its barn doors wide open and invited customers to grill them on any topic they liked. No question was off-limits, including if any of its burgers have shrunk in size (the answer is yes) and whether free-range eggs and meat are used (the answer is no). Here are 15 of the most revealing — and weirdest — responses from the campaign so far.


Annihilate Your Taste-Buds With The 'McEverything' Burger

If you thought our recent "Noah's Ark" burger was pretty hardcore, think again. A blogger in the US has created the 'McEverything' — a mountain-sized artery-clogger consisting of 43 seperate menu items.

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