Summer means grilling, and grilling means hamburgers. We have come so far from the traditional plain hamburger, topped with pickles and ketchup (although a plain burger, cooked to perfection, can be fabulous). Now many burger recipes are made with ground turkey, ground pork, seasoned with ethnic flavors, or have no meat at all.
Food safety (of course) is always at the forefront whenever I cook burgers. Any food made with ground meat has to be cooked well done. You can take your chances and make yourself a rare burger, but why risk it? Properly cooked, well done hamburgers can be just as juicy and succulent as a rare burger. And make sure that you place the cooked burgers on a different platter - not the platter that held the uncooked burgers.
There are two rules to follow when cooking burgers at home (besides food safety rules). First, handle the meat as little as possible for the most tender burgers. And second, do not press down on the burgers while they are cooking. I know it's satisfying to see those juices sizzle, but every time you press on the burgers, you are losing flavor and moistness.
Use your imagination when thinking about different burger flavors. If you have a favorite sandwich, transform those flavors into burger toppings or mix some of the sandwich ingredients into the meat. Enjoy a summer of delicious burgers. And don't forget to check out my Slider Buffet!
Best Burger Recipes
- Juicy Turkey Burger
These excellent burgers are made moist and juicy with buttery garlic bread crumbs. Doesn't that sound good? They are!
- Wild Rice Gourmet Burgers
This is my newest discovery and it's fabulous. These burgers are tender, nutty, juicy, and just plain delicious.
- Cheese Stuffed Burger
Tons of cheese and some seasoned salt, my secret ingredient, are all you need to make these burgers fabulous. Be sure you top them with the mustard mixture and avocado, because they all blend into a wonderful yumminess. (Yes, that's a technical cooking term.)
- Salmon Burger
I love serving any type burger on English muffins because the muffin stands up to the burger without falling apart. Plus they're yummy!
- Pesto Turkey Burger
Pesto is in and on top of the burgers for tons of flavor. Brie cheese and thick slices of tomato top it off perfectly.
- Pesto Stuffed Burgers
Pesto and Havarti cheese stuff tender and juicy beef burgers in this delicious recipe.
- Beef Mushroom Burgers
Browned mushrooms add moistness and great flavor to these classic burgers served on toasted English muffins.
- Veggie Burgers
Finely chopped mushrooms and shredded carrots keep these meatless burgers juicy and add great flavor.
- German Burgers
Caraway seed, dill, beer, and sauerkraut combine for a delicious new burger sensation.
- Pesto Burgers
These tender and juicy burgers are made with dry pesto sauce mix. They are fabulous served on toasted English muffins.
- All-American Burger
The classic burger, seasoned just right!
- Caesar Burgers
Caesar salad dressing is the secret ingredient that gives these burgers such flavor.
- Greek Burgers with Yogurt Sauce
Be sure to serve this cooling mint and dill flavored yogurt sauce with these savory burgers.
- Stuffed Pizza Burgers
Put your favorite pizza toppings inside these burgers for a neat to eat treat.