With grilling season well and truly upon us, homemade burgers have become a regular part of our weekend diet. Store-bought burger patties are more often than not a disappointment, and we’re not willing to eat even one bad burger this summer. That’s why we’ve pulled together our 50 best burger recipes for you to make and enjoy. Ranging from tried and tested classic cheeseburgers to wildly extravagant mac and cheese-stuffed burgers to exotic, spicy kimchi burgers, there are definitely recipes here to suit every taste.
There are many ways of defining “best,” and this year we’ve selected these recipes based entirely on taste. After all, what are we looking for in a burger if not a flavor-packed patty sandwiched between halves of a gently toasted bun, covered in all our favorite toppings and condiments? The wide range of burgers in this list of our top 50 demonstrates, however, that there’s no singular flavor profile we’re looking for in a burger; we’re just looking for something tasty.
Top your mini burger with salty, tangy blue cheese and crumbled bacon for a perfect weeknight dinner — or serve these as the tastiest of appetizers.
Serve your baked falafel in a fluffy pita bread and top with all your favorite condiments and extras for a healthy, delicious and nutritious burger.
For a simple-to-make, classic burger, this recipe will always give you the juiciest, most flavor-packed results, with minimum effort or hassle on your part.
This burger could not be more flavor-packed if it tried. It really is an umami explosion, thanks to the addition of various types of mushrooms, nutritional yeast and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
A classic BLT sandwich can easily be transformed into a decadent burger. Adding bacon mayonnaise to the mix simply increases the salty, meaty flavor.
For a sweet and tangy burger, make sure you top the meat with barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese and crispy bacon.
Kimchi-topped bulgogi beef is a classic Korean dish, and it’s just as delicious when transformed into a burger.
This burger recipe has a few extra steps, which transform this dish from a basic burger into a decadent treat. The garlicky patties are topped with braised shallots, peppery arugula and a slick of mayonnaise.
Ground bacon is mixed with ground beef to make a bacon-infused patty that is best when topped with a spicy mustard-horseradish-mayonnaise sauce.
This burger requires you to mix the cheddar through the beef and chorizo patty, rather than melt it on top, so that when eating it you come across the most wonderful molten nuggets of cheese.
Enjoy your burger like the Australians do this summer, by topping the patty with earthy beets, sweet pineapple and a perfectly fried egg.
This breakfast burger will cure even the worst of hangovers: Cut a hole out of the patty and drop an egg into the gap while the patty cooks. Serve on a cheese-encrusted bun for the ultimate way to start your lazy Saturday.
Don’t let turkey burgers be relegated to the “for the health-obsessed only” category; instead, jazz them up with plenty of salty crumbled feta.
This classic burger is filled with all the traditional ingredients, toppings and condiments, making it perfect for every afternoon spent watching sports this year.
We’re firm believers in the philosophy that you can’t pack a burger too full of all your favorite ingredients, which is why we are totally obsessed with this goat cheese, guacamole, cheddar and caramelized onion burger.
This recipe offers a slight twist on the Minnesota state classic Juicy Lucy: Stuff the ground beef with salty, pungent Gorgonzola and season it with a slightly spicy sauce for the ultimate homemade hamburgers.
Vegetarian burgers don’t need to be lackluster. Swap the beef and bacon for layers of pesto, eggplant and halloumi for a healthier, but equally tasty, summer burger.
Canned tuna makes a brilliant base to build a burger patty from. Top your grilled fish burgers with a homemade wasabi slaw to add a satisfyingly spicy kick.
Don’t miss out on the most decadent of burgers this year: Top the beef and pork patty with delicately fried oysters and tartar sauce for an extravagant cookout treat.
Top your burger with your favorite Italian summertime salad for the most refreshing, Mediterranean-inspired twist on a classic burger.
Add the taste of Italy to your summer burgers by filling a ciabatta roll with a spiced Italian sausage patty, provolone cheese and sundried tomato pesto.
Transform your burger into a Greek delicacy by adding fragrant oregano, parsley and dill to your lamb burgers, and swapping the cheese slices for crumbled feta.
Add some spice to your burger by topping the patty with chopped kimchi, and spreading homemade gochujang aioli all over the buns.
Take your two favorite comfort foods, combine them, and you’ll end up with a meal that is even better than the sum of its parts.
If you love a classic, red-sauce-covered chicken parm, this is the burger recipe for you. The patty (made with the meat of your choice) is covered with melting mozzarella and marinara sauce for the juiciest and messiest but most satisfying of burgers.
Add a deep-flavored dimension to your classic burgers by stuffing them with Swiss cheese and topping them with sauteed mushrooms and onions.
There’s no denying that this is an incredibly rich and decadent burger recipe. Mushrooms are braised with garlic and red wine, and are balanced on top of the patty along with arugula, Parmesan, truffle oil, a fried egg and Dijon mustard.
Make your own pickled jalapeños and then use them to top your burger to add that classic pickle taste along with a much-loved warming heat.
A ramen burger is not as challenging to make at home as you would imagine. Instant ramen noodles are cooked into two bundles to replace the bun, sesame and soy sauce are added to the patties, and the burgers are topped with Sriracha and portobello mushrooms.
Fresh herbs, Asian flavors and a citrusy guacamole all transform a simple salmon burger into the most delicious protein-packed meal.
There’s no reason why pescetarians should feel left out when burgers are on the dinner menu. This shrimp burger will tick all the boxes for every hungry person you’re feeding at your summer cookout.
If you were to take your burrito and transform it into a burger, the result would not be too dissimilar from this spicy, cheesy burger recipe.
Give your lamb burgers an extra boost of flavor by combining them with finely chopped herbs, juicy grilled tomatoes and light, fluffy whipped feta.
Don’t be tempted to use meat substitutes when making vegetarian burgers. Sweet potatoes and black beans make up the patties in the recipe, and the burger is made even tastier as it is topped with avocado, lime and coleslaw.
Give your burgers a spicy, chile-based heat by adding 10 tablespoons of everybody’s favorite hot sauce, Sriracha, to the patties.
The idea of a vegan burger may sound underwhelming, but this portobello and peach burger is so substantial, we don’t think you’ll even notice that the meat is missing.
Transform the tastiest of Vietnamese sandwiches into a burger. Use a crunchy baguette as the bun and top the burger with lightly pickled vegetables for a tasty fusion recipe.
Replicate the famous White Castle slider in your own kitchen, and make sure you’re not stingy with the pickles — you really can’t use too many in this recipe.
This vegetarian burger patty is filled with multiple wonderful flavors and textures. Mushrooms, wild rice and navy beans come together to make a substantial and hearty patty that will satisfy even the most stubborn carnivores. Trying to avoid meat all together? Make sure to check out these 15 vegetarian cookout recipes that will make you forget burgers and dogs.
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