Best Burgers and Hot Dogs

Grill out all summer long with dozens of our best recipes for burgers and hot dogs.

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Tyler's Burger Bar

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

Get the Recipe: The Burger Bar

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.

Get the Recipe: Perfect Burger

Griddle Burger 18,000 Island Dressing and Quick Pickles

Jeff uses a combination of ground brisket and chuck for these ultra-juicy griddle burgers. The pickled jalapenos in the 18,000 Island Dressing add a kick of heat.

Get the Recipe: Griddle Burger with 18000 Island Dressing and Quick Pickles

Grilled Link Hot Dogs with Homemade Pickle Relish

Add an extra homemade touch to this all-American summer staple by whipping up a batch of Bobby's homemade pickle relish.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Link Hot Dogs with Homemade Pickle Relish

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.

Get the Recipe: Throwdown's Green Chile Cheeseburgers

Ultimate Chili Dogs

Tyler makes an easy, beefy chili spiked with ketchup and mustard, then spoons it over grilled dogs and tops them off with grated cheddar.

Get the Recipe: Chili Dogs

Southwest Turkey Burgers

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

Get the Recipe: Southwest Turkey Burgers

Bobby's Tuna Burgers

Bobby's tuna burgers feature fresh tuna steaks, honey and chipotle, grilled and served with aioli on crusty bread. The secret to holding their shape is some time in the fridge.

Get the Recipe: Tuna Burgers with Tapenade Aioli

Nacho Dog

Dress up your dog with chunky guacamole and Bobby's Grilled Tomato-Chipotle Salsa.

Get the Recipe: Nacho Dog

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.

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

Pretzel Buns With Grilled Dogs

Sandwich King Jeff Mauro makes his own easy pretzel buns to fill with grilled dogs and a spicy cheese sauce.

Get the Recipe: Pretzel Buns with Grilled Dogs and Spicy Cheese Sauce

Pretzel Hot Dog Buns

Jeff prepares these buttery hot buns the way you would prepare a soft pretzel: by rolling the dough out into logs, boiling them, then baking them. For the signature salt-speckled look, sprinkle the buns with salt right as the come out of the boiling water.

Get the Recipe: Pretzel Hot Dog Buns

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.

Get the Recipe: Perfect Veggie Burgers

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."

Get the Recipe: Cedar Planked Burgers

Texas Dog       

For a Texas twist, add a touch of barbecue sauce and crunchy coleslaw.

Get the Recipe: Texas Dog

Bobby's Beer Brats

For his Milwaukee-style brats, Bobby braises the sausages in beer, then moves them to the grill to achieve a golden-brown crust.

Get the Recipe: Beer Brats

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.

Get the Recipe: Smashed Sausage and Pepper Burgers

Manchego-Stuffed Pork Burgers

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

Get the Recipe: Manchego-Stuffed Pork Burgers

Perfect Beef Burgers

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

Get the Recipe: Perfect Beef Burgers

Perfect Pork Burgers

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

Get the Recipe: Perfect Pork Burgers

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.

Get the Recipe: Tangy Meatloaf Burgers

Wisconsin Beef-and-Cheddar Brats

Sandra grills beef-and-cheddar brats on the grill and then tops them with onions cooked with beer.

Get the Recipe: Wisconsin Beef-and-Cheddar Brats

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.

Get the Recipe: Butter Burgers

Scott's Beef Hot Dog with Gorgonzola, Marinated Tomatoes, Grilled Onion and Frisee

Put a sophisticated spin on classic cookout food by loading hot dogs with Gorgonzola, marinated tomatoes and delicate frisee lettuce.

Get the Recipe: Scott's Beef Hotdog with Gorgonzola, Marinated Tomatoes, Grilled Onion and Frisee

Cheyenne Burger

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

Get the Recipe: Cheyenne Burger

Smashed Sliders

This old-fashioned burger is making a comeback. Sufficiently smash your slider then top with pickles, ketchup and mustard.

Get the Recipe: Smashed Sliders

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.

Get the Recipe: Fat Doug Burger

Perfect Salmon Burgers

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

Get the Recipe: Perfect Salmon Burgers


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.

Get the Recipe: Guberburgers

Perfect Turkey Burgers

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

Get the Recipe: Perfect Turkey Burgers

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.

Get the Recipe: Barcelona Burgers

Morgan's Veggie Patties

These patties have a spectrum of textures and flavors with beans, peppers, onions, spices and more. You'll never think "dull" when you think of veggie patties again.

Get the Recipe: Morgan's Veggie Patties

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.

Get the Recipe: Miami Burger

Crunchburger (aka the Signature Burger)

This is the "house" burger at Bobby's Burger Palace. It's a basic burger (Bobby likes it garnished with red onion, tomato, lettuce and horseradish mustard) with some serious crunch from potato chips.

