There are few foods as universally loved by kids as much as cheeseburgers. But you don't have to bust out the grill to enjoy them all year-round — just broil, panfry, or even bake them for a quick and easy dinner. We've rounded up some tasty variations on the classic ooey-gooey patties that cook up in a snap, making cheeseburgers a great weeknight meal. Click through for some of our favorite takes on the classic burger!
When I think of classic cheeseburgers, orange cheese, like slices of America or cheddar cheese, come to mind. This cheeseburger 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: It's commonly associated with pasta, but 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 burger, with a creamy nacho cheese sauce, was the talk of Rachael Ray's Burger Bash last year at the New York City Wine and Food Festival. It won him the people's choice award and will win you raves with your family.
Happy burger season! Over the weekend I made the most amazing lamb burgers. Well, I assembled the patties and my father was in charge of grilling them. "How come there's no cheese?" he wondered while manning the grill. Little did he know that I had already made a whipped feta topping for the burgers. However, I couldn't agree with him more: when it comes to burgers, I can't have one unless it's a cheeseburger. How about you?
In case you missed it, we're reaching the end of National Burger Week, and there's no time like the present to take to the grill with a few of your favorite patties! (Need suggestions to put in between the bun? We've got more than a few.) While we're on the subject, I want to know what your favorite burger is, where it's from, and what goes into it.
One of my top contenders of all time has to go to a high-end restaurant in San Francisco called Spruce. Yes, it's a froufrou cloth napkin burger that'll run you $16, but I've never had better: house-ground Niman ranch beef, served with melted havarti cheese, homemade zucchini, and red onion pickles, lettuce, tomato, and herb-caper aioli on a buttered English muffin that's baked from scratch. Oh, and a side of duck fat fries.
What's the hands-down best burger you've ever had — and what was in it?
When McDonald's first launched its Angus Third Pounders to much fanfare, we couldn't wait to try them out, and the consensus was that the chain's Bacon & Cheese Third Pounder came out on top. The golden arches must've known they were on to something, because now they've expanded their line to include an Angus Chipotle BBQ Bacon & Cheese Third Pounder.
The new offering — which also comes wrapped in a tortilla as a Snack Wrap — has a proprietary chipotle BBQ sauce. Did the smoky spiciness that chipotle is known for bring a new dimension to the Angus Third Pounder? Slashfood was on a mission to find out. For the verdict, read the full story at Slashfood.
Rachael Ray is known for her burgers, so it comes as no surprise that the television personality, in partnership with her magazine Every Day With Rachael Ray, is looking for the best undiscovered burger chef. Over the past few weeks, magazine readers have submitted nominations for their favorite burgers offered by independent restaurants across the country.
The staff of Every Day has selected three finalists — Paul Malvone, Tommy Up, and Mauricio Oliveros — to prepare their burgers on the Rachael Ray show later this week. Only one will be chosen to bring his burger to Rachael Ray's Burger Bash at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival in February.
Of the competition, Editor in Chief Liz Vaccariello said, "The magazine wanted to show that lesser known cooks can hold their own at the biggest and most respected burger competition in the country." I think the opportunity is a fun one, and I look forward to tasting the winner's creation at the fifth annual Burger Bash on Feb. 24. Who makes your favorite burger?
Last week Bobby Flay announced plans to expand his fast-casual restaurant concept, Bobby's Burger Palace, to 14 more cities. He also trademarked the term "crunchify" to describe his crunchburger. Besides the crunchburger, the other specialty at Bobby's Burger Palace are the regional burgers, a burger with toppings designed around a specific city. The Burger King takes these burgers very seriously so much so that he even accused Applebee's of copying his regional burger idea. Since I've had Bobby and burgers on the brain, I put together this quiz that tests your knowledge of the regional burgers. I'll list the topping ingredients to one of Flay's burgers and you tell me what city it represents. Here we go!
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Whether you prefer In-N-Out or Five Guys, there's no denying that this photo of a burger that marzbars took is scrumptious-looking. When we came across it in the Savory Sights group, we couldn't help but moan a Homer Simpson-like "mmmm."
I'm trying not to be sad, but with the arrival of Labor Day comes the inevitable end of Summer. To keep my spirits up, I'm crafting the ultimate Labor Day party menu. It's full of Summer's best ingredients. To start, I recommend a surf-inspired decadent and gooey seafood dip. For the main course, burgers, specifically double cheeseburgers seasoned with smoky cheddar, fruity chutney, and peppery arugula. On the side? Classic sour cream potato salad that's full of green onions and crisp bacon and a fun take on the regular caprese salad: roasted tomato and mozzarella "burgers." Doesn't this sound like an amazing meal?! Get the recipes after the break.
If the middle of the week has got you down, why not cheer up with cheeseburgers? This recipe for meatball sliders seasons the beef with breadcrumbs, sage, and lots of parmesan cheese.
They're quick to put together and fun to eat. The smaller size means you can indulge without the guilt. Serve the sliders with salad greens, couscous, or grilled potatoes. Want the recipe? Get it right here.