20 Easy Burger Recipes to Make This Year
These recipes prove that making the perfect burger doesn't have to be difficult. Whether you're in the mood for an all-American classic (like this basic recipe your whole family will love) or something a little more adventurous (Jalapeño Popper-Stuffed Burgers, anyone?), these easy burger recipes are exactly what you're looking for.
The Classic Burger
Sink your teeth into a delicious restaurant-style, hamburger recipe made from lean beef. Skip the prepackaged patties and take the extra time to craft up your own, and that little extra effort will be worth it. To make cheeseburgers, about 1 minute before burgers are done, top with sliced cheese; continue cooking until cheese begins to melt.
Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Burgers
How do you make jalapeño poppers even better? By surrounding them with beef. These jalapeño popper stuffed burgers have tons of cheddar flavor and just the right amount of spice to take things to the edge. Smaller jalapeños work better here, especially since they have a good heat level.
Cajun Burger with Collard Greens and Fried Oysters
If you said you were going to take every Cajun dish and put it on a burger, you may get some crazy looks—until the naysayers took a bite of this full-flavored creation. There’s Andouille in the patty, fried oysters on top, and collard greens to finish it off—no bayou dish left unturned.
Hawaiian Burger with Spam and Pineapple Slaw
Elevate Hawaii’s claims to fame—Spam and pineapple—on this island-inspired burger. Chop freshly grilled pineapple (which adds a caramelized element) for a crunchy cabbage, sesame oil, and jalapeño slaw, and coat Spam in honey and soy sauce before grilling to perfection. The bun of choice? Sweet Hawaiian, of course.
Mexican Chorizo Burger
With a fiery burger (courtesy of fresh Mexican chorizo blended with ground beef sirloin) and Serrano chile salsa, fresh avocado slices, and crumbles of cotija cheese help cool things down. Pair with: Full Sail Brewing Co. Sesión Cerveza. Like a salsa-capped chorizo burger, this light, Mexican-style lager demands to be savored on a hot summer day.
New England Lobster Salad Burger
Classic burger joint, meet New England-style seafood shack. Pile creamy lobster salad on top of thick-cut bacon, a few slices of Vermont cheddar, and a juicy sirloin patty. The final touch? A kaiser roll for the ideal surf-and-turf experience.
Perfect Grilled Burgers
Delightfully charred, juicy, and full of nuance, these burgers are the only ones you will ever want to make. That’s why we named them Perfect.
All-American Grilled Burger
Here’s your blueprint for a crowd-pleasing backyard barbecue burger complete with special sauce. The sauce is no secret here: Crunchy iceberg lettuce and pickles provide crunch and tang, all mixed in with ketchup, mustard, and a little hot sauce for kick.
Smoky Caramelized Onion Burgers
Sometimes we want our grilled beef patties to have just a little more oomph. These burgers deliver exactly that and more. Caramelized onions and garlic go into the ground sirloin mixture to keep the burgers moist, followed by a bold hit of ground cumin and smoked paprika for a jolt of flavor.
World's Best Burger
These succulent burgers can be customized with any toppings you like. Skip the traditional ones listed below, and sub any of the following for a variety of flavor profiles. For a Korean burger: Top with kimchi, gochujang mayonnaise, and fresh cilantro leaves. For a Mexican burger: Top with avocado, pico de gallo, pepper Jack cheese, and chipotle mayonnaise. For a Southern-inspired burger: Top with fried green tomatoes, chow-chow, and pimiento cheese.
Kicky Black Bean Burgers
If you don't have a food processor, you can sub about 2/3 cup plain breadcrumbs for the torn bun.
Juicy Grass-Fed Beef Burgers
In addition to the mayo mixed into the patties, we also stir in caramelized onions to help with juiciness and offer a flavor boost.
Lamb Burgers with Quick Skillet Ketchup
Ok, we know, ground lamb is on the pricier side of the ground meat case. That said, even though lamb is going to be slightly more expensive than comparable options, like ground beef or turkey, it remains one of the most budget-friendly (and least intimidating ways) to satisfy a craving for lamb’s distinctly delicious flavor.
20-Minute Black Bean Burgers
Try using half of a spare whole-grain hamburger bun in place of the bread slice. These burgers also work with any other canned bean variety. Pile it high with red onion, creamy avocado, and a juicy tomato slice.
Black Bean Burgers with Comeback Sauce
What's our secret to a tasty black bean burger? The slow cooker. Slow cook the beans in broth kicked up with smoky bacon and sautéed aromatics, then use them to make these hearty Black Bean Burgers topped with a spicy, smoky sauce.
Turkey Dinner Burgers
Rocking a succulent turkey patty (flavored with traditional turkey day aromatics), a cranberry mayo, pickled green beans, and French’s crispy onions between within potato bun, this burger boasts all the familiar flavors of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner—but packaged in a manageable, handheld entree.
The Best "Beefy" Vegan Burgers
This umami-rich burger is unabashedly attempting to imitate a beef burger in flavor, texture, and appearance. Mushrooms and grains form the bulk of the burger--the mushrooms are tender, and the grains stay firm to give the impression of protein which has been cooked. The fat helps coat the separate elements so that it holds together nicely and isn't piecey like most veggie burgers. The patty absorbs lots of grill flavor to deliver a charred, smokey patty just like a traditional beefy backyard burger.
These top-rated cast-iron burgers prove that you don't have to own a grill to enjoy juicy, amazingly flavorful hamburgers.
Make sure to process the mushrooms just until coarsely chopped (about 4 pulses) so they match the texture of the ground beef. The mushroom mixture will look a little wet in the pan at first; take the time to let as much liquid as possible cook out for a richer patty that will hold its shape when seared in the pan.
Ranch Turkey Burgers
A mix of reduced-fat sour cream, mayonnaise, and buttermilk keeps the patties moist, while a few spice-rack staples add the ranch flavor everyone loves.