Thanksgiving and Christmas are past... New Year is here ... AND Cheeseburger Week is just ahead

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During Cheeseburger Week from January 12 to January 17, 2014, Pasadena honors Lionel Sternberger’s genius in being the first to put cheese to hamburger at the Rite Spot in Pasadena in 1924.

Forty of Pasadena’s favorite restaurants, lounges and burger joints offer their signature burgers, some special creations and a deals during

Pasadena Cheeseburger Week.

Again in 2014, you can vote for your favorites in the Cheeseburger Challenge. Who makes your favorite lunch counter burger? Who serves your favorite turkey burger? Who makes your favorite veggie burger? Who serves the best beverage with a burger? You decide during Cheeseburger Week, January 12th through January 17th.

Voting in the Cheeseburger Challenge opens on Sunday, January 12th. You can view the 2013 results by clicking here.

For 2014, we are adding several restaurants. Some participants will include special menu items or deals for patrons during Cheeseburger Week.

Now, a break for the official song of Cheeseburger Week:


Of course it is!

Let’s all salute Lionel Sternberger for his mastery, insight, pioneering innovation and daring in placing a piece of cheese atop a hamburger for the first time in recorded culinary history at his father’s roadside stand, the Rite Spot at 1500 West Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena.

The invention of the cheeseburger at the Rite Spot has been documented by the Los Angeles Times,, Hamburger Heaven:the Illustrated History of the Hamburger and The San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Even CNN is on the story:

Cheeseburger Week 2013… 

The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce hosts the third Cheeseburger Week and Cheeseburger Challenge January 12th to 17th, 2014. Once again, you’ll be able to vote for your favorites in a number of categories, from traditional lunch counter burgers to white table cloth an alternative cheeseburgers. We’ll also have an alternative cheeseburger category or two, as well.

Plan to come to Pasadena for a Cheeseburger Crawl, take the Cheeseburger Challenge and celebrate Lionel Sternberger’s culinary legacy in the city where the cheeseburger was first served.

Here is a partial list of restaurants and lounges that are taking the Cheeseburger Challenge during Cheeseburger Week 2014. Most are still serving cheeseburgers (and much more). Click on the name to go to the restaurant’s web page:

For address, menu and special offer information click on Restaurant Participants above.