My swimsuit-ready diet attempts don’t stand a chance against a juicy cheeseburger hot off the grill on a warm summer night. I mean, there’s no hope. And, really, why should there be? Burgers are delicious. So as I’m gearing up for my Memorial Day menu this weekend, I’m looking at some mouthwatering burger recipes that will be easy to throw on the grill with a crowd over to celebrate.
To keep things interesting, and to keep my vegetarian guests happy too, I’ll be cooking up some amazing non-beef burger recipes, too. But don’t fear, they are every bit as hearty and satisfying as a beef burger. And they may even keep you a little bit closer to fitting into that bikini after all.
Top: Mediterranean Lamb Burgers at Salt and Wind
Veggie BurgersI have to admit, I was shocked when I grilled up a batch of black bean burgers and watched my very picky children gobble them up. So I can’t wait to try this Black Bean and Red Quinoa veggie burger by Jeanine at Love and Lemons. It looks delicious. I just won’t tell the family it’s vegan and gluten free. They’ll never know.
Chicken BurgersIf you’re scared of bland, dried-out chicken burgers, you need to try this Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomato burger from America’s Test Kitchen. They test their recipes until they are perfect, and then they explain why the recipe works so well. In other words, I trust them. Also, I’ve made these at home before, and they are perfectly juicy without falling apart. Chicken burger success!
We eat a lot of lamb at my house, but my kids have no clue. So for a slightly more sophisticated twist on the typical cheeseburger, I’d make these Mediterranean Lamb Burgers with feta cheese, cucumbers, and red onion. (I’m drooling over these photos at Salt and Wind, above and at top). That said, the kids will probably slather theirs with ketchup and call it a day. Works for me.
1-2 Simple Cooking’s Salmon Burger with Avocado Aioli has a lot of fresh spices to give it a big punch of flavor, but that means it takes some prep time. The good news is that you can fix these burgers ahead and freeze them. To make it even simpler, throw all those herbs and spices in a food processor and give them a quick whirl, then add the chopped salmon. If you’re trying to avoid carbs, these salmon patties would be delicious on top of a spring salad, too.
Related: 7 Sizzling summer burger recipes.
And, of course: Beef Burgers
If you’re stuck in a rut with your beef patties—um, salt and pepper dry spell at my house—we feel your pain. To boost the flavor, mix in a favorite steak sauce. Or add a spice mix to give it an ethnic flair: We tried Italian spice, mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes, and basil on our burgers recently and they were delish.
Or think of that restaurant burger that has your mouth watering and find a copycat recipe. In-N-Out burger lovers, this Almost-Famous Animal Burger recipe at Food Network is for you. If you’ve got another favorite in mind, request the recipe from Bon Appetite‘s RSVP column (great find, Stacie!). They’ll track down any recipe from any restaurant anywhere. So you can cook the best burger you’ve ever had, right at home. Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is.