POPSUGAR Celebrity

9 Recipes That Prove Burgers Are the King of Summer Cookouts

May 19 2015 - 11:30am

In celebration of warmer weather, there's simply nothing better than a perfectly charred, ridiculously juicy burger — whether it's nestled between two truffle mac 'n' cheese buns, threaded onto a skewer, or transformed into a classic cheddar cheeseburger. Here are a few takes on this American classic that we can't stop craving.

Shake Shack Shackburger

Before getting experimental with burger variations, it's important to learn how to make a cheeseburger the right way. We can think of no better take on this cookout star than NYC icon Shake Shack's Shackburger [1].

Scallion-and-Brie-Stuffed Burgers

The highbrow take on Minnesota's iconic Juicy Lucy [2] is stuffed with an oozing brie center [3] and slathered with spicy scallion mayo.

Monte Cristo Burger

You've had Monte Cristo sandwiches and classic cheeseburgers, but have you ever tried a Monte Cristo burger [4] (an ingenious mashup of the two)? It's topped with prosciutto chips — just sayin'!

Ramen Burger

Get in on the ramen craze by making our take on Keizo Shimamoto's shoyu-glazed ramen burger [5].

Hawaiian Burger

Grilled pineapple rings and tangy teriyaki sauce give this otherwise classic burger a must-try Hawaiian twist [6].

Blue Cheese Burgers

Don't be afraid to mix blue cheese into your patty [7] — the result is a heightened level of sophistication.

Truffle Mac 'n' Cheese Burger

Indulge in two epic comfort foods — mac 'n' cheese and a juicy burger — in one bite with this recipe that transforms creamy, cheesy pasta into burger buns [8].

Burger Skewers

Let's face it: burgers are a messy food that's best eaten sitting down. That is, unless you make them mini and thread them onto skewers [9] for a cocktail-party finger-food twist.

Indian-Spiced Burgers With Cucumber Yogurt

Curry-spiced burgers [10] are dressed with a hefty dollop of cucumber-cilantro yogurt for a bite that's cozy and cooling all at once.

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