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17 Toppings That Prove the Most Important Part of a Burger Is Not the Burger

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You can do whatever you want. Make a beef burger! Make a chicken burger! Smash it to a crisp! Make a burger out of tofu or black beans or turnips! (Do not make a frozen veggie patty.)

But here's the truth: The most exciting part of a burger isn't the burger itself—it's the stuff you pile on top. And I know a burger is different than, say, a rice bowl, but the same principle applies: It's pretty boring until you start getting wacky with the toppings.

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Here are 17 toppings we think are—yes—tops:

Texas Tailgate Burger
Texas Tailgate Burger

There are barbecue potato chips on this burger! Take notes.

Quick Cucumber and Shiso Pickles
Quick Cucumber and Shiso Pickles
Everyday Avocado Dressing
Everyday Avocado Dressing
Easy Homemade Parmesan Hamburger Buns
Easy Homemade Parmesan Hamburger Buns
Quick Hot Pickled Peppers
Quick Hot Pickled Peppers
Stuart Brioza's Mushrooms in Pickle-Brine Butter
Stuart Brioza's Mushrooms in Pickle-Brine Butter
The Case of the Promiscuous Romesco
The Case of the Promiscuous Romesco
Zuni Cafe Zucchini Pickles
Zuni Cafe Zucchini Pickles
Canal House's Pimentón Fried Eggs
Canal House's Pimentón Fried Eggs
Radish Top Aioli
Radish Top Aioli
Brown Butter Tomatoes
Brown Butter Tomatoes
Roasted Slap Fries with Srirachannaise
Roasted Slap Fries with Srirachannaise

We're thinking of the Srirachannaise here—but go ahead and slap some fries on there, too.

Pistachio Lamb Burger with Tzatziki
Pistachio Lamb Burger with Tzatziki
Bacon Jam
Bacon Jam
Glazed Five Spice Burger with Gingery Mangos
Glazed Five Spice Burger with Gingery Mangos
Grilled Peach and Apricot Salad
Grilled Peach and Apricot Salad

Slide half a grilled peach or apricot (and maybe some prosciutto, too) onto a burger and never look back.

Parker & Otis' Pimento Cheese (+ Grilled Sandwiches with Bacon & Tomato)
Parker & Otis' Pimento Cheese (+ Grilled Sandwiches with Bacon & Tomato)

What's your preferred burger topper? Give us some ideas in the comments!

Tags: burgers, burger toppings