Our Best Burger Recipes

Butter Burgers on a plate

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

Burgers have long been a favorite food, and a homemade juicy burger is an excellent way to celebrate the summer season. Whether grilled, baked, fried, or broiled, there's nothing more satisfying.

To ensure your burgers are safely cooked, use a reliable instant-read thermometer to check their temperature. The minimum safe temperature for ground meats is 160 F. For poultry, look for a minimum temperature of 165 F. 145 F is the minimum safe temperature for fish and shellfish, but if there are raw eggs in the seafood mixture, cook the burger to 160 F.

We've gathered our best burger recipes, including everyday classic burgers, cheeseburgers, chicken and turkey burgers, sliders, shrimp burgers, and even a few made with bison and ostrich.

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    All American Burgers

    All American Burgers on plates

    The Spruce Eats / Christine Ma

    All American burgers are perfectly seasoned, shaped, and grilled on a gas grill, charcoal grill, or indoor grill. You can't go wrong with this easy, straightforward recipe.

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    Bacon Double Cheese Stuffed Burgers

    Bacon Double Cheese Stuffed Burgers recipe

     The Spruce

    Instead of topping the burgers with cheese and bacon, why not stuff them? Bacon double cheese-stuffed burgers are easy to assemble, and the flavor is fantastic.

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    Shrimp Burgers

    Shrimp burger with special sauce, tomato, and lettuce.

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    If you're tired of the same old ground meat burgers, you should try these stunning shrimp burgers. The seasoned shrimp mixture is shaped, fried, and served with a fabulous homemade tartar sauce.

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    The Luther Burger: Doughnut Bacon Cheeseburger

    Luther Burger: A Doughnut Bacon Cheeseburger

    The Spruce 

    The Luther burger, purportedly named for R&B artist Luther Vandross, features a smash-style burger topped with bacon and cheese in a split glazed doughnut.

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    Stuffed Pizza Burgers

    Stuffed Pizza Burgers

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    Stuffed pizza burgers offer the best of two fast-food favorites: pepperoni pizza and juicy cheeseburgers. Serve the pizza burgers on kaiser buns with plenty of mozzarella cheese.

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    Air Fryer Burgers

    Air Fryer Burgers

    The Spruce / Loren Runion

    Air fryer burgers are an easy preparation that cooks quickly in the air fryer. Add the optional shredded cheddar for a double cheeseburger.

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    Desi Indian-Style Burger (Indi-Burger)

    Desi Indian-Style Burger (Indi-Burger)

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    If you like the flavors of India, you will love these Indi-Burgers. The recipe lets you choose ground beef or lamb, and includes a variety of spices and seasonings and a savory chutney topping.

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    Burrito Burgers

    Burrito Burger

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    You'll want to add these scrumptious burrito burgers to your repertoire. The easy Tex-Mex seasoned burgers are topped with sliced pepper jack cheese and refried beans.

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    Bison Burgers

    bison burger

     The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    If you've eaten bison burgers, you know they're tender, lean, delicious, and not at all gamey. If you haven't tried bison burgers, you're in for a pleasant surprise.

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    Sweet-Hot Thai Burgers

    Thai burger


    Rattanagorn Deepha / EyeEm / Getty Images

    A cilantro-lime mayo and a perfectly seasoned Thai salad provide the topping for these fabulous prize-winning Sweet-Hot Thai burgers.

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    Mushroom Swiss Burgers With Truffle Aioli

    mushroom swiss burger with fries on a plate

     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    These upscale mushroom Swiss burgers are flavored with caramelized onions, mushrooms, buttery brioche buns, and truffle aioli. This is a great burger to make for a special occasion.

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    Garlic Burger Patties

    garlic burger pattie
    The Spruce / Victoria Heydt

    A combination of everyday pantry ingredients adds flavor to these simple garlic burger patties. Serve these grilled burgers with your favorite toppings.

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    Vegan Mushroom Bean Burger

    Vegan Mushroom Bean Burger

    The Spruce

    Mushroom bean burgers are an excellent option for vegan diets. Serve these burgers with vegan mayonnaise or tahini sauce.

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    Bratwurst Patty Burger

    Bratwurst Patty Burger

    The Spruce / Abby Mercer

    These unique bratwurst burgers, with their sauerkraut topping and Dijon mustard spread, are the perfect burger to make for an Oktoberfest party or gathering.

