When I was a kid, my dad made his famous cheeseburgers every Sunday during summer. He loved being outside in the late afternoon, manning the grill while my brother and I chased each other through the sprinklers. His burgers were thick, juicy, and all of my friends who got to taste them still talk about them. Thinking back, I can’t put my finger on what made them special, they were just ground beef, seasoned with salt and pepper, topped with a slice of yellow American cheese and served on a sesame seed bun. Perhaps it was because Dad formed them by hand, or he had figured out how to cook them perfectly, or we were kids and easy to please when dinner tasted better than a fast food patty.
I’m grown up now, and so are my burgers. The place in my heart once reserved for a cheeseburger with ketchup is now home to a juicy turkey burger topped with avocado, grilled onions, and arugula. I’m constantly taste-tasting veggie burgers too, because they can be made with an exciting variety of ingredients, and no two taste the same. Luckily, burgers don’t have to be bad for you to be delicious. We’ve created seven tasty versions to try this summer, made with everything from beef or turkey, to savory veggie options.
What is your favorite kind of burger? What toppings do you like best? Let us know in the comments.
Our flavorful turkey burgers are seasoned with fresh herbs, Dijon mustard, and a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Tangy buttermilk is the secret to keeping them tender and juicy. Try these with chicken too! Get the recipe.
These hearty portobello burgers feature the gourmet flavors of garlic and balsamic vinegar, but, once marinated, only take minutes to make. They are a great vegetarian option for grilling season. Get the recipe.
Burgers with Roasted Garlic and Rosemary
Roasted garlic and fresh rosemary make these burgers extra flavorful. Adding grated zucchini to the lean ground beef helps keep the burgers moist, and is an inexpensive way to add bulk. And, it’s almost undetectable, so it’s a clever way to sneak extra veggies into your diet. Get the recipe.
Mushroom Barley Burgers with Sage
It’s easy to make your own delicious veggie burgers! After you’ve tried these Mushroom Barley Burgers, you’ll say goodbye to frozen, processed patties. These get wonderful flavor from sautéed mushrooms, sage, and mozzarella cheese. Try other fresh herbs, like basil or oregano. Get the recipe.
Italian Bean Burgers
These black bean and brown rice burgers are vegetarian-friendly and packed with wholesome goodness. A hint of tomato, basil, and Parmesan cheese gives them an Italian twist. Get the recipe.
Spinach Salmon Patties
We like that each of these Spinach Salmon Patties has a full serving of vegetables. They are chock-full of flavor and are an exciting alternative to turkey or beef burgers. Pickled ginger makes a perfect topping! Get the recipe.
Make it meatless! These tofu burgers are a delicious veggie alternative to beef or turkey burgers. Ginger, garlic, sesame, and soy sauce add tons of flavor, and toasted almonds give them a nice crunch! Get the recipe.