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10 alternative burgers you simply have to try

August 5, 2017

We know you have the recipe this for the best burgers this side of the Atlantic, but even the tastiest ‘secret’ ingredients become rather standard after a while. And while there’s nothing wrong with a classic quarter pounder, we’ve rounded up 10 stellar ideas to shake up your palate and satisfy all your hankerings with mouth-watering ingredients from around the globe.

Gigante Picante

Turn up the heat and set your mouth alight with a massive burger that’s totally en fuego. Be generous with your portions of ground beef to create thick, juicy patties cut with hot chili flakes, cumin, oregano, chopped garlic, and diced fresh coriander. After grilling the burger over the flames, add more fire with slices of pepper jack cheese and a lathering of habanero mayonnaise. Serve on a jalapeño cheese bun with guacamole and sliced red onions.

Roman Holiday

Treat your taste buds to a few Roman specialities wrapped up in a carnivore’s dream. Supplement your ground beef mixture with a few tablespoons of pesto and strutto, a type of pork lard used generously in Rome. Serve on slices of rosemary focaccia topped with marinated artichokes, crispy prosciutto, thick slices of Roma tomatoes, and slivers of Pecorino Romano.

Siesta Time

Spanish culinary secrets meet American ingenuity in a multilevel burger that practically begs you to take a nap after devouring it. In your burger mix, add liberal dashes of smoked paprika, shredded spears of fresh rosemary, and ground pepper. Press the patties into thin sheets of succulence and flash grill them. Slather a sesame bun with BBQ sauce on one side and allioli (Catalan garlic mayo) on the other. Line it with a thin slice of jamón serrano, then a patty, then a triangle of manchego – repeat as many times as you please.

Wild West

Recalling the buffalo herds that once roamed the Great Plains of the United States, bison ranches are cropping up all over the country, offering the world a growing supply of this lean, moreish alternative to beef. Add finely chopped onions, chili flakes, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, a pinch of cumin, and a dusting of sage to your ground bison mixture. Serve on a pretzel bun and top the burgers with smoked cheddar, slices of ripe avocado, crunchy slices of pickles, crispy romaine, and sriracha-ranch dressing.

Kobe Giant

This burger goes the extra mile to treat the epitome of beef perfection with the respect it deserves. Season your ground Kobe beef simply with ground pepper and a dash of salt to let the famed flavours of the meat shine through. A hearty farmhouse roll offers ample support for a thick patty topped with bacon (hint – fry the bacon first and then cook your burgers in the grease), melted Gruyere, and creamy mushrooms with garlic.

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Very Venison

The leanness of venison means it cooks quickly and dries out easily, so you must take extra care when grilling – give yourself a hand by adding finely chopped apples to your mix. Top your perfectly grilled burgers with the powerful flavour of your favourite creamy Stilton, smoky and slightly spicy chipotle ketchup, and the sweet pungency of red cabbage balsamic sauerkraut. Serve on a fluffy pumpernickel bun.

Burger of the Sea

Stretch the limits of your quest for burger innovation to the ocean and back – the richness of salmon holds its own in this satisfying take on the classic creation. Some might think that salmon burgers are tricky to make, but you can simply alter your favourite burger recipe by replacing the beef with chopped wild salmon. Then add a tablespoon of wholegrain mustard, along with capers and diced shallots to taste. While your salmon burgers are sizzling, roast lightly salted slices of lemon, squeeze the juice into a bowl with fresh dill and whip with cream cheese. Spread the lemon-dill cream cheese on a chewy sourdough roll and top the burgers with watercress.

Greek Goddess

Pay homage to the Mediterranean marvels of Greek cuisine with this succulent creation. Mix ground lamb meat with chopped kalamata olives and pinches of oregano, mint, thyme, basil, marjoram, and minced dried onion and garlic to taste. Before grilling, push a few cubes of feta cheese into the centre of each patty and make sure the meat completely covers it. Serve in a pita piled with layers of roasted red peppers, spinach, diced tomatoes, and ribbons of cucumber – and top with a drizzle of oregano-yoghurt sauce.

Gobble Gobble

Just because turkey burgers are seen as healthier alternatives doesn’t mean they have to be tame or boring. Turn up the flavour in your ground turkey meat with a liberal sprinkle of Herbes de Provence, diced red onions, finely chopped garlic, and grated fresh fennel. Spread wholegrain mustard and tarragon mayonnaise on a multigrain bun, and top your burger with slices of roasted beets, caramelised onions, creamy goat cheese, and fiery rocket.

Finger Lickin’ Kickin’

Brace yourself for this monster, a behemoth burger inspired by the American South with an added kick. It starts off innocently enough; simply prepare your favourite recipe for beef burgers. But then, top it with pulled pork, horseradish coleslaw, fried green tomatoes, and a smoky, spicy Jack Daniels BBQ sauce (add a pinch of cayenne to this recipe). Serve on an oversized cornbread bun.

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    Jack is the editor of The Leisure Lounge. Expert in the art of writing things and putting them online. Loves travelling, especially anywhere in southeast Asia. Hates mushrooms.