Everybody loves a good ole’ hamburger. Whether it’s your traditional ‘American’ hamburger, a double stack cheese burger or a blue cheese veggie burger, everyone has their favorite. Burgers are a lot like pizza or vice versa, the buns can take on an array of toppings and types of burgers. So in the tradition of making life an adventure, we’ve sorted out the Real Food Real Kitchens Top 10 Burgers that might help you re-imagine what a burger should be made with. We pulled one or two from here or there and from many ‘Top 10 Burgers’ lists across the web-i-verse and taste tested them ourselves. Here’s what we came up with. – Darius Bass
note: try these with a veggie burger patty where possible.
10.) GRILLED PIZZA BURGER – This burger is normally a kids favorite topped with Italian spices like oregano and basil, onion and garlic minced, red and green peppers, some mozzarella cheese and a healthy slathering of pizza sauce and you got it! Adults can get down with this as well, we sure did.
9.) TO DIE FOR BURGER – This burger is heavy on the garlic which we love and topped with avocados and roasted red peppers. We think the ‘death’ part probably comes in afterwards during face to face conversation with your co-workers. No one will want to talk to you after this one. The garlic is a good deterrence giving you an afternoon off in the office. Ahhh!
8.) AUSSIE ‘BURGER’ – This is a meat-lovers dream burger! Overloaded with toppings like cheese, bacon lettuce, tomato, a fried egg, pineapple, beet root, and bbq sauce, this burger has some weight to it. The patty and bun need to be huge to fit all of these toppings. You may be hard pressed to find this burger anywhere outside Austrlia.
7.) FRENCH TARRAGON BURGER – These patties offer an innovative twist on a traditional burger. Toppings include: mayo, Dijon mustard, chopped shallots, minced fresh tarragon, and garlic. Layer on to crusty grilled pieces of French bread and you’ve got an out of this world burger like you’ve never tasted before!
6.) OPEN FACED CHICKEN AVACADO BURGER – A creamy avocado spread tops out this burger along with heavy slices of mozzarella cheese and tomato. These chicken burgers might be that healthier alternative you are looking for.
5.) ALOHA BURGER – This Hawaiian classic is fruity and savory at the same time. The tang of the pineapple gets your juices flowing to start and makes the craving you get for this delicious masterpiece even stronger. You can bake this burger in teriyaki sauce, top it with bacon and / or Swiss cheese, and add some onion if you’d like. The vegetarian version of this is equally amazing.
4.) CAJUN BURGER – This burger is chock full of spices: paprika, dried thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, and a heavy dose of hot sauce! You can even add a touch of BBQ sauce to this one and top it off with some pepper jack cheese. Spicy foods are a Real Food Real Kitchens fave and naturally so is this burger.
3.) THE BACON DOUBLE CHEESE STUFFED BURGER – Don’t let this plain looking burger fool you, all the oooy-gooey goodness is on the inside. Filled with the obvious, bacon and cheese, each bite will give you a little squirt of delight as you square this one down.
2.) BLT BURGER – Live and direct from Sin City’s BLT Burger restaurant in the Mirage Hotel & Resort, this beast is topped with double smoked bacon, lettuce, and tomato topped in a special BLT Burger sauce. Simple and Delicious!
1.) THE MEAT LIQUOR BACON CHEESEBURGER – There’s a lot to be said about this burger that was born out of a pub in Paddington, UK called Meat Liquor. What’s to be said is how great this burger tastes, it may even be the most amazing burger in the world. That’s a pretty bold statement huh? For your normal bacon cheeseburger one would think, but this is one of those places that does it in a way you can’t get anywhere else.
by Craig Chapman