5 Ways to Bring on the Burgers

Cedar Planked Burgers

Photo by: Tara Donne

Tara Donne

Some would say that we should never, ever tinker with the trinity of lettuce, tomato and onion. And if we had only one burger per year, maybe that would work. But since we’ve got a long summer ahead, we have more than enough time to expand our burger repertoire. Here are some of favorite burger combinations and updates.

Walk the Plank

Cedar planking isn’t just for salmon. Bobby grills Cedar-Planked Burgers (pictured above) for a complex smokiness. If you ask him, it’ll be the first thing you taste.

Make DIY Ketchup

Before you squeeze it out of a bottle, take a step back. With a little simmer action, your very own homemade ketchup is just a stove pot away. For a blend perfectly tailored to the burger, Guy’s Killer Inside-Out Burger with Worcestershire-Tomato Ketchup is spiked with fresh garlic, dill and even a little mustard seed.

FN0217121_ASIAN_BURGER.tif

FN0217121_ASIAN_BURGER.tif

Food Stylist: Jamie Kimm

Photo by: Levi Brown

Levi Brown

Take Them East. Far East

Next time you’re grilling up a few burgers, reach for Chinese barbecue in a bottle, hoisin sauce. During the burgers last few moments on the grill, simply brush it on for Hoisin Burgers. Even if ketchup and mustard are part of your typical regime, this cucumber-topped twist is sweet, salty and just begging for a swipe of Sriracha mayo.

FN0217121_CHILI_BURGER.tif

FN0217121_CHILI_BURGER.tif

Food Stylist: Jamie Kimm

Photo by: Levi Brown

Levi Brown

Treat It Like a Dog

We’re accustomed to a good chili dog, but how about loading up a cheeseburger? Use leftover chili for a double dose of beef in the form of Loaded Chili Cheeseburgers.

FN0217121_ITALIAN_BURGER.tif

FN0217121_ITALIAN_BURGER.tif

Food Stylist: Jamie Kimm

Photo by: Levi Brown

Levi Brown

Top It Like Pizza

You may be used to topping your burger with cheese, but topping it with cured meat like Genoa salami makes for a nice salty kick. Food Network Magazine’s Italian Burgers are themed in the most refined sense, coming with balsamic-tossed arugula, mushrooms and fresh ricotta cheese.

Next Up

Burgers 5 Healthy Ways

Fire up the grill for some tasty burgers! Traditional beef burgers are delicious, but we’ve got 5 creative spins on this summer classic that you’ll love.

5 Ways to Do Turkey Burgers Right

Check out Food Network’s top five turkey burger recipes, each with a different tasty twist and all go-to main dishes for your weekend cookout spread.

Quinoa, 5 Ways

If you’re looking for some new, creative quinoa recipes—we’ve got 5 you’ll love!

Cranberries 5 Ways

It wouldn’t be fall without cranberries. One cup of fresh berries contains 46 calories, is an excellent source of vitamin C, and contains 18% of your daily fiber needs. Of course cranberry sauce is on our list, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised with our other healthy finds.

Pomegranate, 5 Ways

Whether you prefer sipping on pomegranate juice or biting into pomegranate seeds, we’ve got 5 fun ways to love this spectacular, nutrient-filled fruit.

Mushrooms 5 Ways

Super low in calories but packed with energy-producing B-vitamins and even some vitamin D, mushrooms add a flavor boost to your healthy dishes. Whether you prefer them raw or cooked, here are 5 ways to try them.

Shrimp 5 Ways

Enjoy this low calorie shellfish packed with selenium and energy-boosting B-vitamins any day of the week. Three-ounces cooked contain 84 calories and 1 gram of fat. As long as you keep portions under control (and forgo the frying), there’s no need to stress about the cholesterol. Shrimp lovers—enjoy these 5 recipes.

Salmon 5 Ways

Add some heart-healthy salmon into your weeknight meal plan. Here are 5 easy ways to prepare this healthy and sustainable, omega-3-packed fish.

Strawberries 5 Ways

I love eating fresh strawberries all by themselves, but there many other delicious ways to enjoy them. You’d better hurry and give these 5 recipes a try as these red gems are in season for only a short time.

Casseroles 5 Ways

A one-stop meal, casseroles make an easy weeknight dinner (and next day lunch). But many recipes call for cups (yes, cups!) of mayo, cans of creamy soup or lots of heavy cream—you may as well have “911” on redial for the after dinner coronary. Here are our top 5 lighter casseroles that’ll keep your waist slim and your heart in tip top shape.

Related Pages