It’s National Burger Day! Hmm, how to celebrate?

Garlic-Herb Cheeseburger

Got burgers on the brain? It can only mean one thing – Memorial Day and National Hamburger Day, celebrated on May 28, are here.

Several burger chains – and Fort Worth has plenty – have specials today to celebrate.

Fort Worth is celebrating a whole burger week later this summer – July 11-21. What’s Up Fort Worth is partnering with some of Fort Worth’s favorite burger restaurants for a week of $5 specialty burgers. Participants can pick up a Burger Week Passport at a kick-off party at Rahr & Sons Brewery on July 13, from 2-7 p.m. or at any participating Burger Week restaurants. The people with the most stamps on their passports have a chance to win several prizes. The Fort Worth Business Press is media sponsor of the event. The event will benefit Meals on Wheels.

“Fort Worth is a Burger town, without a doubt,” said Greg Heitzman of What’s Up Fort Worth. “We have experienced all types of burger wars and competitions in the past but never a way to try out $5 burgers on your own terms. That’s what Fort Worth Burger Week is all about! Enjoy your burgers today and come back July 15-21. Great way to feed your burger craving and help out Meals on Wheels.”

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Participants include Rodeo Goat, Fred’s Texas Café, M&O Station, Pearl Snap Kolaches, Fat Daddy’s, Chop House Burger, Fixture, Ben’s Triple B, Billy Bob’s Texas Honky Tonk Kitchen. Along with the Business Press and Rahr & Sons, Pinnacle Bank is a sponsor. If you or your restaurant would like to join in:

Last year ground beef sales increased more than 12 percent around Memorial Dayi, and there’s no reason to believe 2019 won’t follow suit.

Families looking to take their burger game to the next level and satisfy beef burger cravings this summer can find all the inspiration they need from the Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. Tastiest Burgers Collection. Here’s a “taste” of some of these delectable recipes:

Zesty Barbecue Cheeseburger . Classics never disappoint, so families need look no further than this burger for the perfect combo of beef, cheese and bun.

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Thai Burger. Adventure awaits with this burger featuring the bold flavors of ground ginger and hot chili sauce.

Garlic-Herb Cheeseburger. Grilled peppers, onions and herbed cheese spread make this burger a true crowd pleaser.

Just as important as selecting a scrumptious burger recipe is grilling that big beef patty to perfection! The following tips from the chefs at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, can help ensure a flawlessly grilled burger every time:

Work with the Right Ratios. To ensure your burger isn’t all bun, form your patty slightly larger than your bun to account for shrinkage.

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Keep it Uniform. Before hitting the grill, put an indentation in the center of your patty so it cooks flat and prevents swelling in the middle.

Patience Pays Off: Avoid the temptation of flipping burgers too early. Wait until the burger releases from the grill and only flip once.

Keep it Hot. Always use a thermometer and make sure your burger is cooked to a safe and savory internal temperature of 160○F.

For more beef burger recipes to keep your friends and family happy and satisfied all summer long, visit