Our 17 Best Burger Recipes for Your Summer Rotation

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June 27, 2020
Photo by Rocky Luten. Food & Prop Styling By Alexis Anthony.

We've partnered with St Pierre—makers of buttery-soft brioche buns perfect for grilling season—to share some of our favorite burger recipes of all time. Snag a pack (or many!) of their brioche buns in the deli or bakery section of your local supermarket, or use their handy store locator here.

Few summer eats are better than a freshly grilled burger, piled high with your favorite toppings and sandwiched between two soft brioche buns (their fluffy texture and just-right sweetness is the ultimate complement to all those juicy, savory flavors).

The standard setup—a beef patty with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard, and ketchup—is a standard for a reason: It's simple and reliably tasty. But it can also start to feel a bit tired as the summer goes on.

Enter: 17 of our best burger recipes of all time. From herbed chicken burgers with spicy aioli to a black bean and chipotle burger that's totally vegetarian-friendly, these recipes take what's between those brioche buns to the next level, and have us raring to fire up the grill.

St Pierre's subtly sweet, perfectly soft brioche buns make any burger restaurant-worthy. Photo by Rocky Luten. Prop & Food Styling by Alexis Anthony.

Our 17 Best Burger Recipes

1. Suzanne Goin's Grilled Pork Burgers

Time and time again, this ridiculously juicy grilled pork burger proves that the ideal patty doesn't necessarily have to have beef.

2. Herbed Chicken Burgers with Spicy Aioli

Use up that abundance of summer herbs in these super-tender chicken burgers, which taste best with a zippy, cayenne-spiced aioli slathered on the brioche buns.

3. Blue Cheese Burger

Meet the very best sauce for any burger: a blue cheese mayo flecked with fresh rosemary, garlic powder, and a pinch of sugar.

4. Fiendishly Tasty Bacon Turkey Burgers

Turkey burgers have a bad reputation for being dry and bland, but this "fiendishly tasty" recipe is here to change that, with a helping hand from bacon and smoky mayo.

5. Black Bean–Chipotle Falafel Burgers From Joe Yonan

This brilliant veggie burger takes its cues from falafel, with the same crispy edges you know and love, plus a never-mushy (but super-moist!) interior.

6. Sun-Dried Tomato, Basil & White Bean Burgers

Umami-rich sun-dried tomatoes and basil make the ultimate power couple in these bright-and-crispy veggie burgers.

7. Salmon Burgers with Avocado Aioli

For those looking to switch up their burger game, go the salmon route—this version comes with a creamy avocado aioli that's got a fiery hit of serrano pepper.

8. Texas Tailgate Burger

This fully loaded burger is all about the heat, complete with pickled jalapeños, BBQ sauce, smoked sharp cheddar cheese, and BBQ-flavored potato chips.

9. Pistachio Lamb Burger with Tzatziki

"These lamb burgers were a great change of pace for us, and were so easy to make," wrote one reviewer of these Greek-inspired burgers. "The yogurt-cucumber sauce was also so easy and really made the dish."

10. Indian-Spiced Vegan Potato Burger

This totally vegan burger doesn't sacrifice anything in the way of flavor (thanks, turmeric, garam masala, chili powder, and amchur) or texture (we see you, potatoes and soaked bread).

11. Bacon-Stuffed Burgers with Pimento Cheese & Avocado

We'll say yes to bacon-stuffed anything, and these burgers studded with zingy pimento cheese and cooling avocado are no exception.

12. Beef & Kimchi Burgers

These half-veggie burgers have been a universal hit with our community. Here's one review: "The contrast, the crispy edges, the bite of the kimchi—WOW! ...So glad the recipe makes four burgers because that means there are two in the fridge for tomorrow!"

13. My Classic Burger with Special Sauce

In case you hadn't guessed, this burger is all about the special sauce: a mix of mayo, mustard, dill sauce, ketchup, soy sauce, garlic, and honey that hits all the right notes of tangy, salty, and sweet.

14. Black Bean & Corn Burgers

These vegan-friendly veggie burgers have a little kick of heat, thanks to a smoky-spicy mix of paprika, cumin, and chili powder; fresh corn adds just-the-right balancing sweetness.

15. Buffalo Chicken Burgers

Buffalo sauce fans, rejoice—these piquant chicken burgers topped with blue cheese and crunchy-fresh veggies were made for you.

16. Green Pea Burgers with Ricotta & Crispy Mushrooms

Say hello to the greenest veggie burgers of all time. They lean on a classic freezer staple—green peas—for their base, along with a few other key ingredients (like onions, bread crumbs, and herbs).

17. Sweet & Savory Burger with Fig Jam, Goat Cheese & Arugula

You can't go wrong with the flavor combos in this sweet-and-savory burger. Even better, if you don't have a grill, they taste just as great made in a cast-iron skillet.

Bonus: Ways to Jazz Up Every Burger Under the Sun

What's your all-time favorite burger? Tell us in the comments below!

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Written by: Erin Alexander

Erin Alexander is the Managing Editor of Food52.