How to Transform Ordinary Burgers Into Gourmet Burgers
Burgers come in all shapes and sizes and range from bland, boring versions to flavorful gourmet burgers that you’ll fall in love with after one bite. We’ve previously talked about what sets a gourmet burger apart from any ordinary burger. Factors include the type of burger patty, the way the patties are flavored, the way the burgers are cooked, and—most importantly—the types of toppings added to the burger.
Whether you’re grilling up some burgers at home or visiting your favorite local burger franchise, here are some great flavor combinations to try to turn any burger into a gourmet creation.
The Classic Gourmet Burgers: Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, and Onion
Yes, crazy toppings can make an ordinary burger into an extraordinary one. However, that’s not to say that the classic toppings can’t make for a great flavor profile. If your burger is made with fresh ingredients, seasoned right, and cooked to perfection, the classic toppings will only serve to enhance and support the existing flavors—rather than overshadowing the burger, itself.
BBQ Bacon Burgers: BBQ Sauce, Bacon, Cheese, and Grilled or Fried Onions.
Nothing says summer quite like a southern-inspired BBQ bacon cheeseburger. To make one of these at home, marinate your burger patty in BBQ sauce for a few hours, grill it, and then top it with bacon, cheese, and grilled or fried onions—depending on your preference.
Breakfast Burgers: Cheese, Bacon, and a Sunny-Side-Up Egg
Whoever decided that bacon and eggs should be reserved for breakfast was doing something wrong. We celebrate these items, and they’re always a welcome addition to our lunch or dinner. Add some cheese, bacon, and a sunny-side-up egg, and even some spicy mayo if you’re up for it to enjoy the taste of breakfast anytime.
California Burgers: All the Classic Toppings and Avocado
California burgers can mean different things no matter where you go, but we love the idea of adding avocado to just about anything. Top your burger with the standard lettuce, tomato, and onions, and finish it with some slices of fresh avocado (or a scoop of guacamole if you have some on hand).
Hawaiian-Inspired Burgers: Lettuce, Tomato, Pineapple, and Sautéed Mushrooms
We love the blend of sweet and savory offered by a Hawaiian-themed burger. Top your burger with the standard lettuce and tomatoes, add some sautéed mushrooms, and finish it with some pineapple (fresh or canned, as-is or grilled). Marinating your burger in teriyaki sauce is a great way to add some extra flavor as well!
Savory Veggie Burgers: Veggie Patty, Lettuce, Tomato, Grilled Onions, & Sautéed Mushrooms
Fresh toppings are always welcome on a veggie burger, but if you’re in the mood for something a little heartier, we recommend topping your creation with some grilled onions and sautéed mushrooms.
Super Spicy Burgers: Spicy Beef, Spicy Mayo, Jalapeños, and Your Choice of Cheese
In the mood for something spicy? Start with a spicy beef like Merguez, smother your bun with spicy mayo, and top it with jalapeños and your choice of cheese. You can also add some hot sauce if you’re feeling extra adventurous!