Just a few years back, the meatless burger section might have been scarce, but today, when it comes to meat-free patties, there are plenty of easily attainable options. We rounded up five versions of meatless burgers, or soy protein-based patties, to distinguish which ones are worth grilling and which ones should never leave the grocery freezer's nether regions.
Have you ever made your own burger patties and thrown them on the grill, only to discover later that there's a major discrepancy with the bun-to-burger ratio? If your burger engulfs your bun — or, more likely, your bun engulfs the burger, then we've got a handy tip for you. For a burger that perfectly fills the bottom bun, here's the simplest way to avoid that pitfall.
While an all-beef burger is pretty darn hard to beat, these unconventional burgers give the all-American classic a run for its money. These burgers, which run the gamut in style from Southwestern crab cakes nestled between buns to Asian-inflected options (mushu pork or tandoori chicken burgers, anyone?), are bound to satisfy even those who swear by the bovine standard. Keep reading, get inspired, and then fire up the grill!
In celebration of warmer weather, there's simply nothing better than a perfectly-charred, ridiculously juicy burger — whether it's filled with brie, packed with Indian spices, or a classic cheddar cheeseburger. Here are a few that we can't stop craving.
Cheddar has nothing on a good blue cheese burger. The funky flavor and saltiness of blue cheese shines but does not overpower the beef, and it's enough to elevate the roadside burger to a bona fide bistro burger. Even if you're blue cheese adverse, it truly is all about the cheese choice. Using a high-quality blue cheese, like the tart, creamy Point Reyes Original Blue Cheese, may make you change your mind. I made these for a friend who claims that she's anti-blue cheese, and she practically inhaled her burger before I plated mine.
This burger may have you at "brie," but the surprise knockout here is actually a spicy scallion mayonnaise, made with lemon zest, serrano pepper, and garlic.
You may be skeptical of pairing a French cheese with something so spicy, but one bite and I assure you that you'll be sold on the combo forever. Who can resist gourmet flavors, prepped, grilled, and assembled in about 30 minutes flat?
When the term "cheeseburger" is uttered, orange cheese, American or cheddar, probably comes to mind; that's what, after all, is found in every fast-food joint across the nation. But if you're making a cheeseburger at home, why not think outside the box and melt on a different kind of cheese? Here are some unexpected suggestions:
- Pimento cheese: Spread a liberal tablespoon or two of the Southern condiment, which is made with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and pimentos, on top of pork or beef burgers. It will melt onto the patty and provide the burger with a nice creaminess.
- Parmesan cheese: Why not shave some of this cow's milk cheese on a burger? Parmesan would pair with a burger that's seasoned, like meatballs, and topped with tomato sauce instead of ketchup. Or, for a special crunch, bake disks of grated parmesan until brown and put the cheese crisps on the burger just before serving.
- Nacho cheese: Bobby Flay's creamy nacho cheeseburger has been the talk of burger connoisseurs in years past, and even won him the people's choice award Burger Bash one year. Likewise, it'll win you raves with your family.
It's National Burger Month, and we're ready to get grilling and celebrate! But before you prepare to chow down, let's get the facts straight. How much do you know about the history of the hamburger? Take the quiz to find out!Take the Quiz
Love an anything-but-beef burger? At Sutter Home Winery's Build a Better Burger Recipe Contest this past weekend, contestants submitted alternative burger recipes for a chance to win $15,000. These five finalists flew to Napa Valley to cook their alternative burgers (including pork, salmon, and lamb) in front of the judges. Take a look and get inspired to cook something other than beef!