60 Best Burger Recipes You’ll Be Making All Summer Long
Get those tongs ready—it’s grilling season.
There is no better way to celebrate summer than with a nice, juicy burger. Whether you’re in the mood for something classic like the almighty cheeseburger, a veggie burger even meat-eaters will crave (seriously), or something more outside the box, like a shrimp or bison burger, we’ve got a recipe for everyone at your cookout.
No matter how you cook up your burgers, start with a simple—but flavor-packed—burger seasoning to begin your path to grilling greatness. Plenty of kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper (like way more than you think you need) is our best secret to creating crispy-edged patties, but there are infinite paths to take from there. My personal favorite involves sprinkling Old Bay (and maybe even Old Bay hot sauce) into the patty blend, and I can’t lie and say I don’t add a hearty dash of Old Bay to my French fries to accompany my burger, too.
From there, you get to choose: Do you want to grill your burger al fresco, fry it up in a skillet, or bake it? (Baking a burger in the oven is actually ideal for when you’re working with ground turkey or chicken; the oven has a more evenly consistent temperature that ensures a fully cooked—and tender and juicy!—patty. Our oven-baked turkey burgers are proof that turkey burgers can be anything but dry and boring. Ever thought of trying an air fryer cheeseburger? If the air fryer is your jam, it might convince you to never go back to grilling.
With all these burgers on the table, don’t stop there. Load up on our favorite double-fried French fries, salt n’ pepper sweet potato fries, and our favorite BBQ sides and salads.
There are about a million ways to top a hamburger, and we’re not here to tell you what goes onto your patty. It is our duty to make sure that you’re cooking burgers as best as you possibly can. Our golden rules: Be sure to let the meat come to room temperature and season generously with salt and pepper before you grill up.
Get the Classic Cheeseburger recipe.
Can’t believe you’ve so long without trying a pizza burger? Now’s the time: These were born when we just couldn’t decide between a slice of pepperoni or a burger and never wanted to have to make the decision again. It’s the perfect combo much like BLT sushi or pizza chicken.
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These chicken patties are seasoned with smoked paprika and topped with crunchy, bright coleslaw to really give beef burgers a run for their money. Finish them with creamy avocado, spicy red onion, and cheddar and jalapeño before sandwiching all of it between buttery brioche buns for the ultimate bite.
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We love our turkey burger for one simple reason: We let it be. We don’t try to cover up the fact that it’s turkey. Instead, we embrace it. Turkey burgers tend to be drier, so we add an egg to ours to help it hold together and give it moisture. Pro tip: Use 94 percent lean ground turkey so the patties easily stay together.
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Roasting the chickpeas to the point before they start to crisp draws out a ton of moisture, leaving you with a perfectly tender patty. Stirred up with herbs, spices, and onion, the patties stay together easily and go insanely well with our easy lemon-yogurt sauce.
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Greek-Inspired Salmon Burgers
OK, so pureeing a salmon fillet with egg isn’t the sexiest process, but it’s key in helping these patties hold together. You’ll be so glad you did when you’re eating this light, flavorful salmon burger sandwiched in fluffy pita.
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Air Fryer Cheeserburger
When we went on the quest to make the world’s best burger, we really wish we would have tested out our air fryer version then. With the quick cook time, these stay perfectly juicy and basically beg for a melty slice of cheese. Load it up with your favorite toppings and feel like the burger master you are, without all the smoke in your face.
Oh, and don’t forget to make yourself some air fryer sweet potatoes while you’re at it!
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Chicken Parm Burgers
Sink your teeth into this spin on chicken parm. The ground chicken patties simmer in marinara for a burger that’s saucy and and cheesy—and is so much easier to pull off than the Italian classic.
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Copycat Carl’s Jr. Bacon Western Cheeseburger
There are a ton of famous fast food burgers, but the Bacon Western Cheeseburger holds a special place in our hearts (and not just because it’s really fun to say). Top with tangy BBQ sauce and crispy onion rings, and you’re on your way to burger heaven.
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These Greek(ish) lamb burgers are one of our favorite lamb recipes ever. The feta yogurt sauce is everything—slather it on both sides of the bun. If you end up with extra, it makes the perfect dip for raw veggies or pita chips.
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Baked Turkey Burgers
These juicy turkey burgers are packed with flavor, thanks to soy sauce, garlic, green onion, and shallot. Baking the burgers removes the guesswork of knowing whether they’re fully cooked. You can top these however you like, but we love adding some richness to the lean turkey burger with some avocado and onion.
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Egg in a Hole Burger
There’s just something about a yolky, over-medium egg on a burger. The richness is at max capacity, but with a dash of hot sauce, there’s a beautiful balance, too. You’ve heard of egg-in-a-basket before—this is a whole new take. Sandwich these patties on your favorite toasted bun for your next burger night for a fun, delicious surprise.
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Lemon-Dill Salmon Burgers
A great burger is so much more than just beef, and these 5-star salmon burgers are here to prove it. The secret? Canned salmon!
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Meet our new favorite way we cope with indecision, because no longer do you have to choose between a quesadilla or a burger. A chili- and jalapeño-spiced patty is *the* perfect filling for crispy fried tortillas.
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Keto Burger Fat Bombs
The key ingredient in these burger fat bombs: BUTTER. It’ll help keep you satisfied and happy for way longer than your favorite fast food joint ever could. Plus, cheddar is always a welcome surprise.
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Crab Cake Burger
There’s nothing to be crabby about with these burgers, especially when it means a creamy, tangy Old Bay sauce. You can even double-down on that savory Old Bay flavor by adding a healthy dab of Old Bay hot sauce or sprinkling the seasoning on your fries.
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Give these Maui Burgers a try when you want to mix up your grill game. We’re crazy about the shichimi aioli, which is made with mayo and shichimi togarashi, a Japanese red pepper seasoning you can find at your local Asian grocery store.
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Copycat Big Mac
Our favorite part of the iconic Big Mac? That Mac sauce. Once a trade secret, all it takes is whisking together mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, yellow mustard, and ketchup (for that trademark pink color) with vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. It’s a versatile condiment that you can put on anything from french fries to eggs.
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Meat Lover’s Veggie Burger
Our recipe uses TWO types of umami-rich mushroom goodness for the meatless patties: fresh shiitakes and dried porcini. To avoid the mush factor, we opted for a couple thin, smaller patties rather than one large one. That way, you get nice caramelization on the outside without a thick layer of uncooked patty in the center. Plus, double the patty means double the cheese. See ya never, mushy veggie burgers. ✌️
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Pineapple Bun Burgers
Burgers get a tropical—and low-carb!—makeover when slices of charred pineapple replace the buns. These couldn’t be juicier or easier to grill up.
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Mackenzie Filson is a food writer and contributing digital food producer at Delish. Her favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate-pine. If wine was an astrological sign she’d be a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. She’s never met a bag of Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos she didn’t eat in one sitting.
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