While National Hamburger Month may not be a Federally recognized holiday, it certainly is one that is gaining notoriety amongst burger lovers.  It’s suggested that each American consumes, on average, 3 hamburgers every week.  With songs, movies, books and more dedicated to the amazing sandwich, it’s no wonder the American food staple seems to grow in popularity year after year.  In honor of National Hamburger Month, Jimmy Buffett’s restaurants nationwide will be celebrating all things burger throughout the month of May.

Margaritaville will offer their guests an array of beefy May specials from weekly specialty burgers created by Margaritaville Chefs across the country to Facebook “Meat-Ups” inviting their Facebook fans to come in for unique offerings and giveaways.  In addition to celebrating the beloved sandwich, Margaritaville will show its appreciation and support for US Servicemen and Women throughout May. Starting May 1st, Margaritaville will donate $1 for each specialty burger sold to the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team.  And on May 19th, in observance of “Armed Forces Day,” Margaritaville will donate $1 for EVERY burger and cheeseburger sold in its U.S. restaurants to the Wounded Warrior Project.

“This year, we thought let’s not just celebrate an American favorite, but also our favorite Americans, the servicemen and women who make it possible for us to enjoy this fun tradition.” says Margaritaville’s Tamara Baldanza.

Each Margaritaville restaurant submitted a new Specialty Burger recipe on Facebook where fans could go online and vote for the most delicious sounding burger. Out of the 14 chef submissions, 5 were chosen by Facebook fans with the voting ending on April 15th.  Thousands of votes were cast and the five winning burgers will be featured across Margaritaville restaurants nationwide for one week during the month of May.  The Specialty Burgers are:

The Derby Burger
Offered: April 30th – May 6th
From the kitchen of Margaritaville Myrtle Beach, the 7 oz burger is covered with crumbled Bacon, hard-boiled Egg, diced Avocado, crumbled Bleu Cheese, Thousand Island Dressing and topped with Lettuce and Tomato.  The Derby Burger will certainly be a photo finish.

The Mauna Loa Burger

Offered:  May 7th  – May 13th
From the Kitchen of Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber in Hawaii, the Mauna Loa Burger features two blackened 4 oz burgers smothered in Jack Cheese, Cajun Remoulade, pickled Jalapeno Rings, Pineapple-Mango Salsa and finally topped with Tomato and Lettuce on a toasted Sesame Seed Bun. Whether you’re coming or going, its Aloha.

The El Diablo Burger

Offered: May 14th  – May 20th
From the Kitchen of  Margaritaville Glendale the El Diablo Burger is a 7 oz burger topped with Tabasco Fried Onions, roasted Poblano Peppers, Monterey Jack Cheese, Sambal Olek Chili Paste, and Chipotle Ketchup with shredded Lettuce on a toasted Bun.  It’s sinfully delicious.

The Deep South Burger

Offered:  May 21st  – May 27th
From the Kitchen  of the Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Pensacola, the Deep South Burger features 7 oz of meat brushed with a sweet tea reduction and smothered with seared Peaches, Cheddar Cheese, fried Collard Greens and Chipotle Mayo all of which is served on a toasted Sesame Seed Bun.  If you didn’t have a southern twang before the burger, you will afterwards.

The Burger Buffalo Chicken Burger

Offered:  May 28th  – June 3rd
From the Kitchen of  Margaritaville Orlando, The Burger Buffalo Chicken Burger is a 7 oz burger topped with shredded Buffalo Chicken, Blue Cheese Dressing and topped with shredded Lettuce served on a toasted Bun.  After this burger, you’ll know why the cow crossed the road.