What is one thing that is virtually in every restaurant in the U.S.? A hamburger! This beef patty has an unclear history, though many people claim to have invented this popular food item. One thing that is for sure is that it is a German-inspired dish.

During the 19th century, German immigrants traveled to the U.S. and settled into big cities. Then began the integration of German culture into the United States with Americanized traditional German steaks being served with beef that was minced or chopped, combined with garlic, onions, salt, and pepper, then grilled or fried. Modern-day burgers come in an array of options. Ranging from turkey burgers to veggie burgers, the essence of minced meat or a vegetable alternative formed into a patty shape and then grilled has been the core of a good burger.

Make sure to go out on May 28th and celebrate national hamburger day by visiting a local restaurant and enjoying a big phat burg!

Lancaster

  • Molly’s PubThe must-have burger on the menu is The Mollywood. Their take on the Hollywood Burger, it is served on a grilled Kaiser roll with crisp romaine lettuce, sliced tomatoes, red onions, and green bell pepper. you have the option to add: Cajun spice, egg, cheese, bacon, foie gras butter. and you have your choice of cheese with yellow American, swiss, cheddar, pepper jack, gorgonzola cheese crumbles, aged provolone cheese.
  • Neptune Diner. Want something hearty to fill you up? The 17603 burger (the zip code of the restaurant) is the one to order. This burger consists of a thick beef patty topped with grilled ham, bacon, and BBQ pork with provolone cheese, onion and chipotle BBQ sauce all on a jumbo roll. You won’t have room for dessert after this.
  • Fresh Farms CafeLooking for a veggie option? The Black Bean Veggie is the burger for you. This burger is a black bean burger with swiss cheese, onion crisps, lettuce, tomatoes, and creamy avocado spread. Want it Vegan? Ask for no cheese!

(Important to note that The Horse Inn actually has the best burger in town, hands down.)

York

  • Metro Diner. Try the Holy Davoli Burger for a not-so-average burger. This is a half pound of Angus beef burger topped with lettuce slaw (shredded lettuce, chopped pickle, and mayo) in between two grilled cheese sandwiches stuffed with American cheese, ripe tomatoes and their own cherrywood smoked bacon. It’s served with any side off the menu and if you’re feeling up to it you can add a fried egg!
  • Elevation Burger. Want a burger with a conscience? Elevation burger only serves 100% grass-fed beef, they also have some delicious veggie options on their menu.
  • Pepper’s Grille at Central Market. Dive into the local culture with a visit to Central Market for The Blue’s Man Burger. A Straight Up burger seasoned with blackened cajun and topped with bleu cheese crumbles.

Harrisburg

  • Rookies Craft Burger BarYou’re sure to score big points when you order the Touchdown burger. With a ½ pound Angus beef burger dipped in hot sauce and smothered in bleu cheese dressing, you are sure to get a kick out of it.
  • Burger YumEnjoy a healthy option with the VeggieYum burger! This burger is actually a freshly grilled portobello mushroom topped with goat cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato and YumSauce served on a wheat roll.
  • The Sturges SpeakeasyEnjoy the Pittsburgher. This burger is made of a blackened ground chuck burger, french fries, fried egg, coleslaw, tomato, bacon, fried jalapeños topped off with bleu cheese crumbles.