What is the most popular cheese on a cheeseburger?


In honor of National Cheeseburger Day, we pose the question, what is the most popular cheese on a cheeseburger?

According to food history, the exact origin of the cheeseburger is debated. Generally, the cheeseburger dates back to the early 1920s. From California to Kentucky, several locations claim to have invented the cheeseburger. Truthfully, it doesn’t matter who gets the credit, a cheeseburger is, and will be, a delicious meal.

Instead of debating cheeseburger’s origins, people generally agree that cheeseburgers are better than a plain hamburger. According to a recent survey, over 80% of surveyed American prefer cheese on their burgers. But, does the type of cheese matter and which type is the most popular cheese on a cheeseburger?

What’s the most popular cheese on a cheeseburger? Photo by Cristine Struble

In the same survey, Americans prefer American cheese. The second most popular cheese is cheddar. Many other cheeses follow behind these two most popular. While people may not have expressed specifically why they prefer these two cheeses, color and melt-ability could be the biggest factors.

The picture of the classic cheeseburger usually has a bright yellow, melted piece of cheese. The bright yellow cheese is a visual contrast to the burger and its other condiments. Visual appearance matters with food. Instagram food photos wouldn’t be so popular if people didn’t eat with their eyes. That yellow color draws hungry cheeseburger fans to the plate.

What’s the most popular cheese on a cheeseburger? Photo by Cristine Struble

Melted cheese is imperative to a good cheeseburger. A piece of cold, hard cheese on a burger isn’t tasty nor appealing. American cheese and cheddar cheese melt well. As the cheese covers the side of the burger, everyone knows that each and every bite will have a taste of cheesy goodness.

Even though American and cheddar cheese are the most popular, other cheeses aren’t forgotten. From the pungent blue cheese to the creamy gouda, the varying flavors offer a break from the popular. Even a combination of cheeses can make for a delicious cheeseburger.

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Will you be celebrating National Cheeseburger Day? Whether you serve the most popular cheese on a cheeseburger or a combination of cheeses, it doesn’t matter. Just enjoy a juicy, cheesy classic food.