Food Network Star's Best Burgers

Episode 7's Food Network Star Producers' Challenge was a battle of burgers. Check out what the finalists cooked up along with top burgers from the mentors and past Star winners.

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Bobby's Cedar Planked Burger

Episode 7's Food Network Star Producers' Challenge was a battle of burgers. Check out what the finalists cooked up along with top burgers from the mentors and past Star winners. The mentor and burger aficionado behind Team Bobby says, "This recipe proves that cedar plank cooking is not just for salmon anymore. Cooking burgers over cedar planks creates amazing flavor, infusing every bite with smoky complexity."

Get the Recipe: Cedar Planked Burgers

Giada's Prosciutto Lamb Burgers

Team Giada's leader gives this American favorite an Italian twist: Her lamb burgers are wrapped in prosciutto and served bunless, topped with fresh tomato and basil. The patties are made meatball-style, with breadcrumbs, an egg and a little milk to keep them moist and juicy.

Get the Recipe: Prosciutto Lamb Burgers

Alton's Mini Man Burgers

Team Alton's mentor and food science guru says "great burgers start with chuck. It has great flavor and just enough fat to keep things juicy." He recommends cooking these two-biters on the griddle for a nice crust.

Get the Recipe: Mini Man Burgers

Guy's Killer Inside Out Burger

Season 2 Star winner Guy Fieri's burgers have a surprise bacon, chorizo and cheese filling, and they're topped with homemade Worcestershire ketchup.

Get the Recipe: Killer Inside Out Burger with Worcestershire Tomato Ketchup

Jeff's Smashed Sausage and Pepper Burgers

Last season's Star winner, Sandwich King Jeff Mauro, gives burgers some international flair by using Italian sausage for the patty and topping with cooked sweet peppers and melted mozzarella.

Get the Recipe: Smashed Sausage and Pepper Burgers

Melissa's Summer Basil Burgers

Season 5 winner Melissa d'Arabian makes decadent burgers on a dime. These all-beef patties are topped with mozzarella and a creamy basil sauce and served on English muffins.

Get the Recipe: Perfect Summer Basil Burger

Aarti's Old-Fashioned Cheeseburgers

Aarti Sequeira, winner of Star Season 6, spices up traditional cheeseburgers with Indian-inspired condiments like ketchup chutney and a roasted red pepper and walnut dip called muhummara.

Get the Recipe: Old-Fashioned Cheeseburger

Emily's All-American Burger With Fried Sweet Pickles

Season 8's burger challenge in Episode 7 ended up being Emily Ellyn's last, but it wasn't her '50s diner-style burger that sent her home. The judges proclaimed it delicious, but Emily's camera presentations didn't match up to the level of her food.

Get the Recipe: Classic All-American Burger with Fried Sweet Pickles

Martita's Veal and Chorizo Burger

Martita Jara made a torta, a Mexican-style hamburger, and dedicated it to her baby sister. The judges thought the veal was overwhelmed by the chorizo, but Martita's camera presentation and personal story kept her in the safe zone.

Nikki's Classic Beef Cheeseburger With Chipotle Thousand Island Dressing

"This is a satisfying burger," said Bob Tuschman when he bit into Nikki Martin's classic grilled cheeseburger. "It tastes like it was grilled outdoors." With this burger and a strong camera presentation, Nikki once again prevailed in the pitch room for her third Producers' Challenge victory.

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