Cheeseburger Week

Cheeseburger Week 2014 is… history.

Thank you to all the restaurants, patrons, fans, bloggers, news reporters, TV stations and everyone who helped make the event a success.

1308 people took the Cheeseburger Challenge and voted for their favorite cheeseburger at during Pasadena Cheeseburger Week 2104. Voting was open from Sunday, January 17th through Sunday, January 20th.

The results list the top vote four getters in each category (unless there were fewer than four entries). Total votes received by each of the favorites are also listed.

Pasadena Cheeseburger Week was -presented by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce as a Pasadena Restaurant Week and California Restaurant Month event. Sponsors of Cheeseburger Week are the City of Pasadena, Southern California Gas Company Advanced Meter and Trusted Choice Agents of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena.

Pasadena is a dining destination and also a burger destination. We are very pleased to have added so many new participants in 2014.

Participation in Cheeseburger Week and the Cheeseburger Challenge is limited to Pasadena Chamber member restaurants as a benefit of membership.

Here are the results of the 2014 Cheeseburger Challenge:

1.      Favorite restaurant to go for a burger

a.       Dog Haus (12.1% / 156 votes)

b.      Big Daddy’s Fire Grill (9% / 119)

c.       La Grande Orange (5.5% / 72)

d.      Pie ‘n Burger (4.1% / 54) (tie)

e.      Slater’s 50/50 (4.1% / 54)

2.      Favorite lunch counter burger

a.       Pie ‘n Burger (20.3% / 204)

b.      The Counter (18.9% / 190)

c.      BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse (10.9% / 110) (tie)

d.    Clearman’s Galley (10.9% / 110)

3.      Favorite traditional cheeseburger:

a.       Dog Haus (16.9% / 189)

b.      Pie ‘n Burger (16.9% / 188)

c.       The Counter (12.9% / 144)

d.      La Grande Orange (7% / 78)

4.      Favorite sliders

a.       Dog Haus (21.1% / 228)

b.      The Counter (12.4% / 134)

c.       BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse (7.9% / 86)

d.      POP Champagne and Dessert Bar (6.7% / 72)

5.      Favorite Gourmet Burger

a.       Dog Haus (12.3% / 152)

b.      Big Daddy’s Fire Grill (9.7% / 120)

c.       La Grande Orange (6.5% / 80)

d.      Haven Gastropub + Brewery (5.7% / 70)

6.      Favorite alternative burger:

a.       Big Daddy’s Lamb Burger (12.5% / 123)

b.      Slater’s 50/50 Cheeseburger Salad (10% / 99)

c.       La Grande Orange Ahi Tuna Burger (6.5% / 64)

d.      Umami Burger Ahi Tuna Burger (5.8% / 57)

7.      Favorite turkey burger:

a.       The Counter (28.3% / 274)

b.      Big Daddy’s Fire Grill (25.6% / 248)

c.       Slater’s 50/50 (17.1% / 166)

d.      Umami Burger (8.2% / 80)

8.      Favorite sit-down/white table cloth cheeseburger:

a.       Green Street Restaurant (33.3% / 250)

b.      a/k/a Bistro (17.6% / 132)

c.       Central Park Restaurant (14.9% / 112)

d.      Vertical Wine Bistro (7.7% / 58)

9.      Favorite new restaurant for a burger:

a.       Du-Pars Restaurant (18.6% / 121)

b.      Big Daddy’s (Orangewood Plaza) (18.5% / 119)

c.       Kal’s Mediterranean Bistro (6.3% / 52)

d.      ZiLin Restaurant (4.1% / 34)

10.  Favorite ethnic burger:

a.       El Portal / Yahaira’s (36.8% / 121)

b.      Kathleen’s (Green Chile Burger) (20.4% / 67)

c.       M Local Mediterranean Grill (17.3% / 57)

d.      CREPE studio (15.5% / 51)

11.  Favorite Kobe / Wagyu burger:

a.       Toro Sushi Bar Lounge (42.2% / 131)

b.      POP Champagne and Dessert Bar (30.4% / 95)

c.       Vertical Wine Bistro (27.5% / 86)

12.  Favorite bar burger:

a.       Dog Haus Biergarten (28.8% / 278)

b.      Slater’s 50/50 (16.1% / 156)

c.       Kings Row Gastropub (8.4% / 81) tie

d.      Haven Gastropub + Brewery (8.4% /81

13.  Favorite veggie/vegan burger:

a.       The Counter (26.5% / 103)

b.      Slater’s 50/50 (17.8% / 69)

c.       Umami Burger 16% / 62)

d.      Kathleen’s (10.3% / 40)

14.  Favorite draught beer with a burger:

a.       Dog Haus Biergarten (13.8% / 142)

b.       Big Daddy’s Fire Grill (10.9% / 112) (tie)

c.      Slater’s 50/50 (10.9% / 112)

d.      Haven Gastropub + Brewery (7.2% / 74)

15.  Favorite dessert after a cheeseburger:

a.       Pie ‘n Burger (18.3% / 166)

b.      BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse (14.6% / 132)

c.       Slater’s 50/50 (13.5% / 122)

d.      POP Champagne and Dessert Bar (11.8% / 107)

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 and serve it at the Rite Spot in Pasadena in 1924.

Celebrate the birthplace of America’s favorite food during Pasadena Cheeseburger Week every Januaryto hamburger and serve it 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.

Some, such as El Portal, Vertical Wine BistroThe Counter, Kings Row Gastropub and Pita Jungle are offering specially created burgers for Cheeseburger Week.

Some, such as Pie ‘n Burger, El Portal and The Counter have special deals for Cheeseburger Week.

Check out all the participants and see what everyone has on the menu by clicking here.

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.

Scroll down to take the Cheeseburger Challenge. 

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

Now, the official song of Cheeseburger Week:

Of course it is!

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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, Time magazine,, Hamburger Heaven:the Illustrated History of the Hamburger and The San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Even CNN is on the story:

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.

Scroll down to take the Cheeseburger Challenge.

Here are our participants for the 2014 Cheeseburger Week in Pasadena and the gamut of burgers they each serve (click on the name to go to the web page, click on the menu item for the full restaurant burger menu):

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

Voting in the 2014 Cheeseburger Challenge opens January 12, 2014 and ends January 19, 2014.

Check out some more of our media coverage:

Pasadena Sinks Its Teeth into Cheeseburger Week NBC Southern California

Cheeseburger Week is a Pasadena Restaurant Week and California Restaurant Month vca_crm_logo_plateevent presented by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. Cheeseburger Week is generously sponsored by the City of Pasadena, Southern California Gas Company Advanced Meter and Trusted Choice Agents of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena.

93.1 Jack-FM, Yelp! and the Pasadena Independent/Beacon Media News are helping promote Cheeseburger Week. Yelp Logo