Cheeseburger Week 2020 is done! Here are the Cheeseburger Challenge results.

more than 1500 people celebrated the birth of the cheeseburger in the home of the cheeseburger-Pasadena by voting in the Cheeseburger Challenge.

Here are the results:

Favorite Place to go for a Burger

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Granville's Southwest Burger
The Suthwest Burger from Granville.


  1. Dog Haus/Dog Haus Biergarten: 19%
  2. The Stand 15%
  3. The Langham Huntington Hotel 10.5%

Favorite Innovative Burger

  1. Umami Burger 18%
  2. Kings Row Gastropub 13%
  3. The Pan 7%

Favorite Lunch Counter Burger:

  1. Pie ‘n Burger 32%
  2. The Counter 29%
  3. The Pan 18%

Favorite Traditional Cheeseburger

  1. The Stand 32%
  2. Clearman’s Galley 16%
  3. Cindy’s Restaurant 9%

Favorite Sliders

  1. Dog Haus 15%
  2. Ruth’s Chris Steak House 9%
  3. Foothill 8%

Favorite Gourmet Burger

  1. Dog Haus 36%%
  2. The Stand 27%
  3. Terrace at the Langham (tie) 14%

Favorite Alternative burger

  1. Umami Burger (Impossible Burger) 24%
  2. The Counter (Bison Burger) 17%
  3. True Food Kitchen (Upside Down Quinoa Burger) 11%

Favorite Turkey Burger

  1. Barney’s Beanery 26%
  2. The Great Maple/Green Street Restaurant (tie) 18%
  3. Kathleen’s Restaurant 9%

Favorite Sit-down/White Table Cloth Burger

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Umami's Truffle Burger
The Truffle Burger from Umami.


  1. Fleming’s Prime Steak House and Wine Bar 26%
  2. The Royce Wood Fired Steakhouse at the Langham 25%
  3. Alexander’s Steakhouse 18%

Favorite New Participating Restaurant

  1. Alexander’s Steakhouse 25.5%
  2. Granville 24%
  3. Café 1919 at the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens 17%

Favorite Bar Burger

  1. Dog Haus Biergarten 25.5%
  2. Fleming’s/Clearman’s Galley (tie) 12%
  3. White Horse Lounge 8%

Favorite Veggie/Vegan Burger

  1. Taproom at the Langham 16%%
  2. True Food Kitchen 12.5%
  3. La Grande Orange Café 7%

Favorite Craft Beer with a Burger

  1. Dog Haus Biergarten 16%
  2. Kings Row Gastropub 14.5%
  3. Lucky Baldwin’s 11%

Favorite Dessert After a Burger

  1. Pie ‘n Burger 28.43%
  2. The Terrace at the Langham 22.5%
  3. Stonefire Grill 14%

Favorite Cocktail with a Burger

  1. Taproom at the Langham 21.5%
  2. White Horse Lounge 17%
  3. Paul Martin’s American Grill 16%

Here are the participants for 2020:

Cheeseburger Week® is always great fun for the participants and patrons. The venues all put a lot of energy and creativity into their menus. Everyone has a great time promoting Pasadena as the ‘Home of the Cheeseburger’ while indulging in some really tasty burgers.

For address, menu and other information visit Look for Pasadena Restaurant Week coming April 26 to May 1, 2020.

Cheeseburger Week® is a Pasadena Restaurant Week and California Restaurant Month event presented by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. Cheeseburger Week® is generously sponsored by Wells Fargo.


During Cheeseburger Week from January 26th to January 31st,  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.

Forty of Pasadena's favorite restaurants, lounges and burger joints offered their signature burgers, some special creations and a deals  during Pasadena Cheeseburger Week.

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

Again in 2020, 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 craft beer or cocktail with a burger? You decide during Cheeseburger Week, January 26th through January 31st.

For 2020, we are adding several restaurants. Some participants will include special menu items or deals for patrons during Cheeseburger Week.

Let’s all salute Lionel Sternberger for his mastery, insight, pioneering innovation and daring in

Truffle Burger at Umami
Truffle Burger at Umami. Simple and simply delicious.

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 TimesTime magazine, cheese-burger.netHamburger Heaven:the Illustrated History of the Hamburger and The San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

Even CNN is on the story: Click here to see Casey Wian’s CNN story on Cheeseburger Week 2012.

The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce hosts the seventh Cheeseburger Week and Cheeseburger Challenge January 8th to 13th. 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 and alternative cheeseburgers.

Vote for your favorites, organize a cheeseburger crawl and have fun!

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.

Voting in the 2020 Cheeseburger Challenge opens January 26, 2020, and ends January 31, 2020.

Here are the participants for 2020:

Check out some of our media coverage:

Cheeseburger Week is a Pasadena Restaurant Week and California Restaurant Month event presented by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. Cheeseburger Week is generously sponsored by Wells Fargo and Verizon.