Though only few can take home SOBEWFF Burger Bash awards , over 30 burger grillers bust out their most interesting concepts for the crowd. Cola-caramelized onions, pizza burgers, and pimento cheeseburgers are just a few ridiculously genius concepts that we didn't come up with ourselves . . . but we can steal for our next burger grillout.
Fried Pickled Shallots
Onion rings are so yesterday. Now, it's all about pickling shallots (to get that briny flavor), then battering and frying them. Shake Shack , thank you once again for your contribution to burger-lovers' society.
Say whatta? Filling Station & Garage Bar  brushes Nutella atop its grilled burgers for a chocolaty, hazelnutty kick. Sounds weird, but it's surprisingly delicious with grilled onions and peppered bacon.
Cheese slices are boring! Instead, dollop pimento cheese  atop hot burgers like at Lillie's Q . It's like adding a condiment and cheese in one. Keep it Southern-themed by adding a Kool-Aid pickle, made from sugar, a cherry Kool-Aid packet, and a jar of hot and spicy spears.
The Stanton Social  caramelized its onions with a sweet ingredient: Pepsi. We imagine deglazing the pan with the cola when cooking the onions .
Rather than garnishing burgers with a few slices of bacon, go the extra mile and make candied bacon , sweetened with brown sugar, as inspired by the mango-bacon chutney from Burger Bar by Chef Allen .
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
I know this may be a tough sell, but believe me, cheddar mashed potatoes, gravy, and a soft potato bun are the components of making one mean Winter burger. Phil's Tavern  knows.
Pan de Mie
Referring to the soft portion of the bread, pan de mie may be the most pillowy, squishiest bun you'll ever encounter. That's why Holeman & Fitch Public House  packs its burgers between freshly baked pan de mie. The buttery flavor and subtle sweetness takes a burger from good to great.
If tender cuts of beef appeal to you, then try ground beef cheek. Tongue & Cheek  also sandwiched the patty between two hits of pimento cheese.
Make baby pizzas and stuff a burger patty inside to re-create Luzzo's 
meatball-inspired burger in a neapolitan pizza bun.
Ramen Burger Buns
The Ramen Burger  hardly needs an introduction. While the original may have underdelivered in flavor , the idea absolutely should be re-created at home .