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.
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A thick and juicy patty made with home-ground beef cooked over a grill.
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.
A grilled burger patty served open-faced on a slice of toasted bread with bacon, tomato, and cheesy Mornay sauce broiled until bubbling.
A grilled hamburger topped with lobster salad and crispy bacon.
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.
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.
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.
Big burgers with a creamy yogurt-feta sauce flavored with garlic and lemon, topped with a crunchy cucumber-tomato relish.
Pepperoni Garlic Bread Burgers (Grilled Cheeseburgers with Pepperoni Sauce Serve on Garlic Bread Rolls)
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.
What happens when a plate of poutine and a hamburger go off in the corner to do something naughty? Deliciousness ensues, that's what.
Learn how to make classic smashed cheeseburgers with a deep brown, beefy crust.
The classic New Orleans sandwich of cold cuts and olive salad meets the burger in this delicious mash-up
A barbecue sauce-glazed juicy burger with crisp grilled bacon, grilled onions, and cheddar cheese.
A juicy burger glazed with a sweet soy reduction, topped with cheese, kimchi, and quick pickled carrots and cucumbers.
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.
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).
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.
After tasting these, you'll never look at veggie burgers the same way again.
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.