Our Best Burger Recipes
After searing a burger on cast iron (and tasting the crust that develops), you may never grill burgers outside again. We topped ours with herby veggies and feta cheese.
Quick Pickle Ribbons
Try this easy, crunchy topper on sliders, hamburgers or hot dogs.
Starker's Bacon and Cheese Curd Burger
Sugared bacon and melting cheese curds or string cheese make a mouthwatering filling for these behemoth burgers. The recipe comes from chef/owner John McClure of Starker's Restaurant at Country Club Plaza in Kansas City.
Add kick to your burgers or sandwiches with this quick four-ingredient condiment.
Jen's White Burger
This sandwich looks a bit plain, but appearances can be deceiving. It's packed with flavor. Mustard, herbs and lemon zest season the meat, which is topped with wine-poached pears, sharp cheddar and pepper jelly. The recipe comes from Jen Smallwood of Portsmouth, Virginia.
Smoky Apple Barbecue Sauce
Brush this super-easy sauce on burger patties, chicken or other meats for a punch of smoky flavor.
Turkey Burgers with Poblano Pesto Aioli
Instead of leftover turkey, start with ground turkey for this tall burger that offers big flavor from curry powder, garlic, red onion and jalapeno pepper. A cool and creamy aioli tops the grilled sandwich.
Our Best-Ever Grilled Burgers
Here's a way to pack traditional burgers with extra flavor. The basic burger is mixed with egg, water, beef bouillon granules, chopped onion, cheese, basil, Worcestershire sauce and spices. An optional mustard sauce adds even more kick.
Irish flavors infuse this burger recipe, which calls for mixing corned beef, cabbage, and caraway seeds into ground beef. Serve with grilled onions and spicy horseradish mustard.
Mini Burger Party Platter
To keep in step with the small-meal trend in restaurants, we created this Mini Burger Party Platter with fun sauces to choose from, including Balsamic Mayo, Herbed Goat Cheese and Citrus Ketchup. You could use this platter for an appetizer or a main dish.
House-Made Burger with Pimiento Cheese
Top burgers with a spoonful of homemade pimiento cheese, or stuff the burgers with cheese before grilling. The recipe also gives an alternative for grinding your own burgers from hanger steaks.
Home on the Range Burger
Our light-as-a-summer-breeze cantaloupe-strawberry relish contrasts with a brawny bison burger full of chopped apple and jerk seasoning. To keep it from getting too cute, we slapped it on Texas toast.
Burgers with Blue Cheese and Vidalia Onions
Blue cheese and cream cheese join with so-sweet onions for a delicious burger topper. The cheese-onion combo also tastes great topping grilled steaks or chicken.
Grilled Herb Burgers
Combine lean ground beef and ground turkey with fresh herbs, chopped onion and Parmesan cheese for this fresh-tasting burger.
Extreme Fusion Burger
Bold meets bold in this grilled pork burger. The ingredients (pesto, lemon pepper, peanut butter, chipotle) shouldn't taste good together, but trust us. It works. Leftover sauce goes great with chicken, too.
To create a Moroccan twist on burgers, stir chopped apricots, toasted pine nuts, cilantro, cumin and other spices into ground beef, then serve with spiced ketchup.
Fiesta Filling, Greek Filling or Mediterranean Filling makes these juicy burgers a bonanza of flavors. Form the burgers into patties and make the fillings the night before. The next day, put the two together right before you're ready to grill.
Chuckwagon Goat Cheese Burgers with Onion Jam
Homemade Onion Jam and goat cheese make these juicy burgers extraordinary. You can fix the Onion Jam up to two days ahead.
Cranberry-Stuffed Chicken Burgers
These burgers hold a surprise inside: a melty cheese-cranberry center.
Fire and Spice Beef Burgers
For an upscale twist on a Midwest favorite, add East Indian-influenced spices such as cinnamon and coriander to hamburger. Then instead of the traditional ketchup and mustard, brush the burger with sweet/hot pepper jelly. Serve in pita bread instead of a bun.
We created this burger in honor of South Dakota, the largest producer of bison in the nation. Pita bread holds the moist, tender burger, and it's topped with a cabbage slaw tossed with Thousand Island dressing. You can use lean ground beef if you don't have ground bison.
This simple, flavorful recipe comes from reader Doug Heiken of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. It's a quick, easy recipe to throw together if you have a vegetarian at a cookout.
Hamburger Steak Sliders
Designed for a party, our Hamburger Steak Sliders recipe makes 12 appetizer-size servings. Serve with assorted spreads and toppers to let guests build their own burgers.
Hot Dog-Hamburger Secret Sauce
This sauce, delicious for both hamburgers and hot dogs, comes from Joan Wagner of Overland Park, Kansas. The recipe combines green tomatoes, apples, onion, sugar and vinegar. "My two sons, Chris and Ken, gave this recipe the name 'secret sauce' because no one guessed what was in it," Joan says. It's a nice balance of sweet and tangy.
You could also try burgers with the Cranberry-Orange Relish pictured here, a versatile spiced topper that goes well with grilled meats such as bratwurst and pork chops.
Creole Carnival Burgers
These spicy, stuffed grilled burgers get a kick from Cajun seasoning, onion, green pepper and Monterey Jack cheese. The recipe comes from an Illinois reader who served them at a Louisiana-style Mardi Gras gathering.