Summertime to us only means one thing – burger time!
Now that you have the grill all fired up, it’s time to find a great recipe for the perfect burger. We all know to create the best burger, you have to great meat (we prefer the 80/20 blend). Now you need a great cheese to top it all off.
We recommend the creamy taste of Finlandia, which comes in the form of Swiss, Light Swiss, Lacey Swiss, Muenster, Gouda and Havarti.
Ariane Duarte, Executive Chef of award-winning CulinAriane restaurant and finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef, suggests arranging your favorite toppings in a bountiful array using assorted condiments and aged cheeses such as Finlandia Swiss (our favorite), Light Swiss or Lacey Swiss. When you place the cheese on top of the burger, it melts slowly and evenly while maintaining their flavor and texture.
Here are our two favorite recipes from Chef Duarte:
Finlandia Swiss Burger with Russian Dressing
2 lb ground chuck
1oz (package) onion soup mix
1 egg beaten
2t Worcestershire sauce
2t hot sauce
3/4c rolled oats
1/4t black pepper
12 slices Finlandia Swiss Cheese
6 burger buns of your choice
2T melted butter
Mix first 5 ingredients all together. Form into 6 patties. Press your thumb print into each patty after they are formed. Heat your grill to med-high and place patties on grill. Grill on one side for about 7 minutes and flip once for another 7 minutes or until the temperature you desire. Add 2 slices of cheese to each burger and allow to melt while brushing buns with butter. Then place the buns on the grill butter side down for about 30 seconds, just enough to warm. Smear some Russian dressing on bun, next add the burger and if you like lettuce, tomato and onion and pickles.
1T red wine vinegar
1T grated onion
Mix all together. Refrigerate.
Grilled Chicken with Summer Tomatoes and Finlandia Lacey Swiss Cheese
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2T olive oil
1T fresh rosemary chopped
1T fresh thyme chopped
1T fresh basil chopped
Salt & pepper
2 Jersey fresh tomatoes
1 package Finlandia Swiss or Light Swiss Cheese
Preheat grill to medium high. Place chicken breasts in a large bowl and add olive oil, herbs, salt and pepper. Let stand for about 10 minutes.
While chicken is marinating, slice tomatoes into 4 pieces. Brush with olive oil, salt and pepper and grill for about 1 minute on each side. Remove from grill and set aside. Next, place chicken on the grill and cook for about 4 minutes, turning over to complete the cooking for approximately 4 more minutes. After that, top each of the chicken breasts with a tomato slice, then a piece of cheese. Continue to leave the chicken over the heat only long enough to melt the cheese. Remove immediately, platter and serve.
For more information, visit https://www.finlandiacheese.com.