50 Best Burger Recipes
50 Best Burger Recipes for 2015
If you love a good burger, we’ve got 50 you have to try.
There’s nothing like a classic.
Cheddar Cheeseburger with Caramelized Onions
This recipe seems simple in nature, but when you look closer you’ll see there are extra steps taken to make sure that the classic Cheddar cheeseburger is treated well and tastes good. Tender shallots are cooked down and braised in white-wine vinegar to create a topping to a tender patty mixed with minced garlic. A little bit of mayonnaise and peppery arugula are all that are needed to complete this unassuming yet delicious burger.
Hill Country Brisket Burger
The authors of Wicked Good Burgers are very clearly barbecue experts, and this recipe incorporates all of their skills into a brisket burger. Seasoned with a unique barbecue rub and topped with a pit sauce for the finish, this concoction had us wanting to make a lot more burgers out of brisket.
Mushroom Burgers with Fried Egg and Truffle Oil
We’ve heard of mushroom burgers as a vegetarian alternative, but had never thought of adding mushrooms to the beef of a burger. Cooking mushrooms with garlic, thyme, and red wine will make you feel as if you’re creating a luxurious French dish, but what results is a flavorful burger topped with a fried egg and a truffle, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and arugula mixture. Oh, and, the mayonnaise-mustard-ketchup condiment is not to be overlooked, either.
This recipe brings together the key elements of a Jewish deli — in a burger. Homemade Russian dressing and a unique pastrami patty turn one of our favorite deli sandwiches into a juicy, mouth-watering burger.
Pickled Jalapeño Burger
Southwest Salsa Burger
This burger includes a tender sirloin patty made with shallots and spicy chili powder topped with all of the trimmings — and then some. We like to think of this as a beef burrito slammed inside a hamburger bun, with salsa, jalapeños, and Monterey Jack cheese.
White Castle Slider
There’s a reason Americans are obsessed with these onion-y sliders: They’re delicious! We're certainly not the first to try to replicate this recipe, but we think we've come pretty close — closer than others — to nailing it.
A burger’s best friend? Bacon.
Blue Cheese, Bacon, and Fried Onion Sliders
Authors Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen of The Fire Island Cookbook got their inspiration for these sliders from the miniature appeal of a White Castle Slider, another burger we love. Their cooking technique is a little different from the fast food chain’s (they grill theirs), but they more than make up for it by topping them with crispy onion rings, bacon, and rich blue cheese.
The top-selling menu item at Laurent Tourondel’s New York City restaurant, the Arlington Club, this butcher burger gets its name from the decadent short rib meat used to create the patty. Extra steps are necessary to create the caramelized onions and pepper-crusted bacon, but they’re worth it.
Carl's Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger
Here’s a little trivia for you: Did you know that the WBCB (yes, it has a nickname) comes in three sizes (single, double, and the $6 version)? And that about 32 million combined were sold last year? Zac Efron and Padma Lakshmi just might — Efron said he "absolutely loves" them, and Lakshmi starred in a commercial for Carl’s Jr. back in 2009. Here’s the recipe for the $6 version.
Emmi Swiss Cheese Sliders
Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that make all the difference, like with these basic bacon cheeseburgers that use Swiss cheese rather than American or Cheddar. It’s just the right amount of flair to make these burgers unique and memorable in our books.
Homage to Island Creek Oyster Burger
If you haven’t heard of Island Creek Oyster Company, it’s about time you did, and this burger is the perfect way to discover it. To pay homage to the Duxbury, Massachusetts, oyster farm, the authors of Wicked Good Burgers devised this tasty burger recipe that’s topped with perfectly fried oysters and a tartar sauce. We like it so much because of the way the authors time the recipe — they even tell you when to start heating your oil for the oysters while you’re creating the burger.
Pimiento Cheese-Bacon Burgers
Become a grillmaster with one simple trick: top burgers with simple homemade pimiento cheese for a cheeseburger that has no competition. The only thing that could make this burger better? Bacon. Recipe courtesy of Grill Nation: 200 Surefire Recipes, Tips, and Techniques to Grill Like a Pro by David Guas.
The 'Luther' Donut Burger
The "Luther" Donut Burger is one of the unhealthiest burgers around, averaging around 1,000 calories per burger. Although the origins of the donut burger are mostly speculative — its name is often attributed to R&B singer Luther Vandross — many restaurants have incorporated the trend into their menus. They’re classically made with two donuts (or one cut lengthwise) instead of buns, and comprised of a hamburger patty, cheese, and bacon. To make your own version at home, simply choose your favorite brand of donuts and build your personalized burger between them.
The Ultimate Bacon-Wrapped Burger
Here you have it, ladies and gentlemen: the ultimate bacon-wrapped burger. This isn’t just some burger with one slice of bacon wrapped around its sides —it’s a perfectly weaved and wrapped bacon burger, cooked to perfection both inside and out.
Ooey, gooey, cheese-stuffed burger patties? Yes, please!
