Best Burger Recipes

These recipes are the best of the best of whatever burger recipe you're looking forSummer's almost here and that means it's time for some grilling. While there are so many different dishes to cook outdoors, there's one that wins the popularity contest year after year - yes, we're talking about big, fat, juicy burgers. If you're like us, then as soon as the charcoal's been lit and your apron's tied on, you're obsessing over what beef blend you're going to use, what cheese to top it with, and most importantly, what condiments you'll use to finish it off.

Because burgers evoke such crazy and obsessive reactions, we've decided to pay them the attention they deserve and compile a list of the 50 best burger recipes for you to try this summer. Whether you're a meat lover, a vegetarian, or an adventurous cook, we've searched high and low to round up the best burger recipes for you, and ranked them in terms of taste, technique, and ingenuity.

We've hand-picked recipes that come from all walks of culinary life - including cookbooks, professional chefs, and home cooks. There are burger recipes that will help you stretch your experimental legs in the kitchen, top-selling and award-winning recipes from popular restaurants and celebrated chefs, and recipes that'll keep you on track with your healthy diet.

To create this list of the 50 best burgers, we didn't just pick any random 50 to present to you. We started with hundreds of recipes and combed through each and every one of them to separate the wheat from the chaff. All of these recipes are unique and special to us for various reasons, whether it's the ingredients they use or the techniques used to cook them. Some recipes were selected because of the condiments and garnishes used to finish them, even if the technique of making the burger was not cutting-edge, and others were chosen because of how detailed and exact their method for cooking the burgers is. Some recipes caught our eye because of how deliberate the meat blend was - like finding the perfect balance of meat-to-fat in ground lamb for superior flavor and mouthfeel - and others were picked because of how innovative and appealing their special sauces were. Once we had our recipes, we inspected them thoroughly, tweaking instructions and ingredients, to ensure that they are the best of the best of the burger recipes out there.


Credit: 25 DegreesNumber One Burger
Located in Hollywood, 25 Degrees knows their burgers - the name is meant to signify the temperature difference between a medium-rare and well-done burger. Their Number One burger is, you guessed it, the number one burger served at the iconic and classic burger joint, and chef Tim Goodells shared the recipe with us.

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Credit: Wicked Good BurgersAll-American Double Bison Cheeseburger
The authors of Wicked Good Burgers justify this All-American recipe by saying "if one of something is good, two is better, right?" We couldn't agree more. They use their "smash" technique to create a juicy, crispy crust for their bison burgers by adding balls of the meat mixture to the pan and gently smashing them into patties with their spatula.

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Credit: BigRedKitchenWhite Castle Slider
Originated in 1921, the White Castle slider is said to be the first burger ever created when founder Walt Anderson flattened a ball of meat on his griddle to get it to cook faster. We can't deny our love for a beef patty topped with onions and a pickle, so we had to include it on our list, and this recipe is our very own creation of the fast-food icon.

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Credit: Wicked Good BurgersTortilla-Wrapped New Mexican Chile Burger
How could we not include this genius creation on our best burgers list? While the sight of it alone caught our attention, it wasn't until we tried it that we realized how truly special this burger creation is. A green chile relish is the perfect topping to a flavorful burger patty topped with a slice of cheese. We agree with authors Andy Husbands, Chris Hart, and Andrew Pyenson of Wicked Good Burgers when they recommend not to eat one every day, though.

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Credit: Absolutely AvocadosCheesebellied Guacamole Turkey Burger
As much as we hate to insult the healthy white meat, sometimes a turkey burger needs a little help in the taste department, which is exactly what Gaby Dalkins, author of Absolutely Avocados,did with this recipe. Her bacon-cotija guacamole is the perfect, flavorful complement to the juicy turkey burgers, and we're convinced that we'll be using it for a lot more than our burgers.

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- Anne Dolce, The Daily Meal