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Happy National Hamburger Day!

By May 28, 2015March 29th, 2019MSG, Savory Cuisine Corner
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According to, there is a food holiday for almost every day of the year. Maybe because we have to eat every day, why not celebrate the enjoyment of food with a food holiday!

Foods being “honored” in May include asparagus, hamburgers, chocolate custard, gazpacho, salads, salsa, and strawberries. That’s an interesting mix but each one is worthy of celebration!

And if you’re already looking forward to June, get ready for National Candy Month (sweet!). Other celebratory foods in June: seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, iced tea, and papaya.

Wimpy enjoying hamburgerDid you know that today (May 28) is National Hamburger Day? As you meditate about why you love hamburgers (as we do) hopefully you’ll remember Wimpy in the Popeye comic strip series, who had an insatiable appetite for hamburgers. Wimpy was usually shown carrying or eating more than one burger at a time.

Maybe you can get away with telling the butcher in your local grocery’s meat department, “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today!” (Wimpy’s famous line.)

Wimpy would be a huge fan of today’s incredibly popular Umami Burger. He might have even added a little Olive Oyl to the recipe (yuck yuck).

Here’s a delicious, umami-rich recipe for a burger with Portobello mushrooms, blue cheese and tomatoes that you will thrill your dinner guests with (recipe courtesy of Eating Well magazine).

Another savory delight is this easy recipe for Teriyaki Hamburgers:

Teriyaki Hamburgers

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 2 lbs. hamburger meat
  • 1 teaspoon MSG umami seasoning
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 clove garlic crushed


  1. Mix together and form patties. 

  2. Grill until done.

OH, maybe you don’t crave burgers today? As Popeye would say, “Oh yeah? WHAM!”  

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