The team at 225 loves burgers so much that we dedicated a whole cover story to them. So, it should be no surprise that National Cheeseburger Day, Sept. 18, is one of our favorite food holidays. This year, we’re seriously melting over burgers with interesting, fancy and funky cheeses. If you’re ready to trade American cheese for goat cheese, Gouda or gorgonzola, order one of these six unique cheeseburgers.
Blend Burger with Port Salut at Blend
What’s wine without cheese? Blend wine bar downtown brings in entire wheels of Port Salut, a semi-soft French cheese. This savory but slightly sweet cheese goes on the Blend Burger: a blend of short rib and beef, topped with lettuce, tomato, pecanwood smoked bacon, smoked bacon aioli, caramelized onions and, of course, that creamy Port Salut. Pair it with the Familia Cassone Obra Prima Reserva Malbec. Why? This wine is from Argentina, and Argentina is known for its beef.
Steakhouse Burger with gorgonzola at Barcadia
Barcadia takes arcade food to the next level. The bar-arcade-restaurant near LSU’s North Gates is worth a visit just for the burgers. Barcadia recently revamped its menu, and we’re stoked that the Steakhouse Burger made the cut. The combo of fried onion strings, bacon jam and a drizzle of A1 Steak Sauce gives this burger a robust flavor, and crumbles of creamy gorgonzola make it a winner.
Bison Burger with smoked gouda at Burgersmith
The Bison Burger is one of the more popular burgers on Burgersmith’s menu. Who knew? Grass-fed ground bison is just as juicy as ground beef, with half the fat and double the protein (a whopping 40 grams). But what we really love about the Bison Burger is the slab of smoked gouda on top of the patty. The burger is also dressed with chipotle mayo, red onion slices, lettuce and sliced tomato.
Caprese Burger with mozzarella at Your Mom’s
Your Mom’s Restaurant and Bar is known for towering burgers stacked with weird and wonderful toppings like sauerkraut, fried onion strings and peanut butter and jelly. We’re eyeing the Caprese Burger, though. Named after a salad, this burger’s anything but. You might not think of mozzarella as a traditional burger topping, but Your Mom’s dresses a hand-pressed beef patty with thick slices of it, and it melds perfectly with the burger’s tomatoes, homemade candied jalapeño vinaigrette and jalapeño and cheese bun.
Black and Bleu Mushroom Burger with blue cheese at The Chimes East
Like a traditionally dressed burger, the Black and Bleu Mushroom Burger at The Chimes East comes with mayo, tomato, lettuce and pickle. But the savory sautéed mushrooms, sautéed onions and chunks of pungent blue cheese make this burger extra good. The way the blue cheese melts over the patty is enough to make our hearts skip a beat.
Napa Burger with goat cheese at Fat Cow
A little creativity and a lot of cheese make the burgers at Fat Cow that much better. Their gourmet burger menu includes creations with mozzarella, brie, blue and Gruyere. Hard as it is to choose just one, we recommend the Napa Burger. Fat Cow pairs a hand-ground angus burger with scoops of tangy goat cheese, sliced pear, red onion marmalade and peppery arugula.
If after National Cheeseburger Day you’ve had your fill of red meat, you can swap the beef patty for grilled salmon. The combo is a Fat Cow staff favorite.
Have any more favorite local burgers topped with interesting and unique cheeses? Let us know in the comments!