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Burger, Sloppy Joe, Salisbury Steak Recipes

Our growing section of burger recipes will help you understand all the angles in making big fat juicy steakburgers or thin crispy diner burgers, and the techniques are very different! We’ll take you on a tour of the regional styles of hamburgers, help you select the right buns, cheeses, toppings and bottomings, and give you the secret sauce recipe.

Double cheeseburgers on a plate

Hamburger Secrets: How The Zen Master Prepares A Real Happy Meal Hamburger

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Meathead

Here's everything you need to know about burgers and how to make the best hamburger you ever tasted.
Hamburger on homemade brioche bun

The Steakburger Recipe That Puts The Best Steakhouses On Notice

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Meathead

Here's everything you need to know to make the best thick juicy crispy steakburger hamburger you ever tasted. This reverse seared steakhouse burger recipe produces perfectly cooked burgers with rich steak flavors, a wonderful smoky undertone, perfectly seasoned interior, and enough juice to soak the bun.
Hamburger with cheese on a bun

The Ultimate Diner Burger Recipe (a.k.a. The Wimpy Burger a.k.a. The Smash Burger)

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Meathead

Create the skinny, crispy edged burgers that you love at diners with this simple recipe for the Wimpy burger. Infinitely better than any mass produced quarter pounder, these homemade diner-style burgers are small disks, 4 ounces or less, pressed flat and cooked on a griddle to maximize the flavor and crispness.
Jalapeno bacon cheeseburger plated

Sweet and Spicy Jalapeño Bacon Cheddar Burger Brings The Heat

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Clint Cantwell

Experience a flavor explosion with this recipe for a sweet and spicy jalapeno bacon cheeseburger. A perfectly grilled burger patty is topped with sharp cheddar cheese, pickled jalapenos, crispy fried onions, thick cut bacon, and homemade balsamic ketchup. Layer it all on a pillowy pretzel bun for pure burger nirvana.
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Umami bomb burger

The Ultimate Umami Bomb Burger

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Max Good

Umami is the Japanese word for "savory" or "delicious." In addition to the familiar sweet, sour, salty, and bitter flavors, umami is the deep satisfying flavor of cured meat, mushrooms, and aged cheese. Taste it in this hamburger recipe featuring umami mayonnaise.
Bacon jam burger with corn

Bacon Jam Takes Traditional Burgers Over The Top

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Clint Cantwell

Sweet and savory homemade bacon jam is the star of the show in this delicious burger recipe. If you’ve never had bacon jam, get ready for sweet and savory flavor bliss. This ultimate grilled bacon cheeseburger features a rich and flavorful bacon jam spiked with bourbon, a juicy reverse seared patty, and Swiss cheese.
Mushroom and beef blended burger plated plated

Beef And Mushroom Blended Burgers Stay Nice And Juicy

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Clint Cantwell

Amp up the umami with this flavor packed recipe featuring a beef and mushroom blended burger. If you’re a fan of mushroom Swiss burgers then you’re going to fall in love with the rich flavor of this unique take on the classic burger.
Pimento cheese burger on plate with potato chips

Smoked Pimento Cheese Burger Recipe

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Clint Cantwell

Put a little south in your mouth with this delicious recipe for a smoked pimento cheese burger. Smoky home made pimento cheese and a reverse seared burger elevates cheeseburgers to new levels and makes it certain to be a hit at your next backyard cookout, tailgating adventure or weeknight family meal.
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Brat burger with cheese sauce on a pretzel bun

Brat Burgers With Beer Cheese Sauce, A Taste Of Wisconsin On A Bun

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Clint Cantwell

When it comes to great burger recipes, this is the best of the 'wurst featuring a grilled bratwurst patty, charred peppers and onions, and a rich and creamy beer cheese sauce all served on a pretzel bun. Why decide between a bratwurst and a burger when you can have both in this mouthwatering brat burger recipe.
Fried green tomato burger with comeback sauce

Fried Green Tomato Burgers That’ll Make Any Southerner Swoon

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Clint Cantwell

Take a trip to the south thanks to this burger recipe featuring fried green tomatoes and comeback sauce. Green tomatoes are sliced, breaded, and deep fried to golden perfection. Crunchy with just a hint of tartness, the fried green tomatoes pair perfectly with the burger patty and a classic Southern comeback sauce.
Green chile cheeseburger

New Mexico Green Chile Salsa For The Ultimate Burger

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Meathead

Green chile salsa takes ordinary burgers and makes them extraordinary. Green chile cheeseburgers can be found throughout New Mexico, featuring a serious dollop of a green chile salsa and slice of melted cheese to hold it in place. Here's an amazing recipe for making a delicious multipurpose green chile salsa.
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Kangaroo burger with a side of fries

Butter-Stuffed Kangaroo Burger Recipe

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Clint Cantwell

Packed full of flavor, this recipe for butter stuffed kangaroo burgers is an exotic alternative to traditional beef hamburgers. Plus, it's healthier! Given the complex and slightly earthy flavor profile of kangaroo meat, the key to this burger is finding flavors that complement the meat without overshadowing it.
Lamburger in pita with yogurt sauce

How To Make Gyros With Lamb Burgers

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Meathead

Here's how to make Greek Gyros starting with a lamb burger. Preparing these burgers is a snap and you might not go back to beef hamburgers. Served in a pita along with Greek tzatziki sauce, these flavorful ground lamb burgers are a great change of pace from traditional burgers at your next BBQ and grilling cookout.
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Pork satay sliders on a platter

Pork Satay Burgers Put A Thai Twist On Backyard BBQ

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Clint Cantwell

Step up your burger game with this recipe for Thai-style pork satay sliders with Asian slaw and spicy peanut sauce. Ground pork patties are seared to perfection then topped with a flavorful Asian inspired coleslaw and served with a homemade Thai peanut sauce similar to that served with satay meat skewers.
Reuben burger plated

Reuben Reimagined: The Corned Beef St. Patrick’s Day Melt

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Clint Cantwell

Corned beef is taken to new heights with this delicious recipe for the Reuben burger. Corned beef brisket is ground into burger patties before being grilled to perfection. Inspired by the classic Reuben, this patty melt style burger features tangy sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing on rye bread.
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Turkey and stuffing blended burger plated

Turkey And Stuffing Blended Burger: Thanksgiving On A Bun

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Clint Cantwell

Enjoy Thanksgiving all year long thanks to this delicious recipe for a turkey and stuffing blended burger. This is the ultimate Thanksgiving-inspired burger – a turkey and stuffing patty topped with sweet potato waffle fries, a tart and tangy cranberry barbecue sauce, and a buttery brioche bun! Let's all give thanks.
Sloppy Joe sandwich

Smoky Sloppy Joes, A Grilled Tribute To Lunch Ladies Everywhere

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Meathead

The sloppy joe gets a delicious makeover in this tested recipe for a smoky sloppy joe. By starting the meat on the grill, this classic sandwich takes on a deep smoky flavor. Taking it one step further, the recipe is amplified by sautéing the meat and vegetables in bacon fat then blending with bacon and BBQ sauce.
Plated salisbury steak

Ruth Ellen Church’s Salisbury Steaks With Red Sauce And Mushrooms Recipe

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Meathead

There's a lot of bad Salisbury steak out there but this delicious recipe from Ruth Ellen Church is the real deal. In the 1880s, Dr. James Henry Salisbury created the Salisbury Steak. Within a few decades it began showing up on menus and in cookbooks and it can still be found on menus, particularly in rural areas.

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Published On: 4/24/2019 Last Modified: 4/15/2021


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