A soft, perfectly toasted bun and succulent patty might have your mouth watering already, but cheese is the essential ingredient that completes every burger.
Let’s take a look at some cheeses to add that final, delicious touch, to an all-American burger.
The classic burger cheese
Traditional cheeses are a sure-fire hit for tickling your guests taste buds, working well with all the other flavours present. If you’re going for the classic route, try one of these:
Cheddar: this pressed, semi-hard cheese has a distinctive taste, and is a perfect match when paired with beef and onions.
Monteray Jack: An all-American favourite, this soft cheese is often used in place of Cheddar. Mild and tender, it captures an authentic, classic taste.
American cheese: This is a processed cheese that usually blends a few different varieties, to create the perfect cooking cheese. American cheese can be found in white, yellow or orange, adding a hint of brightness to your burger.
A French take on the classic burger
While a burger might be a classic American dish, it can also go well with regional French cheeses. Try some of these cheeses for a novel twist.
A fresh taste: Adding goat’s cheese to a burger can transform the humble diner dish to a stand-out meal. Chavroux La Buche can be easily sliced into burger-ready pieces, to top off a delicious, flame-cooked patty. It’s best paired with a tangy, contrasting sauce – quince ketchup adds the perfect hint of sweet and sharp flavours. Finish with cooked winter vegetables, for a satisfyingly crunchy texture.
A gourmet-inspired taste: Blue cheese is often a common sauce for a classic hamburger, but can bring new depths of flavour too. Saint Agur melts perfectly in the mouth, with a robust, tangy taste, and is delicious with vibrant, home-made pickled red onions, that add just the right amount of kick. This combination works well as finger food – try mini bite-size burgers as hors d’oeuvres, with every mouthful filled with the perfect combination of flavours.
A tender taste: Matured in the heart of France, the tender, mild taste of Fol Epi Classic brings an irresistibly lighter taste. Pair this delicious, mild cheese with a honey-infused mayonnaise and rocket leaves for the ideal balance of flavours.
With hundreds to choose from, every cheese can add a new dimension of flavour to a classic dish. Why not try a different take on the classic burger?