National burger day
May 28th, 2012
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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.

Time for some Angus management - May 28 is National Hamburger Day!

The humble hamburger seems to have had a facelift in recent years. Hamburgers of late feature all sorts of newfangled ideas, like the foie gras burger, Texas toast burger, or donut burger.

Making the ultimate burger is, ultimately, up to you. Ask your local butcher for freshly ground meat, and consider trying a meat blend with a cut like brisket for added flavor and texture. Ideally, you want a patty that will crust up well on the grill, stay juicy and won’t fall apart on you.

Then, there’s technique. Whether you’re flipping burgers on a pan or out on the grill, make sure your cooking surface is nice and hot. Flip your burgers once and for the love of hamburgers, don’t squish them with your spatula. Pressing down only forces out all the flavorful juices.

The patties aren't the only part of this meaty equation. Bread usually acts as a carrying vessel, and shouldn’t be neglected. Butter each side of the bun and toast alongside the patties to prevent a soggy mess. Go wild and experiment with different types of breads and rolls. You could also whip up your own condiments; homemade mayo is sure to win over even the most ardent sandwich spread lover.

Burgers also aren’t limited to the bovine variety. Turkey, chicken, shrimp, crab and veggies all make great burgers. Or you could try my personal favorite, the lamb burger:

1 pound ground lamb (or buy boneless lamb stew meat and grind it yourself)
4 ounces feta, cut into small cubes
Cumin, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste
Tzatziki sauce (Greek yogurt, finely diced cucumber, cumin, grated garlic, lemon zest and juice. It’s not traditional, but I love it this way.)
Arugula
4 pita pockets
2 sprigs rosemary
4 Yukon gold potatoes
Olive oil

Combine the lamb, feta, cumin, salt and pepper. Be careful not to over work the meat. Divide into four patties and refrigerate.

Cut the potatoes into wedges. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet. Add the sprigs of rosemary. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until crispy. Toss once or twice to prevent burning.

Fifteen minutes before grilling, take patties out of the fridge. Sear each side for 2-3 minutes on a preheated cooking surface that’s been rubbed with canola or vegetable oil. Remove the burgers, cover with tinfoil and let rest.

Cut a slit into each of the pita pockets and place them on a ungreased baking tray and heat them up with the potatoes. You don’t want them to get crispy, just warmed through so they’re pliable.

Place each patty in a pita pocket. Slather on tzatziki sauce and stuff in some arugula. Serve with the potatoes and extra tzatziki sauce for dipping.

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  1. バッグ

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    June 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Reply
  2. HubrisInc

    Where's the pink slime...is that the butchers scrap barrel they just dumped into the grinder...I thought that was the garbage can, LOL Yeah, enjoy a burger!

    May 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  3. Leslie

    I propose changing National Hamburger Day to July 4th. Now, go send a salami to your boy in the army.

    May 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  4. VladT

    Do animal rights activitis seriously have nothing better to do then to troll all Eatocracy articles that talk about meat, or espouse their hatred about the "meat industry?" As to the obesity claim...
    I am pretty sure that potato chips, cupcakes, candy, and soda are vegetarian, but yes, let's blame the "evil meat" as the reason why are nation is facing an "obesity crisis?" Using the logic demonstrated on this page, if I suddenly ate nothing but vegan desserts, I would lose more weight then someone who ate an occasional burger. Putzes

    May 29, 2012 at 8:43 am | Reply
    • New Gawker

      No they don't.

      May 30, 2012 at 9:16 am | Reply
  5. Dr.Watch

    She should have written a little bit about Memorial Day too.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Reply
    • mark glicker

      Haven't had a burger in over 30 years.

      May 28, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Reply
  6. Dr.Watch

    Matt you're crazy. You think this is no big deal. It's so stupid that today is National Burger Day instead of Memorial Day. That author has gone crazy.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Reply
  7. Marc Light

    It is memorial day idiot. Eatocracy fat f***'s

    May 28, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  8. animalsci89

    Don't see lamb get much love in the ground form. Nice way of thinking and giving a shout out to the Sheep industry. Very nice.

    May 28, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  9. Fries on the Side

    1 heart attack on a bun coming up!

