A perfect, glorious cheeseburger is waiting for you. It’s a known fact that there are two types of people in the world: 1. People who like cheese on their burgers, and 2. People who just haven’t met the right cheese yet.
Make a point to taste test a few new cheeses this season. You’ll be so happy you did.
BEST WAY TO CHEESE YOUR BURGER?
If you’re going to go for cheeses that melt perfectly, believe it or not, processed cheese is the way to go. Whether it’s a cheese spread or cheese slices, processed cheeses make up for their bland flavor with undeniably superior meltability. (They contain added emulsifiers which help prevent the separation of water, fats, and proteins when heat is applied.) Processed cheeses are also the way to go if you want to really showcase the flavor of the meat—the cheese will add a nice texture to the sandwich without interfering taste-wise. However, there are other meltable cheeses that potentially have much more flavor: Gruyère, Comté, Brie, Taleggio, Fontina, and many more.
If you’re willing to forgo some of the smoothness of the cheeses listed above, and would rather have your cheese add a sharp bite to the sandwich, your best bet is to go for an aged Cheddar, Monterey Jack, aged Provolone, or even Parmigiano-Reggiano. While some of these cheeses may separate a bit when hot, they are also much more flavorful than your average processed cheese. Tangy cheeses also tend to balance the savoriness of the meat really well.
If you really want a cheese that will contribute a great deal of flavor to the overall cheeseburger experience, go for a blue. It is best to choose a blue that is fairly rugged so that you don’t end up with a saucy mess. Find a firm blue rather than Gorgonzola. If you go the blue route, don’t be upset if all you taste is the cheese—blue cheese is super strong and will often overpower the subtle flavors of the meat. But if funkiness is your thing, a blue cheeseburger can be a revelatory experience.
But whatever you do, don’t limit yourself! Give one of your favourite cheeses a try at your next barbecue – or come visit us in store, shut you eyes and roll the dice in our cheese case!