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Grilling: Green Chile Turkey Burgers

The ground turkey is mixed with green chiles, cilantro, garlic, chili powder, cumin, Worcestershire, and oregano. This combo works incredibly well, giving the burgers an earthiness paired with a nice fruity heat throughout. Alone they're just fine and dandy, but a little pepper jack and extra green chiles on top go a long way. More

Bread Baking: Light Rye Burger Buns

Years ago, we used to go to a restaurant that was famous for its burgers. The buns had just a touch of rye in them. Not a lot—most people couldn't even figure out what was different about them. Just that they were different. But of course, bread geek that I was, I knew the secret. More

Dinner Tonight: Lamb Burgers with Red Onion Relish

Even the most ardent burger purists, in my experience, will acquiesce once in a while to a lamb burger. Though beef accented with nothing but a little salt and pepper will always be king, there is something about the gamy richness of a lamb burger that is impossible to dislike. While turkey burgers and other healthy alternatives tend to pale in comparison, lamb actually holds its own. More

Cook the Book: Paddington Burgers

These Paddington Burgers from Dinah Buchholz's The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook might just be the ideal back to school shopping meal. You see, these were the burgers that Harry and Hagrid sat down to after an exhaustive day of shopping for Hogwarts school supplies, a list that included such varied items as one cauldron (pewter, standard size 2), three sets of plain black work robes, and a copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander, all purchased on Diagon Alley. More

Yellow Mustard

What's ketchup without mustard? It seemed only right that yellow mustard followed ketchup at the start of our new Sauced column. Unlike ketchup, which required some tweaking to get right, the first recipe I tried for French's copycat yellow mustard was a hit. More

Katie Lee's Logan County Hamburgers

These seasoned patties sandwiched between slices of white bread and American cheese come from a recipe that food personality Katie Lee's West Virginian grandmother created. The thinness of the patties comes from Lee's grandmother's Depression-era mentality but the eggs, garlic powder, and onions give them both bulk and flavor. More

Homemade Ketchup

Heinz has totally spoiled me. When Erin asked if I'd be interested in starting up this new "Sauced" column, I started racking my brain about what condiment to tackle first. I could think of nothing more fitting, more ubiquitous, than ketchup. You hardly ever stop to think about what goes into making ketchup. Usually, a bottle of Heinz is just hanging out in the fridge and, well, it tastes exactly the way it should. Is it even work making a version from scratch? More

Dinner Tonight: Grahamburger

This burger, a mix of ground sirloin and pork, is topped with tangy brie, some quick-pickled red onion, and peppery watercress. It actually works. The pork gives it a roundness that burgers don't usually have, and the toppings work together in a way that they should when a four-star chef chooses them. More

Cook the Book: The Prez Obama Burger

The year that Spike Mendelsohn opened Good Stuff Eatery in D.C. just happened to coincide with a pretty exciting presidential election. Spike decided to hold his own race to the White House pitting the Obama burger against the McCain burger. The Obama burger ended up beating out the McCain burger four to one. Politics aside, I'm pretty sure the toppings were the ultimate deciding factors in this burger race. More

Cook the Book: Village Fries

In The Good Stuff Cookbook Spike explains that he uses Red Bliss potatoes for a few reasons: Their thin skin is edible and does not need to be peeled, they cook faster, and their flavor is sweeter than the traditional Russets. Still a bit skeptical, I heated up a big pot of oil and started slicing my potatoes into fries. More

Cook the Book: Farmhouse Bacon Cheeseburgers

Spike Mendelsohn's Farmhouse Bacon Cheeseburgers from The Good Stuff Cookbook possess all of the elements of my holy grail burger— thin patty, squishy potato bun, American cheese, iceberg lettuce, tomato, pickle, red onion, and a secret sauce, oh, and bacon. Spike's concept throughout the book is to keep it simple. And I went into the kitchen with fingers crossed, hoping that not over-thinking it would lead better burgers. More

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