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Cheeseburgers

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Who can resist a cheeseburger? Adding a new dimension of flavor to burgers is as simple as using different types of cheeses. Mild or strong, traditional or super-gourmet, there's a cheese to match every palate.

Need a cheeseburger recipe? Check out these recipes for cheeseburgers made from blue cheese, cheddar, feta, Swiss and pepperjack cheese.

American

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You can't deny that this mild and creamy processed cheese melts like no other. For the traditionalist, kids, and kids at heart, American cheese is a favorite burger topper. Neatly packaged in individual plastic wrappings, it travels well to BBQs and picnics at the beach.

Cheddar

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Cheddar, either white or yellow, steps up the flavor. Go for extra-aged cheddar to add a sharp, tangy element to your burger. If you're in the mood for something new, trade in traditional relish for a fruit chutney. The sweet fruit with the sharp cheddar is especially good on turkey burgers.
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Blue Cheese

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Blue cheese gives burgers a spicy kick and a sweet/salty flavor that compliments red meat. Add bacon or caramelized onions for the ultimate blue cheese burger. Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Pt. Reyes Blue or Rogue Creamery's Smokey Blue all work well.
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Appenzeller

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Traditionalists will want American-made Swiss cheese with its mild flavor and lacy pattern of holes. Go a little more gourmet with a Swiss cheese that's actually from the region, such as Gruyere, Appenzeller or the ultimate melting cheese, Raclette. Sauteed mushrooms add an earthy flavor that compliments Swiss cheeses well.
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Goat Cheese

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Fresh, creamy goat cheese is a great choice if you're serving veggie burgers. It also compliments meat, especially with a topping of sundried tomatoes. Add the goat cheese once the burgers are off the grill, either crumbled on top or spread on the bun.
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