Now that the weather is warming up, it’s the perfect time to get together with your family for a backyard barbecue. Why not try one of these homemade burger recipes to shake things up this year? You can keep it classic with old-fashioned cheeseburgers, but for something spicy, try the Poblano Chile barbecue burger. Keep it sweet with the Hawaiian honey burger. To really mix things up grill chicken burgers or bake up easy eggplant burgers. Along with burgers, you’ll want to load up your picnic table with an assortment of fresh green salads, potato salad, watermelon slices and cool lemonade.
Channel classic grill flavors with these old-fashioned cheeseburgers from PBS. The recipe keeps things simple, flavoring the meat with salt and pepper. Butter the buns and toast under a broiler before putting the cooked patties on each one along with a slice of American cheese, shredded iceberg lettuce, thin-sliced tomato and pickle chips. Offer mustard and ketchup to the side.
Start making this superhero burger from Kraft by creating a packet of strips of green and red bell peppers and onions drizzled with steak sauce in an aluminum packet to place on the grill. Mix more of the steak sauce in with the ground beef before forming into patties and grilling to barbecue perfection.
Poblano Chile Barbecue Burger
Boost the flavor of a regular burger with this Poblano Chile barbecue burger recipe from From Away. Assemble burgers by cooking the ground beef patties and then stacking them with Poblano Chiles, Pepper Jack cheese and spicy barbecue sauce. The final, fun ingredient? Corn chips. Yup, top the burger with corn chips before placing the bun on top.
Hawaiian Honey Burgers
Mix honey, ground cinnamon, paprika, curry powder, ginger and nutmeg in with your ground beef. After making the patties, put on the grill and brush with soy sauce. The next step to make these Hawaiian honey burgers from Taste of Home? A big slice of pineapple atop your burger. Grill the pineapple to bring out its natural sweetness.
For something different, what about making these chicken burgers from Martha Stewart? Saute together diced onion, bell pepper and celery to add to ground chicken. Pat the mixture together into four burgers and grill until crisped on the outside. Finish off with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise and serve on whole-wheat buns.
Easy Eggplant Burgers
No need for ground beef with this easy eggplant burger recipe from SELF. Gently saute together garlic and eggplant cubes until cooked through. Stir in a bowl with ground flaxseeds, grated cheddar cheese and chopped parsley. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes until it becomes more solid. Mold into patties and bake for 30 minutes.