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Visit These 8 DSM Restaurants on National Cheeseburger Day

Cheeseburgers in DSM

September 15, 2022

Image of “The Shed Burger” from Burger Shed’s Facebook page.

According to National Today, the top five cheeses that American like to melt on a burger are American, cheddar, Swiss, pepper jack and provolone. Food & Wine also suggests alternatives like brie, monterey jack, smoked gouda and stilton. No matter which kind of cheese you prefer, in Greater Des Moines (DSM), you’ll find that cheese can make the burger. As National Cheeseburger Day approaches — it’s happening Sunday, Sept. 18! — consider checking out the list of cheeseburgers, and cheeseburger-like menu items we’ve prepared below to celebrate the holiday.

Cheeseburger: Barn Fire

Barn Town Brewing

9500 University Ave. #1110, West Des Moines
With one burger patty and one house chorizo patty, the “Barn Fire” is for the cheeseburger enthusiast. It features queso fresco, as well as jalapeño relish, pickled red onion, smoked chipotle aioli and cilantro avocado spread.

Cheeseburger: Jalapeno Popper Burger

Ben’s Burgers Shakes + Fries

1325 SW Oralabor Road, Ankeny
Fresh burgers are the name of the game at Ben’s Burgers. Try the "Jalapeno Popper Burger which includes cream cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, cream cheese and a choice of American or pepperjack.

Cheeseburgers: Slide Trio

Brickyard Burgers & Brews

1802 Greene St., Adel
Pick three mini burgers when you order the Slide Trio from Brickyard Burgers & Brews, including the following options: “Cheeseburger,” “Wild West,” “The Italian” and the “Brick Mini.” These mini burgers are just the right size, and two of them feature cheese: American on the “Cheeseburger” and cheddar jack on the “Wild West.”

Cheeseburgers: Shed Burger + Impossible Burger

Burger Shed

500 Bass Pro Dr NW, Altoona
Try the “Shed Burger,” which is a signature burger at Burger Shed. It features in-house smoked beef brisket, pepper jack cheese, the Shed’s BBQ sauce and fried onion strings on a brioche bun. Burger Shed’s “Impossible Burger” is plant-based soy burger topped with caramelized onions, gouda cheese and chipotle aioli. A substitute for meat product, the Impossible Burger cooks and tastes like ground beef.

Cheeseburger: Piled-High

Central Standard Craft Beer & Burgers

1222 SE University Ave., Waukee
This one really is piled high! With American cheese, bacon, white cheddar mac, buff-BBQ and chili cheese Fritos, the “Piled-High” burger from Central Standard Craft Beer & Burgers is one sink your teeth into!

Cheeseburger: Pickle Burger

Lucky Horse Beer & Burgers

2331 University Ave., Des Moines
The “"Pickle Burger” features a seven-ounce patty, fried pickles, Gouda and sriracha mayo on a toasted brioche bun. Visit Lucky Horse Beer & Burgers for a variety of cheeseburger options, as well as vegetarian options, too.

Cheeseburger: The Shed Burger

Machine Shed Restaurant

11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale
Made with Certified Angus Beef®, “The Shed Burger” is topped with Machine Shed Restaurant’s in-house smoked beef brisket, pepper jack cheese, BBQ sauce, fried onion strings, lettuce, tomato and onion on a brioche bun.

Cheeseburger: Trailside Burger

Trailside Tap

710 SW 3rd St., Ankeny
Trailside Tap will satisfy with its “Trailside Burger” — a gluten-free brioche bun is even available. It’s got sweet onion mayo, bacon, Havarti cheese and caramelized onion, too.

When dining out — or in — in Greater Des Moines (DSM), locally-owned restaurants, craft breweries, local wineries, coffee shops and more have this foodie scene covered. Find out more about the region’s most popular restaurants and new additions here.

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