Cheesebellied Guacamole Turkey Burgers
As much as we hate to insult "the healthy white meat," sometimes a turkey burger needs a little help in the taste department, which is exactly what Gaby Dalkins, author of Absolutely Avocados, did with this recipe. Her bacon-cotija guacamole is the perfect flavorful complement to juicy turkey burgers, and we’re convinced that we’ll be using it for a lot more than our burgers.
Tangy feta cheese is the surprise filling inside these juicy grilled beef burgers served on toasted Kaiser rolls.
Juicy Lucy Hamburger
This classic inside-out burger is filled with sharp Cheddar cheese. The twist? It’s topped with red wine-caramelized onions.
Mac and Cheese Stuffed Burger
Take two things you love, combine them in a unique way, and end up with something better than the sum of its parts. In this case, we have two crowd-pleasing favorites — the burger and mac and cheese — both made using simple ingredients and techniques. If you just smothered a burger with a big scoop of mac and cheese, it would be fun, but it would still be a burger with mac and cheese. Putting the pasta into the center of the burger is what really makes this dish special.
Mini Greek Turkey Burgers with Cucumber Sauce
This tasty turkey burger is anything but boring. With parsley, onion, and garlic in the meat, feta cheese stuffed inside, and a tangy yogurt sauce for serving, it will quickly become your go-to turkey burger this summer.
Mushroom and Swiss Stuffed Burgers
Sautéed mushrooms and onion, along with a little Swiss cheese, are stuffed in hamburger patties to create an exciting twist on a classic flavor combination.
Keep your healthy eating goals on track with these delicious burgers.
Black Bean Burger Recipe
These delicious vegetarian black bean burger patties get a nice smoky flavor (even if you can’t cook them outdoors on a charcoal grill) thanks to the ground chipotle powder.
Curry Chicken Burgers with Grape Tomato Chutney
Ground chicken can taste bland and often has a texture that's tough to work with, but with the addition of curry powder, onions, and peas, plus some bread crumbs, you have a unique, hearty burger with the health benefits of lean protein. Chutneys are usually made with a fruit like mango or pineapple, but the sweetness and acidity of cherry tomatoes (which, hey, are also fruits) are perfect in a mixture in which sweet and sour are necessary — and refreshing.
Healthy Beef Burger
This burger recipe is tweaked to lighten up this sometimes greasy and calorie-laden meal. We’ve put another healthy spin on burgers with Greek-inspired toppings.
Healthy Shrimp Burger
Shrimp is low in fat, which makes for a healthy burger protein. When using shrimp, however, it’s important to add the right seasonings. This recipe is packed with flavorful spices like Old Bay, making the burger not only nourishing, but delicious, too.
PointsPlus Feta-Stuffed Chicken Burgers
Here’s a delightful twist on the average turkey burger — it’s chicken instead, and stuffed with feta! It’s perfect for entertaining or a quick and easy weeknight meal.
Turkey Burger with Grated Zucchini and Carrot
This turkey burger is a healthy version of the American classic that's simple and quick to make. Grated vegetables add even more flavor and juiciness to the patty.
Here are some of our favorite non-beef burgers.
Best Bison Burger
Bison makes a delicious and meaty burger. It has more iron and less fat than beef and pairs well with a burger’s best friend — bacon!
The inspiration for this recipe came from soft pretzels and cheese sauce, because hey, what goes better with those things a juicy, fat brat? The authors of Wicked Good Burgers created their own brat recipe by using ground pork and veal and seasoning it with ginger, nutmeg, and beer for an authentic version.
Chicken Burger Recipe
These tasty chicken patties are anything but boring. Breaded and pan-fried for a satisfying crunch, this chicken burger is sure to be a hit any night of the week.
Kefi Lamb Burger
Take a trip to the Mediterranean with this Greek-inspired lamb burger. A combination of dried parsley, oregano, and dill lends pleasant herbal flavors to the lamb patties, and a well-dressed salad with feta tops the patty.
Lamb Burger Recipe
Lamb is more expensive than other types of ground meat, but take one bite of these juicy burgers and you’ll see why. We don’t add much to the ground meat — just some onion, garlic, and spices — so that the flavor of the lamb can shine. Skip the cheese on these burgers and opt for a flavorful yogurt-based sauce instead.
Lamb Burger with Tzatziki
Themed burgers can be dangerous. Use too many gimmicks, make things too complicated, and you run the risk of being all concept. This Greek-themed lamb burger has a couple of unusual touches, but when it comes down to it, it's still a burger. A spicy, tangy, salty, juicy burger.
Sesame Salmon Burgers
Quick, easy, and naturally gluten-free, these salmon burgers are nutritious and delicious. Sesame oil and plum vinegar give this version lots of delicious flavor.
Smoky Lamb Burgers with Mint-Chile Pickled Cucumbers
Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers
Ever make a vegetarian burger, only to have the patty crumble and fall apart? That won’t be the case with this flavorful black bean burger; creamy sweet potatoes help hold everything in place.