    May 28, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Reply
    • mark glicker

      Hope that everyone had a fine weedend. Now back to work.

      May 30, 2012 at 9:17 am | Reply
  10. jbird68

    Nope! When youre staring down a tropical storm, its hearty Clam Chowda' Day! The only way to deal with the damp!

    May 28, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  11. maty

    The article is about burgers. Not the Memorial Day holiday. What's hard to understand about that?

    May 28, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  12. John

    OMG, how can you be so proud of doing that to a child? Junk? Are you serious? Give him an apple.

    May 28, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Reply
    • Common Sense

      Maybe some day I'll have a holiday to commemorate my passing away. Which is obviously overdue going by comments like that one.

      May 28, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Reply
    • Derek

      Actually, take away the bun, give him the meat and some veggies and fruit. Fatty meat is not your enemy, your body thrives on it. Starchy carbs and grains are your enemy.

      May 28, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Reply
      • dk

        you're kidding, right? you don't know much about nutrition, dude.

        May 28, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Reply
        • animalsci89

          He is right. Its more about the high energy carbs. Its a mixture of fats and carbs that are bad for you if you eat to many but its much easier to eat more carb calories than it is from protein/meat calories. Yes there is fat in meat but if its grilled there isn't as much as if its cooked on the stove in the juices/ie, fat.

          May 28, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
        • nVastis

          @dk: the efficacy of high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets has been demonstrated time and tim again. As long as you reduce your carbohydrates to the point of ketosis, fat doesn't matter. You're obviously a conformist who believes in conventional wisdom.

          May 28, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
  13. izlude

    This is a very personal topic. The editor needs to back off. My grandpa (mom's dad) and my own dad both served and LOVED to BBQ. I honor them with a BBQ each Memorial Day and pay respects to photos of them (placing food in front of the photos) much like how Buddhists do it, but I'm still a Catholic.

    It's all a matter of the situation. You're offending a lot of people with BS articles like this.

    May 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Reply
    • Max007

      Agreed. People need to relax. Not everyone BBQs, but this stupid article makes it sound like EVERYONE does it. We all have our own ways of paying our respects. We feast, we remember, and pay respects. These CNN goons never take this into account.

      May 28, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Reply
    • Observer

      The editor is perfectly fine. May 28th has been National Hamburger Day for several years now. Memorial Day just happened to be on the same day this year.

      Perhaps you should do a bit of research before crying about nothing.

      May 28, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Reply
    • OCCUPY WALLSTREET FOR CONGRESS

      You should thank the troops for gathering all those rare earth minerals in Afghanistan or you wouldn't be typing this stuff on the internet!!!

      May 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply
      • VladT

        Occupy stereotypical anti-military banter

        May 29, 2012 at 8:39 am | Reply
  14. barry zarfas

    I thank a fireman for saving my house, I thank a waiter for good service, why do I care what the soldiers do? what have they done? got me cheap oil? was someone really gonna invade the USA and thats why we police the world? did the solider get drafted or did they choose to do a job where they might get blown up so the federal government could do ? I dunno what..why are we in so many places in the world? its a huge expense and I dont get it...I'm all for supporting the USA troops, give them lazers, the armour, ,the best weapons to do their job..but you want me to thank them? give me a reason Im thanking them...thanks

    May 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Reply
    • Don D

      Moron. Or Troll. Or both. Either way, you, my dear sir, are an idiot.

      May 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Reply
      • barry zarfas

        thats not an answer, so tell me the answer, or you jut outed yourself to be a moron

        May 28, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Reply
    • OCCUPY WALLSTREET FOR CONGRESS

      You should thank the troops for gathering all those rare earth minerals in Afghanistan or you wouldn't be typing this stuff on the internet!!!

      But yes, I see your point. It's sickening how we thank people for killing others because some politician created a phony war for resources.

      May 28, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  15. Mitch

    Tebow wept.

    May 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  16. Deephaven

    Feeding something that huge to a little kid is ridiculous. No wonder obesity is at record levels in the U.S. That kid's parents are setting him up for an extremely unhealthy and unproductive life (and, the taxpayers end up with the tab at the end of the day).

