Cheese & Burger Society Presents The 4th and Long

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

 

Ingredients:

2 pounds ground beef

Kosher salt

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

Mayonnaise

 

Cooking Directions:

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.

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