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Happy National Cheese Curd Day from the Frozen Tundra! Yes, that’s actually a thing, and as a proud Wisconsinite, I thought I ought to do something incredible to celebrate. That’s why I’m sharing these delicious and indulgent Wisconsin brat & cheese curd burgers. It’s everything Wisconsin rolled into one amazing sandwich. It’s tailgating perfection.
I was really channeling my home state when I made these burgers. They’re half beef, half bratwurst, topped with an arugula, beer & brat mustard (basically a horseradish mustard), caramelized onions and breaded cheese curds. Not only are they topped with cheese curds, they’re also stuffed with them.
I used Farm Rich Cheddar Cheese Curds, which I found in the freezer section of my Walmart. I took a handful out of the package and chopped them up into small pieces to “stuff” the burgers. Then I prepared the rest of the box according to the package directions. When they were ready, I turned off the oven and kept them in there to keep them warm until the burgers were done.
I actually made two boxes of Cheese Curds, and they were delicious. I couldn’t stop eating them. They’re breaded to a light, crispy golden perfection – literally bursting with the mild, salty, fresh goodness of real Wisconsin Cheese Curds. Trust me, I know. I would even go as far as to say that they’re on par with local restaurants. They were just that good.
To make these insane cheese curd burgers even better, I put them on a pretzel roll. I figured that all the cheese and mustard would pair really well with a pretzel bun, and they did. But, you could easily use any kind of bun you want.
Wisconsin Brat & Cheese Curd Burger
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 8 burgers
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large sweet onion, sliced
- Pinch of salt
- 1 package Farm Rich Cheddar Cheese Curds
- 5 bratwurst links, casings removed
- 1 pound ground beef
- Salt & pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic (or garlic powder)
- 8 pretzel buns, sliced in half
- In a skillet, caramelize onions with a pinch of salt over medium heat. Add 1 – 2 teaspoons water to deglaze pan when needed. Stir occasionally to prevent burning and allow onions to cook for about 20 minutes. Reduce heat to low and keep onions warm until ready to use.
- Preheat oven to 450˚F. Dice enough Cheese Curds to measure about 3/4 cup. Prepare remaining Cheese Curds according to package directions.
- In a large bowl, mix together the diced Cheese Curds, brat meat, beef, garlic, and salt & pepper to taste. Stir until evenly combined.
- Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Cook burgers for 5 – 6 minutes per side or until patties are cooked through.
- To assemble: Top each pretzel bun with a burger patty, mustard, onions, Cheese Curds and arugula.
- Calories: 0
- Sugar: 0 g
- Sodium: 0 mg
- Fat: 0 g
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 0 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 0 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
If you’re looking for these Cheddar Cheese Curds, they are carried in most Midwest grocery stores, but you can check for a store near you using the product finder on the Farm Rich website. Like I said, I found mine at Walmart.