Marshall Erickson 2008, How I Met You Mother, somehow forgets the important role cheese plays in a burger:

Just a Burger? Just a burger. Robin, it’s so much more than “just a burger.” I mean…that first bite—oh, what heaven that first bite is. The bun, like a sesame freckled breast of an angel, resting gently on the ketchup and mustard below, flavors mingling in a seductive pas de deux. And then…a pickle! The most playful little pickle! Then a slice of tomato, a leaf of lettuce and a…a patty of ground beef so exquisite, swirling in your mouth, breaking apart, and combining again in a fugue of sweets and savor so delightful. This is no mere sandwich of grilled meat and toasted bread, Robin. This is God, speaking to us in food

Burger Buds: The Cheese for your Burger that You Don’t Know About

Somerdale Red Dragon, United Kingdom- This Burger Topper Cheese is a triple threat. Threat No. 1- It is fantastic high-moisture (good for melting) cheddar from across the pond. Threat No. 2- It already has whole grain mustard seeds in it. The mustard seeds provide the entire tang you need for your burger. Threat No. 3- It has beer in it. My personal grilling drink of choice is grained into this multifaceted cheddar. Less is more with this cheese. Full flavored and packed full of mustard, this cheddar can be the predominant flavor of your burger if you’d like.

Roth Kase Buttermilk Blue, Wisconsin- Roth Kase Buttermilk blue is exactly what it sounds like. A tangy, piquant blue cheese that is mellowed out by a buttery smooth finish thanks to milk from predominantly Jersey bread cows. Forget about crumbled blue cheese, grab a thick slice of this Raw Milk blue, your gonna want a lot. Blue cheese not really your thing? Try cutting the blue with one of Minnesota’s favorite condiments…Mayonnaise.

Brunkow Morel & Onion Jack, Wisconsin- Like mushrooms on top of your burger? Well then, try this cheese on for size. Minnesota’s favorite fungus turns an already respectable cheese into something incredible. Grained with a heavy dose of Morel Mushrooms and green onions, this is the jack cheese everyone knows, perfect for melting… and for snacking on the leftovers when no one is looking.

Maple Leaf Smoked Gouda, Wisconsin- Classic Wisconsin smoked gouda. This cheese was made for the masses. Affordable and undeniably delicious on a burger. This young Gouda will melt like your heart melts when watching Patrick Swayze act in the major motion picture Ghost. The smoke flavor isn’t stingy so you don’t have to worry about this cheese getting lost within the multitude of flavors packed into your perfectly pattied, perfectly grilled, restaurant quality burger.


Our cheese department offers a variety of artisan and everyday cheeses from both local and distant producers. We offer a huge variety of cow’s milk cheeses as well as cheeses made from goat’s milk and sheep’s milk. Let our cheeses carry your taste buds from Minnesota to Europe and back again – our cheese passport can get you started and offers recommendations on beer and wine pairings too!

Taste it!

There are lots of opportunities to sample a new cheese or taste an old favorite. We often have samples out in our stores. And, you can find us at at Vine Park Brewery the first Monday of every month, from 5:00-7:00pm, for beer & cheese tastings. You’re sure to find a new favorite!