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Pimento-Jalapeño Cheeseburgers

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 3 comments

There's something about the way the caviar of the South (as pimento cheese is affectionately known) melts into a rich, oozy coating, its acidity and punch of pimento flavor accenting a thick and juicy grilled burger in a way that regular cheese just can't. Add some pickled jalapeño peppers in there in place of standard pickles and you've got yourself one hell of a fiery backyard treat. More

Thick and Juicy Home-Ground Grilled Cheeseburgers

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 4 comments

A thick and juicy patty made with home-ground beef cooked over a grill. More

The Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburgers

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 13 comments

The ultimate bacon cheeseburger with beef cooked in bacon fat, a bacon fat mayonnaise, onions caramelized in bacon fat, buns toasted in bacon fat, and a crisp bacon weave topping. More

Hot Brown Burgers

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 3 comments

A grilled burger patty served open-faced on a slice of toasted bread with bacon, tomato, and cheesy Mornay sauce broiled until bubbling. More

Surf N' Turf Burger (Grilled Burger with Lobster and Bacon)

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 3 comments

A grilled hamburger topped with lobster salad and crispy bacon. More

Oklahoma-style Onion Burgers

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 10 comments

An Oklahoma classic, it's a slider in style, but with way more onions, which help the thin patties of beef cook up extra juicy and flavorful. More

Hot and Smoky Cheeseburgers with Bacon and Pickled Cherry Pepper Relish

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 1 comment

An homage to the Smoke Stack burger from Shake Shack, this big, fat, grilled burger gets topped with American cheese, crisp bacon, grilled onions, and a spicy and tangy bacon and pickled cherry pepper relish. More

Cuban Fritas (Seasoned Cheeseburgers with Shoestring Potatoes and Spicy Sauce)

Latin Cuisine J. Kenji López-Alt 1 comment

The frita is a classic regional American burger created by Cuban immigrants in South Florida. While the standard is a thin, griddled patty with a spiced ketchup-based sauce, my take on it is a slightly larger version designed for the backyard grill with a boldly seasoned pork and beef patty, a creamier sauce, and more vegetables. The crisp shoestring potatoes that are the hallmark of a traditional frita remain the same. More

Burgers with Creamy Feta Sauce and Tomato-Cucumber Relish

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 3 comments

Big burgers with a creamy yogurt-feta sauce flavored with garlic and lemon, topped with a crunchy cucumber-tomato relish. More

Pepperoni Garlic Bread Burgers (Grilled Cheeseburgers with Pepperoni Sauce Serve on Garlic Bread Rolls)

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Burgers covered in provolone cheese under a blanket of a hot-and-tangy pepperoni sauce and parmesan cheese, all served on a hamburger bun toasted in garlic butter. More

Poutine Burger (Burgers with Fried Potatoes, Cheese Curds, and Gravy)

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 3 comments

What happens when a plate of poutine and a hamburger go off in the corner to do something naughty? Deliciousness ensues, that's what. More

Classic Smashed Burgers

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 11 comments

Learn how to make classic smashed cheeseburgers with a deep brown, beefy crust. More

Muffaletta Burgers

J. Kenji López-Alt 4 comments

The classic New Orleans sandwich of cold cuts and olive salad meets the burger in this delicious mash-up More

Barbecue Bacon Burgers

J. Kenji López-Alt 2 comments

A barbecue sauce-glazed juicy burger with crisp grilled bacon, grilled onions, and cheddar cheese. More

Sweet Barbecue Kim-cheese Burgers

J. Kenji López-Alt 6 comments

A juicy burger glazed with a sweet soy reduction, topped with cheese, kimchi, and quick pickled carrots and cucumbers. More

Quadruple Chili Cheeseburgers

J. Kenji López-Alt 5 comments

A fat patty of grilled beef draped with a melty, oozy slice of pepper jack cheese, topped with roasted green chilis, and a handful of pickled jalapeños, served on a hearty bun with a generous swipe of chipotle mayonnaise. This is the burger that bites back. More

Hot Hawaiian Burgers (Spam, Pineapple, Swiss, and Sriracha Mayo)

J. Kenji López-Alt 11 comments

It's time to board a small charter flight to Polynesia, the land of Spam and pineapples. Why Spam and pineapple? Because it's a delicious combo that hits the rich/fresh/sweet flavors and the crisp/moist textures. Who wouldn't want that on a burger? Add a couple of slices of Swiss cheese along with a nice spoonful of sriracha-mayonnaise and the burger explodes with spice and goo—which is why a toasted English muffin and all its juice-catching nooks is such a great choice here (though regular burger buns would be mighty tasty too). More

The Best Lamb Burgers

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 3 comments

Lamb burgers are like the Super Mario Bros. 2 of the burger world. They're kind of strange and funky and it's not entirely clear how they fit into the canon of their brethren, but they're awesome in their own way, and a great change from the norm. I wouldn't eat a lamb burger every day, but when I do, I want it to be the best damned lamb burger it can be. After grinding and grilling my way through nearly 32 pounds of the stuff, there's a thing or two I learned about the process. More

Homemade Vegan Burgers That Don't Suck

Grilling J. Kenji López-Alt 69 comments

After tasting these, you'll never look at veggie burgers the same way again. More

Melty American-style Cheddar Cheese Slices For Burgers and Grilled Cheese

J. Kenji López-Alt 9 comments

This recipe will work with any medium-dry cheese such as Gruyère, Comté, Swiss, or Jack. Do not use pre-grated cheese as it is coated in starch that will affect its smoothness when melting. More

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