These Are the Best Cheeses for Cheeseburgers, Period

American cheese is a classic, but cheese can go way beyond it. Find out which cheeses are perfect for cheeseburgers

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These Are the Best Cheeses for Cheeseburgers, Period

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A juicy ground beef patty, covered in melted American cheese, piled high with lettuce, tomatoes, crisped bacon, on a toasted sesame seed bun are all part of the image of a classic American cheeseburger stored in our minds. The cheese has a lot to do with building that distinct flavor we want to taste when biting into a perfectly cooked burger. American cheese melts beautifully, almost like a cheese sauce right on the top of your patty — but try making your magical cheese sauce with another type of cheese. 

Aged Provolone

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Aged provolone is a great cheese to use if you are looking to add tanginess. This is the cheese to use to give your next burger a sharp bite


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The most popular cheese option has to be American cheese — it’s a classic. To make a simple and delicious burger, you need enough fat in the meat, and two or three slices of American American cheese. 

Blue Cheese

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Add blue cheese to your next burger — you won’t be sorry. The flavor of blue cheese, whether gorgonzola, stilton, roquefort, or Maytag Blue, will give your burger an authoritative richness. Add blue cheese and sautéed mushrooms to your next burger for a perfect finish. 


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Consider Cheddar cheese the sharper kin to American cheese. Top your burger with barbecue sauce, bacon, and Cheddar for a salty kick. 

Goat Cheese

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Goat cheese — a fresh, young one — is perfect if you want a milder cheese to top your burger. Goat cheese and jalapeños will add a salty and spicy kick to your patty.


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Gruyère cheese melts well and has a ton of flavor. Try it to add some Continental flair to your ground beef patty.

Monterey Jack

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Try filling your burger with Monterey Jack. Guests will love the warm, melty cheese center.


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Mozzarella melts well, which is why it is the perfect option to try on your next burger. If you want a boost of flavor you can even add smoked mozzarella

Pepper Jack

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If you want to add a spicy kick to your burger without topping your patty with chiles, pepper jack is the way to go. You will get a spicy and cheesy burger with a minimum of fuss.



If you’re looking for something a little different to try on your burger, go with Swiss. Domestic examples aren't as pungent as something like gruyère, but have some of the same slightly nutty flavor.