Build a better burger with these delicious ideas for succulent patties, fresh toppings, sauces, and more
These are only quarter-pounders, but they look heftier because the meat is mixed with ground dried cherries and a little bulgur.
The seasonings and cheese take the cherries in a savory direction, keeping the burgers from being too sweet.
Recipe: Cherry and Brie Burgers with Rosemary and Grilled Onion
Give this Southwest-inspired burger a little kick with some chipotle BBQ mayo and grilled green chiles.
Recipe: New Mexico Green Chile and Frito Burgers
Top this luscious crabcake patty with a Portland pickle mayo and fresh herbs for a tangy and satisfying bite.
Recipe: Northwest Crabcake Burgers
For a taste of the tropics, top this burger with a combination of sweet and salty spam and pineapple. Finish it with some
grilled Maui onion. You can use a grilled Hawaiin sandwich roll for the bun or thick slices from a Hawaiin sweet bread loaf.
Recipe: Hawaiian Pig-Out Burgers
For a tasty twist on a lamb burger, try stacking it with crispy potato chive cakes and Idaho mustard spread. We used Idaho's
Lava Lake lamb (lavalakelamb.com) and Lark's Meadow Farms Dulcinea, a Basque-style raw sheep's-milk cheese, also from Idaho (larksmeadowfarms.com).
Recipe: Idaho Lamb Burgers
Jazz up a basic chicken burger with sharp cheddar, parmesan, and garlic ― then top with crisp bacon, juicy tomatoes, and lettuce.
Recipe: BLT Chicken Burgers
This 5-star recipe features patties made of ground pork, chorizo, bacon, olive oil, shallots, parsley, thyme, and cumin.
Recipe: Lucques Pork Burger
For an alternative to frozen patties, make your own burgers packed with nuts, mushrooms, and tofu in place of meat.
Recipe: Tofu Burgers
These patties get extra flavor from a meaty mix of onion, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and egg. Make the patties ahead of
time and pack them in a cooler with your favorite accompaniments.
Recipe: The Classic Burger
Top grass-fed burger with a sauce of smoked chiles, brown sugar, ketchup, molasses, orange juice concentrate, and garlic.
The sauce is also excellent on grilled chicken and ribs.
Recipe: Grass-fed Burgers with Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
Arabic spices meet the Persian touch of pistachios in the kefta (skewered ground meat) at Mamnoon in Seattle, where the food combines the owners’ Syrian, Lebanese, and Persian heritage
with chef Garrett Melkonian’s Armenian background. We opted for an easier version: burgers.
Recipe: Pistachio, Lamb, and Beef Burgers
A buttery mix of minced parsely, thyme, rosemary, and dill sets these ground chuck burgers apart.
Recipes: Herb Butter Burgers
Herbed salmon patties are topped with a cucumber relish and served in warm, toasty buns spread with cream cheese.
Recipe: Double Salmon Burgers
Transform the Italian meatball sandwich: Make it bite-size, and add an olive-caper sauce.
Recipe: Puttanesca Meatball Sliders
These juicy burgers served on crusty bread are a nice alternative to traditional beef burgers. Roasted piquillo peppers or
regular roasted red peppers add a sweet, clean flavor.
Recipe: Lamb Burgers
The magic ingredients in these burgers are the pasilla chiles, roasted on a gas burner or under a broiler 'til nicely blackened.
Melt sliced or grated cheddar cheese on top during the last few minutes of grilling.
Recipes: Green Chile Cheeseburgers
Olives, feta, and fresh herbs pack a flavorful punch in these patties. This could become your new summer burger standby.
Recipe: Mediterranean Burgers
Meaty portabella mushrooms make this burger a hit with vegetarians and omnivores alike.
Recipe: Portabella Burgers
Sometimes a burger feels naked without a slice or two of nice, crispy bacon.
Recipe: Classic Western Burgers
A quick and spicy pepper sauce jazzes up these lamb-stuffed pita pockets. Serve with a cool cucumber salad and yogurt dressing.
Recipe: Lamb Burger Pitas with Two-Pepper Chutney
Follow the recipe to make your own kimchi, or take a shortcut and use the condiment ready-made from the store. Pair the burgers
with a beer with balanced malt and hops like Saigon Export.
Recipe: Korean Kimchi Burgers
Try this recipe for a twist on summer burgers. The addition of shredded zucchini makes the burgers oh-so-juicy and healthy.
Recipe: Grilled Turkey and Zucchini Burgers
These burgers are best simply dressed, with just a bit of ketchup or mayo. Add a few slices of gherkin if you want even more
pickle flavor that you get from the capers, chopped gherkins, and shallots inside.
Recipes: Steak Tartare-flavored Burgers
Start with the right meat, then follow our 10-step recipe below. You'll be turning out one great burger after another. Prep
and cook time: 30 minutes. Plus: See how to grind your own meat and make 5 delicious variations.
Recipes: The Perfect Sunset Burger
Cooking school: Join us in the Sunset gardens as Food Network star Tyler Florence shows how to make the perfect burger.
Watch: Grill the perfect burger