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December 21st, 2010
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday and the most delicious finds on TV.

December 21 might have given us a total lunar eclipse to mark the winter solstice, but the meat of the matter is today is National Hamburger Day.

Hamburgers are being touted as hip chow by new restaurants dedicated to redefining the classic staple. Not that the patties needed any help - according to a survey conducted by Men’s Health, Americans eat about 40 billion burgers every year, which comes out to about 150 per person.

Go on and add your favorite toppings, but don’t go overboard, says Chef Jason Paolini, creator of America’s best cheeseburger. “We wanted to just keep it simple and make it perfect.”

What's on TV?

“Rachael Ray Show” – NBC, check local listings
Christina Hendricks whips up three festive treats. Here’s to hoping at least two are merry “Mad Men” cocktails.

“World Chocolate Championship” – Planet Green, 10 a.m. ET
Nineteen of the best chocolatiers in the world compete for the title of World Chocolate Master.

“Food Detectives” – Cooking Channel, 8 p.m. ET
The detectives set various foods on fire to calculate the number of calories in each, and then hit the gym to see what it takes to burn them off.

“Cupcake Wars” – Food Network, 9 p.m. ET
Four cupcake bakers battle to have their treats featured at the Los Angeles Kings' opening night.

“Ramsay’s Best Restaurant” – BBC America, 9 p.m. ET
Gordon Ramsay pits two of the best Chinese restaurants in the country against each other.

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  1. Queen of Everything

    Mmmm, that burger looks really good. The perfect follow up for the donuts I just hoovered.

    December 21, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  2. Jerv

    National Hamburger Day. Now this is a national day I like. I'm having a big ol' 5 Guys cheese burger for lunch to celebrate.

    December 21, 2010 at 9:13 am |
  3. RichardHead

    Now Thats a Burger. Looks better than the old picture used in the past.

    December 21, 2010 at 9:09 am |
    • Evil Grin

      Much better. Don't think I'm up for a hamburger today, though. Maybe I'll swap out the day with something else down the line.

      December 21, 2010 at 9:16 am |
    • Floyd, Albuquerque NM

      You guys need to add some green chile to that burger. Otherwise, perfect.

      December 29, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
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