Brace yourself -- burger season is upon us. But before you pull out that charcoal, take a minute to consider the array of options. Don't get us wrong, we love to keep it simple (this classic old-fashioned cheeseburger, recipe below, is right up our alley). But if you're feeling feisty, take a look at our favorite seasoning combos to inspire your summer BBQ plans.
Get exotic. Add some Middle Eastern flair to your grill with these Lamb Burgers. The unexpected hit of cumin and coriander will leave you craving more.
Get game-time flavor. Can't make it out to the ballpark? Channel your favorite sausage and pepper sandwich with these fennel-packed Pork Burgers with Peppers.
Get spicy! When jalepeno and Monterrey Jack go into your patties, you can't go wrong. Make these ultra-juicy Southwestern Turkey Burgers -- you won't regret it.
Get cheesy. Nothing compliments beef like horseradish and worcestershire sauce. Try these Cheddar-Horseradish Burgers and we're sure you'll agree.
Get into seasonings. Classic Indian seasonings like cardamom and ginger take these Tandoori-Style Chicken Burgers over the edge. Served in pitas or on buns, they're sure to wow.
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1 pound ground beef chuck (20 percent fat)
4 teaspoons softened butter
4 hamburger buns, split
Coarse salt and ground pepper
4 slices melting cheese, such as American or mild cheddar
Toppings, such as shredded iceberg lettuce, pickle chips, thinly sliced red onion, mustard, ketchup, and mayonnaise
1. Heat broiler. Divide beef into 4 rounds and place each between two layers of plastic wrap. Using a rolling pin, roll beef into 1/4-inch-thick patties. Butter inside of each bun. Place on a baking sheet, buttered side up, and toast under broiler.
2. Heat a large cast-iron skillet or griddle over high. Generously season patties on both sides with salt and pepper. Working in batches, cook burgers 1 to 2 minutes. Flip and top each with cheese; cover and cook 1 to 2 minutes more. Place burgers on buns and serve with desired toppings.
Cook's Note: Beef chuck with 20 percent fat makes for juicy burgers. The meat shrinks as it cooks, so form it into wide patties.
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