What is the best cheese for a burger?

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Best cheese for a burger
A juicy, flavourful burger patty topped with a thick, melted slice of cheese: it’s the stuff dreams are made of… and also the source of much debate. Some say anything other than cheddar cheese on a burger is an unspeakable abomination. Other free-minded folks aren’t afraid to take it to a new level with a creamy brie or even a decadent blue.

So, what is THE best cheese for a burger? Here are some of the world’s most favourited options, and our ultimate top pick at Ribs & Burgers.

American cheese

Not surprisingly, one of the most popular cheeseburger toppers is American cheese, which is typically a variety of cheddar with a creamy and salty flavour and medium-firm consistency. American cheese melts beautifully and has just the right amount of sharpness, making it the perfect all-rounder for a classic cheeseburger.

Swiss cheese

Swiss cheese’s super-melty texture makes it a great choice to accompany a burger. Its nutty and buttery flavour is distinctive enough that it can hold its own atop a beef patty, but mild enough that it doesn’t overwhelm. Traditional Swiss, or emmentaler, provides a stronger flavour while baby Swiss is more subtle. 


A traditional Dutch cheese, gouda is fast growing in popularity around the globe. It’s creamy, mild and found in a red wax rind – and it makes a delicious cheeseburger. It also comes in a smoked variety, which puts a bold and unique twist on the traditional burger.

Blue cheese

With its deep, bold flavour, blue cheese is known for making a cheeseburger truly decadent.  Many high-end joints feature blue cheese along with a wagyu patty or thick slices of bacon to create an extra rich and flavourful burger – very indulgent but not for the faint-hearted!

Goat cheese

Done right, goat cheese aka chèvre adds a creamy and luxurious tang to a cheeseburger. Given its complex flavour, goat cheese is best paired on a burger with some caramelised onions or chutney rather than good-old ketchup and mustard.


Sure you might be used to seeing cheese on top of your burger patty, but what if we told you there’s a whole new world of delicious possibilities with cheese inside the patty? If you’re feeling experimental, brie’s creamy texture makes it one of the best choices for a stuffed patty.

Vegan cheese

For the plant-loving friends among us, there are plenty of great vegan cheese options available today that pair beautifully with a vegan burger. The great thing about quality vegan cheese is that it melts (and tastes) just like regular cheese, but with no trace of animal products. 

The verdict? 

We know a thing or two about cheeseburgers, and we’re confident we’ve found the very best cheese (well, two cheeses actually) for our burgers. Our irresistible combination of American and Swiss cheese melted over our juicy beef patties can’t be beaten! Hungry yet? Come in and try our incredible burgers at Fortitude Valley or a location near you.


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