This summer I'm determined to step up my burger game. It's time to branch out from my standard piece of Swiss (or sometimes cheddar), slice of tomato, onion and pickles. Not that those aren't great toppings. They are, they're classics. They're just lacking in the creativity department.
Here are seven toppings that get a little more creative, a little more fancy — like a burger you'd find gracing the menu at a swanky (but still legit) burger joint.
The next time you make burgers (over the holiday weekend, perhaps?), up your game with any of these mouthwatering topping combos!
1. Tomato Jam
If tomatoes are one of your burger staples, skip the sliced beefsteaks and spread on a layer of tomato jam, instead.
2. Fried Egg
Put an egg on it! Because, really, is there anything you can't put an egg on?!
→ Try this: Burger + fried egg, crispy bacon, frisee and aioli
3. Caramelized Onions
Deep brown, rich caramelized onions are savory, yet slightly sweet and completely luxurious. A spoonful or two will transform your burger into something truly magical.
→ Try this: Burger + caramelized onions, goat cheese and sauteed mushroooms
4. BBQ Sauce
Make a burger where the sauce is the star of the show!
→ Try this: Burger + bbq sauce, gouda, grilled pineapple and red onion
5. Blue Cheese
The stinkier, the better! Use it as a topping or stuff the inside of your burger with blue cheese before throwing it on the grill.
→ Try this: Burger + blue cheese, arugula and mushrooms
If you're up something adventurous, this is for you!
→ Try this: Burger + kimchi and spicy mayo
Pesto, especially my favorite basil variety, is a summer staple. If you haven't ever added it to your burger, now is the time.
→ Try this: Burger + basil pesto, fresh mozzarella and sundried tomatoes
What are your favorite burger toppings?
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