Get the Recipe: Crunchburger (aka the Signature Burger)

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.

Get the Recipe: Philly Burger

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.

Get the Recipe: Dallas Burger

Chipotle Chili Cheese Dogs

Foot-long hot dogs get a Southwestern kick from chili powder, cumin and chipotle hot sauce.

Get the Recipe: Chipotle Chili Cheese Dogs

Santa Fe Burger

This is one seriously delicious cheeseburger. Inspired by the flavors of the Southwest (personal favorites of Bobby's) it's topped with blackened poblano peppers and a creamy queso sauce, along with crunchy tortilla chips.

Get the Recipe: Santa Fe Burger

Chicken and Feta Sausage

Crumble feta directly into your chicken sausage mixture for a flavor-packed link from Michael Symon.

Get the Recipe: Chicken and Feta Sausage

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

Giada's Prosciutto Lamb Burgers

Giada gives burgers an Italian twist with this lamb burger.

Get the Recipe: Prosciutto Lamb Burgers

Sausage, Peppers and Onions

Giada's version of this hearty Italian street food mixes sweet Italian turkey sausage with peppers and onions cooked in a flavorful tomato sauce.

Get the Recipe: Sausage, Peppers and Onions

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.

Get the Recipe: Wild Mushroom-Cheddar Burger

Swiss Mushroom Burgers

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

Get the Recipe: Swiss Mushroom Burgers

Turkey Cornucopia Burger with Paprika Aioli

These patties are packed with vegetables and spices. Top them off with fresh tomato, avocado and a paprika aioli for an extra infusion of texture and taste.

Get the Recipe: Tassa's Turkey Cornucopia Burger with Paprika Aioli

Brooklyn's Corniest Hot Dogs

This New York City-inspired dog is topped with caramelized onions, bacon, corn and cheese.

Get the Recipe: Brooklyn's Corniest Hot Dogs

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.

Get the Recipe: Ale House Burgers with Red Onion Compote

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.

Get the Recipe: Louisiana Burger

Sunny's Currywurst With Quick-Pickled Peppers and Onions

Sunny says, "Some of my first memories of grilling — and hot dogs to be specific — were in Germany using bratwursts and shoving them in chewy, crusty bread called 'brotchen.' Currywurst is a famed dish there served with cooked and sliced bratwurst covered with a spicy-sweet curry ketchup sauce. This is my version of the dish that's summer- and grill-ready!"

Get the Recipe: Sunny's Currywurst with Quick-Pickled Peppers and Onions and Sunny's Curry Ketchup

Turkey-Pepperoni Burgers

Make dinner in 30 minutes with this recipe fromFood Network Magazine. Dress up this burger with mayonnaise whisked with parsley, lemon zest and garlic.

Get the Recipe: Turkey-Pepperoni Burgers

Spicy Lamb and Mint Sausage

Michael Symon uses lamb shoulder and pork fatback to make these juicy sausages that are served with feta and roasted peppers for a Mediterranean-inspired sandwich.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Lamb and Mint Sausage

Pork Sausage

Try making your own sausage at home. Michael Symon's tip: Keep your tools and ingredients really cold when making sausage so the fat doesn't separate.

Get the Recipe: Pork Sausage


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. 

Get the Recipe: Sliders

Organic Lamb Burger with Fresh Mint Yogurt and Quinoa

Combine ground lamb with nutty quinoa for a flavor-packed patty with great texture. The grains are mixed in, so this burger doesn't need a bun — just a dollop of cool Greek yogurt with mint.

Get the Recipe: Organic Lamb Burger with Fresh Mint Yogurt and Quinoa

Cheese-Stuffed Burgers

When preparing these burgers for a crowd, Trisha likes to offer a bit of variety. Trying stuffing the burgers with different cheeses, like pimento, mozzarella or blue cheese, before grilling them to juicy perfection.

Get the Recipe: Cheese Stuffed Burgers

Double-Decker Turkey Patty Melt

Alex lightens up the double cheeseburger by using turkey instead of beef. Adding some Sriracha mayo to the ground meat makes for extra-juicy burgers with a hint of spiciness. If you want something smaller, make eight individual, single-layer burgers instead.

Get the Recipe: Double Decker Turkey Patty Melt

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.

Get the Recipe: The Big Marc

Malai Chicken Hot Dog

Get excited for summer heat with these spicy South Asian-inspired "hot dogs," made with ground chicken and lots of fresh herbs and chiles. For a cool finish, top them off with an easy mango mustard spiked with mint.

Get the Recipe: Malai Chicken Hot Dog

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.

Get the Recipe: Ultimate Backyard Burger

Chicago-Style Hot Dog with Homemade Relish

Jeff's hometown pride shines through in his classic Chicago dog topped with bread-and-butter relish and hand-cut fries with celery salt. "Eat on the towel-lined trunk of a car," he advises.

