Cheese Please! We Look at 4 of the Best Cheeses for Burgers.
There's no denying that a simple slice of cheese can make just about any burger, well, better. And the best cheeses have all the qualities you want in a topping for your burger: meltability, tanginess and funkiness.
Here are four cheeses that you can use to treat your burger right and give it the best flavor possible.
Cheddar Cheese. Cheddar cheese is the go-to powerhouse when it comes to topping your burgers. not only does it melt well, without sliding off or disintegrating, it also holds onto its flavor very well when other toppings area added. Cheddar is also ideal for other type of burgers as well. So toss a nice slice on your next turkey burger, chicken burger or BLT.
Smoked Gouda Cheese. Smoked Gouda cheese is an ideal melted topping for any sort of BBQ burger. It’s a perfect match for slow-cooked burgers or for burgers topped with bacon and caramelized onions. For those who enjoy more than one cheese at a time, Havarti is a very complimentary flavor to the Gouda variety.
Goat Cheese. It’s light and tangy and goes great with chile and picante flavored burgers. Its consistency also makes it ideal for stuffing burgers for that perfect blend of cheese and meat in every bite. If you do stuff a burger with goat cheese, consider using a lamb burger as it’s a near-perfect pairing of tender meat and the right juiciness.
Monterey Jack Cheese. This cheese has origins in Moterey California, USA and is among the most versatile cheeses on the market. It can be found mixed with other cheeses to make a “marbled” cheese and can also be found with other flavors inserted (example: pepper jack cheese that has bits of jalapeno in it). It’s also a cheese that isn’t too heavy on the calories so you can feel good about having a second slice on your burger.
Monterey Jack Pro Tip: If you make your own burgers from scratch (ground meet) shred some Monterey Jack and blend it in with the meat mixture. Not too much – just enough to ad some gooey cheese flavor and give your burger a little more interest in every bite.
Hey, we love cheese as much as anybody, but if we covered all these possible cheeses for your burgers, we’d be here all week. Got a favorite cheese? Let us know in the comments. Got a favorite burger that comes with a super-awesome slice of cheese? Let us know that too. P