You want to turn your boring burger into a perfect cheeseburger, but you are not sure what is the best cheese choice? Keep reading, and you will find out.
Not every cheese is good for burgers. Some of them are just not that good when melted, but some of them are even better when they are melted. A cheese that stays hard when you try to melt it isn’t gonna do any good.
Whether you want your burgers more traditional or you want to experiment with some international types of cheese from around the world, it’s very important to pick the right type of cheese.
After all, you don’t want to ruin your perfect BBQ day with a bad choice of cheese. Which is why we have decided to make an ultimate list of cheeses for perfect burgers.
Get Ready to Cheese!
Number one in our list is good old American cheese. It melts so quickly, and it comes in very convenient packaging. You unwrap the slice, place it on the burger, and that’s it. There is no need to cut the cheese into slices. It saves time, and you can start eating your burger faster. You definitely cannot go wrong with American Cheese on your burger.
Traditionally, this cheese is Dutch, but nowadays it’s one of the most popular types of cheese all around the globe. You can find it anywhere, unlike certain “more exotic” types of cheese. This cheese comes in variations, so you can get smoked gouda if you want your cheeseburger to taste even better.
Cheddar is one of the most popular picks when it comes to making a cheeseburger. It’s not a perfect choice, because the fat will separate from the cheese when you put it on a hot burger to melt. Young cheddar will melt better than aged one, but we have to admit, aged cheddar does taste better. But you should perhaps save it for something other than a cheeseburger.
Emmentaler or more commonly known as Swiss Cheese is a super meltable cheese because it is moister than some other cheeses. But as with cheddar, you better save your aged Swiss Cheese for something else, and use the young cheese instead, because it will have a buttery flavour. If you decide to use Swiss Cheese on your burger, use the real Swiss cheese from Switzerland instead of processed supermarket Swiss cheese. You can thank us later.
This traditional Greek cheese, made from sheep’s milk or a combination of both sheep & goat milk, is not a common choice when it comes to making cheeseburgers. But you can always surprise your guests and use some crumbled feta cheese instead of something more conventional. It’s usually used in salads, but even when it’s melted it tastes quite good.
Okay, this is not the most pleasant smelling cheese. Melted or not, let’s face it – it smells terrible. The reason for this distinct smell is the cultures of the mould called Penicillium. Yes, that’s an antibiotic that’s used for killing certain types of bacteria. This type of cheese has a combination of sweet and salty flavour, which goes good with red meat. If you decide to use blue cheese for your burgers, it can be gratifying because it’s very creamy and your burger will have a richer taste. You can either stuff your burgers with it or use it as a topping, and it’s all up to you.
A traditional American semi-hard cheese, made using cow’s milk. This cheese is one of the best choices for burgers. It’s semi-hard, and it doesn’t have that much moisture like some other cheeses, but when melted, it becomes a gooey cheese sauce. If you want to make things spicier, you can also use Pepper Jack, one of the varieties of Monterey Jack.
Burrata is an Italian fresh cow milk cheese, made from mozzarella and cream. This hybrid cheese has a very unusual and soft texture, because the outer shell is solid mozzarella, while the inside contains stracciatella and cream. It’s usually used for pasta, salad, tomatoes and such, but if you decide to use it for your burgers, it is good to know that Burrata is best when eaten within 24 hours.
Traditional cheese originally from Switzerland, has sweet but a little bit salty taste with flavour that varies with its age. Unlike some other cheeses, this one doesn’t overshadow other ingredients, which makes it an excellent choice for burgers. It’s also perfect for melting.
This French cheese has a very distinctive taste, and when melted, it becomes super gooey and creamy. It’s probably one of the top 3 choices for burgers, and it’s worth trying. To make your burger extra soft, you can stuff it with Brie cheese.
Another uncommon choice for burgers, Goat Cheese, is not for everyone. We don’t like it at all, but we know people who enjoy Goat Cheese. It will pair with anything, and it’s very spreadable and creamy. If you are too afraid to eat goat cheese, you can try a combination of goat and cow milk cheese. Also, if you decide to use Goat Cheese for your burgers – don’t use ketchup, trust us. It’s going to ruin the whole experience.
We eliminated many types of cheese that shouldn’t be used for burgers and only left those types that are ideal because of how easy they are to melt, their texture and of course – their taste. Speaking of melting, we talked about that more in-depth in another article. We strongly advise you to read it and learn which cheeses are best for melting and how to melt them.
Whether you decide to make meat or veggie burgers, cheese is something that both vegetarians and non-vegetarians can eat. Cheese unites everyone!
Some people decide to stick with more traditional types of cheese when making burgers, such as gouda or cheddar. Of course, the choice is yours in the end. But it’s always good to try something new and experiment. You’d be surprised how better your burgers can be.