With the weather getting warmer (don't let us down now, Michigan!), what better time than National Burger Month to serve up a plate of everyone's favorite summer food? Crowd-pleasers for even the pickiest eaters, burger-making can also be fun in the kitchen for the whole family – have younger hands stir spices and sauces while older chefs handle the slicing and dicing. So forget the same old cheeseburger. Fire up the grill and try out these mouthwatering recipes perfect for any plate, picnic or party. Anyway you serve them, they're guaranteed to take your taste buds on a wild ride!
Attention, all pizza and burger fans. Tired of having to choose between your two favorites? Fret no longer. Taste of Home has a solution: the pizza burger! Combine a kid-friendly classic – the English muffin pizza – with a sizzling grilled patty and your problem is solved. (And don't forget to personalize with all the other pizza toppings you love!)
Need a new way to barbeque chicken? Burger-fy it! Slathered with your choice of BBQ sauce and topped with caramelized onions, How Sweet It Is has discovered heaven in a toasty warm bun for all burger fans. Serve with a batch of the sweet potato fries (recipe included) and you'll wonder how you've gone so long without this savory sandwich.
Anywhere you can sneak in veggies onto picky plates is never a bad thing. These kid-sized sliders from Lil' Sugar are the perfect disguises for patties packed with the nutrients little ones need but never want to eat. And all made with squash, spinach and bell peppers? They'll never have to know.
Did you know that our beloved Mitten is birthplace to "the olive burger"? Fables' chain restaurants, founded in Grand Rapids, packed in customers during much of the late 1980s. Famous for its "Mr. Fabulous" double patty beef burger, served with a spoon of Mr. Fables' special olive mayo, Fables' fans have been searching for this recipe ever since the business closed down. Luckily, Recipe Secrets has found it for you! Go ahead: Unleash your inner Michigander.
Another Michigan favorite? The Red Chile Salmon burger at our very own Ferndale's best-kept secret, The Fly Trap (featured on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives). We snagged the recipe to this spicy salmon goodness for you a little while ago, but in case you missed this unbeatable burger the first time (though we don't know how you could have!), here it is.
Burgers aren't only for the carnivorous. Packed with fiber and protein, these white bean burgers from The Family Kitchen will delight more than just the veggie lovers! They're incredibly easy to make and can be topped with all the usual condiment favorites. Plus, with a few strips of vegan-friendly bacon and cheese (available at almost all grocery stores now), who says you're "missing out"?
The slices of fresh apple and sweet maple bacon on this turkey burger from Dramatic Pancake will show you a whole new (deliciously crunchy) side to the burger world. After indulging in the perfect balance between sweetness, savor and tang, count on filing this under "family's favorites" for meals to come.