Our Best Burger Recipes
New England Lobster Salad Burger
Burger joint meets Cape-style seafood shack when creamy lobster salad collides with thick-cut bacon, Vermont cheddar, and a sirloin patty. Load onto a kaiser roll for a better surf-and-turf experience.
Pair with: Allagash Brewing Company White. Think of this delicate, orange peel–infused witbier as having the equivalent effect of squeezing bright citrus over shellfish.
Recipe: New England Lobster Salad Burger
Mexican Chorizo Burger
Crumbled cotijo cheese and avocado slices help cool fresh Serrano salsa and a fiery blend of Mexican chorizo and ground beef sirloin.
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.
Recipe: Mexican Chorizo Burger
Cajun Burger with Collard Greens and Fried Oysters
For a show-stopping Cajun burger, don’t stop at a little sprinkling of Tony Chachere’s. Go bigger with spicy Andouille in your patty, crunchy fried oysters on top, and a tangle of collard greens to finish it all off.
Pair with: Parish Brewing Co. Pure Tropics IPA. Spicy, bitter hops help cut through the unctuousness of fried oysters and a halo of dark greens.
Greek Isles Burger with Tempura Lemon Slices
For burger night, don’t sleep on the other meat. No, not turkey. Lamb has a similar richness to ground beef, but with a touch of earthiness. Crown with a bracing fennel-celery slaw and tempura lemon slices—lightly fried bites that are a toppings revelation.
Pair with: Stillwater Artisanal Yacht. Tame tempura and gamy lamb with a pilsner bolstered by a significant hop backbone.
Pacific Northwest Umami Burger
Cue bomb emoji for this umami explosion: duck fat-roasted mushrooms, togarashi mayo, and a burger patty laced with red miso. Pro tip: save this mushroom recipe (minus the pureeing) for a knockout side dish.
Pair with: Ecliptic Brewing Capella Porter. This iconic brewer produces a porter robust enough for an over-the-top burger.
Recipe: Pacific Northwest Umami Burger
Hawaiian Burger with Spam and Pineapple Slaw
A lonely pineapple ring does not make for an island-inspired burger. Instead, look to our grilled pineapple and jalapeño slaw dressed with sesame oil and rice vinegar. The bun of choice? Sweet Hawaiian, of course.
Pair with: Maui Brewing Co. Pineapple Mana. A hint of Maui Gold pineapple complements the tropical slaw, while Mana's wheat base softens Spam's saltiness.
Miami Black Bean Burger
Jamaican jerk seasoning, Mexican hot sauce, Cuban sandwich components—Miami cuisine is a culinary mashup, and its burger should be, too. Rolled oats are the secret to the burger-like mouth feel of this black bean burger, making it a favorite of vegetarians and meat-lovers alike.
Pair with: Funky Buddha Brewing Floridian. An authentic hefeweizen yeast creates banana aromas that make the perfect plantain companion.
- Recipe: Miami Black Bean Burger
Lowcountry Juicy Lucy
Introduce Minneapolis’s famous cheese-stuffed burger to Lowcountry’s greatest bounties—creamy pimiento cheese, pickled okra, and (wait for it) homemade bacon jam. Any leftover bacon jam makes for an arresting biscuit topper or cheese board spread.
Pair with: Coast Brewing Company 32°/50°. A crisp and floral Kölsch is the ideal antidote for the inherent richness of pimiento cheese and bacon.
Recipe: Lowcountry Juicy Lucy
Hoisin Pork Burgers with Pickled Vegetables
A tablespoon of melted butter is the secret ingredient in these sumptuous pork patties.
Smoked Gouda Burgers with Horseradish Butter, Grilled Onions, and Arugula
Tangy and smoky, these juicy hamburgers will wow a crowd and are ready in about 20 minutes.
Chipotle Black Bean Burgers with Fried Egg and Avocado
A feast for vegetarians and meat lovers alike, these slightly spicy patties feature two of our favorite toppings.
Caviar Burgers with Caviar Mayo
Rich ground-beef patties studded with caviar make for the ultimate in surf and turf--and decadence. And pass on the milkshake—these indulgent burgers call for chilled bubbly or a vodka martini.
Recipe: Caviar Burgers with Caviar Mayo
Blackened Grouper Burgers with Red Cabbage Slaw
These tasty fish burgers are slathered with a quick homemade tarter sauce and topped with zesty slaw.
Feta-Stuffed Burgers with Grilled Onion on Sourdough
This meal for four comes together with little more than pantry staples. No hamburger buns? No problem.
Sweet potato fries are a tasty accompaniment to this novel twist on the classic.
- Recipe: Salmon Burgers
Best Beach Burger
Wood chips add a great smoky flavor while the cucumber relish provides a refreshing crunch. To keep the burgers tender and juicy, don't overwork the meat when forming it into patties.
- Recipe: Best Beach Burgers
Crab Cake Sliders with Dill-Caper Cream
For a flavorful twist, substitiute seasoned croutons for the saltines. Try garlic- or butter-flavored varieties.
The all-American classic gets a Southwestern twist with the addition of chipotle chile powder, cumin, and spicy Montery Jack cheese. For even more heat, top it with jalapeño slices.
- Recipe: Southwestern Burgers
Grilled Middle Eastern Turkey Meatballs
Mini Surf-and-Turf Burgers
For a hearty and unexpected party appetizer, skewer the burgers and crab cakes with a slice of grilled bread and serve them with a dip made from equal parts tartar and cocktail sauce.
- Recipe: Mini Surf-and-Turf Burgers
Brie Burgers with Mediterranean Tuna-Pasta Salad
When preparing meat and seafood, timing is key, so mix the tuna into the pasta salad as the burgers are on the grill.
Ready in under 20 minutes, this burger makes a simple and healthy weeknight meal.
- Recipe: Salmon Burger