9 Best Cheeses for Burgers
Sometimes, nothing beats a savory, melty cheeseburger. And if you’re going to make one, we’ve found that these cheeses are some of the best to use. American cheese is a melty classic; smoked gouda is delicious on burgers with barbecue sauce. You can’t forget cheddar, either, which works with everything from pickled slaw and fried shallots to tarragon Russian dressing. Read on for recipes using those cheeses, and more of the best cheeses for burgers.
Another classic burger topping, cheddar cheese is one of the starring ingredients in these BLT burgers with tarragon Russian dressing. (Tip: if you want to pair it with wine, we suggest a firm Cabernet.) You can also stuff cheddar into the patty, like in these cheddar-stuffed burgers with pickled slaw and fried shallots, or use it to give burgers a breakfast-sandwich spin in Michael Symon’s Lola burgers. Big fan of turkey burgers? Cheddar works on those, too, like Dan Kluger’s next-level turkey burgers paired with lemon aioli and barbecue sauce. For a simple cheeseburger, try this “perfect burger,” topped with cheddar cheese, butter lettuce, red onion, mayo, and ketchup.
One of the best cheeses for melting, Monterey Jack is perfect for a super-gooey cheese sauce like the one on Bobby Flay’s nacho burgers. Thanks to its robust but relatively mild taste, Monterey Jack can also stand up to bold flavors like those in Michael Symon’s 50/50 burgers made with hot Italian sausage and ground chuck.
Michael Symon’s atomic chile jack cheeseburgers combine pepper jack cheese with ghost chile powder, and it all gets rounded out with mayonnaise, sliced red onion, pickled jalapeños, and cilantro for fixings.
Top these sausage burgers—made with your choice of sweet or hot Italian sausages, or even a combination of the two—with provolone, sun-dried-tomato pesto, and silky spinach flavored with anchovy paste and garlic.