Pasadena, California: Birthplace of the Cheeseburger Team Field Report

LA Financial Credit Union

1500 W. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA
West edge of the city. On the south side of W. Colorado Blvd, midway between Ave. 64 and Patrician Way. The plaque is set into the cement at the base of the flagpole outside LA Financial Credit Union.
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Birthplace of the Cheeseburger

A bronze plaque on the ground marks the site of the former Rite Spot roadside stand, and claims that a 16-year-old invented the cheeseburger there in 1924. Report...

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Cheeseburger Birthplace

The Pasadena Museum of History (470 W Walnut St,) has a 1920s-era menu from The Rite Spot in Pasadena where the cheeseburger was invented in 1924, as documented by the Los Angeles Times, Hamburger America, and many more (including Time magazine, which published Lionel Sternberger's obit as the inventor of the cheeseburger). Each January the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce organizes Cheeseburger Week to celebrate Lionel Sternberger's culinary genius.

[Paul Little, 11/06/2017]

Birthplace of the Cheeseburger.

Birthplace of the Cheeseburger

A plaque on the site of the (long gone) Rite Spot roadside stand marks the spot where, "16-year-old Lionel Sternberger first put cheese on a hamburger and served it to a customer." This was in 1924, and has been well-documented.

[Paul Little, 01/14/2017]

The plaque was dedicated on January 5, 2017. Food fight with Denver, which also claims to have created the cheeseburger.

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