Made with fresh herbs, flavorful spices, and creative toppings, these unique burger recipes will turn classic grilling fare into new family favorites.

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Creative Ideas for Grilled Burgers

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.

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 burger recipes, you’ll want to think outside the box on the toppings as well.

Swap old favorites like ketchup, mustard and American cheese for heartier flavors like blue cheese, melted provolone or guacamole.

Replace standard choices like lettuce and tomato with grilled pineapple, fried tomato slices or 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.

Unique Burger Recipes