Our Best Burger Recipes for All of Your Summer Cookouts
Looking back on your favorite summer memories, a few things probably come to mind—a splash in the pool, a lazy day at the beach, a family adventure, or the first bite of a juicy, char-grilled burger. Burgers are synonymous with grilling, and we're all about grilling as much as possible when the weather permits. Hot dogs can feel boring quick, and barbecue chicken is something you can make in your oven, but there are so many different ways to prepare a burger. Since they're one of the most straightforward recipes in a home cook's arsenal, you'll want to make these burgers all year long.
If you think about it, there's just about a million different ways to top a hamburger—even the most outlandish pairings can work for some. If you're looking for the tried and true flavor profiles, classic combos like grilled peppers and onions or pickles, lettuce, and tomato, are top of mind. When creating a beef burger, it's important to find a cut of beef that's leaner: try finding ground chuck that's 80 percent lean, and 20 percent fat. You'll enjoy a juicy profile without too much grease—and if texture is important to you, you'll want to skip pre-made or frozen patties altogether. Your patties should be about four inches wide, which may seem a tad large, until you remember that burgers will shrink significantly when cooked.
Don't let your creativity stop at beef, either—some of our favorite burgers feature tender patties of lamb, chicken, turkey, and pork. Our Greek-inspired lamb burgers, which are topped with a serious punch of parsley and bathed in yogurt-feta sauce, are a perfect example of how alternative meats can inspire a fresh take on burger night. And don't forget plant-based recipes, too: Hearty veggies like sweet potatoes and black beans make for amazing burgers that sing with flavor after being tossed on the grill.
We're sharing all of our favorite burgers, from vegetarian options to savory beef classics, that will keep you coming back for more all season long.
Grilled Lamb Burgers with Yogurt-Feta Sauce
Greek Turkey Burgers
California-Style Veggie Burgers
Classic Burger-Joint Cheeseburger
The key to mastering these diner-style patties is not overworking the meat. For extra tang, add a thin spread of mayo to the buns before toasting them on the grill.
Green-Chile Chicken Burgers
Green-Pea Burgers with Harissa Mayo
Sausage-and-Mushroom Burgers with Broccoli Rabe
Curry-Spiced Veggie Burgers
Sometimes a slider is all you need! These diminutive burgers have all the traditional fixings and are the perfect excuse to serve diner food at your next party.
Gingery Salmon Burgers
Red-Bean Burgers with Avocado and Lime
Double-Portobello Burgers with Roasted Tomatoes
Easy Veggie Burgers
Smoky Salmon Burgers with Grainy Mustard
Pork Burgers with Peppers
Charred-Eggplant and Beef Burgers
Yes, you can use English muffins as hamburger buns! They're the ideal vehicles for serving these turkey patties enriched with ground bacon and topped with Swiss cheese, tomatoes, avocado, and lettuce.
Mashed kidney beans are combined with quinoa, feta, and parsley to make these delicious protein-packed veggie burgers. Gussy them up with grainy mustard, tender grilled onions, and pleasantly bitter radicchio.
Bistro Sliders with Pickled Onions
Lemongrass Pork Burgers
Thai chiles and fish sauce, together with lemongrass, give these lean pork burgers a Southeast Asian flavor. Enjoy on crisp Boston lettuce leaves instead of buns and serve with cucumber wedges to refresh your palate between bites.