    May 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
    • dohh

      its a nation of lazy fat and dumb now..all we do is whine about everything...

      May 28, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Reply
    • derphaven

      Oh for the love of all things small and furry, have you ever heard of artistic license? If the kid had a kid sized burger it wouldn't be much of a picture now would it?

      RELAX! It's only a picture.

      May 28, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  17. Ted Tierney

    I WONDER IF ITS NATIONAL HAMBURGER DAY IN MIAMI ?..........................

    May 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  18. Arick

    I see three articles about Memorial Day, what do you people want? How many articles can you make about Memorial Day? Maybe the whole page of CNN should be Memorial Day articles all saying the exact same thing.

    May 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  19. Jay

    The fact that Memorial Day, a solemn holiday of remembrance, and Burger Day, a National Day of remembrance to the National Beef Council, an agency that superfunds elections to the midwest beef prducers and puts out of busiess family owned cattle farms across the country, while lining the pockets of polititians that no longer serve the people, but the corporate greed that is today's idea of capitalism at it's best, are on the same day thi year is mere co-incidence. Toast hardy those billionaires that ground that beef in their great ginding machines, and watch the papers for the recall of beef that will ke you all ill. Cheers, enjoy your lean varigated amoniated beef product.

    May 28, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  20. Thatguy371

    I'm with the ham industry, and we're fed up with hamburgers not having ham on them. It isn't right, and we're not putting up with it anymore.

    May 28, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Reply
    • johnnynutbone

      Yeah well, I'm with the booger industry and we're sick and tired of people not putting their boogers on their ham. We're mad as hell and not going to take it anymore!

      May 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
      • Thatguy371

        Sounds more like you're with the pathetically gross jerk industry

        May 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
        • johnnynutbone

          OH GO BLOWWW YOURRRRR NOSEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

          May 28, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • Jay

      I always put ham and bacon on my burgers. I also mix the beef witth ground chicken and ground turkey so all of the lobiests get some action.

      May 28, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
      • johnnynutbone

        Ain't nothin' till you put a booger on it too, dammit!

        May 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  21. flarnkingsgargle

    Well, there's nothing more patriotic than eating the cow raised on American soil, fed with subsidized corn, slaughtered and packaged by Mexicans brought over to work for corporate Ag. and then ratted out by those very companies to the INS (of course with out receiving their pay), and then served on bread made with subsidized wheat with a side of fried potatoes. America!

    May 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  22. Observer

    Why all this hate?

    As other posters have pointed out, Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May, while National Burger Day is observed on May 28th; the two just happened to be on the same day this year. Moving one for the other is rude. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if many of the "outraged" posters had no idea today was National Burger Day or even knew it existed without reading this article.

    Many people observe Memorial Day with grilling, cookouts, and burgers, anyway, so the two observances falling on the same day does not hurt anyone.

    Also, I do not eat meat, and I'm not going to act like a jerk and tell others what they can and cannot eat. People who do look like fools.

    May 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • Jmaine

      I notice people who don't eat meat look sick.

      May 28, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Reply
      • Cory

        seriously, people who don't eat meat look sick, really you wrote that?

        people who eat meat die younger, are generally fatter, have their arteries clogged by animal fat, look older than vegans of the same age, and yeah, they look more sick...

        can't believe your comment.

        May 28, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Reply
        • VladT

          Yep, Cory, all that vegetarian stuff like candy, soda, french fries, potato chips, and cookies have nothing to do with obesity. Its just that evil meat. Why, if I lived off a diet of vegan style cake with soy vanilla milk, I would still be skinnier a carnivore who eats chicken with vegetables, an occasional burger with tomato, lettuce, and onions on it, et all.

          I think the lack of protein is getting to your brain

          May 29, 2012 at 8:31 am |
  23. sharoom

    Calm down everyone! Yes, it's Memorial Day, so remember the fallen and treat your fellow service members a good burger to thank them.

