Brick cheese spread
Give the burger a further nod to nostalgic Americana by adding creamy, dreamy brick cheese spread. Keep it honest and go for one made by one of Wisconsin's cheese artisans, like Abe & Arthur's did.
Bacon mixed into the beef patty
Tons of restaurants were doing this, from Shake Shack to Chicago's NoMI Kitchen (served with a spiked watermelon slice, no less!). We were most fond of applewood-smoked bacon coarsely chopped into the beef patty, then served with cherry pepper relish, as seen in Danny Meyer's SmokeShack burger.
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OK, so Bobby Flay didn't invent the concept of potato chips in burgers — but he did trademark it! Play up the crunchy along with the juicy and fatty by slipping in a few of your favorite kettle chip brand.
Buffalo wing sauce
When we saw this, it was a big, "Duh! Why haven't we thought of this?" Yes, buffalo-style works just as well on a burger as it does on pizza or mac and cheese, as we discovered at the Bobby's Burger Palace booth.
What burger toppings did we leave off?
Photo by Camilla Salem