It’s National Hamburger Day! Hamburgers are well-loved for a reason – that juicy patty, the delicious bun – but what is a hamburger without toppings, sides, and over-the-top extras?! Everyone’s tastes vary when it comes to enjoying a delicious, grilled–to-perfection burger. If you’re in a bit of a burger rut, fear not: we’ve taken care of some taste-testing for you and selected some of our favorite toppings and accouterments for your ordering pleasure this summer season.
Choose your toppings: Theses are the starters, the staples, the go-to’s for many burger lovers. Pick 1 or 2 of these to create a solid base to your burger. Then pick from the “to try” column for a little extra zest.
Veggies: Choosing the right lettuce and veggies can mean the difference between a soggy burger, or a crunchy delight!
Staples with some crunch: Romaine, Endive, Butterhead,
Best Leafy greens: Spinach, Leaf lettuce, Iceberg, Sprouts
Staple veggies with crunch: Tomatoes, Pickles, Cucumber, Plain Onions, Green and Red Peppers
Veggies to try: Sweet potato, Radishes, Sweet Corn, Beans ( Black and Kidney), sautéed mushrooms, Jalapeño, caramelized onions, Beets
Cheese: The cheese adds a pleasing flavor boost to your burger and can take it from average to extraordinary in one slice.
Staples: American, Cheddar, Swiss
To Try: Brie, Gouda, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, Blue Cheese, Nacho Cheddar
Cheese Alternatives: Avocado and hummus are great, healthy alternatives to cheese
Sauces and Spreads
Staples: mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup
Sweet Sauces to try: Teriyaki, Pineapple Salsa, Balsamic Vinegar
Spicy Sauces to try: Ancho-Chile mayo, Spicy pepper jam, Hot Salsa, horseradish sauce, Thousand Island dressing,
Add-ons to try: Bacon, Fried Egg, Won Tons, and Fruit (pineapple and peaches)
Our Top 3 Summer Burgers: Try one of these on your next restaurant excursion and you’re sure to leave satisfied.
1. The Southwest Burger
Veggies: Black Beans, Green and Red Peppers, Jalapeño, Corn
Cheese and alternatives: Pepper Jack, Monterey Jack, Avocado
Sauces: Ancho-Chile mayo, Chipotle Mayo
Add-ons: Fried Egg
Sides: Tortilla Chips
2. The Garden Burger (swap out a hamburger for a turkey burger or chicken patty instead)
Lettuce: Spinach, Sprouts
Veggies: Cucumber, Tomatoes,
Cheese and alternatives: Hummus
Sauces: Balsamic Vinegar
Sides: Cup of Fruit and sweet potato fries
3. The All or Nothing Burger
Veggies: Caramelized Onions, Sautéed Mushrooms
Cheese and alternatives: Nacho Cheddar and Gouda
Add-ons: Fried Egg and Bacon
Sides: Onion Rings
Tell us, what kind of burger will you order for National Hamburger Day?