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Our Best Burger Recipes

Looking for a new twist on a classic hamburger? Our easy-to-make mix-ins, fillings, and relishes will punch up the flavor in any burger.

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.

Home on the Range Burger

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.

Our Best-Ever Grilled Burgers

Greek Burgers

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.

Greek Burgers

Double-Beef Burgers

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.

Double-Beef Burgers

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.

Jen’s White Burger

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.

Mini Burger Party Platter

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.

House-Made Burger with Pimiento Cheese

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.

Home on the Range Burger

Barbecue-Sauced Burgers

Horseradish mustard adds a kick to grilled burgers, while barbecue sauce and white Cheddar cheese create a flavorful topping combo.

Barbecue-Sauced Burgers

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.

Starker's Bacon and Cheese Curd Burger

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.

Burgers with Blue Cheese and Vidalia Onions

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.

Creole Carnival Burgers

Grilled Herb Burgers

Combine lean ground beef and ground turkey with fresh herbs, chopped onion and Parmesan cheese for this fresh-tasting burger.

Grilled Herb Burgers

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.

Extreme Fusion Burger

Casablanca Burgers

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.

Casablanca Burgers

Burger Bonanza

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.

Burger Bonanza

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.

Chuckwagon Goat Cheese Burgers with Onion Jam

Cranberry-Stuffed Chicken Burgers

These burgers hold a surprise inside: a melty cheese-cranberry center.

Cranberry-Stuffed Chicken Burgers

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.

Fire and Spice Beef Burgers

Bison-Zucchini Burgers

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.

Bison-Zucchini Burgers

Veggie Burgers

These meatless burgers team up barley, brown rice and lentils with nuts and herbs for a healthy, flavorful sandwich.

Other meatless options include our Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burger and Grilled Tomato Burger with Herbed Cream Cheese.

Portobellos are a natural choice for meatless sandwiches; they are large and moist, and stay juicy even after cooking. The tomato burger gets a boost of flavor from cream cheese mixed with fresh basil, chives and garlic. A grill basket makes it easier to cook the sliced tomatoes.

Veggie Burgers

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burger

Grilled Tomato Burger with Herbed Cream Cheese

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.

Hamburger Steak Sliders

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.

Hot Dog-Hamburger Secret Sauce

Cranberry-Orange Relish

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