Build Your Best Burger
Grilled Patty Melt
Start with sourdough or Tuscan bread, add spreadable Swiss cheese and grilled & chopped portobello mushrooms and leeks, then sandwich with a grilled burger.
Start with a sesame seed kaiser roll, spread with mayonnaise, and top with grilled sweet onion burger, bibb lettuce, spicy kimchi, shaved carrots and Korean BBQ sauce.
Avocado Bomb Burger
Start with a brioche bun, top with arugula, grilled bacon & Cheddar burger, tomato, avocado and fried egg.
All About That Bun
Breads and buns are basic staples in many households. Think beyond the average whole wheat bun and get creative with selections like brioche, onion rolls, Hawaiian sweet rolls or even a sourdough or Tuscan bread.
If you choose to make your patties from scratch, use seasonings such as onion powder, garlic powder or cayenne pepper for a kick. When mixing ground chuck with seasoning, be gentle; overmixing can make the burgers dry and tough. To make the patties perfectly uniform, roll the meat in waxed paper to form a log, then cut into the desired thickness. During cooking, prevent patties from bulging by creating depressions in the centers with your thumb. Use a spatula rather than tongs to flip the burgers to prevent releasing the tasty juices from the burgers and drying them out.
Resist the temptation to smash down your beautiful burgers with a spatula. If you press down the spatula on your burger, you’ll lose the natural juices. Instead, using a fork, poke holes in uncooked patties. Heat will work its way through and cook the meat evenly.
With endless topping possibilities, it’s easy to create burgers that are delicious bite after bite. Sun-dried tomatoes, pepperoni and pizza sauce are simple yet flavorful additions. Bacon, a traditional topping, can be glazed with maple syrup to add mouthwatering, smoky sweetness. Or, fry a sunny-side-up egg during your burger’s last few minutes of cooking for an oozing, flavor-filled topping. You can also turn to international sauces for new, exciting flavors. Use hummus for a nutritious, Mediterranean twist, or gochujang or curry paste for a spicy kick of Asian or Indian flavors.
Nothing tops off a burger like one of these perfect melters! Just before your burgers are done, top with your favorite gourmet cheese.
Blue Cheese: Tangy, buttery and sharp, blue cheese melts beautifully.
Mozzarella: Soft and delicately flavored, perfect for melting.
Sharp Cheddar: Creamy with just the right balance of flavor and sharpness.
Swiss Cheese: Nut-like flavor, smooth, delicious and easy to slice.