5 Unexpectedly Awesome Burger Recipes for Your Memorial Day Cookout

posted: 05/26/17
by: Blythe Copeland
Summer Family BBQ

If your burger routine is more of a rut -- nothing but ketchup, mustard, relish, onions, pickles, and lettuce every time -- start your summer with an upgraded gourmet burger made with unexpected ingredients: Coffee rubs, grilled pineapple, pickled carrots, fresh pears, cool cucumbers, candied walnuts, fried eggs, and more.

BBQ Burger
The Chunky Chef

1. Coffee-Rubbed Burgers with Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce

Give your burgers a little extra oomph by incorporating two energy-boosting beverages: coffee and Dr. Pepper soda. The homemade sauce on these coffee-rubbed burgers from The Chunky Chef http://www.thechunkychef.com/coffee-rubbed-burgers-with-dr-pepper-bbq-sauce/ is tomato-based, but three tablespoons of brewed coffee add richness, while half a can of Dr. Pepper help sweeten it. Add a DIY seasoning rub -- made with ground coffee, paprika, brown sugar, and coriander -- to the outside of the burger patties, top with bacon and arugula, and serve on thick Pretzel buns.

Blue Cheese Burger
Foodness Gracious

2. Grilled Pear Burger with Blue Cheese

If it's never occurred to you to add fruit to your hamburger, this grilled pear burger with blue cheese from Foodness Gracious is a tasty way to start. The creamy blue cheese, sweet fruit, and tangy arugula add balanced flavor to a burger patty, and the gourmet upgrades -- homemade onion relish, bacon covered in crushed candied walnuts -- will make you feel like you're eating a chef-prepared restaurant burger at home.

Banh Mi Burger
Little Spice Jar

3. Banh Mi Burgers with Spicy Sriracha Mayo

Banh mi burgers from Little Spice Jar are inspired by the traditional meat sandwiches, which incorporate pickled vegetables, sriracha sauce, and herbs on a baguette. To copy the technique for a burger, add homemade sriracha mayonnaise, pickled carrots and daikon, fresh cucumbers, and cilantro, then serve it on a rich buttermilk bun.

Teryaki Turkey Burger
Recipe Runner

4. Teriyaki Turkey Burgers with Grilled Pineapple and Onions

The sweet-and-spicy tang of homemade teriyaki sauce in these turkey burgers from Recipe Runner is balanced by light, juicy grilled pineapple and sliced red onions; then topped with a cool and creamy dressing made with avocado, Greek yogurt, lime juice, and honey; and served on crunchy toasted hamburger buns.

Green Chile Burger
Food and Wine

5. Green Chile Burgers with Fried Eggs

Green chile burgers with fried eggs from Food & Wine are deceptively simple: They require only a few ingredients, but the end result feels fancier than the usual burger. Grill four beef patties and top with blue cheese, then add a fried egg -- cooked for about four minutes -- to each. The only condiment you'll need is green chile relish which you can make up to three days ahead of time.