Favorite melting cheeses

PCC Taste | June 2012

What could top the satisfaction of a perfectly grilled burger? A perfect layer of cheesy goodness nestled between patty and bun, of course! From our favorite basic cheddar to more decadent options (cave-aged Gruyere, anyone?), we'll help you find your match made in heaven.

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If you prefer intense flavor

Try blue cheese. Layer on a slice of Danish blue, English Stilton or Long Clawson Huntsman (a pleasing blend of blue and cheddar), or work your favorite crumbled blue into burger patties before cooking.


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If you prefer melty decadence

Try Gruyere. Slightly sweet, slightly salty, creamy, nutty, it boosts a burger's overall flavor without overshadowing other components. Also: Jarlsberg, a smooth, mild, supple cheese.


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If you prefer simple goodness

Try fresh local cheese curds from Beecher's Handmade Cheese. Warm them atop a layer of foil on the grill over indirect heat until they soften, or work them into the patty itself before cooking.


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If you prefer the classics

Try our New Zealand Cheddar made from the milk of grass-fed cows or Jeremiah Farm & Goat Dairy Raw Milk Cheddar.


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If you prefer the tang of goat cheese

Try creamy goat cheeses, such as those from Redwood Hill Farm. Spread onto the bun as a condiment or crumble atop the hot patty before serving.


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If you prefer a hint of smoke or spice

Try one of Sierra Nevada Cheese Company Jacks or a smoked Jack such as local Mt. Townsend Creamery Camp Fire.


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If you prefer cheese more than the burger

Try halloumi, sliced to your desired thickness, grilled in place of a meat patty. Wonderful with pesto, your favorite hummus or fresh veggies.


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If you prefer non-dairy cheese

Try Daiya Foods vegan cheese, legendary for its easy melt and enjoyable texture.

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