64 Top Burger Recipes

Rethink the burger with different meats and mix-ins, sensational toppings and imaginative sliders.

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Grilled Tomato Ketchup with Grilled Onions and Yellow Pepper

All at once spicy, smoky, sweet and tangy, the grilled tomato ketchup is the real star of this recipe. Grilling the tomatoes releases the fruit's sweetness and gives it a gentle charred flavor, which is nicely complemented by the equally blackened onions and peppers.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Tomato Ketchup with Grilled Onions and Yellow Pepper

Fat Doug Burger

Craving a meaty main in quadruples? Sidle up to this aptly named powerhouse built with ground sirloin, brisket and boneless short rib and then piled high with pastrami. Champagne vinegar-doused napa cabbage coleslaw and jalapeno slices cut the meaty richness.

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Lamb Burgers

Spice up your weeknight routine with tender grilled lamb burgers accented with cumin, mint and spicy mustard.

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Tiffani's Ultimate Luxe Burgers

Cheese on top of burgers is boring — instead, stuff 'em with plenty of blue cheese, which melts as the meat grills.

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Upscale Sliders

For a gourmet twist on bite-size burgers, replace bacon with crispy pancetta and melt Gruyère over tiny patties. They're perfect for passing around at your next glitzy party.

Get the Recipe: Upscale Sliders

KGB Burger

To form this towering, Southern-leaning behemoth (the smoky bacon is sweetened with a praline coating), layer cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles atop a 6-ounce patty.

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Chuck's Super Burgers

Chuck tops his decadent burgers with bacon, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato and homemade ranch dressing.

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The B and B "Bash Burger"

Chef Josh Capon is a five-time victor of Rachael Ray's annual Burger Bash, and we guarantee that his exceptional condiments — an onion-studded bacon jam and Sriracha-infused special sauce — will be winners at your next summer party.

Get the Recipe: The B and B "Bash Burger"

Latin Macho Burger

What do this recipe and Oscar De La Hoya have in common? They're both Latin and pack a punch, thanks to the burger's jalapeno pepper topping and roasted red pepper mayo.

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The Burger Bar

Sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, rosemary bacon or herbed horseradish mayonnaise — it's your call. Tyler's overloaded burger station let's everyone enjoy their ideal burger.

Get the Recipe: The Burger Bar

Bacon, Onion and Cheese-Stuffed Burger

Instead of loading the bacon, onion and cheese onto these seemingly naked burgers as toppings, Sunny stuffs them into the center of the ground-beef patties.

Get the Recipe: Bacon, Onion and Cheese Stuffed Burger

Buffalo Burger and Mozzarella on a Biscuit

You'll be home on the range with these burly buffalo burgers that are topped with hot sauce-infused mayo and melted buffalo milk mozzarella. Perched over cornmeal biscuits, these rustic rounds serve up wild flavor in three delicious forms.

Get the Recipe: Buffalo Burger, Buffalo Mozzarella, Buffalo Mayo on a Biscuit

Kimchee and Charred Scallion Mayo Sliders

Inspired by bold Korean flavors, these party-friendly sliders are topped with kimchee and served on soft, chewy bao buns. No ketchup necessary: Mixing soy-marinated, charred scallions into mayonnaise makes a condiment that perfectly balances out spicy kimchee.

Get the Recipe: Kimchee and Charred Scallion Mayo Sliders

Cheeseburgers with Secret Sauce

Flavorful condiments are the key to a unique burger, and this standout sauce — a concoction of mayonnaise, ketchup and sweet relish — will take yours from good to truly spectacular.

Get the Recipe: Cheeseburgers with Secret Sauce

Cowboy Bison Burgers with Whiskey-Glazed Onions

Take a bite out of the Old West with these rustic Cowboy Burgers. Bison (or buffalo) meat is similar to beef but leaner and more tender. Look for it in specialty meat markets. 

Get the Recipe: Cowboy Bison Burgers with Whiskey-Glazed and Charred Onions

Caprese Sliders

As if burgers didn't already symbolize summer, the accoutrements on these party-ready sliders — sun-dried tomatoes, basil and mozzarella — hail from another seasonal favorite: the caprese salad. 

Get the Recipe: Caprese Sliders

Latin Burgers with Caramelized Onion and Jalapeno Relish

Serve up burgers with a spicy Latin flair. Chorizo gets mixed right into the burger patties, while jalapenos, caramelized onions and sweet red pepper mayo top them off.

Get the Recipe: Latin Burgers with Caramelized Onion and Jalapeno Relish and Red Pepper Mayonnaise

Banh Mi Turkey Burgers

This East-meets-West mash-up takes the best of both worlds — a lean turkey patty, Sriracha-laced mayonnaise and pickled veggies — to form a transcontinental burger.

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Mini Man Burgers

Alton Brown keeps his patties simple with ground chuck, garlic and onion powder, kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.

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Burgers with Crispy Pepperoni, Radicchio and Red Onion Slaw

As though this burger had stepped out of an Italian pizzeria, it is topped in a tangy pepperoni, radicchio and red onion slaw and paired with sweet, salty mozzarella. You'll get points for adding crunch, color and creativity to your burger buffet.

