When I saw the Cheese & Burger Society’s 10 new, amazing gastronomic cheeseburgers inspired by 10 cities from Cheeseburgers Across America, I immediately had to make The Kansas City. Not only was this cheeseburger piled with barbecue pulled pork, it also included one of my favorite cheeses: Wisconsin Smoked Gouda. If that wasn’t enough to make me want to build this cheeseburger, the homemade coleslaw, barbecue sauce, and Kansas City BBQ potato chips were.
Make no mistake; as much as I love a great cheeseburger, it’s the cheese that makes it special. Wisconsin Smoked Gouda is a yellow cow’s milk cheese often coated in red or yellow wax. It is known as a sweeter cheese and develops a caramel sweetness with age, with a hint of smoky flavor. In fact, this has been my younger daughter’s favorite cheese for years. We bought some from a store one time and since then she is always asking for “smoked goooooooood-a,” as she so affectionately loves to call it.
And in case you’re wondering if there is a tangible difference between different purveyors of cheese, the answer is simply yes. I absolutely love the quality and flavor of all Wisconsin Cheese. Although Gouda is a cheese that originated in Holland, smoked Gouda, made in Wisconsin, is exceptional.
As for The Kansas City cheeseburger, it is phenomenal. A couple of days before I made this cheeseburger I made some homemade pulled pork using a Kansas City barbecue rub. I’ve always been fascinated with the barbecue culture from different geographical areas across the country, Kansas City being no exception. I intentionally saved some pulled pork for these delicious cheeseburgers, and I am so glad I did.
To build this burger, I grilled ground beef patties, finishing each one with slices of Wisconsin Smoked Gouda. The cheese melted beautifully, just as it should. Halfway through the grilling, I also threw some sliced onions and Kaiser buns smeared with mayonnaise on the grill, to get them nice and toasted.
Once all the grilled food was ready, I started piling my ingredients nice and high on top of one another. I started with the bottom half of the bun and spread a layer of homemade coleslaw on top. Next came the burger with the melted Wisconsin smoked Gouda. From there I added a few spoonfuls of the Kansas City pulled pork, then the grilled onions, and drizzled it with Kansas City barbecue sauce. I topped it off with a small handful of Kansas City BBQ chips. Oh my word, the cheeseburger looked ridiculously insane in an awesome way.
Worried I wouldn’t be able to fit the burger in my mouth, I set the top half of the bun on top of the cheeseburger and pushed it down in order to eat it. I loved hearing the sound of the potato chips being smashed as the juices from the pulled pork, barbecue sauce, cheese, and burger started dripping everywhere. Then it was time to eat it.
I really wish you could have been here as my guest, because this Kansas City cheeseburger was one of the best cheeseburgers I have ever had. Each element of the burger came together and complemented one another, yet was distinct on its own. This cheeseburger should make the people of Kansas City proud, and it will make you proud too when you make it at home.
Check out a video of Alice making The Kansas City.