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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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