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8 Burger Recipes for Your Cookout

8 Burger Recipes for Your Cookout

With just a few ingredients like herbs and spices, you can vamp up any burger patty

Whatever burger patty you have, it’s best golden brown with a bit of a grilled char.

Memorial weekend means it’s time to kick-start summer with outdoor grilling, barbecues, and picnics. To start the summer grilling season off right, it’s time to start flipping burgers. We’re not talking about Burger King or McDonald’s burgers, but rather homemade burger recipes that are juicy and flavorful. With just a few ingredients like herbs and spices, you can vamp up any ground meat like chicken, turkey, or beef. There are also plenty of vegetarian burgers like bean burgers that are equally as delicious. Whatever burger patty you have, it’s best golden brown with a bit of a grilled char.

With so many recipes for burgers, we decided it would be the ideal theme for this week’s SWAT (Sharing With A Theme). We put the Culinary Content Network and our staff to the test to come up with burger recipes and here are some of the highlights:

  • Diane from Vindulge Blog shared with us her recipe for a turkey burger with bacon paste. She says that “when it comes to pairing wine with burgers, the options are equally endless.” Diane recommends pairing this burger with a light Rosé.
  • PJ Binns from Recipes I Live By shared with us his recipe for a pizza burger. Who said pizza can't be a burger? Layer on tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese for a pizza-like burger.
  • The winner this week is Christine Ma from Cherry on My Sundae. Her recipe for a French onion burger takes all the flavors of a classic French onion soup and layers them on a grilled burger patty with crispy fried onions.

All of the recipes featured can be made at home for about $20 or less, excluding the cost of small amounts of basic ingredients such as butter, oil, flour, sugar, salt, pepper, and other dried herbs and spices.

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Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.

Originally published 5/23/14


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21 Leftover Hamburger Recipes So Good You Should Always Make Extra

These leftover hamburger recipe ideas come in handy if you made too many grilled burgers (or smashburgers) this Labor Day. They not only help you use up your food before it goes bad but make your next meal even faster.

And they’re so delicious you’ll probably plan on cooking extra burgers every time from now on.

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Since the meat is already cooked, you’ll just want to be careful not to overdo it adding it to sauce or soup will help keep it moist, but for some of these recipes, you’ll basically only be warming up your leftover patties.

1. Sloppy Joes

This cafeteria staple is so much better when you make it from scratch instead of opening a can. Tomato paste, bell peppers, onions, garlic, Worcestershire, spices, and cider vinegar add delicious depth to the sauce, but it’s still a simple dinner. Get our Sloppy Joe recipe.

2. Wendy’s Copycat Chili

You can make a quick version of any chili with leftover hamburger, but why not a Wendy’s copycat recipe? It’s been claimed they use leftover patties for their beloved chili, but even if it’s not authentic, it’s convenient (and tasty too). Get the Wendy’s Copycat Chili recipe.

3. Tacos or Beef Taco Salad

If your hamburgers are plainly seasoned, here’s an easy trick to make them taste perfect for tacos: Bloom the spices or taco seasoning you normally use in oil or butter and then mix in the crumbled, cooked beef. Pile it into classic crispy tacos, soft shells (like in our Picadillo Breakfast Taco recipe), or make our Beef Taco Salad recipe—edible tortilla bowls optional.

4. Cheeseburger Pie

If you’re still in a burger mood are out of buns, crumble your leftover beef for this easy Cheeseburger Pie recipe. Or if you’re craving something more custardy like bread pudding, use the buns too and make this Cheeseburger Pudding recipe.

5. Ground Beef Pierogies

These Eastern European dumplings are easy to make thanks to the forgiving sour cream-enriched dough, and cooked beef makes a hearty filling that you can also mix with roasted veggies or mashed potatoes if you have any. These are boiled first, then fried in butter and oil. Serve with more sour cream for dipping. Get our Ground Beef Pierogi recipe.

6. Picadillo Meat Pies

For another take on beef encased in tender dough, make empanadas with your crumbled burger patties. Our Picadillo Meat Pie recipe adds olives and raisins to the meat for a piquant, sweet, and savory combo, but you can leave it plainer if you prefer.

7. Red Curry Sloppy Banh Mi

Sauteed garlic and shallots plus red curry paste and coconut milk make leftover ground beef taste brand new. Put it on a baguette or roll for a banh mi-inspired sandwich with fresh herbs and crisp carrot and cucumber slices (which you can quick pickle in rice vinegar first). Get our Red Curry Sloppy Banh Mi recipe.

