Burgers Recipes

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 <a href="/recipes/burgers/turkey/">turkey burger</a>, a <a href="/recipes/burgers/chicken/>chicken burger</a>, or even a <a href="/recipes/burgers/veggie/">veggie burger</a>? 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.

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Southwestern Beef & Bean Burger Wraps

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Kids and adults alike will love these quick, zippy burgers. The beans make the burgers a little fragile, so be careful when taking them off the broiler pan. Make it a meal: Serve a green salad and frozen mango slices for dessert.

Southwestern Beef & Bean Burger Wraps

Spanish Pork Burgers

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This Spanish-themed burger is boldly flavored with sauteed onions (which keep it moist), paprika, garlic and green olives. The creamy mayonnaise spread is tangy with lemon and a hint of earthy saffron.

Spanish Pork Burgers

Smoky Buffalo Burger

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Here we flavor sweet, beefy buffalo (bison) with smoked cheese and smoky barbecue. Instead of melted on top, cheese is used here to season the meat--adding moisture and smoky flavor inside the burger. Wild rice bulks up the serving size (and adds vitamins and minerals), while keeping it lean. Plus the flavor and chewy texture are a wonderful complement to the meat. If you can't find buffalo in your store, substitute 90%-lean ground beef.

Smoky Buffalo Burger

Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Burgers

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These tasty turkey burgers, served on toasted focaccia and dressed with marinara sauce, are reminiscent of a sausage pizza. Shredded mozzarella combined with fresh basil melts beautifully inside these gems.

Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Turkish Lamb Pita Burgers

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Heavy on exotic spices, this decadent sandwich is a great way to familiarize yourself with the joys of Turkish cooking. Lean turkey blended with lamb lightens the mix. Stuff the patties into warm pita bread or roll the mixture into meatballs and serve with the yogurt sauce on the side as an hors d'oeuvre.

Turkish Lamb Pita Burgers

"Fajita" Burgers

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This spicy burger is served on an oblong roll, slathered with a spicy chipotle mayonnaise and topped with roasted Anaheim peppers and a delicious slaw.

"Fajita" Burgers

Crab Cake Burgers

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These burgers have a true crab flavor that isn't masked by fillers or strong seasoning. Serve on a bun with tartar sauce or with a lemon-juice-dressed salad of greens, sprouts and sliced peaches. This recipe works best with convenient pasteurized crabmeat, usually found in the refrigerated case near the fish counter. If you prefer lump crabmeat, cut it into small, uniform pieces.

Crab Cake Burgers

Lentil & Almond Burgers

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These vegetarian burgers are just the thing for a summery picnic, on buns or on their own with sliced tomatoes and relish. Or try them with roasted potatoes and roasted broccoli. Use a wide spatula to flip the delicate patties.

Lentil & Almond Burgers

Cranberry & Herb Turkey Burgers

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Our usual problem with turkey burgers is the dry, chewy texture of the cooked meat. The usual solution is to add fat, but a little sauteed onion, dried cranberries and soaked couscous work even better without larding down this healthy main course. With sage and thyme, call it a summery answer to Thanksgiving dinner. If you like, serve with homemade Blueberry Ketchup.

Cranberry & Herb Turkey Burgers

Salmon Burgers with Green Goddess Sauce

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The key to perfect salmon burgers is to handle the fish delicately: don't overseason, overhandle or overcook it. Cutting the salmon into small pieces by hand takes a little while, but you want it in tender little bits. Serve over a bed of salad greens with the Green Goddess Sauce dolloped on top or as a traditional burger using the sauce as a spread for the bun.

Salmon Burgers with Green Goddess Sauce

Cherry Burgers

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Mixing dried cherries into ground beef reduces fat and increases antioxidants. Serve the burgers with your favorite garnishes.

Cherry Burgers

Inside-Out Cheeseburgers

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Why put the cheese on top of the burger when half of it just melts off--Instead, form the burger around the cheese so you can char the meat and safeguard the more delicate flavors. Use any mixture of hard or semihard cheeses-Emmentaler and Gouda or Asiago and Parmigiano-Reggiano also pair well.

