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Best Cheese for Burgers – The Cheese Market

I have never met anyone who doesn’t love a good burger!

Unfortunately the humble burger had a bit of a bad reputation in years gone by. Burgers used to be a menu staple on only the most un-inspiring of restaurants (think fast food chains). You were served a decidedly grey patty (meat unknown) which was topped with some limp lettuce, a soggy tomato, smothered in rich ketchup and encased in a tasteless bun. Don’t forget the thin slice of florescent orange ‘claims-to-be-cheese-but-looks-nothing-like-it ‘cheese’. Yum.

Burgers have come a long way since then! A really long way. Gourmet or ‘posh’ burgers are now all the rage – with exciting variations on the traditional burger making it onto the menu in top restaurants across the globe. Some restaurant chains even specialise solely in providing a top notch burger.

The quest to create the ‘ultimate’ burger rages on in both restaurants and home kitchens across the UK.

Many would agree that to achieve a great burger, you need to top it with a fantastic cheese. The cheese is one of only a few key ingredients that combine to make one of the most satisfying and enjoyable meals you can eat.

 

Best Cheese for Burgers

Lets explore some of the best cheese for burgers and give you some examples of British Cheeses that you could use the next time you make a burger at home.

Wookey Hole Cave Aged Cheddar and Colston Bassett Shropshire Blue are both great for burgers
Wookey Hole Cave Aged Cheddar + Colston Bassett Shropshire Blue are both great for burgers

Cheddar

Cheddar is the classic cheese to top your patty with. It is a great all-rounder; it melts well, has a nice strong flavour and will win over even the most fussy of guests. Cheddar is the safest choice when you’re next cooking burgers for friends.

Our recommendation for the best British Cheddar for your burger is the Wookey Hole Cave Aged Cheddar.  A nutty and tangy true farmhouse cheddar.

 

Brie

When considering the best cheese for burgers we have to take a look at Brie. Why? Because Brie melts beautifully! Although it isn’t necessarily as strong as mature cheddar, it still has a good amount of tang to get the taste buds going. Brie is so creamy and decadent. Definitely gourmet and that mix of creamy and salty is totally moreish. Wow.

Cooked mushrooms go particularly well with Brie. For vegetarians (and non-veggies!) a Portobello mushroom and Brie burger is a winning combination.

Our top choice of a British Brie-Style cheese is Waterloo; made from unpasteurised Guernsey milk, it has a rich buttery texture and melts like a champion.

Waterloo Cheese pairs perfectly with cooked chestnut mushrooms or a grilled portabello in a bun
Waterloo Cheese is one of our picks for the best cheese for burgers

Goat Cheese

Some would call this an unusual combination but we love it! A good goat cheese can complement a burger nicely. Goat cheese is tangy and light. Tangy cheese balances out the savouriness of meat patties nicely and the lightness of a goat cheese prevents the burger from feeling too rich and greasy.

Our recommendation for a good British goat cheese to squeeze between your buns? Tor goat cheese has a fresh, clean aroma with a slightly salty, citrus flavour.

 

Smoked Cheese

Intensely flavoured smoked cheese really spices up a traditional burger. You don’t need much to make a real impact too. Smoky, savoury, creamy, salty, tangy = delicious. Who is going to say no to a burger topped with some naturally cold smoked (and organic!) cheddar cheese? Our recommendation is the Godminster Oak Smoked Cheddar

Our quest for the best cheese for burgers: Includes this smoked cheddar
Our quest for the best cheese for burgers: Includes this smoked cheddar

Blue Cheese

We appreciate that not everyone loves blue cheese but popping a bit into your burger may well change your mind! If you are a blue cheese fan, pair your creamy yet salty blue with sweet caramelised onions and you can’t go wrong. Our pick for the best cheese for burgers in the British blue category?  The award winning Colston Bassett Shropshire Blue; it has a creamy, sweet taste, silky smooth texture and is more mild than a typical Stilton.

 

Best Cheese for Vegetarian Burgers

We are huge fans of the veggie burger and a certain cheese in particular often plays the starring role. A big piece of Halloumi is a great substitute for a meat patty in a burger for vegetarians, because of its satisfyingly salty, chewy texture. You can easily marinate a slab of halloumi with some roasted Mexican spices or just a pinch of paprika to give a real depth of flavour and add interest to your veggie burger. There are hundreds of recipes for great veggie patties and they deserve a great cheese melted over them just like a regular burger does!

