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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.