Top 10 Tastiest Burgers–Recipes & Secrets

DennisThumbnailThere is a country diner a couple miles from home. We go there often when we are too bushed to cook. They serve a great mushroom Swiss burger. I don’t know that I can make a better burger.  But I still prefer cooking them at home.

Store burgers are boring. Most of the time, you get the standard condiments plus cheese, maybe bacon, and lettuce and tomato. That’s it. There are no herbs or blue cheese stuffing or jalapeno peppers etc.

There’s a world of what you can do with burgers with toppings and stuffings. At one point, we set out to explore that world.  We started that trek with virtual visits of great restaurants. Most renowned restaurants publish their menus. So we got on the internet and started pulling up menus looking for exciting, different burgers to make. Soon we had a long list.

We then retreated to the test kitchen to start experimenting.  We made tons of burgers.  Lucky customers!  We would traipse down the stirs to the store with the extra burgers:  “Who would like to try a Thai Peanut Burger?”  Who would like to try an Italian Cheese and Basil Burger?”  We got opinions and customers got burgers. From this came ten great burgers.


1. Yuri’s Famous Mushroom Burger

If you like burgers smothered in sautéed mushrooms, you’ll like this.  The sour cream gives it richness and a little kick.  It’s topped with sautéed mushrooms, provolone, and sour cream on a whole wheat bun

2. Apollo Burger

We can’t find much that is Grecian about this burger; it must have been named for the gods.  This burger is topped with provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, cucumber slices, and avocado

3. Acapulco Burger

The salsa and fresh avocado make this a south-of-the-border delight.  It’s topped with bacon, Monterey jack cheese, and of course–avocado and salsa.

4. Good Earth Burger

Any burger with sprouts reminds us of the Good Earth Restaurant in Minnesota that we enjoyed so much.  This burger is topped with cheddar cheese, sprouts, tomato, and avocado on a whole wheat bun.

5. Carrie’s California Burger

Carrie is our production manager.  She’s really from Houston but this is her kind of burger with a touch of the southwest.  It’s topped with Monterey jack cheese, slices of banana peppers, and bacon.  The bun is spread with ranch dressing

6. Petra’s Pesto Burger

We experimented with pesto on a burger.  This one was excellent with mozzarella cheese and our own basil pesto.

7. Honolulu Hula Burger

Ah, with freshly grilled pineapple, this reminded us of our time in the Islands.  We splashed the burgers with our own Teriyaki Madness sauce (but you can use something else from the store) and topped it with grilled pineapple, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and mayonnaise.   The grilled pineapple balanced the kick from the teriyaki nicely.

8. Day Break Burger

This burger is dedicated to those who could eat a burger for breakfast.  A fried egg atop a burger—that sounds like a breakfast food.  In addition to the fried egg, this burger is topped with Colby cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes.

9. Em’s Pizza Burger

We have two Emilys: one in production and one in fulfillment.  It seemed like we should dedicate a burger to them.  And who wouldn’t like a pizza burger topped with pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, slices of tomatoes, red onions, lettuce, and basil-olive mayonnaise.   We made the basil-olive mayonnaise with a half cup of mayo, a quarter cup of diced black olives, and a half tablespoon of dried basil.  This sauce was a great discovery.

10. Red Red Onion Burger

We went back to the caramelized onions that we like so much for this one.  And yes, when you caramelized red onions, they’re still red.  We used this recipe for caramelized onions but used red onions and apple cider vinegar instead of the white wine vinegar.

Along with the caramelized red onions, add mozzarella cheese, lettuce, and mayonnaise to your burger.