Anthony Bourdain liked to keep it simple in his own kitchen. His favorite burger recipe is a classic: simply seasoned beef patties, smoked bacon, American cheese, sesame seed buns, Russian dressing, lettuce, tomato, and onion. But in this recipe he relayed an important tip: Don't press down on the burgers while they're cooking!
Bobby Flay boosts his hamburger recipe with a complex, mildly spicy barbecue sauce made with garlic, ginger, tomato puree, mustard, molasses, ancho and chipotle chiles, and peanut butter for a nutty note. The burger patties are glazed with the sauce on the grill and get topped with cheddar and scallions for a mild onion flavor.
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The burger served at Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen in London combines ground short rib, chuck and brisket into a flavorful patty with just the right amount of fat. Ask your butcher to grind these cuts specially for you.
Recipe:Gordon Ramsay Restaurants
Guy Fieri's burger recipe is complicated and time consuming, but totally worth it in the end. Garlic is roasted and bacon is cooked until it's almost falling apart. Then, the bacon is cooked under a brick into a crispy "pig patty." The roasted garlic goes into Fieri's signature donkey sauce, and the whole thing is put together with melted cheese and toppings.
This recipe from Rachael Ray includes a savory homemade olive tapenade and Italian flavors. A mix of beef, pork, garlic, fennel seeds, and Worcestershire is grilled before getting topped with cheese, fresh basil leaves, and tapenade made with black olives, capers and anchovies.
Turkey burgers aren't the only beef-alternative meat around. Chicken makes a great burger too, as Martha Stewart shows us in this southwestern-inspired recipe. Canned diced green chiles, cumin, and cilantro season the patties, and thick tomato slices are grilled for a unique topper.
In proper Emeril fashion, these burgers are packed with flavor by marinating cubed beef chuck with bacon, onions, thyme, garlic, and Worcestershire before grinding it all together. The cheeseburgers are grilled and topped with two slices of cheddar, because one just isn't enough for these big patties.
Leave it to Giada de Laurentiis to give a hamburger an Italian twist. She adds flavorings reminiscent of pizza into ground beef: sun-dried tomatoes, cheeses, garlic, basil and tomato paste. Grill them up and top with more cheese and some marinara sauce for a gourmet pizza burger.
Jamie Oliver brushes ground chuck patties with mustard and Tabasco sauce while they're cooking for extra flavor. The patties get placed on top of a homemade creamy burger sauce that's mixed with shredded iceberg lettuce like a slaw. Pickled red onions lend extra tanginess.
Wolfgang Puck made these slider-sized burgers for an Oscar after-party. The ground chuck mini patties have classic toppings of cheddar, tomatoes, pickles, and thousand island dressing. Brioche buns add a hint of sweetness.
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Ina Garten's hamburger is super simple, but there are a few key additions most recipes don't use. Into her ground beef, Garten adds steak sauce and egg yolks for flavor and richness. There's also a little pat of butter hidden in each one that melts as the burger cooks to prevent drying out.
For Curtis Stone, nothing is better on a burger than onion marmalade and blue cheese. Red onions are cooked down with sugar, red wine, and vinegar for a tangy topping, and Maytag blue cheese is melted over the patties on the grill. A quick mustardy aioli brings bright flavors.
AB is known for making everything from scratch and being exact and scientific about it, so it's no surprise his burger calls for grinding your own meat. He uses a mixture of beef and lamb, grills it over charcoal, and tops it simply, with grated cheddar and mayonnaise.
Based on a famous style of burgers in Oklahoma, Zimmern's griddled onion burgers are for people who love the flavor of deeply caramelized onions. Thinly sliced onions are cooked in a skillet before the burger patty is smashed on top of them, embedding the onions in the beef. When you flip it, the dark brown onions become the top of the burger.
Cat Cora is going all out. This burger uses a truffle and herb aioli, goat cheese, mushrooms, grilled onions, a fried onion ring, and arugula to make a towering sandwich. She even includes a recipe for baked sweet potato fries as the ideal accompaniment.
You've probably heard of butter burgers — unless you're from Wisconsin where they're a matter of pride. Grill master Steven Raichlen's take on the classic starts with making a garlic and fresh herb butter, then stuffing a pat into the middle of each patty so it melts into the burger from the inside out.
Ground chorizo and beef in equal amounts give this burger from Aaron Sanchez a Mexican-inspired flair. The patties are seasoned with homemade adobo and topped with pickled onions, chile-lime crema, and grilled sweet potato slices.
Recipe:Chef Aaron Sanchez
The burger recipe from Martin Yan has two hits of Asian flavors: in the patty and in a sauce on top. The hoisin barbecue starts out with bottled barbecue sauce and hoisin, making it super fast to put together. Soy, sesame oil, and ginger are mixed into the ground beef before they're cooked.
This recipe from J. Kenji Lopez-Alt is super simple, with few ingredients, because it's the technique that's important: Small balls of beef are smashed onto an ungreased griddle and then scraped off, giving them a crispy, browned crust. A slice of American cheese between two patties keeps things together.
Ming Tsai's Asian-influenced burger recipe will be a hit with kids — instead of being shaped in a patty, the beef is shaped like a sausage and served in a hot dog bun. A cooked relish of onions, bell pepper, honey, rice vinegar, and chile sauce tops them.
Mushrooms and Swiss cheese are a fantastic burger combination. Melissa d'Arabian pushes it a little further by adding a glaze of Dijon mustard and soy sauce to up the umami even more.