Meat-Eaters Commence: National Cheeseburger Day Awaits

Tampa, Fla. — The cheeseburger is an American classic that nearly everyone loves, so naturally we must annually celebrate its glory!  Thursday, September 18 is National Cheeseburger Day, and WingHouse restaurant CEO and NFL alumnus, Crawford Ker, is providing the inside scoop on creating a cheeseburger masterpiece. 

“What can I say, I’m a man who appreciates a great cheeseburger,” says Ker.  “Creating the perfect cheeseburger is actually an art form, and don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.”

Ker is an expert when it comes to making delicious cheeseburgers; after all, WingHouse is famous for its lineup of first class burger options, from the juicy Dallas Burger and Cheddar Bacon Burger to the mouthwatering Western Burger and scrumptious WingHouse Burger.  Now, to ensure you celebrate National Cheeseburger Day appropriately, Crawford has offered insider tips for mastering your very own cheeseburger at home.

Start with the right meat:
The more freshly ground the meat is, the more tender and flavorful the burger.

Temperature is key:
Unlike other meats that will better cook if brought to room temperature before hitting the grill, you want those patties cold so they stay together and stay as juicy as possible. Put the patties in the fridge while the grill heats up. This helps in keeping the flavor-carrying fat in the meat.

Pull-out the stopwatch:
Constant turning will toughen and dry out meat, and if you flip too soon, burgers will stick. Cook two minutes per side for rare, three for medium-rare, four for medium, and five for well-done.

This isn’t a Panini:
Don't press burgers while cooking! When the cook takes a spatula and presses down on each burger, the juice just pours out onto the flame, taking all that moistness and flavor with it. Stop the madness!

Cheesy perfection:
To add cheese, move the burgers to the cooler side of the grill, top with cheese and cover the grill for a minute to let the cheese melt.

About Crawford Ker

Crawford Francis Ker is the founder and CEO of Ker's WingHouse.  Ker is a former American college and professional football player who was a guard in the National Football League for six seasons during the 1980s and early 1990s.  Ker played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos of the NFL.

About Ker's WingHouse

Founded by the National Football League’s (NFL) Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos alumni, Crawford Ker, the first WingHouse opened in Largo, FL in 1994.  The WingHouse staff’s dedication and teamwork was a recipe for success.  Now, WingHouse has over 24 locations throughout Florida with plans to grow into the rest of the Southeast.

All WingHouse restaurants are open for lunch and dinner and feature full-service bars with a wide selection of liquor cocktails and major domestic, imported, and specialty beers. Signature items include our “Naked” Chicken Wings: skinless drummettes marinated, baked, and tossed in one of our award winning wing sauces, and our Dallas Burger: two juicy 8 oz. BBQ burgers topped with bacon.

WingHouse features state-of-the-art TV packages for all the big games and fights. The authentic sports memorabilia and our fun, friendly, casual environment make WingHouse the ideal place to be a sports fan.  Select locations offer WingHouse “Game Zones” complete with arcade style games and pool tables. The main attraction at the WingHouse is our version of “The Girl Next Door”, the World Famous Winghouse Girls. The WingHouse Girls are the foundation of our concept.  They serve tables, tend bar, work as hostesses, participate in brand promotions and are our company’s cheerleaders.

The WingHouse Girls are attractive and polite.  As ambassadors of our mission to be “brilliant on the basics”, their great service, positive attitudes and pretty smiles encourage guests to make frequent visits and become loyal customers. The WingHouse strives to create quality and memorable experiences for every guest!  We are very proud of our history, and are looking forward to our future! For more information, visit

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