Since the first fast food joint started turning out hamburgers for the smallest possible price this, greatest of sandwiches has taken it on the chin. We are obligated to turn up our noses at these lifeless, greasy disks and instead seek out the freshest ingredients, the best meats and make our own, greatest hamburgers. These 10 burger recipes are consistently the top of the list on my site here. Consider them a guide to building your own perfect hamburger. After all, with all the variations of meats, condiments, toppings and buns there really should be a burger for everyone.
This bacon cheeseburger has the bacon and cheese stuffed inside the patty. A little surprise for a great tasting burger. Don't worry about hiding the filling away inside the burger, just make sure that the burgers are not too thick and that they are well packed. This recipe comes from Janis Novak.
These delicious garlicky burgers are topped with avocados and roasted red peppers. This recipe was submitted by Shannon Timmons in a Hamburger Contest we ran many years ago. While not the winner, it certainly has been on of the most popular hamburger recipes I have.
Lee Custer (a great cook and a great guy) sent in this recipe for burger patties loaded with intense flavor many (many, many) years ago and it has continued to be one of the most popular burger recipes around. The best way, I've found, to crumble a bouillon cube is with a kitchen mallet.
This burger recipe is filled with delicious flavor. Not only do the patties have a Cajun flare, but there is also a mildly spiced barbecue sauce to accompany it. You can step up the heat any way you want on these. Try a thick slice of pepper jack cheese (I like the habanero variety) or a hot and spice barbecue sauce. If you make an extra messy burger try and extra hearty (and crunchy) bread for the bun.
The true Hawaiian classic burger. While many people might think twice about topping a hamburger with pineapple, this is a great burger that everyone who tries it loves.
6. Herb Burgers
The real secret to this burger is the fresh herbs. They give the beef patty loads of flavor. So much that you will probably want to go light on the toppings. I like this one on a baguette (make smaller patties), but you can certainly put it on a regular hamburger bun. Top it with lettuce and maybe a nice mild cheese.
One point on this burger. Usually I tell you to use a fattier ground beef (like a nice chuck) for the flavor, but with this burger you want to go with a leaner grind because of all the ingredients in the patty. The leaner beef with hold up on the grill better and you won't miss the flavor.
This is a basic but great barbecue burger with the bacon and onion right inside the patty. You can also add cheese to the filling. What makes this burger so great is the classic combination of bacon with barbecue sauce. Always a perfect answer to any burger.
This is a great way to spice up a regular hamburger. More jalapenos can be added if you like it extra hot.
From the BBQ Queens, Judith Fertig and Karen Adler. Adding wood chips or pellets to the fire gives you more of a wood smoked taste. Don't be afraid to grill a whole baby brie; it's a lot easier than you think. You just have to pay attention and turn it the minute you see the cheese starting to ooze out of the rind. Once it has started to "ooze" on both sides, take it off the grill. The relish is your vegetable and salad all rolled into one.