Made with fresh herbs, flavorful spices and creative toppings, these unique burger recipes will turn classic grilling fare into new family favorites.
A perfectly grilled beef burger is always a treat, but there's so much more you can do with the concept of a burger when you use your imagination.
Creative Ideas for Grilled Burgers
While there are plenty of ways to elevate a grilled beef burger, alternative meat choices like ground chicken, turkey, veal and lamb offer an opportunity to use flavors and ingredients that won't necessarily work with ground beef.
For instance, ground lamb is a delicious choice to pair with Moroccan-style spices, and ground chicken can take on flavors like fresh lemon and garlic, where beef would be overpowering.
Kick up of the flavors of the burger patties themselves by mixing in ingredients like chopped fresh herbs, minced garlic, ginger, sun-dried tomatoes, bell pepper, sriracha, and less common spices like cumin, coriander and cinnamon.
When it comes to unique burgers, you'll want to think outside the box when it comes to toppings too.
Trade in old favorites like ketchup, mustard and American cheese for heartier flavors like a blue cheese, melted provolone or guacamole.
Replace standard choices like lettuce and tomato with grilled pineapple, fried tomato slices or a garlic and ginger-spiced Asian slaw.
And last, don't forget about the bun. Check the bakery aisle for options like Hawaiian rolls, brioche buns and onion rolls.
You'll find these ideas and more featured in the unique burger recipe collection below.
Choose one or two to try, build on those ideas to create a few of your own and come back and tell us about your unique burger creations.
Next on our list to try: Merguez Lamb Burgers from Marc at No Recipes.
Tuscan Style Burgers with Prosciutto
These delicious burgers are flavored with gorgonzola cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and garlic and served topped with melted fontina cheese, thin-sliced prosciutto and fresh tomato.
Barbecue Pork Burgers
Made with lean ground pork and topped with homemade barbecue sauce, pickles and coleslaw, these tender, juicy burgers are reminiscent of a classic pulled pork sandwich.
Sweet and Sour Chicken Burgers
The flavors of classic sweet and sour chicken - bell pepper, onion, garlic, rice vinegar and sugar are combined with ground chicken to make these juicy, flavorful burgers topped with grilled pineapple and fresh tomato.
Moroccan-Spiced Lamb Burgers
Juicy, grilled lamb burgers flavored with a Moroccan-inspired blend of garlic and spices and topped with fresh tomato, grilled onions and seasoned ketchup.
Grilled Chimichurri Burger
Our juicy, grilled chimichurri burger is flavored both inside and out with a special version of Argentina’s iconic parsley-garlic sauce.
Scallion Burgers with Sesame Slaw
These juicy burgers topped with crunchy Sesame Slaw are filled with Asian-style flavors like ginger, soy and scallions.
Lemon-Garlic Chicken Burgers w/Fried Tomatoes
Chicken burgers flavored with garlic and lemon stay moist and juicy from the addition of a little mayonnaise, panko crumbs and an egg. Top with a slice of fried tomato and a spoonful of blue cheese spread.
Veal Burgers w/Sweet Tomato-Basil Sauce
Grilled veal burgers topped with melted mozzarella cheese and a sauce of fresh tomatoes, basil, and sweet onion are a nice change from the standard beef burgers.
Turkey Burgers with Blue Cheese, Bacon and Honey
A mixture of creamy blue cheese, chopped shallot, mayo and a bit of honey makes flavorful, moist turkey burgers.
Grilled Guacamole Turkey Burgers
Well-seasoned turkey burgers, grilled and served on a soft bun, topped with spicy guacamole and sprigs of fresh cilantro make a delicious, economical weeknight dinner.