Get the Recipe: Burgers with Crispy Pepperoni, Radicchio and Red Onion Slaw

Patty Melt

Tiffani Thiessen's version of the diner classic features a combination of ground pork and beef for a juicy patty that's pressed between griddled rye bread with caramelized onions and melted Swiss cheese.

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Burger of the Gods

Some of the best burgers pay tribute to simplicity, like Alton's blend of chuck and sirloin with just a pinch of kosher salt. Griddle up the patties au naturel, and salute the simpler things.

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Tuna Burgers with Tapenade Aioli

Reel in a refreshing substitute for beef with Bobby's tuna steak burgers. A chipotle pepper puree powers up the tuna chunks while a caper and kalamata olive aioli mimics briny ocean flavor on the bun. 

Get the Recipe: Tuna Burgers with Tapenade Aioli

Beer-Braised Burgers

Everything's better with beer, including these beef burgers that are infused with the bitter, bold edge of your favorite brew and topped with a full-bodied blue cheese. Pair with a frosty pint for a truly ale-inspired meal. 

Get the Recipe: Beer-Braised Burgers

Turkey Burger Sliders

Don't let their two-bite size fool you; these little turkey burgers hide hefty flavor inside patties speckled with fresh parsley, shallots and a double dash of cumin and smoked paprika.

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Bloody Mary Burgers with Horseradish Dressing

These brunch-inspired burgers borrow all the best bits from the classic cocktail, with tart tomato paste, celery seed and Worcestershire stuffed inside ground round. The sinus-clearing sauce of freshly grated horseradish and creme fraiche adds a final creamy kick. 

Get the Recipe: Bloody Mary Burgers with Horseradish Dressing

The Nut Burger

If a basic burger blend just isn't nutty enough for you, take a page from this patty and perk things up with peanut butter. It's slathered on brioche buns and melted by the heat of the ground brisket, sirloin and chuck patties plus crispy, butter-cooked bacon. 

Get the Recipe: The Nut Burger

Double-Stacked Juicy Lucy Burgers

Instead of topping your hamburger with cheese, stuff it between two beef patties so it melts on the inside. Sharp Cheddar adds the perfect touch to this version, while bacon and double-stacking push it over the top.

Get the Recipe: Double-Stacked Juicy Lucy Burgers

Extra Virgin's Italian-Style Burger

Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar give this all-American favorite an Italian twist, mixing parsley and pecorino into the burger patties and topping with provolone cheese.

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Classic Burger

Use this perfect, basic burger recipe as your benchmark. It's infinitely riffable, or nostalgic and satisfying if you're craving a classic.

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Paneer Mushroom Burger

Skip the meat in favor of Bal Arneson's creative paneer patties. Her homemade cheese is surprisingly hefty when blended with chickpea flour and shiitake mushrooms. Yogurt, fenugreek leaves and fennel seeds add distinct Indian flavor.

Get the Recipe: Paneer Mushroom Burger

Giada's Prosciutto Lamb Burgers

These prosciutto-wrapped burgers are moist and tender. Giada serves them with a little tomato and basil salad on top instead of a bun.

Get the Recipe: Prosciutto Lamb Burgers

Spicy Aussie Chicken Burgers

These chicken burgers are layered with complex flavors, starting with pineapple, then pickled beets and finally a fried egg to top it all off.

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San Gennaro Sausage and Pepper Burgers

Form spicy Italian sausages into patties and grill them up with peppers for a surprising burger twist.

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Meatball Sliders with Mozzarella and Basil

These cute mini burgers start with homemade meatballs cooked in a quick tomato sauce. Serving these in a bun turns them into finger food.

Get the Recipe: Meatball Sliders with Mozzarella and Basil

Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf Burgers

Try a summery take on a comfort food classic by grilling up meatloaf patties wrapped in smoky bacon.

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Julia Child's Pan-Fried Thin Burger

Recreate a classic with Julia Child's burger recipe. For toppings, she suggests laying out a variety of veggies and sauces and letting guests dress their burgers themselves.

Get the Recipe: Julia Child's Pan-Fried Thin Burger

Crispy Tuna-Cake Sliders with Citrus Slaw

Seasoned with fresh parsley, diced celery, cayenne pepper and garlic, and topped with Nadia G.'s tangy Dijon mustard-infused slaw, these tuna-cake sliders may be light, but they're also loaded with flavor.

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Crab Burgers with Frisee Salad

These burgers are like thick, flavorful crab cakes served inside toasty buns with crunchy, fresh frisee and creamy tartar sauce.

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South-of-the-Border Burgers

Add a little Mexican twist to your burgers with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and crumbled queso fresco.

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Kelsey's Breakfast Burger

You can chow down on Kelsey's Breakfast Burger any time of day. The ground pork sausage patties are mixed with maple syrup and then topped with bacon and a fried egg. Plus, it's served on an English muffin with spicy ketchup.

Get the Recipe: Breakfast Burger

Custom Blend Beef Patty Melt with Pimento Cheese

Kelsey tops hefty patties made of ground sirloin and short rib with caramelized onions and her homemade pimento cheese.

