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25 Easy Ways to Flavor A Burger

A burger is a burger is a burger. Right? Wrong. The base recipe for a hamburger may be just about the same most of the time, but burgers can take on a whole new life when they are given different seasonings, toppings, and even buns! When it comes to making the best burger ever the devil is really in the details. Because summer is just beginning and there’s grilling galore, I thought it would be good to round up some the best ways to flavor a burger! Most of these are for beef burgers, while others are for turkey — and one’s even chicken! No matter the meat, they are all unique, delicious, and, above all, perfect for summertime.

  • 25 Easy Ways to Flavor a Burger 1 of 26
    25 Easy Ways to Flavor a Burger
  • Make Your Own Seasoning 2 of 26
    the fiesta burger

    If you like a Mexican flair try making a fiesta burger which is infused with a to-die-for homemade taco seasoning. Seriously, with every bite you'll think you are south of the border.

    Photo: Macki Cayloma

  • Top it with Apple Slices 3 of 26
    Apple Slice Burger

    Give your burger a New England flavor with a hard cheddar cheese topping and slice of grilled apple. The sweet apple gives the burger a smokey sweet flavor that everyone will love.

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Make it Vegan BBQ 4 of 26
    Portobello Burger

    If you are vegan no worries, this portobello burger is for you. Flavor it up with this amazing homemade barbecue sauce and loads of crunchy veggies!

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Give it a Kick with Sriracha Mayo 5 of 26
    Asian Chicken Burger

    Give your burger a spicy Asian flair with sriracha mayo and crunchy red onions. You can even give the meat a twist by using shredded chicken instead of beef!

    Photo: Macki Cayloma

  • Load it Up with Three Tiers of Flavor 6 of 26
    David Lawrence Burger

    Leave it to Chef David Lawrence to come up with these amazing flavors. If you want ultimate burger flavor layer yours with roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions, and smokey chipotle ketchup!

    Photo: Laura Levy

  • Go Greek! 7 of 26
    Turkey burger

    Give your burger a Greek flair with the addition of creamy feta, crispy lettuce, and red onion. This light tangy cheese will be a welcome change from the traditional slice of American on top!

    Photo: Angie McGowan

  • Stuff it with Herbed Butter 8 of 26
    Herbed Butter Burger

    Did you know that butter is a great way flavor burgers? Add some strong herbs like parsley and chives and stuff a knob into the center of your burger. You'll be thrilled with the added flavor and moisture.

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Add Tropical Fruit 9 of 26
    Teriyaki Burger with Grilled Pineapple

    Grilled tropical fruit gives burger a unique sweet taste. Contrast it with the teriyaki and you've got an amazing Asian-fusion burger chock full of flavor.

    Photo: Angie McGowan

  • Add Walnuts 10 of 26
    california walnut burgers

    Did you ever think to add chopped walnuts to your burger? Try adding chopped walnuts. You will love the added texture and earthy nutty aroma that emits from the burgers while they are being grilled.

    Photo: Walnut Info.

  • Top it with Peanut Sauce 11 of 26
    Asian Turkey Burger

    Flavor your meat with Asian spices, then top it with something unexpected like sprouts and peanut sauce. The protein packed sauce complements the savory patty and the sprouts add a lovely crunch.

    Photo: Aggie Goodman

  • Stir in Some Pesto 12 of 26
    Turkey burger with pesto

    Sometimes the best flavors are right there in your fridge. Stir some homemade summer pesto into your turkey burgers this summer and love how the strong basil flavors play with the savory meat.

    Photo: Julie VR

  • Add a Jalapeno 13 of 26
    Jalapeno Burger

    Want to give your beef a kick? Easy - add some jalapeno! De-seed the pepper for a slightly subtle spice. Leave the seeds in for something more firey! Either way, you'll love the Mexican flair.

    Photo: Angie McGowan

  • Give in to the Stinky Cheese 14 of 26
    Gorgonzola Burger

    Beef can be a very strong flavor so the best way to overpower it with a flavor that is even stronger. That can be hard to do but not if you have a block of gorgonzola on hand. You will love the strong blue cheese flavor that comes through even after the burger has been grilled.

    Photo: Angie McGowan

  • Make them Taste Like Buffalo Wings 15 of 26
    Buffalo burgers

    The fact that you can make your burgers taste like buffalo wings is one of the coolest things ever. Give yours a wing-like flavor with buffalo sauce, celery slaw and a pungent blue cheese spread.

    Photo: Shaina Olmanson

  • Spice up the Ketchup 16 of 26
    Burgers with Spicy Ketchup

    Who doesn't love a classic burger with ketchup? Try giving your burger just a little bit of new flavor by spicing up the ketchup and topping it with some sweet caramelized onions.

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Top it with Mushrooms 17 of 26
    Mushroom Melt Burger

    Any kind of delicious burger - beef, turkey, or veggie - can be flavored with melted mushrooms and cheese. It makes any sandwich taste like a mushroom melt from the diner.

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Bring on the Horseradish 18 of 26
    Sliders with Horseradish Mayo

    Flavored mayonnaise is a great way to flavor burgers. This recipe infuses mayo with horseradish which gives the burger one amazing strong flavor. Be sure to serve this to someone along with a bloody mary!

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

  • Add Potato Chips 19 of 26
    Potato Chip Sliders

    You might think I am joking, but I am not when I say that crushed potato chips are an amazing way to flavor up burgers.  They give the meat a delicious salty crunch. Even after you've done that you can stuff them with Mac and Cheese like in these burgers!

    Photo: Brooke McLay

  • Go Italian 20 of 26
    turkey parmesan burgers

    Everyone loves traditional Parmesan-style food. Why not make your burger that way, too? Add a generous slice of mozzarella and dollop of tomato sauce and serve it on a garlic bread bun.

    Photo: Spoonful.com

  • Add Tzatziki 21 of 26
    Middle Eatern Burger

    Sometimes adding flavor is as simple as a dollop of fresh tzatziki sauce. The bright tangy sauce with strained cucumber and lemon is the perfect cooling flair to add to your fresh-off-the-grill burger.

    Photo: Spoonful.com

  • Make it Curry 22 of 26
    Curry burgers

    Sometimes unusual spices give burgers the best flavors. For example, add warm curry spices to give your burgers a lovely Indian flavor. Serve them with yogurt sauce for dipping!

    Photo: Spoonful.com

  • Head for the Border 23 of 26
    Southwest burger

    When it doubt, a classic southwestern burger is always a hit. Give your southwestern flavor by topping it with salsa, cheese, and sour cream! It is like eating a nacho with a burger on the side.

    Photo: Spoonful.com

  • Top it with a Side Dish 24 of 26
    Onion Rings on Burger

    Flavor your burger with what you plan to serve on the side to begin with. In this case, crispy onion rings make an amazing burger topping along with some melted cheese and crispy lettuce. If you don't have onion rings, add your french fries right on top!

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Use a Condiment 25 of 26
    Guacamole burgers

    Sometimes you just need to reach into the dip bowl and add the ingredients right on top of your burger. In this case, tomatoes, onions, and avocado make an amazing burger that tastes just like guacamole with a burger on the bottom.

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Everything is Better with Bacon 26 of 26
    Blue Cheese & Bacon Burgers

    Last but not least, don't forget how wonderful it can taste to flavor a burger with crispy bacon. Use some that is leftover from breakfast, or fry it up for the burgers. Just be generous with your portion and enjoy the salty kick!

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

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