When selecting a cheese to go on your burger, Jeff recommends keeping in mind the texture of the cheese. “What I think about when I’m picking out something to go on a burger is that it needs to melt nicely. You don’t want anything too soft that will run off. It needs to have a firm texture in order for it to sit and melt well on your burger.” He went on to recommend these three Wisconsin cheeses as prime examples of how best to top your burger.
This aged Cheddar is the perfect choice for elevating your traditional cheeseburger. The Imperial Buck has sweet, creamy, and nutty flavors and a fantastic texture that will melt perfectly on a burger (and make excellent Mac & Cheese or cheese sauce). Jeff says “This cheese would be a classic companion on most any hamburger.”
If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, Jeff recommends the Maaantarey Jack from Hook’s. It’s a goat milk pepper jack with a red pepper blend, so it has zing without being too spicy. It has a tangy taste and is a fresher take on your traditional cheeseburger. Jeff recommends topping this cheeseburger with greens and fresh tomato.
For those looking for something totally different, Jeff recommends adding one of Wisconsin’s most popular cheeses and their featured artisanal cheese, the Dunbarton Blue cheese from Roeilli Cheese Haus. It’s a cheddar with blue veins running through it that give the cheese a punch of earthy flavor without being too overpowering. It’s a similar texture to the Imperial Buck cheddar, so it will melt perfectly on any burger. Jeff recommends pairing this cheese with mushrooms or other earthy veggies to top your burger.
A huge thanks to Jeff and the Fromagination team for all the great information! Visit them online at Fromagination.com or in Madison at 12 South Carroll Street on the Square for lunch and to sample their amazing cheeses.
Maddie Brady is the social media manager for Discover Wisconsin. She may be from Illinois, but she’s passionate about sharing the beauty and fun of her new home state, Wisconsin! Watch the show Saturdays at 10 a.m. on FSN Wisconsin’s outdoor block or online at DiscoverWisconsin.com. Follow Maddie on Instagram at @maddiekbrady.
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