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.
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.
Italian salad dressing adds flavor to these simple beef burgers.
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.
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.
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.
For more pizza flavor, spoon a little pizza sauce over these mozzarella-topped beef burgers.
A frita is by definition "a small burger." This simple recipe is sassied up with a spread of mayonnaise and hot pimenton.
Burgers grilled indoors take on an outdoor flavor from the smoked cheese mixed in the patties. Watch the timing; cheese can burn.
A quick recipe to prepare, slices of pork dipped in a nut mixture give these miniature sandwiches a crunchy texture. A fruity broccoli slaw tops them off.