Great Burgers Galore! — Best of the Blogs
Juicy, tender, sizzling, mouthwatering — you don’t need more than a few choice words to know what we’re talking about: burgers! There are countless ways to slap meat between two slices of bread and call it a meal, but there’s just something irresistible about a juicy, tender patty sizzling on the grill and cooked to mouthwatering perfection.
Sure we love a good pulled-pork sandwich, a slab of baby back ribs or a thick steak. But if summer grilling is synonymous with one thing, it’s hamburgers, plain and simple. Or not … plain and simple, that is. Because when it comes to burgers, there’s no end to the quest for the perfect one.
We’ve scoured our favorite food blogs and collected just those burger recipes that made us want to … well, stop scouring food blogs and start firing up the grill. So before you settle for patting out just another round of ground chuck patties, may we suggest…
Katie Goodman, the woman behind Good Life Eats, created this Fajita Burger with Peppers, Onions and Guacamole after she endured a rather dismal fajita burger at a fast-food joint she demurely declines to name. Salsa, Worcestershire sauce, cumin, chili powder and cilantro — that just what gets mixed into the patties, folks! Sautéed peppers and guacamole do the rest.
Of course, there’s a reason the number one fast-food in America is the burger — we tend to want our burgers NOW! But one look at the Smoked Brisket Burgers over at Pass the Sushi got us thinking that home-ground brisket long smoked to give it that rich flavor might just well be worth the wait.
What soup would make a good burger? It never would have dawned on us to answer, “French onion.” Thank goodness Kristin Porter at Iowa Girl Eats made the connection. These little sliders are big on taste: stuffed with cheese and topped with caramelized sweet onion — just the thought of them makes us kind of giddy.
Burger-chain ads aside, who says that the best burgers are made from all ground beef? A mix of ground beef and ground pork makes for a wonderfully juicy burger, as demonstrated by this classic recipe from Recipe.com’s sister site, Better Recipes.
A Communal Table’s beef-and-pork burgers get their distinctive flair from Cuba — a hearty dash of sofrito spices the patties, while lime mayonnaise adds a cool, citrus touch.
Or you can forgo the beef altogether. A couple bloggers piqued our curiosity (not to mention our appetites) with their versions of lamb burgers. First up, Jaden Hair at Steamy Kitchen serves up this amazingly simple (and amazingly decadent) Lamb Burger with Brie and Quick Pickled Red Onions. Melted Brie on lamb … need we say more?
We were just as intrigued by Chef John’s Lamb Moussaka Burgers at Food Wishes, where he takes classic Greek moussaka in all it’s seductive spiciness (onion, cumin, cinnamon, oregano, garlic … you get our drift) and turns it into a big old burger complete with that cheesy sauce.
As for the ever-more-popular turkey burger — well, we’ve often been of the mindset that if we eat a (healthy) turkey sandwich for lunch, that just means we can justifiably indulge in a big beef burger for dinner. But even amid contemplating the joys of ground beef (or lamb or pork), Food Blogga’s eminently appealing Turkey Burger with Apples, Gruyere and Sage Mayo gave us pause — a long, longing pause. She says it’s the turkey burger that changed her life, and we can believe her.
When we’re talking about burgers, most often we’re talking about what’s in the middle of the bun. And while we doubt very much that a good bun can make a bad burger great, it just might be that all great burgers are served on great buns. Baking your own fresh-from-the-oven buns is easier than it sounds, as Better Recipes points out.
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