8. Quick Beef Ragu with Cheesy Polenta

Regular crushed tomatoes will work well here, but we suggest you keep a can or two of fire-roasted tomatoes in your pantry for this sauce (among other things) for the extra depth of flavor they add to a quick dish. You can serve this sauce over noodles if you like, but this rich, cheesy polenta is pretty fabulous (and a great way to use up a little leftover cream cheese too). Get our Quick Beef Ragu with Cheesy Polenta recipe.

9. Ground Beef Gyros

Use the same spice blooming trick for this recipe briefly fry the seasonings in hot oil or butter to bring out their flavor, then mix with your burger chunks and wrap them up in pita or flatbread with a simple yogurt sauce and whatever fixings you lie. Get our Ground Beef Gyro recipe.

10. Moussaka

This Greek casserole combines seasoned ground beef with veggies it often has a layer of potatoes, but this Moussaka recipe sandwiches the meat layer between tender slices of eggplant and zucchini. The creamy bechamel on top is bolstered with cheese and egg for an extra rich and fluffy finish.

11. Beef Taco Soup

Think of this as a thinner chili, ready in under an hour (even faster when you start with crumbled burger meat). Top it with cheese, sour cream, pickled jalape ñ os, and tortilla chips—or Fritos for extra crunch. Get our Beef Taco Soup recipe.

12. Beef Enchiladas

Those fire roasted crushed tomatoes come in handy here too add beans to the beef and cheese filling if you only have a little leftover hamburger and need to bulk it up. Get our Beef Enchilada recipe.

13. Joe’s Special

Ground beef isn’t the first breakfast meat you think of (chances are that’s bacon or ham), but it’s a surprisingly good addition to scrambled eggs, along with spinach for some roughage. This San Francisco diner dish is great for dinner too. Get our Joe’s Special Scramble recipe.

14. Beefy Macaroni Casserole or Tex Mex Mac and Cheese

A quick mac and cheese plus crumbled patties equals a homemade Hamburger Helper, but you can do even better than that. Our Beefy Macaroni Casserole recipe is one habit-forming option. Or try our Tex Mex Mac and Cheese recipe but use your leftover burgers in place of chorizo (to make up for the spice difference, add a little smoked paprika, oregano, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, and garlic when the onion is almost cooked, then crumble in the beef).

15. One-Pot Beef Stroganoff

Using ground beef makes Stroganoff easy enough for a weeknight dinner, but you can use crumbled cooked burgers to make it even quicker. Egg noodles are ready in no time and can cook right in the same pan, making this an ideal one-pot meal. Get our One-Pot Beef Stroganoff recipe.

16. Mini Tamale Pies

These tiny tamale pies are the perfect size for a snack or appetizer, but any kid would be happy to find them in their lunchbox (without the onions if they absolutely refuse, but they might not mind in this dish). The easy masa crust is simply pressed into place, and the richly spiced beef filling is topped with melted cheddar. Get our Mini Tamale Pie recipe.

17. Dolmathes

Greek stuffed grape leaves are easier to make than you think (and you can cook them in the Crock-Pot too), but you don’t have to turn out 50 at a time. If you only have a little burger meat left, combine it with some cooked rice (save the rest of that for fried rice) and fill as many leaves as you can. Eat them for lunch with hummus and flatbread, or serve with Greek BBQ for dinner. Get our Dolmathes recipe.

18. Salisbury Steak

Using leftover hamburger patties won’t be quite the same since you can’t mix in the breadcrumbs and eggs to lighten the texture, but smothering them in this savory sauce still tastes great. Add a dash of Worcestershire to the mushrooms and shallots when they’re almost cooked since it’s missing from the meat. Get our Salisbury Steak recipe.

19. Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed bell peppers are something of a blank canvas, so along with your crumbled burgers, add whatever else you want to the filling (cooked rice or whole grains, onions, herbs, cheese, and so on). Just don’t forget the salt. Get our Stuffed Pepper recipe.

20. Patty Melt

A patty melt is pretty much a grilled cheese-burger hybrid, so it’s an ideal way to use leftover hamburgers, though if yours are particularly thick, you may want to slice them in half lengthwise first. Caramelized onions and swiss cheese harmonize especially well with rye bread, but you can use whatever you have on hand. Get our Patty Melt recipe.

21. Shepherd’s Pie

Mashed potato topped shepherd’s pie (or cottage pie) is one of the best cold weather comfort foods around. You can make it with leftover hamburger but since you won’t get the browned bits from cooking the meat in the pan, add a dab of beef bouillon to deepen the flavor. Get our Shepherd’s Pie recipe.