 

Avoiding Gluten?

Most cheeses are certified as gluten free, so you can certainly still enjoy a really good burger if you swap out the bun. We usually find that unless you bake gluten-free bread yourselves, the supermarket stuff can leave a lot to be desired. One of the best ways to enjoy a gluten free burger is to wrap the ingredients in a large fresh lettuce leaf. We all know that fresh crunchy lettuce is a must have for a good burger anyway, so it really makes for a great bun substitute.

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Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Blue Cheese + Walnuts

This recipe for stuffed portobello mushrooms was created by my mother Chrissie, who is an extremely talented + inventive home cook (as well as a Perfect Mum!). The combination of crunchy walnuts, earthy mushrooms and melting blue cheese is a real delight and probably like nothing you have tried before!

This recipe is extremely easy to make and most of it can be prepared in advance, making it perfect as a dinner party starter or for a midweek supper alongside some steamed greens and sweet (or white) potato mash.

  • (V) Vegetarian*
  • Serves four as a starter or 2 for a midweek supper
Recipe for Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Recipe

Ingredients

  • 8 Portobello mushrooms
  • 80g raw walnuts
  • 80g Sundried or sun blushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of whole grain mustard
  • 40g Blue Cheese (we chose Bath Blue). Don’t like Blue Cheese? You can substitute for Goat Cheese instead – we used Kidderton Ash
  • 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • Salt & pepper for seasoning
Just 5 Main Ingredients
Just 5 Main Ingredients

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms Recipe

1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees. Wipe any dirt off the mushrooms with some kitchen towel (do not rinse as the mushrooms will take on the water & can become soggy). I remove the stalks but if you like them, then you can keep them on. Don’t worry about peeling the mushrooms.

2. Place the mushrooms in a roasting tray, season with a little salt + pepper and then drizzle with the olive oil. Take a few seconds to rub the oil over the mushrooms. Pop them into the oven and roast for 20 minutes, or until the mushrooms look cooked through & juicy!

Portobello Mushrooms
Sprinkle Oil over the mushrooms before putting them in the oven

3. Whilst the mushrooms are roasting, roughly chop the walnuts, sun dried tomatoes and blue cheese (or goats cheese if using instead). Place in a bowl and stir in the wholegrain mustard. Taste this mixture to see if it needs any seasoning or needs slightly more of one ingredient. It should be balanced in flavour so adjust according to your own personal taste!

4. Top the roasted mushrooms with this mixture and place back in the oven for 5 minutes, or until the mixture has warmed through and the cheese has softened/melted.

If serving these stuffed portobello mushrooms as a starter, serve on top of a simple mixed green or rocket salad with a drizzle of olive oil.

If you are cooking for a midweek supper, serve with steamed greens (like broccoli or spinach) and some mashed sweet potato (or normal potato!).

Not keen on blue cheese? We used goat cheese in these ones instead
Not keen on blue cheese? We used goat cheese in these ones instead

Enjoy the gorgeous combination of sun dried tomatoes, tangy mustard, salty-creamy-melted blue cheese, crunchy walnuts and earthy-meaty-juicy mushrooms!

*If you are vegetarian, make sure you pick a cheese made with vegetarian rennet. We have over 50 different vegetarian cheeses to chooses from at The Cheese Market

7 Foods that Pair Perfectly with Blue Cheese

Blue cheese is quick to disappear in our house, leaving mere crumbs for leftovers. However, if you happen to find some Roquefort, Blue Vinny, Gorgonzola or Stilton lurking at the back of the fridge and are looking for inspiration for how to make the most of it, here are 7 foods that pair perfectly with Blue Cheese.

blue cheese enjoyed at its best
Blue Cheese is a staple on any cheese board

 

1. Pears

Pears are the most obvious partner for blue cheese. These two aren’t just the food fad of the moment, they are in love and staying that way!  The sweetness of the pears really compliments the saltiness of the cheese. Then there is the contrasting texture; the crunchy crisp pear with the soft, creamy blue. A match made in heaven!

Try this: Poach the pears in red wine with some star anise, cinnamon, cardamom and a grating nutmeg and serve them with blue cheese, walnuts and rocket.

 

2. Figs

Just like grapes, pears, apples and pineapple (YES pineapple + blue cheese is a divine combo), figs are another fruit that pairs nicely with blue cheese. A very simple explanation is the combining of salty, sharp and sweet flavours. The tangy savoury notes of blue cheese are wonderfully complimented by the natural sweetness found in fruit or even honey.