    May 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  24. annelee

    http://www.Hear-The-Truth.com

    May 28, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
  25. wildone

    "Eat Mor Chikin"

    May 28, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  26. Booo27

    I'm pretty sure this is an old reposted article since I do recall reading it before, as an avid visitor to food sites. You all need to calm down. The dates coincide. A few paragraphs on the eatocracy blog does not diminish the service of our troops and fallen heroes. If the offended on here want to rail on somebody, get on social media and rail at those posting "Happy Memorial Day." A phrase that sounds off to me, as someone who is remembering a family member lost in war today (although I remember him every day).

    May 28, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  27. Meh

    Dear people: Burger day happens to fall on the 28th of May every year.

    This year, the last Monday in May and the 28th of May happen to be on the same day.

    Furthermore, this article was probably written several months ago, and the author likely had no idea that the 28th was also Memorial Day.

    Furthermore, this is the food blog.

    May 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  28. Andrew

    Wow, really CNN? Do your editors have the day off?

    May 28, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  29. qanerd

    It is NOT National Burger Day. It is Memorial Day

    May 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
    • Meh

      Well, actually, it's both. Memorial Day always falls on the last Monday of May, while National Burger Day falls on the 28th of May.

      It just happens to coincide this year.

      May 28, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Reply
      • wildone

        Well then, you CHANGE NATIONAL HAMBURGER DAY so it doesn't fall on the SAME FREAKING DAY AS MEMORIAL DAY. "In order to honor our veterans who gave their lives in defense of liberty, National Hamburger Day will be set aside until August something or other." How freaking hard is that?

        May 28, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
        • Jmaine

          Happy National Burger Day everyone! Who cares about the fallen soldiers, they CHOSE to fight for a country that does nothing for them and their families. Anybody who joines the military is a fool. WHAT FREEDOMS? I've lived here my whole life and it is more like the Land of Restrictions.

          May 28, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
        • Stebs

          Soldiers don't deserve a day. They are paid employees of the US government. They chose the their career with the military, just like hack writers choose to work for HuffPo. Yes, members of the armed forces get shot at, but so do police officers, EMS workers in the hood and even pizza delivery drivers. Yet the only profession we worship are the soldiers. The guy that went crazy at Fort Hood was a soldier. Should we be memorializing him? People are people, and no deserves a holiday for working other than Labor Day. Thank God for National Hamburger Day actually making a holiday worth observing.

          May 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
        • Meh

          Well, maybe today shouldn't be National Burger Day for you, as red meat, along with useless rage over a non-issue clearly cannot be doing anything good for your blood pressure.

          May 28, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
        • Amused

          Jmaine – You are a complete and utter fool! You don't deserve to live in this great country! You have lived here in the land of plenty with more freedoms than anyone else on this planet and yet all you can do is whine and complain! Do you even have a job? Do you contribute a single worthwhile effort of ANYTHING to your community or are you just a self-serving sponge?
          I understand someone who questions our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, but to CLAIM that you have NO FREEDOM is pure self-serving Krap! What on earth do you wish to do that is not allowed in the USA?

          May 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  30. Dino

    So let me guess. If it's cow farmer big profits day then it must also be buy a new Weber grill day right? Nothing says make a profit like declaring national holidays by stepping all over and stealing the thunder from true holidays. We love to save the grand finale for the end of the year to show how much we really care about our savior. The more you spend, the more you care baby!

    May 28, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  31. Dr.Watch

    OH MY GOSH! IT'S MEMORIAL DAY AND YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT HAMBURGERS! WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU?

    May 28, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      OH MY GOSH! Settle down....maybe cause barbecuing is a big part of memorial day. Relax

      May 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
      • Andrew

        You need to Google Memorial Day

        May 28, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply
    • ZnHcats

      A lot of people do bbq at home in Memorial Day!

      May 28, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  32. farleyjc

    I think you people are being a little rough on the author. Yes, she should have probably acknowledged Memorial Day, but is it so terrible that Memorial Day and Hamburger Day fell on the same day and she failed to say something? This article could have been written 3 months ago and she didn't even realize it was MD.

    Why not make an awesome burger and thank all our vets in the pre-feast blessing?

    May 28, 2012 at 11:57 am | Reply
    • Cory

      Ummm, Memorial Day was created long before murder-millions-of-cows day, oh i mean hamburger day.

      The slaughter industry wanted to get in on the 'action' of a long-weekend, not caring about people who fought for this country. They don't care about your health or cows, so no surprise.

