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30 Celebrity Chefs' Favorite Burger Recipes

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It's hard to find someone who doesn't love a good burger — even if vegetarians who opt for the meatless kind — and celebrity chefs are no exception. Even if they often cook fancy, multi-step dishes on television, chances are they like to eat a great burger just like we do. Sometimes, their recipes or hamburger toppings can get a little complicated, but other times chefs prefer a simple, quick recipe for classic American burgers. No matter who your favorite celeb chef is, from Alton Brown to Ina Garten, they have a delicious burger recipe waiting to try. 

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Anthony Bourdain Favorite Burger

Anthony Bourdain's Favorite Burger

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!

Recipe: Best Company

Bobby Flay Chipotle Peanut Barbecue Burger
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Bobby Flay's Beef Burgers With Peanut-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

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.

Recipe: Food & Wine

Rachael Ray's Burgers

Rachael Ray's Burgers

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.

Recipe: Food Network

Pig Patty Burger

Guy Fieri's Straight-Up With a Pig Patty Burger

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.

Recipe: Food Network

Julia Child Pan-Fried Thin Burger

Julia Child's Pan-Fried Thin Burger

Even Julia Child had a favorite burger recipe. Hers includes chopping the ground beef with a knife, along with sautéed shallots for flavor. The beef is formed into thin patties that cook in just a minute or two in a pan.

Recipe: Food Network

Gordom Ramsay Bread Street Kitchen Burger

Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen Burger

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

Green Chile Chicken Burgers

Martha Stewart's Green Chile Chicken Burgers

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.

Recipe: Martha Stewart

Jamie Oliver Insanity Burger

Jamie Oliver's Insanity 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.

Recipe: Jamie Oliver

Giada De Laurentiis Burger A La Pizzaiola

Giada De Laurentiis' Burgers a la Pizzaiola

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.

Recipe: Food Network

Jacques Pepin Hamburger Royale

Jacques Pepin's Hamburger Royale

Jacques Pepin is European, so it's no surprise his favorite burger recipe includes French comte cheese and Italian ciabatta rolls. Getting a beef brisket ground by a butcher ensures freshness and flavor.

Recipe: The Spruce

Home-Ground Burgers

Emeril Lagasse's Home-Ground Burgers With Bacon, Cheese, and Fresh Thyme

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.

Recipe: Emeril's

Ree Drummond Favorite Burger

Ree Drummond's Favorite Burger Ever

The Pioneer Woman gets a little fancy with her favorite burger. She caramelizes onions with brown sugar, makes a spicy mayo, grills kaiser rolls, and tops it off with crumbled blue cheese and baby greens.

Recipe: The Pioneer Woman

Wolfgang Puck Mini Burgers

Wolfgang Puck's Prime Mini Burgers With Cheddar Cheese and Remoulade

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.

Recipe: Delish

Sandra Lee Walnut Burger

Sandra Lee's Drive-in Walnut Burger

Vegetarians love burgers too, and Sandra Lee has a simple recipe for them. Garbanzo beans, walnuts, bread crumbs, seasonings, and eggs combine to make these veggie burgers, which then are served with honey mustard and avocado slices.

Recipe: Food Network

Ina Garten Real Hamburger

Ina Garten's Real Hamburgers

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.

Recipe: Food Network

short rib burger

Tyler Florence's The Burger

Tyler Florence's big half-pound short rib and chuck burgers get a boost from homemade buns and a sauce he calls "burger goop." Ketchup, mayo, mustard, chives, pickles, and capers sounds much tastier than any goop I've ever had.

Recipe: Food Network

Curtis Stone Red Onion Burger

Curtis Stone's Burgers With Red Onion Marmalade and Maytag Blue Cheese

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.

Recipe: Curtis Stone

Alton Brown Best Burger

Alton Brown's Best Burger Recipe Ever

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.

Recipe: Food Network

Andrew Zimmern Griddled Onion Burger

Andrew Zimmern's Griddled Onion Burgers

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.

Recipe: Andrew Zimmern

Cat Cora Montecito Burger

Cat Cora's Montecito 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.

Recipe: Hallmark Channel

Queso Fundido Burger

Rick Bayless' Queso Fundido Burger

Rick Bayless sticks to his Mexican-inspired cuisine with his queso fundido burger, roasting poblano peppers and mixing them with onion for rajas that goes atop a chorizo and beef patty. There's plenty of gooey Monterey jack cheese, too.

Recipe: Rick Bayless

Steven Raichlen Butter Burger

Steven Raichlen's Butter Burgers

You may or may not have 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.

Recipe: Create TV

Ayesha Curry Turkey Burger

Ayesha Curry's Turkey Burgers

Not all burgers have to be made with beef. Ayesha Curry's turkey burgers have an Asian twist with soy sauce, chili paste, and ginger mixed into the meat. They get topped with a fresh, spicy apple and savoy cabbage slaw and smoked paprika mayo.

Recipe: Woman's Day

Chorizo and Beef Burger With Grilled Sweet Potato

Aaron Sanchez's Chorizo and Beef Burger With Grilled Sweet Potato

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

Martin Yan Dynasty Burger

Martin Yan's Dynasty Burger With Spicy Hoisin Barbecue Sauce

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.

Recipe: Martin Yan

Neely's Memphis Street Burger

The Neelys' Memphis Beale Street Burger

The Neely family grills up a burger reminiscent of Memphis-style barbecue. Shallot, garlic, Worcestershire, and barbecue dry rub are mixed into the patties. They're topped with coleslaw and a creamy sauce that includes buttermilk and barbecue sauce.

Recipe: Food Network

J. Kenji López-Alt's Ultra-Smashed Cheeseburgers
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J. Kenji López-Alt's Ultra-Smashed Cheeseburgers

This recipe from J. Kenji López-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.

Recipe: Serious Eats

Pepper Hot Dog

Ming Tsai's Onion-Burger 'Hot Dogs' With Sweet Chile Relish

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.

Recipe: Golf Digest

Melissa D'Arabian Mushroom Burger

Melissa D'Arabian's Mustard-glazed Mushroom Burgers

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.

Recipe: Food Network

Graham Burger

Graham Elliot's Graham Burger

Graham Elliot grills his cheeseburgers and tops them with a slice of gooey brie cheese. A mayonnaise with a mild, cooked garlic flavor joins grilled onions and peppery watercress for a medley of unique tastes.

Recipe: Tasting Table