The first hamburger showed up on New York menu in 1826, and the classic burger - a thick, juicy beef patty surrounded by a fluffy white bun -- has been an enduring American favorite ever since. The basic burger recipe is simple: Work the meat (at least 15 percent fat) as little as possible, use plenty of salt to season, and cook on a very hot surface to achieve that dark, caramelized crust we all crave (a grill is ideal for this). Making a turkey burger, a veggie burger? Follow the same principles. Toppings are up to you, of course, though it's hard to beat the classic combo of sweet, tangy ketchup and old-fashioned yellow mustard.
Sweet onions provide the bulls-eye inside these savory beef burgers.
Italian salad dressing adds flavor to these simple beef burgers.
These glazed turkey burgers are a good alternative to beef burgers when you want a lower fat option.
Beef and shrimp are a perfect pair in these delicious grilled burgers.
Ham and cheese top seasoned beef burgers for this unique sandwich.
This five-ingredient pork burger recipe is ready in a flash. For maximum flavor, the burgers are served in onion rolls with pepper-jack cheese, pimentos and mayonnaise.
For these grilled burgers, mix ground beef with lemon zest, sun-dried tomatoes, herbs, and hot peppers. Stack on bus and layer with fresh greens.
Think of this loose meat sandwich as a spiced-up version of the classic Sloppy Joe.
Top this two-fisted hamburger with a slice of mozzarella cheese, fresh basil leaves, and the red sweet pepper relish.
If you already love a classic burger, melt a slice of cheddar or Swiss to make it irresistible.
Honey and mustard glaze the onion slices as they grill in a foil packet alongside these delicious burgers.
What makes a burger great? You decide with this basic recipe and several flavorful variations, including stuffed and topped.
Burgers grilled indoors take on an outdoor flavor from the smoked cheese mixed in the patties. Watch the timing; cheese can burn.
You don't need a charcoal grill to develop a nice crust on your burgers. Sear on cast iron instead for a similar result inside.
The all-American hamburger takes an Asian turn when you add soy sauce, garlic and ginger.