61 Incredible Burger Recipes That Can’t Be Beat

Whether you choose all-beef cheeseburgers, turkey burgers piled high with fixings or meatless veggie patties—you can’t go wrong with burgers.

April 27, 2023

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Our Best Ideas for Burgers

When it comes to burgers, there’s truly something for everyone. The purists can go all-beef, topped with melty cheese and tucked into a toasted bun; those who want a twist can reach for a flavorful patty made from pork, turkey or even veggies, piled high with all the best fixings. No matter what you choose or how you top it, it’s sure to be delicious. And, making the perfect burger is easy as long as you’ve got the basics down—and a few good recipes you can rely on. That’s where we come in. We’ve rounded up all the variations you need for cookouts, summer grilling and more, starting with Trisha's cheese-stuffed patties. She recommends three different choices of cheese for the filling, proving just how easy it is to tailor this recipe based on your taste or what you have on hand.

Get the Recipe: Cheese Stuffed Burgers

Blackstone Classic Smash Burgers

The appeal of a smash burger is the way the craggy edges crisp and how quickly it cooks. For our double-patty version made on a Blackstone ® flat-top style grill, we tried several different techniques. While we loved pressing the patties into onions on the griddle, it left less surface area for the meat to caramelize. Our fix was to split the difference by pressing one patty into golden onions and cook one patty plain for maximum browning and crispiness. The result is the best of both worlds: a burger loaded with flavor and texture. We would not want it any other way.

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Steakhouse Burger

A steakhouse-inspired sauce brings out the juicy flavors of this burger.

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Bobby's Perfect Burger

This is Bobby's standard, go-to burger how-to. Perfectly melted cheese and toasted burger buns are of the utmost importance.

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Grilled Lamb Burgers with Grilled Feta Pasta Salad

Change up your next picnic with these flavorful lamb burgers. Prep the meat and cook the pasta ahead, so everything comes together quickly once you get to the grill at your picnic site. If you’d like to make this on a full-size grill at home, you can cook everything at once and remove the ingredients as they finish cooking.

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Throwdown's Green Chile Cheeseburgers

Bobby starts out with a simple burger patty but layers on the flavor with homemade toppings: queso sauce, roasted peppers and pickled red onions.

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Black Bean Burgers

The perfect meatless dish and pantry meal all in one! Black beans make great alternative patties AND they won't shrink duriing cooking.

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Turkey Burgers

Whether it’s on the grill or in a pan these turkey burgers cook best when slightly charred and golden.

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Guy's Killer Inside Out Burger With Worcestershire Tomato Ketchup

Guy's burgers have a surprise bacon, chorizo and cheese filling, and they're topped with homemade ketchup.

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Buffalo Chicken Burgers

Enjoy one of your favorite comforts food in burger form! The buffalo wing sauce is a simple way to get that classic spicy flair into the patty.

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BBQ Burgers

Like a complete picnic in one bite, this burger features homemade BBQ sauce and creamy coleslaw on top. Add potato chips if you're craving some extra crunch!

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Steakhouse Burgers

Kardea’s sky-high burgers are stacked with iceberg lettuce, fried onions, blue cheese dressing and bacon.

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Burger with Taleggio, Pancetta and Onion-Mustard Relish

Scott prepares his ideal summer burger with a thick patty of 80/20 ground beef topped with Taleggio cheese, pancetta and an onion-mustard relish.

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Bobby's Cedar Planked Burgers

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. This is a fun and creative way to serve hamburgers at your next outdoor barbecue."

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Hawaiian Burger

Every bite of these burgers is an explosion of sweet and savory flavor, thanks to the juicy pineapple and an umami-packed mayo spread.

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Rachael's Southwest Turkey Burgers

Rachael loads up her turkey patties with lots of fresh herbs, peppers and a little spice.

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Guy's Legit Veggie Burger

Guy packs this veggie burger with big flavor and lots of texture, so you won't miss the meat.