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    Juicy Baked Turkey Burgers With Garlic

    Juicy Baked Turkey Burgers With Garlic, on a bun with tomato and lettuce

    The Spruce / Cara Cormack

    A variety of seasonings and ground turkey thighs make these juicy turkey burgers a tasty and satisfying alternative to beef burgers.

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    Easy Broiled Hamburgers

    Kosher burger with chips

    The Spruce Eats / Miri Rotkovitz

    These tasty, uncomplicated broiled hamburgers are shaped into patties and broiled to perfection. Each beef patty uses about 3 ounces of ground beef, so they cook quickly.

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    Burgers With Honey Dijon Sauce

    Burgers With Honey Dijon Sauce

    The Spruce / Loren Runion

    A honey and Dijon mustard sauce takes these grilled or pan-grilled burgers to the next level. Serve these juicy beef burgers with the honey Dijon sauce and your favorite burger toppings.

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    Cajun Burgers

    cajun burger with remoulade sauce

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    Cajun burgers feature homemade Cajun seasoning and a sublime remoulade-style sauce. Add your favorite toppings to these spicy grilled burgers.

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    Vegan Black Bean Veggie Burgers

    Vegan Black Bean Burger

    The Spruce

    Black beans give these vegan black bean burgers excellent texture, color, and flavor. Top them with fresh sliced vegetables, or choose a vegan cheese or sauce.

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    Chicken Burgers

    Chicken Burgers
    Chicken Burgers. Photo: Diana Rattray

    Aggressive seasonings and ground chicken thighs make these chicken burgers surprisingly juicy and flavorful.

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    Lamb Burgers

    Lamb burger

    The Spruce

    A few simple pantry ingredients and sliced cheese flavor these tasty lamb burgers. Serve lamb burgers in brioche or sourdough rolls or serve them in flatbread.

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    Ostrich Burgers

    Ostrich burger
    Claudia Totir / Getty Images

    Ground ostrich is similar to beef in color, taste, and texture, making it an excellent alternative to beef or turkey. The ostrich burgers are seasoned with sautéed onion and garlic and grilled to perfection.

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    Grilled Salmon Burgers With Radicchio Slaw and Sambal Mayonnaise

    Salmon Burgers With Slaw

     Sabrina S. Baksh

    Upscale grilled salmon burgers include a fresh, crunchy radicchio slaw and a spicy sambal mayo.

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    Butter Burgers

    Butter Burgers on a plate

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    Butter burgers, a Wisconsin creation, are mouthwatering burgers that feature plenty of Wisconsin butter and cheese.

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    Middle Eastern Spiced Burger Recipe

    Middle Eastern Spiced Burger
    Anita Schecter

    Middle Eastern herbs and spices team up to season these fabulous burgers. Top Middle Eastern spiced burgers with the complementary arugula, onion, tahini, and feta cheese.

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    Bacon Jalapeno Smashburgers

    ali slagle jalapeno smashburger

    Mark Weinberg / Penguin Random House

    With onion, jalapeño pepper, and bacon, these bacon jalapeno chicken smash-style burgers are astonishingly juicy and flavorful.

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    The Ultimate Juicy Lucy Burger

    Juicy Lucy Cheeseburger
    Juicy Lucy Cheeseburger.

    The Spruce Eats / Grilled Cheese Social

    While the origin of the Juicy Lucy is up for debate, there is no question it is juicy and delicious. Burger patties are filled with cheese, fried, and served on brioche buns with mustard and mayo.

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    Ground Veal Burgers

    Ground veal burgers recipe

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    These seasoned veal burgers are tender with richer flavor than beef burgers. Serve them in brioche buns with lettuce, tomatoes, and your favorite burger sauce.

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    Aloha Burgers

    Aloha Burger

    Pineapple teriyaki sauce seasons these Hawaii-themed aloha burgers. Grilled pineapple slices top the grilled hamburgers.

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    Kidney Bean Burger With Mushrooms

    Kidney bean burger with mushrooms recipe

    The Spruce / Ahlam Raffii

    These kidney bean burgers are an excellent choice for vegetarians or anyone looking for meat-free alternatives.

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    Avocado Bacon Breakfast Burger

    The Ultimate Breakfast Burger
    Grilled Cheese Social

    Burgers for breakfast? Yes, please! These everything bagel breakfast burgers feature a sausage-infused beef burger patty, avocado slices, bacon, cheese, and a fried egg,