Hamburgers - Cooking Tips, Recipes and Information

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Hamburgers -- Cooking Tips and Recipes. Click for creative hamburger topping and mix in ideas, along with recipes for the perfect burger side dish -- French fries.
The quintessential all-American dish. The hamburger is also one of our most personal dishes. Everyone has their own special version of what constitute the perfect burger. has lots of recipes ideas for terrific burgers. Most will work whether you're having a backyard barbecue or grilling a quick dinner on the stove. The ideas here will also work for ground turkey, chicken or pork, as well as beef.

Creative Burger Toppings
Everyone has their idea of the perfect burger. Here are some of our favorite topping combos:

  • The all-American -- tomato, lettuce and onion with 1000 Island dressing
  • Guacamole, bacon and Swiss cheese
  • Teriyaki sauce and grilled pineapple
  • Sautéed mushrooms and onions with Swiss cheese
  • Barbecue Sauce and onion rings
  • Wine sautéed mushrooms, sour cream and minced green onions
  • Chili and cheddar cheese with chopped raw onion
  • Feta cheese, kalamata olives and spicy yogurt sauce
  • Green chiles, jalapeños and salsa, (bacon optional)
  • Marinara sauce and provolone cheese
  • Sauerkraut, grilled onions and melted Swiss cheese

Burger Meat Mix-ins
Why just have flavor on your burger when you can have flavor in your burger. Mix raw meat with your choice of mix-ins hours ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to cook for the best flavor. Grilling is best, in my opinion, especially over an open fire. You'll probably come up with your own mix-ins other than the suggestions on this list. Mix ground meat with your choice of add-ins, shape into patties and grill or broil as usual. Serve on a bun with favorite toppings or use ground sirloin and serve on a plate like a steak dinner.

Mix and Match Burger Mix-Ins

  • minced garlic
  • minced onion
  • minced bell pepper
  • minced jalapeno peppers
  • minced mild green chiles
  • minced olives
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • raw egg
  • mixed fresh chopped herbs like basil, parsley, cilantro or dill
  • seasoned breadcrumbs
  • soy sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • barbecue sauce

Don't Forget the Fries!
The perfect side dish for burgers -- check out these recipes:

burger noventy cakeBurger Novelty Cake
Take the burger theme all the way to the dessert table with Holly Clegg's easy to make, innovative cake -- the perfect finale to summer cookouts!