Get the Recipe: Chicago-Style Hot Dog with Homemade Relish


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

Get the Recipe: Burger


Justin uses a mix of scallops and skinless salmon or cod to make these tasty seafood dogs. You don't need to bother with casings — he simply wraps them tightly with plastic wrap and cooks them in boiling water. After they've cooled, unwrap the pescabrats and finish them off on the grill.

Get the Recipe: Pescabrat

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.

Get the Recipe: Burger with Taleggio, Pancetta and Onion-Mustard Relish

Veggie Mini Burger Pita with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce

For vegetarians and omnivores alike, Jeff's hearty veggie burgers, made with cannellini beans and quinoa, are a satisfying main dish. Serve up the spiced patties in whole-wheat pitas with his tangy cucumber-yogurt sauce.

Get the Recipe: Veggie Mini Burger Pita with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

Chicken Burgers

These golden chicken burgers are unbelievably juicy but surprisingly low in fat. To keep the calorie count low, use ground white chicken meat and low-fat milk when preparing the burger patties.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Burgers

Everything Salmon Burgers with Scallion Sour Cream-Cream Cheese Sauce

Skip basic burgers and serve these salmon patties topped with a tangy sauce of cream cheese and sour cream.

Get the Recipe: Everything Salmon Burgers with Scallion Sour Cream-Cream Cheese Sauce

Quick Sweet Pickles

Tyler uses a simple but aromatic brine for his quick pickles. For a wafer-thin slice, use a mandoline.

Get the Recipe: Quick Sweet Pickles

L.A. Burger

Bobby gives this classic burger some L.A. flair with an avocado relish and fresh arugula. You pick the cheese: Monterey Jack is a California favorite, but Bobby loves this burger with cheddar, too.  

Get the Recipe: L.A. Burger

Perfect Grilled Burgers

To achieve perfect grilled burgers, don't press on the patty as it cooks — you'll lose the juices. Top them with one of these fun new ideas from Food Network Magazine. Top This: Easy Burger Topping Ideas

Get the Recipe: Perfect Grilled Burgers

Veggie Burger Pockets

Use frozen veggie burgers to make these high-fiber, low-fat burger pockets. Cucumber, mint and crumbled feta add a refreshing, Greek-inspired twist that's ideal for a summer cookout.

Get the Recipe: Veggie Burger Pockets

"Jucy" Lucys

This juicy, cheese-stuffed burger is a Minneapolis original and worthy of its name. Let the oozing American cheese take center stage by garnishing the burger simply, with dill pickles, and serve on a soft hamburger bun.

Get the Recipe: "Jucy" Lucys

Maxwell Street Polish Sausage Sandwiches

Jeff Mauro uses just a few key toppings to give these kielbasa sandwiches their Chicago edge: caramelized onions, yellow mustard and pickled sport peppers.

Get the Recipe: Maxwell Street Polish Sausage Sandwiches

Italian Burgers

Turn your burger into the ultimate Italian masterpiece: Sauteed cremini mushrooms, fried Genoa salami and fresh ricotta bring an upscale feel to this summer staple.

Get the Recipe: Italian Burgers

Bistro Burgers

Upgrade your go-to burger with a fried egg, bacon and a frisee salad. Serve on a toasted crusty bun for extra crunch.

Get the Recipe: Bistro Burgers

Hoisin Burgers

Sriracha mayo, cucumber slices and grilled scallions put an Asian-inspired twist on the American classic. Brush the patty with hoisin sauce during the last minute of cooking.

Get the Recipe: Hoisin Burgers with Grilled Scallions and Sriracha-Sesame Mayo

Grilled Sausage with Tuscan Beans

Sandra Lee serves grilled Italian hot sausage with a rustic combination of cannellini and red beans.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Sausage with Tuscan Beans

Kids'-Menu Burgers

Channel your inner child and top your burger with crinkle-cut french fries, ketchup and American cheese. Eating like a kid never tasted so good.

Get the Recipe: Kids'-Menu Burgers

Veal Sausage

Michael Symon's cookout feast consists of homemade veal sausages, whole-grain mustard, cornichons and grilled bread for serving. Marinate the veal and pork fatback in a mixture of sauteed shallots, coriander and other spices for savory, aromatic results.

Get the Recipe: Veal Sausage

Barbecue Bean Chili Dogs

Sandra Lee tops her hot dogs with a secret weapon: barbecue sauce.

Get the Recipe: Barbecue Bean Chili Dogs

Beer-Cheese Burgers

Top juicy grilled burgers with a homemade cheddar cheese sauce brimming with beer, mustard powder and horseradish. 

Get the Recipe: Beer-Cheese Burgers

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 to the brim with juicy patties and all your favorite burger toppings. It's great for a summertime party or any large get-together where America's favorite food will be met with glee.

Get the Recipe: Bundt Pan Burger