The burger: Burger Friday is on vacation (and probably should have ordered that fantastic-looking burger at the gotta-visit Farmhouse Madeline Island, but the BLT on the specials board was calling my name; I was not disappointed). But despite being off the clock, I can’t let this Sunday's vastly important National Cheeseburger Day go unnoticed.
On that note, here’s what landed in my email box this morning: fascinating data from Finlandia Cheese. It’s the company’s “Cheesiest, Meltiest, Gooiest Cheeseburger Survey.”
Why not, right?
The study, conducted by Learndipity Data Insights, polled 2,000 Americans on the subject of cheeseburgers. Specifically, the breakdown on specific cheeses they “love” and like” on burgers. Respondents were allowed to indicate more than one “love” or “like," which is why the figures exceed 100 percent.
It’s a virtual tie at the top, with American cheese at 66 percent, and Cheddar at 65 percent. That's pretty much in line with the 100-plus burgers I've surveyed over the life of Burger Friday. (Oh, and here's a shocker: Finlandia produces American and Cheddar cheeses).
Swiss tapped in at 43 percent, Pepper Jack snared 40 percent, Provolone came in at 31 percent and Colby ranked at 31 percent.
The figures then drop to 16 percent (Muenster and Gouda), 11 percent (Havarti) and 9 percent (Gruyere).
No word on whether representatives for Camembert, Edam, Feta, Fontina and Manchego asked for a recount.
Burger Friday will return next week.