Finding Cheeseburgers

Duck Dive Burger (courtesy photo)

National Cheeseburger Day is on September 18th, and if there’s anything we can all agree on, it’s that there’s nothing like a juicy burger to crush an appetite.

Slater’s 50/50, the biggest name in all things burger, bacon, & booze, is taking their cheeseburgers up a notch with cheese-stuffed ‘Juicy Lucy’ burger patties! On National Cheeseburger Day ONLY, guests in San Diego can order the Best Damn Bacon Cheeseburger and upgrade it with a Juicy Lucy patty (Black Canyon Angus beef stuffed with tons of melted cheese) when they mention the catchphrase “Juicy Lucy” to the staff!

On top of the Juicy Lucy patty upgrade, guests who visit that day will receive a Slater’s 50/50 coupon card that can be redeemed for a $10 Backyard Classic Burger + drink, or a $15 Backyard Classic Burger + ANY beer on their next visit, valid through the end of the year!

What better way to celebrate than with $2 Big Cheese® burgers from 2-5pm at the farm fresh, award-winning burger restaurant, Farmer Boys! Guests can mention the deal at all locations in San Diego to receive the fan-favorite Big Cheese cheeseburger for just $2 in celebration of the burger’s big day. Farmer Boys’ Big Cheese is made with a 1/4 pound of fresh, 100% USDA beef topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, sliced onions, dill pickles, and thousand island dressing on a sesame seed bun. 

Bleu Bohème has a French  twist on the traditional American dish – sure to make guests “say cheese.” The Croque de Garçon is Bleu Bohème’s open-face burger that features house-ground steak patty, brie cheese, smoked ham, caramelized onions and a fried egg on a brioche bun, priced at $24.50. The sandwich is served with Bleu’s pommes frites, and Executive Chef Ken Irvine also recommends adding a dash of Black Summer Truffles for an even more decadent experience.

Nothing quite pairs like a burger and a frothy brew, which is why The Original 40 Brewing Company in North Park is the idyllic destination for those seeking a cold one with their Cheeseburger Day feast. Sink your teeth into their OG Burger – piled high with lettuce, red onion, tomato, white cheddar cheese and garlic aioli, served with a heaping side of house-cut fries. Whether you’re open to dining inside or still prefer an outdoor setting, Original 40 has you covered with a socially distanced patio as well as 25% indoor dining capacity, to ensure your safety as you enjoy your meal.

Swing by the Gaslamp District for one of barleymash’s beloved cheeseburgers, and see why this local staple is a favorite among San Diego’s foodies. Just in time for National Cheeseburger Day, the location has rolled out a new burger offering – the Shorty B, made with a grilled beef patty, red chili-braised short rib, three-cheese blend, baby arugula, horseradish cream, and pickled onions. Complete with a spacious patio as well as socially distanced and limited-capacity indoor dining, this burger haven won’t disappoint!

Farm-to-fork eats are what you’ll find at Mission Hills eatery, Farmer’s Bottega – and their Burger is no exception! Crafted from 100% angus beef, swiss cheese, butter leaf lettuce, bacon, tomato, red onions and mayo on a brioche gourmet bun, farm-fresh flavor is this burger’s M.O. Find a seat on their verdant patio, or dine indoors, where they’re ensuring 25% capacity as well as ample social distancing.

Pacific Beach-dwellers looking for a laidback dining experience as well as patio seating and limited-capacity dine-in service, can fuel up this National Cheeseburger Day at The Duck Dive, where coastal surf vibes meet topnotch bites. Treat your taste buds to their namesake Duck Dive Burger – packed with a ½-lb. all-natural beef patty smothered in pimiento cheese, and topped with tomato, relish, caramelized onions, lettuce and garlic aioli, served on a toasted brioche bun!

A newer addition to Pacific Beach’s restaurant and entertainment scene, Break Point has reopened for dining, and is ready to serve hungry San Diegans this National Cheeseburger Day! While bowling is still on-hold at the location, rest assured you can still dig into their BP Burger, which comes stacked with Chef’s special blend patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, Louie sauce and American cheese. Hankering for something with some extra oomph? Be sure to opt for Chef Bobby Style which includes caramelized onions, crispy bacon and a sunny egg!

The Smoking Gun is the Gaslamp’s go-to spot for creative cocktails and southern-influenced plates that evoke both. A close up of a plate of food comfort and elevation in their execution. No stranger to the almighty cheeseburger, The Smoking Gun slings their BBQ Pork Bacon Burger with ½ lb. special grind burger, smoked pork, peppered bacon, American cheese, barbecue sauce and a homemade sweet bun. Take a seat in their extended outdoor space or enjoy safe, limited-capacity indoor dining inside their spacious eatery.

Cheeseburgers for breakfast? Yes, please! San Diego’s go-to brunch destination, Breakfast Republic, is known for putting innovative spins on morning eats. Behold their Breakfast Burger, stacked with a beef patty, Portuguese linguisa sausage, muenster cheese, egg any style, spinach, fried onions and thousand island dressing on a warm brioche bun. Plenty of dining space at their locations means ample room for social distancing, so you can rest assured your safety is always their top priority – followed by delicious breakfast bites, of course!

Bub’s @ the Beach had a rough go of it over the course of this last shutdown, but has emerged stronger and now equipped with an outdoor dining set-up, as well as limited-capacity indoor seating. Honor this longstanding Pacific Beach staple by heading there for National Cheeseburger Day, and sink your teeth into their Carolina Gold Burger, showcasing layers of cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and their Carolina Gold Barbecue Sauce slathered on a juicy burger patty, all atop a warm bun.