When the temperature rises, it’s wise to move the cooking outdoors and keep the house cool. The same old grilled chicken, hamburgers, and hot dogs can get pretty boring, though. Instead, freshen up your outdoor grilling routine with these 10 deliciously different ways to make hamburgers.
Copycat In-N-Out cheeseburger
In-N-Out is famous for its perfectly cooked patties, super-fresh veggies, soft potato bun and secret sauce that we all want to spread on everything. With this copycat In-N-Out cheeseburger recipe from Life in the Lofthouse, you can enjoy that same deliciousness right at home. Psst: The secret to the hamburger patties is grated onion for flavor and egg for binding. The secret sauce really isn’t much of a secret — it’s Thousand Island dressing — but it’s absolutely crucial for the full In-N-Out experience.
Mushroom burger with provolone cheese
Throw burger boredom to the curb with the mushrooms, melted provolone cheese, creamy aioli, caramelized onions and beautiful bun of this mushroom burger with provolone cheese. The first step is making the aioli. Start by blending room-temperature eggs, lemon juice, mustard and garlic. Next, slowly add the olive and vegetable oils to create a mayonnaise-like sauce. The burgers are made with ground chuck for the perfect meat-to-fat ratio and finished with onions, mushrooms and caramelized mushrooms.
The ultimate Southern-style burger
It’s always a good idea to have a go-to burger recipe on hand, and this ultimate Southern style burger from Grits and Pinecones is just the thing. Pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes and onion rings top a grilled patty, and it’s all served on a hearty bun. Check out the linked recipe to find instructions for making all the Southern-inspired toppings.
Mexican cheeseburger melt
This recipe for Mexican cheeseburger melt uses taco seasoning in the ground beef for an extra-spicy kick. The cooked hamburger is topped with caramelized onions, jalepeños and melted Swiss or Monterey Jack cheese and served on a toasted, buttered bun. Serve with cold beer and a side of freshly cut French fries or chips and guacamole.
Instant Pot cheeseburgers
The Instant Pot is the current darling of the culinary world, and it’s no wonder: It takes the guesswork and fear out of pressure-cooking, increases efficiency in the kitchen, and gets dinner ready in no time. It also lets you make outstanding cheeseburgers without heating up the house or firing up the grill! These Instant Pot cheeseburgers are essentially steamed in foil packets for 15 minutes, then topped with cheese and broiled for a couple minutes more. Then, just top them with whatever you like. Making these is as easy and simple as the cleanup afterward.
Easy oven-roasted burgers
This easy oven-roasted burger recipe is exactly what you need when you feel like a hamburger, but the grill is not an option. This recipe creates maximum flavor with onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper mixed into the beef. Roasted at 425F, topped with cheese and set under the broiler to melt, these oven-roasted burgers easily rival their grilled counterparts.
Loaded beef burgers
Enjoy gourmet hamburgers right at home with this loaded beef burger recipe from Recipe Tin Eats. This recipe pays homage to the Wagyu hamburger, famous for its tender beef and incredible fat marbling — without the $25–30 price tag. Just mix regular ground beef with grated onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, an egg, salt, pepper, ketchup and Parmesan cheese. Form into patties and indent the top to prevent shrinkage. Grill or oven-roast them, then top as desired. May we suggest some bacon, cheese or even a runny egg?
Hot hamburger sandwiches
For all you gravy lovers, this is the hamburger recipe for you! This is a Canadian take on an American favorite: the hot hamburger sandwich. It’s a regular hamburger, set between two pieces of sandwich bread, and then covered with brown gravy. This is a great idea for leftover burgers or for when you don’t have any buns on hand. For fewer calories, you can omit the top piece of bread. For extra taste, add some sautéed onions or a slice of cheese.
Barbecue bacon cheddar smokehouse burger
All other burgers need not apply: The position for the best-tasting burger has been filled. Bold, spicy flavors, bacon and a generous slathering of melted cheese make this barbecue bacon cheddar smokehouse burger from The Slow Roasted Italian memorable, to say the least. Ground chuck is mixed with chipotle chili pepper for a smoky and spicy kick. As the rest of the ingredients are mixed in, the flavor develops a robust and delicious tang. The keys are the homemade barbecue sauce and super-melty cheddar beer cheese.
Merlot onion burgers
Red wine and red meat make the classic pairing, so why not put them together in the first place with these merlot onion burgers? Red wine is mixed with Worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt and pepper for mixing into the beef. The burgers are either grilled or cooked on the stovetop in a cast-iron skillet, then topped with sharp cheddar cheese and sautéed onions. The tastes of red wine, sharp cheese, juicy beef and caramelized onions meld into an unexpected flavor explosion.