10 ways to tart up your basic summer burger

June 26, 2013 11:02:12 AM

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Whether you're grilling a standard beef burger, a bison patty, a chicken breast or even a humble portobello mushroom cap, it's time to move beyond the basic adornments of ketchup and a slice of cheese. And adding pickles and tomatoes -- even artisanal and heirloom specimens -- doesn't count. 

 

To help you make this a summer of way better burgers, we dreamed up 10 fresh ways to dress them that will be easy and delicious, no matter what they are made of. 

 

 

 

  • THE FIGGY PIGGY 

     

    BLUE 

     

    Fig jam 

     

    Crumbled blue cheese 

     

    Prosciutto or serrano ham 

     

     

     

  • THE EGGPLANT PARM 

     

    Sliced fresh mozzarella 

     

    Sliced grilled eggplant 

     

    Sun-dried tomatoes (oil-packed) 

     

     

     

  • THE BACK WOODS 

     

    Cranberry sauce 

     

    Extra-sharp cheddar cheese 

     

    Applewood smoked bacon 

     

    Coarse grain brown mustard 

     

     

     

  • THE THAI 

     

    Sliced avocado 

     

    Spicy peanut sauce (2 tablespoons peanut butter, 2 teaspoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, splash of hot sauce) 

     

    Sliced red onion 

     

    Fresh cilantro 

     

     

     

  • THE NEW YORKER 

     

    Pastrami 

     

    Caramelized onions 

     

    Horseradish sauce 

     

    Swiss cheese 

     

     

     

  • THE MEDITERRANEAN 

     

    Sliced roasted red peppers 

     

    Olive tapenade 

     

    Feta cheese 

     

    Fresh basil 

     

     

     

  • THE INDIAN 

     

    Naan (in place of a bun) 

     

    Potato chips sprinkled with curry powder 

     

    Baby spinach 

     

     

     

  • HEUVOS RANCHEROS 

     

    Fried egg (with a runny yolk) 

     

    Salsa 

     

    Monteray Jack cheese 

     

    Crisped bacon or chorizo 

     

     

     

  • THE CAESAR 

     

    Toasted garlic bread (in place of a bun) 

     

    Chopped romaine lettuce tossed with Caesar dressing 

     

    Shaved Parmesan cheese 

     

    Anchovies (if you dare) 

     

     

     

  • THE DRAGON 

     

    Sriracha sauce 

     

    Pickled jalapenos 

     

    Pepper jack cheese 

     

    Pepperoni 

     

    Freshly ground Sichuan peppercorns