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Buffalo Blue Sliders

Heat up your next grill out with Kelsey's cute, spicy burger bites. Top them with her homemade blue cheese dressing and a few celery leaves to round out the buffalo chicken flavors.

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Smoked Bacon Blue Burger with Caramelized Onion Tomato Jam

Sweet, salty and tangy, this burger explodes with sensational flavor.

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BLT Burger with Bacon Mayonnaise

Kelsey takes inspiration from classic BLT sandwiches to create this amazing burger. Candied bacon and bacon mayo elevate it to the next level.

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Hawaiian Bulgogi Burger

Mix rib-eye beef with onion, garlic, soy sauce and ginger root, then top the finished burger with Sriracha mayonnaise, pineapple and two cheeses for a Hawaiian-inspired burger.

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Sweet and Sour Pork Sliders

Try Ching's Chinese-inspired take on an American classic: the slider burger.

Get the Recipe: Sweet and Sour Pork Sliders

Juicy Turkey-Cheddar Burgers

Exploding with flavor and masala spice, these turkey burgers are unlike any you've ever had. For an alternative take, try making them with ground white or dark meat chicken, or ground pork.

Get the Recipe: Juicy Turkey-Cheddar Burgers

Asian Chicken Burger

Kelsey's flavorful chicken burger gets its Asian edge from chili sauce-infused mayo, hoisin- and soy sauce-flavored patties, and pickled Asian slaw with ginger.

Get the Recipe: Asian Chicken Burger with Spicy Lemongrass Mayo and Pickled Asian Slaw

Stuffed Cheesy Portobello Burgers

You will not miss the meat with this flavor-packed cheesy mushroom burger topped with caramelized onions, arugula and garlic aioli.

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Bask in the beefy bliss of this tried-and-true burger. Keep it simple with mayo, lettuce leaves and a slab of tomato for the fix-in's. 

Get the Recipe: Burgers

Cheese Burgers

Alex Guarnaschelli gives her burgers barbecue flair with lean ground brisket, sharp cheddar cheese and a homemade red cabbage slaw.

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Double Onion Ancho Chile Rubbed Cheddar Cheese Burger with Mustard Sauce

Starting with 80/20 ground beef, this burger cranks it up a few notches with the addition of chili powder in the patties and a homemade mustard sauce.

Get the Recipe: Double Onion Ancho Chile Rubbed Cheddar Cheese Burger with Mustard Sauce

Tuna Burgers with Tapenade

Giada likes to sandwich her tuna patties between sliced baguettes, but they work just as well on a seeded bun. Just don't forget the olive and anchovy tapenade — it's to die for.

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Grilled Portobello Burgers

Pair thick grilled portobello mushrooms with a roasted red pepper mayonnaise and all the trimmings, and you've got a burger meaty enough for any carnivore.

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Rocky Mountain Pastrami Burger

Pastrami is only the first tasty twist in Kelsey's beefed-up Rocky Mountain Burger; it also comes smeared with creamy fry sauce and topped with crunchy salt and vinegar potato chips.

Get the Recipe: Rocky Mountain Pastrami Burger

Killer Mushroom Cheese Burgers

These are veggie burgers even carnivores will love, with two grilled portobello mushroom caps stacked on top of each other, sandwiching a surprise cheese filling. Then they're breaded and fried for a decadent veggie treat.

Get the Recipe: Killer Mushroom Cheese Burgers

Pork-Fennel Burger

Fennel, caraway seed and garlic give Mark Bittman's ground pork-shoulder burger a unique flavor profile.

Get the Recipe: Pork-Fennel Burger

Really Simple Bean Burgers

If you think a thick juicy beef burger is the one dish you could never give up, try these bean burgers. As with regular burgers, you've got a choice of cooking method — stovetop or grill — and the flavoring and topping possibilities for these bean burgers are endless.

Get the Recipe: Really Simple Bean Burgers

Five Spice Lamb Burgers with Pickled Cucumber Relish and Five Spice Aioli

Gamey lamb meat gets a flavor infusion from coriander seed, fresh ginger, minced shallot, cucumber relish and Roger Mooking's five spice aioli.

Get the Recipe: Five Spice Lamb Burgers with Pickled Cucumber Relish and Five Spice Aioli

The Perfect Bacon-Mushroom Burger

Ground chuck steak gets topped with grilled portobello mushrooms, thick pieces of smoky pancetta and melted Swiss before being sandwiched between a buttery Kaiser roll.

Get the Recipe: The Perfect Bacon-Mushroom Burger

Hawaiian Burger

Nadia G's Hawaiian burger starts with the classic accoutrements — bacon, pineapple and mozzarella cheese — but she takes it a notch further with chipotle peppers, hot chile flakes and butter challah bread.

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Nate's Bacon Burger

Generous crispy center cut bacon may be the star in these griddled burgers, but don't count out the Thousand Island dressing and homemade Cajun-spiced barbecue sauce.

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Bonus: Hamburger Buns

Skip the store-bought variety and impress your guests with fluffy homemade buns topped with poppy, sesame, and/or caraway seeds and coarse salt.

Get the Recipe: Hamburger Buns