Get the Recipe: Morgan's Veggie Patties

Bobby's Tuna Burgers With Tapenade Aioli

Bobby transforms fresh tuna steaks into amazing, quick-cooking burgers.

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Bacon, Onion and Cheese Stuffed Burger

Fried bacon, chopped onion and sharp Cheddar — Sunny's got everything you like ON a burger and she's putting it IN a burger.

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Braised Oxtail Burger

If you're into project cooking and flexing your culinary muscles, this is the burger to make this summer. It take a bit of time and effort but you'll learn some new techniques — and end up with a chef-quality buger to boot!

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The Sandwich King's Smashed Sausage and Pepper Burgers

Jeff Mauro gives burgers an international twist by using Italian sausage for the patty and topping with cooked sweet peppers and melted mozzarella.

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Perfect Beef Burgers

You can't go wrong with this classic beef burger grilled to perfection and served in a soft sesame bun.

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Tyler's Burger Bar

For a fun backyard get-together, grill burgers and then let guests pick their own toppings.

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Tangy Meatloaf Burgers

Meatloaf isn't usually a quick-cooking dinner, but these patties of ground pork, beef and veal take just 30 minutes, start to finish.

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Bundt Pan Burger

Your Bundt pan is no longer just for cakes! We used it to create this giant, lovely hamburger bun and filled it with juicy patties and all your favorite burger toppings.

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Perfect Salmon Burgers

A coating of panko breadcrumbs makes these fresh salmon burgers extra crunchy.

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Perfect Turkey Burgers

Mix portobello mushroom into the turkey patty for added flavor. Then top with cheese and creamy avocado.

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The Brick Burger

Guy Fieri raises the bar when it comes to burgers. To achieve this gooey, cheesy, extra-juicy burger you’ll need two bricks. The pressure turns the burger into a panini -ike sandwich with a nice crispy crust.

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Perfect Veggie Burgers

You won't miss protein or heartiness when you bite into these patties. They're packed with walnuts, beans and barley for plenty of flavor, texture and taste.

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Perfect Pork Burgers

Double the dose of pork in these burgers by adding some ground-up bacon. Serve with creamy coleslaw for a crunchy twist.

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Mushroom and Beef Blended Burgers for the Grill

Not all blended beef and vegetable burgers are sturdy — or flavorful enough — to stand up to the grill. Our version is packed with meaty mushrooms and sweet potato, and is crowned with bold toppings like pepper jack, charred poblanos, pickled jalapenos and a grilled-scallion mayo. A little egg and cornstarch help the patty stay together on its journey on and off the grates, resulting in a juicy burger everyone will love.

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Ultimate Backyard Burger

This backyard burger is made with a combination of ground chuck, brisket and lamb, and it's seasoned with paprika for a super-juicy, flavor-packed bite. Smoked chili ketchup, mustard aioli, crispy bacon and classic American cheese top off this must-try burger.

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Giada's Prosciutto Lamb Burgers

Giada gives burgers an Italian twist with these lamb patties wrapped in prosciutto and topped with tomato and basil.

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Michael Symon's Fat Doug Burger

Michael Symon uses four cuts of beef to make the perfect burger patties, and then serves them topped with a flavorful slaw, pastrami and Swiss cheese.

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Tired of the same old burger? Take a peek at this recipe that gets its unique flavor from a heaping tablespoon of warm peanut butter.

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Chorizo Burgers

Ree’s chorizo patties are packed with flavor thanks to the addition of diced green chiles. Topped with crisp bacon and a sunny-side-up egg, these burgers are sure to become one of your new favorites.

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Taco Burgers

Giada has all the classic flavors of a Tex-Mex taco here — but in burger form. Better yet, they're done cooking in just 15 minutes.

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Manchego-Stuffed Pork Burgers

Make burgers with a Spanish flair, stuffing pork patties with Manchego cheese before popping them onto the grill.

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Sandra's Ale House Burgers

Sandra packs her patties with grill seasoning, cheddar and beer for a bit of pub flair. Her simple red onion compote takes that beer flavor to the next level.

