Here’s an overview of the different options from our archive, which you can of course complement with your favorite store-bought items.
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There’s a protein here for any type of burger lover, with or without meat.
Cheddar and Bacon Burger, above. Instead of putting them on top, the cheddar and bacon go into the beef mixture, giving you hits of smoky flavor and crispy bits of cheese.
Perfect Smash Cheeseburgers. A cast iron skillet on the grill makes for crispy, quick-cooking burgers.
Buffalo Chicken Burgers, at the top. These spicy and juicy burgers from Carla Hall made with the white meat of chicken or turkey channel the spirit of a favorite bar food into a substantial meal.
Kimchi Shrimp Burgers. Ginger, scallions, cilantro and kimchi bring bright, zesty flavors to this seafood burger.
Superiority Burgers. Try New York chef Brooks Headley’s famous veggie burger at home.
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BGR Veggie Burgers. Baking helps keep these veggie patties from falling apart. They are puffed up with sweet potatoes, rice, beans, and meatless sausage. To make them vegan, use agave instead of honey.
Sriracha pork burgers. The hot sauce goes both in the meat and in an enriched mayo for serving. You won’t get burned from the heat, but feel free to adjust the amount as needed.
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Cookout Burger and Hot Dog Buns, above. Readers regularly rave about this recipe that can be shaped for burgers or hot dogs.
Brioche buns. Milk, eggs and butter enrich the dough of these buns which will soak up all these delicious burger juices.
Beranbaum’s Best Buns. This recipe from baking authority Rose Levy Beranbaum involves relatively little hands-on time.
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When you want texture and flavor, try adding a tempting topping.
Quick Pickled Jalapeños, above. Just let them sit overnight in the fridge before using them to add spice to your burger.
Quick pickled onions. Burgers are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the number of different ways to use pickled onions.
Red onion marmalade. If you prefer your onions sweeter, try this slow-cooking, slow-cooking marmalade.
pico de gallo. This fresh salsa is a great option for veggie burgers.
‘Hamburger’ Dill Pickle Chips. Be sure to get pickled cucumbers, often called Kirbys, for this recipe.
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Make your own burger sauce? Now it’s more.
Russian dressing, above. It only takes a few minutes to put it all together in the food processor.
Fresh tomato ketchup. Here’s Fannie Farmer’s take on the classic condiment.
Bleu cheese sauce. The dressing will go just as well with a burger as it does with the steak salad it was made for.
Herbed tofu mayonnaise. This eggless recipe is ideal for vegan burgers.
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Fries Cold Fries, above. Burgers and fries. ‘Enough said.
Smoked Paprika Potato Chips with Yogurt Ranch Dip. If you prefer french fries to fries, check out these baked beauties.
New Classic Coleslaw. This lighter, mayonnaise-free coleslaw uses Greek yogurt for creaminess.
Four Way Grilled Corn. One of the most popular recipes of all time lets you choose your cooking method.
lunch pasta salad. Keep the kitchen vibe going with this veggie-heavy recipe.
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