by Nick of Dude Foods
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I’m always conflicted about the time of year when summer turns to fall. Living here in Wisconsin means that, within a few months, we’ll be seeing snow, which is never fun. But on the other hand, it also means that it’s time for football season!
One of the best parts about going to a football game — aside from the actual game itself — is the tailgating that takes place beforehand, and everyone knows that tailgating means delicious cheeseburgers! Normally when I grill burgers, I go crazy with the number of toppings I add to them, but not this time. With this one, I wanted the four Wisconsin cheeses to be the stars of the burger.
Wisconsin has so many amazing cheesemakers that limiting myself to four cheeses was tough. I almost sort of wish I would have referenced a touchdown in the name of the burger so I only would have had to narrow it down to seven of them. In the end, though, I went with Wisconsin cheddar, colby, fontina and gouda since they all have fairly low melting points and in turn work really well on burgers.
Unlike in the game of football, you’re ALWAYS going to want to go for this fourth and long! The only downfall of the burger? It’s pretty difficult to find a plate that’s actually big enough to hold it.
The 4th and Long Burger
Servings: One gigantic cheeseburger, 2-4 servings
2 pounds ground beef
Freshly ground pepper
2 1-ounce slices Wisconsin cheddar cheese
2 1-ounce slices Wisconsin colby cheese
2 1-ounce slices Wisconsin fontina cheese
2 1-ounce slices Wisconsin gouda cheese
1 long (at least 12″) hoagie roll or loaf of soft bread, split
Green leaf lettuce leaves
2 tomatoes, sliced
Form ground beef into four equal sized patties and season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Heat grill to medium; grill burger patties to desired doneness, between 3 and 5 minutes per side.
Top each patty with 2 slices of 1 cheese variety during final minute of grilling.
Spread bottom half of hoagie roll with mayonnaise; layer lettuce and tomato over. Place burger patties over tomato slices. Serve immediately.