While the hamburger originated in Hamburg, Germany its modern day incarnation is very much American. The burger has gained so much notoriety that it has actually earned its own annual holiday month: “National Hamburger Month”. Jimmy Buffett’s restaurants nationwide, including Margaritaville in Universal’s CityWalk, will be celebrating all things burger throughout the month of May.
The promotion focusing on this American classic will offer a variety of burger and beverage specials and merchandise deals.
“Due to the overwhelming popularity of last year’s celebration, we decided to make this an annual tradition at Margaritaville,” explains Tamara Baldanza, Margaritaville’s director of marketing. “It’s an exciting promotion for everyone… from our local chefs that come up with the specialty burger recipes, to our Facebook fans who decide on which ones we serve up in our restaurants, to the guests who simply love an excuse to eat a great burger, National Hamburger Month has become a holiday that we all look forward to celebrating.”
Facebook voting ended April 22. Thousands of votes were cast and the four winning burgers are:
• The Hangover Cure Burger: Burger served on Rye with Monterey Jack, smothered in sauteed onions and bacon with 1000 Island Dressing, created by Chef Anthony Garcia of Margaritaville Glendale running Week #1 (May 1-7)
• The Sicilian Burger: Burger topped with roasted garlic, fried mozzarella, marinara and fresh basil parmesan cheese, created by Margaritaville Orlando’s culinary team, running Week #2 (May 8-14)
• The Ultimate Queso Burger: Burger stuffed with cheese and spicy jalapenos and topped with fried onion straws, guacamole and a chipotle mayonnaise, created by Chef Eric Troup of the Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Pensacola running Week #3 (May 15-21)
• The Cheeseburger in Paradise Salad: Three cheeseburger sliders served bun-less over Romaine lettuce which is tossed with Margaritaville’s burger dressing and served with pickles, tomatoes and red onion, created by David Berlingame of Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber in Honolulu, HI running Week #4 (May 22-28).
Margaritaville’s atmosphere is inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett, whose songs inspire a cross-generational yearning for an island adventure. Comprised of retail shops, restaurants, consumer goods, hotels and even a national radio station on Sirius XM, which is broadcast from their Orlando location.
Since launching its first location in Key West, Margaritaville has expanded to some of the most popular U.S. destinations including: New Orleans, Orlando, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Panama City Beach, Glendale, Mohegan Sun, Nashville and Jimmy Buffett’s at The Beachcomber in Honolulu, Hawaii. Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Bar & Grill is also slated to open mid-June 2011 at Chicago’s Navy Pier. International locations can be found in Jamaica, Mexico, Grand Turk, Grand Cayman and Canada. The new Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Pensacola Beach, Fla. opened July 2010 and Margaritaville’s second hotel location is currently under development in Hollywood, Fla.