Ah, the burger; the quintessential, all-American grilling staple. While burgers are a favorite summertime grilling choice, they’re delicious any time of year. Some grillers may be content just mushing up a beef patty and tossing it onto the grill, but why settle for just ordinary? Check out these five easy and mouth-watering recipes that will put you in grilled burger heaven. These recipes can work with ground beef, turkey or chicken patties:
1. Easy Onion Burgers
So easy but so delicious, grilled onion burgers are bursting with rich, savory flavor. To make this flavorful burger, simply stir an envelope of dry onion soup mix into about 1.5 lbs. of ground meat before forming the patties. Grill as desired. Try using barbecue sauce in place of of ketchup to add even more flavor.
2. Bacon-Wrapped Cheddar Burgers
Few would deny that burgers and bacon are a match made in heaven. To create these masterpieces, wrap each burger patty with 2 or 3 bacon strips before grilling. Press the bacon firmly into the patty so it stays on the burger while grilling. When your burgers are just about all the way cooked, top them off with a thick slice of sharp cheddar cheese. Cover and grill a few more minutes until the cheese is melted to perfection.
3. The California Burger
Start by adding just a bit of salt and pepper to the ground meat before forming your patties. Grill as desired. Top your finished burger with leaf lettuce, onion, a vine-ripened or beefsteak tomato slice and fresh avocado or guacamole. Spread a bit of mayonnaise or ranch dressing on the bun and serve with ketchup, mustard and a side of pickle.
4. Hawaiian Burger
Add just a few splashes of soy sauce and a bit of garlic powder to your meat before forming the burger patties. Grill to perfection. Serve your burgers topped with a grilled slice of ripe pineapple and peach hot sauce and/or mango salsa.
5. Greek Feta Burgers
These burgers will have your guests shouting, “Opa!” Chop up some fresh basil and add to your burger meat; crumble feta cheese into it as well before forming your burger patties. Serve your grilled burgers in a pita shell garnished with lettuce, onion, tomato and fresh tzaziki cucumber sauce if desired.
These five grilled burger recipes are sure to keep your grill busy year-round and have your friends and family coming back for more. Bon appetit!