Inside-Out Cheeseburgers

Wasabi Salmon Burgers

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Bring out the flavors of salmon with a Japanese-inspired infusion of ginger, sesame oil and wasabi. If you serve these patties on whole-wheat buns, consider reduced-fat mayonnaise and sliced cucumbers as condiments. Or skip the buns and set the patties atop a vinegary salad of greens, carrots, radishes and sprouts.

Wasabi Salmon Burgers

Portobello & Beef Patty Melt

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This diner classic gets a makeover by replacing some of the ground beef with finely chopped portobello mushrooms, which add moisture and flavor. We like a smear of pickle relish on top, but you could try chutney, mustard or hot pepper relish in its place. Make it a Meal: Round out the plate with Oven Sweet Potato Fries and Balsamic & Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower.

Portobello & Beef Patty Melt

Middle Eastern Burgers

From EatingWell

Exotic-tasting spices and chopped prunes give Middle Eastern flair to these truly succulent burgers. Serve with Yogurt-Garlic Sauce, slices of ripe tomato, lettuce and sharp red onion.

Middle Eastern Burgers

Asian Turkey Burgers

From EatingWell

Hoisin sauce gives these burgers a juicy texture, while ginger and garlic provide a burst of flavor, and water chestnuts deliver an appealing crunch. Serve them over tender greens or on toasted whole-wheat buns.

Asian Turkey Burgers

Greek Bison Burgers

From EatingWell

Feta and spinach not only add great flavor to these Greek-inspired burgers, but also provide moisture and texture to lean ground bison. The yogurt sauce is a perfect condiment, with much less fat than regular mayonnaise.

Greek Bison Burgers

Mediterranean Portobello Burger

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This mushroom sandwich comes topped with a luscious Greek-style salad. Make it a meal: Serve with cucumber spears and a glass of Firestone Gewurztraminer.

Mediterranean Portobello Burger

Spicy Turkey Burgers with Pickled Onions

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Spicy Southwest flavors pair with sweet and tangy pickled red onions to create a standout turkey burger. If you're used to having your burgers made of beef with plenty of melted cheese on top, don't worry. You won't be disappointed. Serve with corn on the cob and sweet potato fries.

Spicy Turkey Burgers with Pickled Onions

Mediterranean Burgers

From EatingWell

These high-fiber veggie burgers get added body and a pleasant mild flavor from millet, a nutrition powerhouse. They get their spectacular punch from Olive Ketchup and feta cheese.

Mediterranean Burgers

Curried Cashew Burgers

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If you're looking for a veggie burger with a great "meaty" feel, these are the ones to try. The secret is toasted cashews, which give them amazing flavor as well as texture. The red lentils cook surprisingly fast, keeping the active time brief.

Curried Cashew Burgers

Southwestern Pumpkin Burgers

From EatingWell

Colorful, spicy and fragrant, these delicious burgers are right in style with the contemporary fondness for Southwestern foods, especially when served with Fresh Tomato Salsa.

Southwestern Pumpkin Burgers

Turkey-Mushroom Burgers

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Ground turkey is the standard lean alternative to ground beef - and a good one - but burgers made from it can be dry and bland. These turkey burgers are particularly moist and flavorful because mushrooms are used to extend the ground meat.

Turkey-Mushroom Burgers

Blueberry-Beef Burgers

From EatingWell

Whatever the season, burgers remain America's favorite sandwich. When it is too cold to grill outdoors, broil the patties or use an indoor grill. In addition to the standard fixings--ketchup, salsa, onions and tomatoes--make your burgers more nutritious by adding dark greens, such as watercress or spinach.

Blueberry-Beef Burgers

Chickpea Burgers & Tahini Sauce

From EatingWell

Rather than a heavy, fried falafel, here's an updated version of this pocket sandwich: a light chickpea patty served in a whole-wheat pita with a flavorful but light tahini sauce.

Chickpea Burgers & Tahini Sauce

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