      May 28, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  33. Todd

    Wow, absolutely no class whatsoever. It's Memorial Day today CNN. Such a shame – you can't even mention the true holiday. So many gave the ultimate sacrifice, and this is how you honor the day?

    May 28, 2012 at 11:46 am | Reply
    • Josh G

      This is the FOOD SECTION OF CNN, genius. The article commemorating the true purpose of Memorial Day is the MAIN HEADLINE ON THE PAGE.

      Reading not a strong suit for you?

      May 28, 2012 at 11:52 am | Reply
      • Todd

        So this being in the food section means there is a free pass on stupidity and disrespect? Awesome, you must be so proud.
        Ironic that you have the freedom to choose to worship your sandwich today(of all days), rather than recognize and celebrate the national holiday – all because of the freedoms protected by the many that gave the ultimate sacrifice.

        Really, couldn't even mention once with a simple reference why today is the THE largest picnic day of the year?

        May 28, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Reply
        • Amused

          Todd, Please spare us your phony self-righteous indignation! You are PlSSlNG and Moaning about nothing in the FOOD section you fool! Get a life...

          May 29, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  34. SFC YOUNG

    Today is Memorial Day not some holiday about food. So go and remove your head form your fourth point of contact and get with the program. This isn't a day about getting together with family, it isn't a day about cooking out, this sure isn't a day about sales and shopping. This is a day to remember those whose lives were taken from them during combat operations. Men and woman like CW4 Bruce Smith, Maj Ronald Culver and SSG Jarred Fontenot who will never again be with their family. Simply distasteful.

    May 28, 2012 at 11:37 am | Reply
    • Levi

      oh settle down. People like you just have to find fault with everything. You're the reason society can't have nice things.

      May 28, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
      • qanerd

        You (and your ilk) the reason this country has no respect.

        May 28, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
      • SFC YOUNG

        Its' because of the people like me and the ones we are supposed to be honoring today why we can have nice things.

        May 28, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  35. Td

    Lol at people being offended. Omg people are enjoying life! Cry more.

    May 28, 2012 at 11:34 am | Reply
    • Cory

      1) This shows that the slaughter industry doesn't care about veterans.

      2) They don't care about your health or the millions of cows that get killed.

      May 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
      • Glad to finally have a day off

        And WE certainly don't care about YOUR pet-peaves! Holidays are for enjoyment and celebration of our freedoms! Apparantly YOU celebrate by being self-righteous and spewing hatred! I hope you are "enjoying" yourself...

        May 29, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  36. wildone

    McDonalds. Proud sponsor of National Hamburger Day. "You deserve a break today." So enjoy some dead flesh on a bun.

    May 28, 2012 at 11:34 am | Reply
    • Tr1Xen

      Let me guess, you're vegan, right? And you're probably also a big supported of PETA. You eat bean sprouts and tofu and you're a tree hugging hippie. You don't sound too wild to me. Come to Texas and we'll show you wild, buddy!

      May 28, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
      • Tr1Xen

        *supporter =P typo

        May 28, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
      • wildone

        Wrong on all counts. And I've been to Texas many times. Been to Austin and Dallas mostly. Killed pigs with a buddy. I just think having a "holiday" that celebrates eating dead flesh that coincides with Memorial Day is F'd up.

        May 28, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
      • Gregg H

        Yeah, you win the argument by saying you'll beat up anyone who doesn't agree with you! (Oh wait, sorry, it's Texas, you're probably threatening to shoot them). Wait to go internet tough guy!

        May 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Reply
        • Gregg H

          I assume National Hot Dog Day is July 4th.

          May 28, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
        • johnnynutbone

          No, July 4 is now, 'We No Longer Have Our Independence Day and We're All Too Fat and Lazy To Not Become Slaves To Politicians, Bankers, and Evil People In The World Because We Ate Too Many Damn Hamburgers Day!"

          May 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  37. wildone

    "I'd like to thank everyone for coming to Arlington National Cemetery today in honor of.............Oops, excuse me, I forgot it's National Hamburger Day. My mistake.

