Here are the 20 best burger recipes for your summer cookout
The Mushroom Monster Burger
"By blending mushrooms into the meat, therefore only using half as much meat, I'm creating a burger that is sustainable and still "burger-licious"! The mushrooms add umami and great texture — so the burger is still juicy and flavorful. And, because we use less meat, and mushrooms have lots of nutritious benefits, you're eating a burger that is better for your health and waist line, but is still a super satisfying burger!" cookbook author Logan Guleff writes.
Shake Shack's Roker Burger
Al Roker teamed up with cult-favorite burger chain Shake Shack to offer the delicious Roker Burger nationwide. It was only on the menu for a week, but gained lots of fans in that time. So if you missed it or have been craving another taste, here's the home-cook-friendly recipe for you to try yourself!
The Downlow Burger
"I love this recipe for my 'Downlow' burger because most of the preparation can be done ahead of time. Plus, nothing beats a perfect burger with a cold beer when watching a football game. This version is an elevated take on an In-N-Out Double-Double — one of my favorites in Southern California," chef Michael Fiorelli writes.
Spicy Salmon Burgers
"If your experience of salmon burgers has only been out of the frozen food aisle, this easy recipe will show you what salmon burgers are really meant to be," writes food editor and writer Elettra Wiedemann. "They're impatient foodie-friendly, impressive, delicious and healthy, a win all around! My little brother and sister — not normally fish fans — gobbled these up and asked for seconds."
Chicken Chorizo Burgers
The chorizo adds so much flavor and helps keep the chicken burgers moist when grilling.
Al's Veggie Burger
TODAY's Al Roker may make a mean patty melt, BBQ brisket and rack of ribs, but he's also makes a great veggie burger. A mixture of black beans and mushrooms forms the base of his hearty and filling patties that are topped with a creamy and spicy Sriracha mayo. Serve the burgers with Al's Baked Sweet Potato Fries and you've got fast, easy and delicious meatless dinner for four.
Trisha Yearwood's 'Sweet Pea' Burgers
"Now, normally, I don’t like a lot of veggie burgers," said the singer, author, actress and chef. "They either try too hard to simulate a meat burger or they just fall apart. Mine has chickpeas and sweet potatoes, and it really holds together. Sometimes I’ll just eat a burger plain with no bun. I make a batch and then we have meals for the next day or two!"
Pimento Cheese and Bacon Burger
"Pimento cheese is dangerously delicious, and when you add it to a bacon burger, it's a killer cookout recipe," TODAY Food contributor Elizabeth Heiskell writes.
Siri's Chickpea Burgers
"These Chickpea Burgers are a hit (between Carson and I of course, kids were like, 'Chickpea wha??'). The coriander, cumin and cilantro add so much flavor, and the mushrooms combined with the beans made it taste hearty and delicious. I love them, and will make them again and again. We serve ours in pita pockets topped them with avocado, tomato and a store-bought tzatziki sauce (and I will forever have to Google the spelling of that word)," Siri Daly writes.
Brisket Burger with Squash Pickles
Give your summer cookout some Southern flair -- because no one does brisket like they do in the South! Here, Isaac Toups of Toups' Meatery shares his recipe for a meaty brisket burger topped with homemade squash pickles and creole aioli.
Greek Turkey Burgers
A generous tablespoon of garlic puree not only helps bind the ground turkey mixture for these Greek-style turkey burgers, but is critical for adding moisture and a wonderful layer of flavor to the patties.
Roast Beef Burger Sliders
This recipe is inspired by a Boston classic: a roast beef "3-way" with barbecue sauce, mayo and cheese. And putting two different red meat preparations (ground beef burgers and roast beef) on one slider ensures maximum beefy flavor to satisfy your carnivorous cravings.
5-Ingredient Inside-Out Bacon Cheeseburgers
Tired of the same old burger? Stuff it with your favorite cheese and smoky bacon for an over-the-top inside-out bacon cheeseburger.
Juicy Lucy Burger
The Juicy Lucy is a midwestern classic. How can you not love biting into a burger with cheese oozing out of the middle? It's so satisfying. Just be careful not to burn the roof of your mouth! Try this version from burger maestro chef Tim Love.
Broncos Bison Burger with Garlic Aioli
Rooting for the Broncos? Hosea Rosenberg, chef at Boulder's Blackbelly Market and former "Top Chef" star, shares a recipe to show your team spirit.
Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders
"These sliders are slightly spicy, really flavorful and delightfully messy," says "The Pioneer Woman" Ree Drummond. "They are great when there's a big game on TV or if you find yourself suddenly with a houseful of hungry men. They're slightly spicy, incredibly flavorful, and super messy in a wonderful way! The little jalapeño slices absolutely make the dish."
Southern Burger with Caramelized Onion Jam
Kevin Sbraga of Sbraga Dining shares an over the top burger that will truly impress.
Tim Love's Burger Dogs
Instead of turning ground beef into a patty, chef Tim Love shapes the meat into loaves that resemble hot dogs, called Burger Dogs.
Chicken Parmesan Burgers
"I love ordering chicken Parmesan at Italian restaurants, but the rich dish isn't exactly swimsuit-season-friendly. This burger is equally delicious and perfect for a summer backyard get-together!" Siri Daly writes.
Mini Burgers with Aged Cheddar on Brioche Buns
These tasty sliders are made with Wagyu beef and aged Vermont cheddar at New York City's Rainbow room. If you can't find these ingredients, choose the highest quality alternatives you can find.