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Chesapeake Burgers

Why have one burger when you can have two? Stack two Old Bay-seasoned patties together on a toasted English muffin for a doubly delicious bite.

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Wild Mushroom-Cheddar Burger

This burger was inspired by a mushroom-foraging trip in Washington state. Bobby does NOT recommend hunting for your own mushrooms (not all of them are edible), but do spend some time searching your supermarket for a good variety.

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Cheyenne Burger

Bobby uses turkey meat for his Cheyenne Burger, and keeps things juicy with smoky bacon, sharp cheddar, crunchy onion rings and tangy barbecue sauce.

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Swiss Mushroom Burgers

Nutty Gruyere cheese is melted on top of sauteed onions and mushrooms for this melty cheeseburger.

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Bobby's Louisiana Burger

Bobby rubs these burgers with a Louisiana-inspired spice rub for flavor, then tops with ham, extra cheese, a spicy remoulade and crunchy potato chips.

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Turkey-Pepperoni Burgers

Spicy bites of chopped pepperoni jazz up this juicy turkey patty.

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Portobello Burger

Going the vegetarian route? Soak your portobellos in a balsamic vinegar blend, guaranteeing more flavor in every burger bite.

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Ina gives her sliders a subtle spicy edge by mixing the ground beef with a bit of Dijon mustard. She dresses them simply, with baby arugula and some nutty Gruyere, and serves them on small Brioche buns for a classic presentation. 

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The Big Marc

Plain-old hamburger buns don't do Marc Murphy's signature burger justice — he serves his beefy patties on homemade cheddar-and-black-pepper buns.

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Tuna Steak Burgers

Sink your teeth into this juicy, thick burger – from the sea! The taste of tuna will melt in your mouth and your taste buds will tingle with the tangy and spicy chipotle mayo sauce.

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Geoffrey's go-to summer burger is served on an English muffin with a slice of ripe beefsteak tomato.

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Smashed Burgers

The name says it all! To create more flavor in your burgers “smash” the patties in a heated skillet to get it closer to the flames.

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Grilled Burgers

Proof that the simplest recipes are often the best. If you're looking for a classic recipe that you can tailor to your taste, this is the one.

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Hawaiian Burgers

This sweet-and-savory burger is a must-try. It's bursting with delicious flavor thanks to the grilled pineapple, honey and teriyaki sauce.

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Butter Burgers

Do as the Wisconsinites do and slather your burger with butter. The famous Butter Burger not only adds butter to its sautéed onion topping, it's also served on a bun smeared with butter.

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Ropa Vieja Burgers

Assemble a mighty burger with layers of cooked veggies, seasoned beef and slices of melted cheese. Yum!

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Bobby's Turkey Burgers

"I always like to offer a turkey burger at my outdoor barbecue for friends who no longer eat red meat," says Bobby. "Luckily poultry is a perfect canvas for many big flavors, and this combination of tart goat cheese, sweet Meyer lemon-honey and peppery arugula makes for one outstanding burger."

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Barcelona Burgers

Toasted almonds and roasted peppers go into the chunky sauce that tops these burgers. Add a slice or two of Manchego and some toasted olive bread and you're good to go.

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Miami Burger

A traditional Cuban sandwich is the inspiration for this burger. Turning this Cuban specialty into an American one isn't hard — just replace the roasted pork with a good old hamburger.

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Philly Burger

Bobby likes his Philly cheesesteaks with lots of pickled hot peppers, so it's only natural that he'd load them on his Philly Burger, too.

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Dallas Burger

Bobby brings big Texas flavor to this burger, with a zesty spice rub and homemade, finger-lickin' barbecue sauce. Creamy coleslaw cuts through the spice and pickles add tartness.

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Arthur Avenue Burger

Arthur Avenue in the Bronx is the place to go to find New York City's most authentic Italian fare, and this burger is Bobby's ode to that famous neighborhood.

Get the Recipe: Arthur Avenue Burger