Why Your Cheeseburger Should Have a Passport
Everyone likes a hamburger, but the reality is it takes on a whole new dimension when you add cheese. Just think of the all-American classic with some sort of sharp cheddar — possibly even American cheese — with lettuce, tomato, Heinz 57, and French fried potatoes. Or sometimes we turn them into cowboy burgers with BBQ sauce and bacon. But the reality is, not all cheeseburgers need to be star-spangled.
For some unique options, take your cheeseburgers across the pond, and think about these six reasons why your cheeseburger should have a passport, and more importantly, where they should go.
Aside from cheddar, one of the next most popular cheeses for a burger is Swiss. The famous cheese with holes in it is actually called Emmantal in Switzerland, but it’s a great option because of its savory yet mild taste that pairs very well with sautéed onions and mushrooms.
Bella Italia! One of the great things about Italy is the cheese, and of all the Italian cheeses, the one best suited for a burger is mozzarella. The perfect Caprese burger consists of a great patty of meat, slices of fresh mozzarella, an heirloom tomato, some hand-picked basil leaves, and a garlic toasted bun.
OK, this should be an easy one. Spread some house-made guacamole onto the patty, add a scoop of pico de gallo or fresh salsa, and find one of the great Mexican cheeses like Asadero with it’s great melting properties or Cotija with it’s drier, saltier flavors. Now you have the perfect burger for Cinco de Mayo.
If you’re really looking to take your cheeseburger to the next level, think about some combinations that you wouldn’t expect. Baked brie and apples are a time-honored tradition, but what about taking those ingredients and putting them on a burger? The melting properties of the brie with the crisp, sweetness of the apple will make for an amazing pairing that will have your guests praising la différence!
South of Melbourne on King Island, Roaring Forties Blue Cheese is named for the ferocious winds that blow across the island. This amazing blue is made in a Roquefort style, and its creamy texture makes it perfect for that burger inspired from down under.
Need a break from all that red meat? Greece is here to please with Halloumi, a semi-hard cheese made from a combination of sheep’s and goat’s milk. Contrary to what we think you’re imagining, this cheese doesn’t melt all over your burger. You can grill a slice of it directly on the grates, and when paired with large tomato slices or even a veggie burger, this cheese actually adds more meaty texture.