Easy, unexpected additions deliciously boost burgers

  • By Alison Ladman Associated Press
  • Thursday, June 20, 2013 3:12pm
  • Life

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

Huevos 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

More in Life

Shrimp and grits, rendered healthful and Italian? We’re in.

This recipe features a sauce made with olive oil, tomatoes and herbs instead of cheese and cream.

UFO at Paine Field playground was left by an artist — not aliens

The flying saucer at community park in Everett is a cosmic attraction.

Chef James Abbott makes Buck’s peanut butter pie at Buck’s American Cafe in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
New Edmonds bakery showcases owner’s mastery of pastry

Desserts are the highlight at Ganache Patisserie and Cafe on Main Street near the theater.

Marysville theater stages Noel Coward’s timeless ‘Blithe Spirit’

The cast and crew at the Red Curtain Arts Center do a fine job with the 1940s British play.

Stringed instruments get workout at Cascade Symphony concert

Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings” is the orchestra’s first concert of the season.

‘Breathe’ ignores all the inspirational movie cliches

It tells the story of a polio patient and his wife who helped change attitudes about the disabled.

Confusing, muddled thriller confounds talented director, cast

“The Snowman,” based on a Scandinavian crime novel, suffers from catastrophic storytelling problems.

Animating Van Gogh paintings proves to be trippy yet flawed

“Loving Vincent” relates the circumstances of the great painter’s death.

Most Read