Try this: The luscious fig has found its way onto many a cheese board with great success. Simply pop 3 -5 figs onto one corner of your cheese board at your next dinner party and allow your guests enjoy!

 

3. Mushrooms

It is the earthy flavour of mushrooms that makes it great mates with your Stilton or Roquefort. Legendary veggie burgers have been created from plonking a large portobello mushroom into a chewy sourdough bun and smothering it in a blue cheese sauce. Ooooh!

Try this: Take some Portabello mushrooms, remove the stalks and skins. Create a paste using garlic, olives, sundried tomatoes, fresh basil, a few drops of balsamic vinegar and some olive oil. Rub the paste all over the underside of the mushrooms and bake in the oven for around 30 minutes. Take out the oven, and turn on the grill. Add a small dollop of blue cheese and place under the grill for a few minutes until the cheese is mouth watering-ly gooey. A low carb wonder!

 

4. Celery

When in season, this low calorie veggie provides a deliciously crunchy contrast to a smooth and creamy blue cheese. Celery contains vitamins A, C and K as well as several antioxidants.

Try this: This combination can be enjoyed simply by spreading a small amount of blue cheese onto the celery or you can create a dip like this one found on bbc good food

 

5. Walnuts

Raw walnuts have a gorgeous earthy flavour too and you only need a few to really elevate a dish from ordinary to delicious. The same principle applies to blue cheese in salads – i.e. a little goes a long way!

Try this: Crumble some blue cheese like the Organic Perl Las or the famous Irish Cashel Blue onto a washed mixed leaf salad and then add a small handful of raw roughly chopped walnuts, a dash of olive oil, lemon juice, dijon mustard, honey, salt, pepper and a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper.

 

6. Port

Although technically a drink and not a food, I couldn’t resist adding port onto this list. Pairing a vintage port with a mature blue is another one of those classic combinations that is well known for good reason. Vintage Port is bursting with robust flavour and the piquancy and buttery soft texture of blue cheese ensure they match perfectly.

Try this: All you need for this combo is a great Port and a great Blue!

 

7. Whisky

Again, not technically a food but included here regardless as people are often surprised by the fact that whisky and blue cheese are happy bedfellows. It has even been whispered that whisky pairs better with cheese than Wine! The complex flavours of an excellent Blue like the Organic Perl Las can pair beautifully with a peaty whisky.

Try this: Visit a specialist whisky shop and ask for help picking an ideal whisky for your blue cheese of choice. Good whisky isn’t cheap, so asking an expert is the best way of getting a good result.

Tackle The Monday Blues

Tackle the Blues with Blue Cheese

So the weekend has ended and the week has begun again, ushered in by the always unwelcome morning alarm. Back to clock-watching every 5 minutes, counting down until the end of day.

We can’t pretend that we can cure the Monday blues, but what we can do is introduce you to some fantastic blue cheeses to give you something to look forward to. With a great selection of mouth watering, taste bud tingling blue cheeses from around the country (and a few from across the pond) there really is no better way to beat the Monday blues!

Irish Blue Cheese
Crozier Irish Blue Cheese

Perl Las

One Blue Cheese virtually guaranteed to put a smile on your face in the award winning Perl Las. An organic welsh star, as fantastic on the tongue as Katherine Jenkins is on the ears. Strong, yet wonderfully creamy with lovely lingering blue overtones.

Crozier Blue

Then there is Crozier Blue, Ireland’s only blue cheese made with Ewes milk. Made by the Grubb family in Ireland, the same family that make the world famous Cashel Blue. With its fresh and tangy flavour, it is definitely worth a try.

Blacksticks Blue Truckle

Or there is the Blacksticks Blue truckle, labelled the daddy of all blue cheeses by Chef Simon Rimmer. With a wonderful amber hue, creamy with a delicious texture & soft enough to spread on toast. Ideal to tuck away in the fridge ready for any celebration.

Cotswold Blue Brie

And then there is the unforgettable, unmissable Cotswold Blue Brie by Simon Weaver, a wonderful creamy Brie with the added richness of the blue taking this cheese to a whole new level, not to mention it is organic too. Pears like a dream with…. well, pears!

Want to check out these cheeses for yourself? Order any Blue Cheese from The Cheese Market LTD before the 20th October and you will receive 20% off all blue cheeses with the code “blues2go”