Are We Building Our Cheeseburgers Wrong? Is this the “Correct” Way to Make a Better Burger?

posted: 08/08/17
by: Amanda Mushro

Before you toss a few burgers on the grill for dinner tonight you might want to examine how you turn your regular burger into a delicious cheeseburger. According to a post written on Deadspin, simply melting the cheese while the burger is still on the grill is all wrong. Of course, the internet has some thoughts about this and we want to know what you think, too.

The author writes that melting the cheese doesn't need to happen on the grill because you are left with thin and congealed cheese on your burger. "The cheese does not need a lot of heat to melt, and there will certainly be enough residual heat in the patties to melt the cheese when the patties go into the sandwiches," he adds this essentially ruins the cheese experience of the burger "So you get a nice big cheesy bite of burger when you bite into the sides, but the middle of the burger--which should be the most delicious part--is shamefully cheese-less." The last thing we want for our burger is to be cheese-less!

Maybe you can be convinced to skip the cheese step while on the grill, but what about when you are building the burger? Where should the cheese and all of the yummy condiments go? According to the author, everything we know about layering the condiments on our burgers is all wrong. He says the cheese should be placed on the inside of the top bun right before you pull the burger off the grill. Then lay the burger on to the cheese and put your condiments on the bottom bun for the perfectly constructed burger.

"The cheese, as it melts, adheres to the porous top of the bun,'' he writes, "There will be uniform cheese thickness across the entire burger, so that as you eat the burger you get the delicious creaminess of cheese in every bite."

So we want to know how you build your burger. Tell us in the comments is it cheese on or off the grill? Also how do you layer your condiments on top of the burger or on the bottom bun? Even if you aren't willing to change your cheeseburger ways, here's a few grilling hacks to make sure your next barbeque is a success.