23 mouth-watering burger recipes

Build a better burger with these delicious ideas for succulent patties, fresh toppings, and zesty sauces.

New Mexico Green Chile and Frito Burger
Give this Southwest-inspired burger a little kick with some chipotle BBQ mayo and grilled green chiles.

Yield: Serves 4

1 pound ground chuck
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided
2 fresh Hatch or Anaheim chiles (4 oz. total) or 1 can (7 oz.) Hatch or regular green chiles, sliced
4 slices (4 oz.) pepper jack cheese
2 cups Fritos
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons chipotle barbecue sauce
4 kaiser rolls, split

1. Heat grill to medium (350° to 450°). Mix ground chuck, salt, and pepper in a large bowl until just combined (do not overmix). Divide into 4 portions and form into 1/2-in. patties with a slight depression in the center of each to help them cook evenly. Brush with 1 tsp. oil.
2. Rub fresh chiles with remaining 1 tsp. oil. Grill over high heat, turning often, until blackened, about 4 minutes. Cover with a towel to steam, about 10 minutes. When cool, rub off skins, then stem, seed, and slice chiles into strips.
3. Grill burgers until cooked the way you like, about 7 minutes for medium. In last few minutes, lay a cheese slice on each burger and lay split rolls on grill.
4. Arrange burgers on bottom of buns and top with one-quarter of chiles and Fritos. Mix mayonnaise and barbecue sauce and dollop about 2 tsp. onto each burger. Set tops of rolls in place.

Ultimate Burger

Tyler Florence's burgers are extra juicy and flavorful because they're made with brisket, but chuck works too (don't use extra-lean meat or the burgers will be dry).
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Northwest Crabcake Burger
Top this luscious crabcake patty with a Portland pickle mayo and fresh herbs for a tangy and satisfying bite.
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Hawaiian Pig-Out Burger
For a taste of the tropics, top this burger with a combination of sweet and salty spam and pineapple. Finish it with some grilled Maui onion. You can use a grilled Hawaiin sandwich roll for the bun or thick slices from a Hawaiin sweet bread loaf.
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Idaho Lamb Burger
For a tasty twist on a lamb burger, try stacking it with crispy potato chive cakes and Idaho mustard spread. We used Idaho's Lava Lake lamb (lavalakelamb.com) and Lark's Meadow Farms Dulcinea, a Basque-style raw sheep's-milk cheese, also from Idaho (larksmeadowfarms.com).
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