Our Best Burger Recipes for All of Your Summer Cookouts

Looking back on your favorite summer memories, a few things probably come to mind&mdasha splash in the pool, a lazy day at the beach, a family adventure, or the first bite of a juicy, char-grilled burger. Burgers are synonymous with grilling, and we're all about grilling as much as possible when the weather permits. Hot dogs can feel boring quick, and barbecue chicken is something you can make in your oven, but there are so many different ways to prepare a burger. Since they're one of the most straightforward recipes in a home cook's arsenal, you'll want to make these burgers all year long.

If you think about it, there's just about a million different ways to top a hamburger&mdasheven the most outlandish pairings can work for some. If you're looking for the tried and true flavor profiles, classic combos like grilled peppers and onions or pickles, lettuce, and tomato, are top of mind. When creating a beef burger, it's important to find a cut of beef that's leaner: try finding ground chuck that's 80 percent lean, and 20 percent fat. You'll enjoy a juicy profile without too much grease&mdashand if texture is important to you, you'll want to skip pre-made or frozen patties altogether. Your patties should be about four inches wide, which may seem a tad large, until you remember that burgers will shrink significantly when cooked.

Don't let your creativity stop at beef, either&mdashsome of our favorite burgers feature tender patties of lamb, chicken, turkey, and pork. Our Greek-inspired lamb burgers, which are topped with a serious punch of parsley and bathed in yogurt-feta sauce, are a perfect example of how alternative meats can inspire a fresh take on burger night. And don't forget plant-based recipes, too: Hearty veggies like sweet potatoes and black beans make for amazing burgers that sing with flavor after being tossed on the grill.

We're sharing all of our favorite burgers, from vegetarian options to savory beef classics, that will keep you coming back for more all season long.


Omelets are a great option for using up many kinds of leftovers, including hamburgers! Chop up a few leftover burgers, follow instructions for making an omelet with potato, adding in plenty of cheese and chopped burgers. (Alternately, just make a plain omelet and use frozen home fries from the supermarket). Adding a variety of complementary items like diced tomatoes or sautéed onions, mushrooms, or bell peppers. Instead of salsa, maybe top with a bit of ketchup or serve some on the side for dipping.


Next-Level BBQ Recipes From Grilled Chicken To Watermelon Feta Salad

BBQ season is on the horizon, we can practically feel it! And you know what that means, don't you? It's about time you fire up your barbecue, prep your marinades and ready yourself for a whole lot of grill time, because we're more than ready for a selection of delicious-tasting, easy to make BBQ recipes. We're talking everything from Grilled BBQ Salmon to Homemade Beef Burgers. Along with all the tasty salads and veggie sides. So, if you're looking for some of the tastiest (and easiest) BBQ recipes known to man, check out a selection of our all-time favourite recipes now. We're convinced you're going to love them!

There are about a million ways to top a hamburger, and we're sure as hell not here to tell you what goes into yours. But it's our duty to make sure that you're cooking your burgers as deliciously as possible. With a few super-simple techniques and shopping tips, you'll be a burger master in no time.

Pineapple and salmon are a match made in heaven. Smoky, sweet, and just a little spicy, these skewers are a major crowd-pleaser. Make them for your next barbecue, and watch them disappear.


Recipe Summary

  • 1 slice white sandwich bread
  • 1 ½ tablespoons low-fat milk
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 slices Cheddar cheese
  • 2 brioche buns, halved

Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Cut crust off sandwich bread and tear bread into small pieces. Mix with milk, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl until well incorporated. Add ground beef and mix well. Shape into 2 equal patties. Make an indentation in the center of each patty with your thumb this prevents them from puffing up.

Place in the air fryer basket and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Flip patties over and continue cooking on the second side, 8 to 10 minutes more. Top each patty with cheese and place back in the air fryer until cheese has started to melt, 20 to 30 seconds. Place on buns.


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Enjoy Deliciousness

Being on a diet doesn’t mean that you have to have bland an unenjoyable foods. Diets can be fun – as these keto burger recipes show.

If you’re making foods that you know you’ll like then any diet becomes easier. Actually enjoying your meals will make this diet a breeze.

When you make your stomach happy, you’re going to forget that you’re even dieting.

Forgetting that you’re dieting with these foods doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have a well-rounded meal. By this I mean you should probably have some vegetables. Some of these recipes may not call for vegetables so if you’re looking to add them as a side, you need to know what vegetables work. This is why you need to know about the low carb vegetables that are safe for you to have on the ketogenic diet.

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