Burger Boosters: Epic Recipes to Spice Up Your Burgers


It’s halfway through summer and like most grill-friendly families, you’re probably suffering from burger burnout. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. Tempt yourself with these unique and creative burger recipes.

Canyon Creek Burger

It’s a burger smothered in cheese, bacon, jalapenos, and a runny egg. What’s not to like? This hangover killer from food blog Iowa Girl Eats has a twist though – it comes topped with grape jelly. Is it breakfast? Is it lunch? Who knows? Who cares? It’s delicious.

What you need:

  • 2 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 fresh jalapenos, sliced
  • 1 lb 90/10 ground beef
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup freshly shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 lb bacon (4 slices), crisped
  • 4 eggs
  • blackberry jam or grape jelly
  • 4 buns

What to do:

  1. Heat oil in a large cast-iron or heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Carefully add jalapenos then fry until golden brown, 1-2 minutes, flipping once. (It is helpful to place a splatter screen on top of the skillet.) Remove jalapenos to a paper towel-lined plate to drain, then sprinkle lightly with salt.
  2. Season ground beef liberally with salt and pepper then shape into 4 patties. Add patties to skillet then cook for 3 minutes, or until golden brown on one side. Flip, then cook for 3 more minutes, or until golden brown on the other side. Heap 1/4 cup shredded cheese on top of each patty then place a large lid on top of the skillet and let cheese melt slightly. Remove skillet from heat.
  3. Meanwhile, heat another large skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with nonstick spray then crack in 4 eggs. Season the tops of the eggs with salt and pepper then cook for 2 minutes. Place a lid on top then cook for another 1-2 minutes, or until top is no longer runny. Remove skillet from heat.
  4. Place cheeseburgers on bottom bun then top with bacon, egg, fried jalapenos, and jam or jelly, then serve.

BARBEQUED MAPLE BALSAMIC BURGER WITH SHARP CHEDDAR CHEESE

This burger is made to impress. Prove to the world that you’re a culinary ninja with this killer recipe from Adventures in Cooking.

What you need:

  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 small onion, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 soft pretzel buns
  • 5 leaves of romaine lettuce
  • 5 slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup quality ketchup
  • 2 tbsp hickory smoking chips (optional)
  • 4 1/2 tsp Devo Maple Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil, for brushing the grill
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • charcoal briquettes for the barbecue

What to do:

  1. In a large bowl, mix the egg and ground beef until blended. Add the cumin, salt, pepper, minced garlic, and 2 teaspoons of the maple balsamic vinegar, and mix until evenly combined. Cover the ground beef mixture with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator to marinate for 3 hours.
  2. Using a fork or a small whisk, blend together the ketchup and the remaining 2 1/2 teaspoons of maple balsamic vinegar until completely combined. Set aside.
  3. Lightly brush the grill with the vegetable oil to help keep the onions and patties from sticking to it. Place the onion slices on the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove them and set aside on a plate lined with paper towels for later.
  4. Sprinkle the hickory chips on the coals along the edge of the grill. Immediately place the patties on the grill, cover it, and make sure the holes on the lid are open so the coals can breathe. Cook the patties for about 4-5 minutes, flip them, then place a slice of cheddar cheese on each one, and allow them to cook 4-5 minutes more. Remove the patties and set them aside on a plate. Toast the buns on the grill for about 2 minutes.
  5. To assemble the burgers, spread 1 teaspoon of the maple balsamic ketchup on the inside of the top and bottom buns. Place the patty on top of the bottom bun, then the grilled onion, then the romaine lettuce. Top it with the top bun and serve immediately.

 Paul Bunyan Burger

This gut buster from Taste of Home isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s a mammoth mixture of cheese, bacon, burger meat, and seasonings. Luckily, it’s quick to prepare and promises to satisfy even the hungriest of folks.

What you need:

  • 6 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 3 thin onion slices
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp prepared horseradish
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3 slices processed American cheese
  • 3 hamburger buns, split

What to do:

  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels. Sauté the mushrooms and onion in the bacon drippings until tender. Transfer to a large bowl with a slotted spoon; add bacon.
  2. In another bowl, combine the egg, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, salt, pepper, and horseradish; sprinkle beef into the mixture and mix well. Shape into six 1/4-in.-thick patties.
  3. Top three patties with the bacon mixture. Top each with a cheese slice; fold in corners of cheese. Top with remaining patties; seal edges.
  4. Grill, uncovered, over medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes a side or until a meat thermometer reads 160° and meat juices run clear. Serve on buns.

Cream Cheese Stuffed Garlic Burgers

It’s the perfect combination of flavors. This burger from Food.com will satisfy any craving. Melty cheese? Check. Savory meats? Check.

 What you need:

  • 2 lbs hamburger meat
  • 10 tbsp instant minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 6 oz cream cheese with garlic and herbs

What to do:

  1. Put hamburger meat in a bowl and add garlic, salt, and pepper.
  2. Mix together with your hands until just blended.
  3. Make 12 patties, each no more than 1 inch thick.
  4. Spread cream cheese on top of 6 patties, approximately 1 oz per patty.
  5. Place the remaining patties on top of the cream cheese and seal the ends all the way around with your fingers.
  6. Grill on high to your desired taste (about 8-10 minutes).
  7. Note: It takes a little longer than normal for the meat to cook inside because of the cream cheese.

Maui Wowi Burger

The Maui Wowi burger from Fitness Food Diva is a Hawaiian flavored mountain of meat. Pineapple on top of hot dog on top of burger. Totally awesome, and easy to prepare.

What you need:

  • One package sirloin hamburger patties
  • One package turkey patties
  • One package chicken sausages, hot dogs, or bratwurst cut in half vertically
  • One package Kings Hawaiian Sweet hamburger buns
  • 6 slices fresh pineapple

What to do:

  1. Pre-heat grill.
  2. Spray with non-stick grill spray.
  3. BBQ all meat until no longer pink or to desired degree of doneness and remove from grill.
  4. Place pineapple on grill and cook on both sides for about 3 minutes (or until nice grill marks appear).
  5. Place buns on grill and cook face down for approximately 3 minutes, just until slightly toasted.
  6. Dress bottom bun with desired condiments and stack; hamburger, hot dog, then pineapple and top with bun.

No matter which way you stack it, adding some flair to this summer staple will keep things interesting and keep your friends and family crowding around the grill asking for seconds.