    May 28, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
  38. wildone

    Yummmm. Nothin' like consuming dead flesh on a bun. I bet the guy in Miami who ate the other guy's face wished he had some A1.

    May 28, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
    • Glad to finally have a day off

      You realize that NO ONE here gives a Krap about your personal hang-ups! You're just PlSSlNG IN the WIND! I hope you enjoy it...

      May 29, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  39. len

    Beef is the ONLY ingredient in hamburger (chicken, turkey, Lamb, are NOT burgers merely sandwiches).memorial day is different for everyone, example my father was a veteran of WW@ but my wife’s family is not American and none have every served in any military. So for her and her friends it is only an opportunity to have a party .My family has no living veterans all have passed most by natural causes and a couple in service of our country(but I have never known any of them except my father).

    May 28, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
    • Ethicalanarchist

      I was going to reply to this len, but thought the better of it. Tell your wife and her family
      that this veteran hopes they enjoy their party.

      May 28, 2012 at 11:34 am | Reply
    • Yourgo

      Many have lost family that fought in wars and if they was with us they would not want us to miss a cook out and you can make believe that family is with you when your all together

      May 28, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
  40. Ethicalanarchist

    Hmmm. All this time I thought it was Memorial Day. I'll call up the families
    of my friends that have died in combat and let them know what they
    were fighting for.

    Thank you, CNN for setting me straight.

    May 28, 2012 at 11:21 am | Reply
    • Blair

      @ Ethicalanarchistm – Amen to that.

      May 28, 2012 at 11:31 am | Reply
  41. Rich

    Ahh, CNN...how classy...it's NOT National Hamburger Day.....it's MEMORIAL DAY.......this sickens me that you would even write an article like this and post it.

    May 28, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply
    • Steve

      Rich, that was my thought exactly. +10000 to you.

      May 28, 2012 at 11:19 am | Reply
      • Joe

        I can only assume the both of you failed or didn't bother to noitce that this article appears under the eatoracy (a.k.a. Food Section). Excellent work taking something completely out of context

        May 28, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
        • grant77

          Context Joe? The headline is "National Burger Day", and this happens to be memorial day??? How much context do we need?

          May 28, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
        • Cory

          Meat is horrible. Grow some empathy, the means doesn't justify the end.

          Think about if it was you made to live in some cage, only to have a bolt shot in your head.

          Meat dot org.

          May 28, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  42. TPN 51

    In a country suffering from childhood obesity and adult obesity, what a great day for them. Keep eating those greasy sliders with cheese, bacon and bread. See yoy at the heavier convention.

    May 28, 2012 at 11:09 am | Reply
    • len

      One burger every once in a while does no harm, especially home made ones cooked on the grill with lower fat cuts of beef.

      May 28, 2012 at 11:26 am | Reply
      • Cory

        Len, a little murder once in a while you mean.

        You do an inhumane thing every time you eat meat. Grow some balls and say no, you're not going to support
        an industry that mistreats and kills billions of animals a year.

        Heck, even Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath is vegan, and Woody Harrelson, Joaquin Phoenix, sexy Olivia Wilde, Bryan Adams, Kevin Nealon, etc. etc.

        read some stuff at meat dot org.

        May 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
        • VladT

          Do you anti meat eaters have nothing better to do then to troll every hamburger related piece? To the original troll, I am sure the obesity has more to do with all those vegetarian snacks, i.e. potato chips, ice cream, candy, soda, etc. No meat in those.
          What's wrong with a lean burger with some mustard, tomato, lettuce, and onion? That's more veggies in one meal then most adults I know. Get off your high horse, and enjoy a nice, meaty burger. As for the salad head......go Occupy a butcher shop

          May 29, 2012 at 8:07 am |
        • Glad to finally have a day off

          Cory, Please spare us your hipocracy and phony outrage! Are you aware of the FACT that plants have feelings too? This has been proven many times over in numerous biological studies! Every time you eat a sprout or spinach, you have murdered a defenseless plant that cannot even move out of your way! Even though plants scream out in pain as loudly as they can, you do not hear their futile cry! You are just as guilty of murder as the rest of us, so please spare us your self-righteous Krap!

          May 29, 2012 at 3:33 pm |

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