The star of our “Year of the Vegetable” package from the June 2016 issue is — without a doubt — the Best-Ever Veggie Burger. Take one bite and you’ll see why! It’s a mashup of our favorite elements of five of the country’s tastiest veggie burgers, at Farm Burger, Superiority Burger, Butcher & Bee, Salvation Burger and LocoL. Below, see the drool-worthy burgers that blew up our Instagram feeds and sparked our inspiration.
Nuts, grains and legumes are the “meat” of the best new veggie burgers. This patty, inspired by Superiority Burger’s top-secret formula and April Bloomfield’s Indian-influenced version at Salvation Burger in NYC, combines toasted walnuts, farro (which crisps up for a nice crust) and lentils for a protein punch.
Photo: Superiority Burger by @basictown
Photo: Salvation Burger’s veggie burger by @thecookbookgirl
Oven-Roasted Tomatoes & Zucchini Pickles
Skip the ketchup and get that rich-tangy flavor from oven-roasted tomatoes, like they do at Butcher & Bee in Charleston, S.C. While you’re at it, switch up your pickle, too. Butcher & Bee use pickled zucchini, not cukes, on its veggie burgers.
Iceberg Lettuce & Muenster Cheese
At Superiority Burger in NYC, chef Brooks Headley tops his meatless patties with iceberg, the queen of burger lettuces, which adds major crunch and won’t wilt like fancier lettuces do. Muenster, his cheese of choice, melts like a dream.
Balsamic Onion Relish & Sesame Seed Bun
The sweet-tart balsamic onion relish at Farm Burger‘s Georgia and Alabama outposts puts the raw onion slice to shame.
Smoky Scallion Mayo
Every self-respecting burger needs a special sauce. Charred scallions bring flame-broiled flavor to this creamy take on the grilled scallion relish at LocoL, the new California-based joint from chefs Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson.
What to get the girl who has everything? How about a burger created in her honor! To celebrate Rach’s 10 years in print, 10 of the country’s best cooks came up with tasty tributes that are the most fun you’ll have on a bun–so good, in fact, that the chefs are serving them at their restaurants, too! Find out where you can score one of these awesome burgers, or make them for yourself at home.
As summer begins to wind down, there’s no better way to savor the last of the season than with a great burger. Lucky for us, today is National Burger Day, and you better believe we’re planning on celebrating. But rather than the average beef patty and American cheese, we’re getting a little fancy today with these cool combos. Happy grilling!
May is National Burger Month, and if there’s someone who knows how to make a great burger, it’s our leading lady Rachael. She creates a brand new unique and delicious burger every single month, and we haven’t met one we didn’t love (and drool over!). So in honor of Rachael of National Burger Month, here are some of our favorite things to happen between two buns.
No need to travel to New York City and wait in line at Smorgasburg for the infamous ramen burger — we’ve created our very own version, topped with melty American cheese! It may require a little extra elbow grease, but this dish is totally worth the effort. Plus, what else are you doing this weekend? Make our Ramen Cheeseburgers and you’re guaranteed to impress even a native New Yorker!
More Weekend Recipes You’ve Gotta Try!
French Onion Dip Burgers!
You’ve pinned, favorited, tweeted and added this French Onion Dip Burger to your recipe box more than any other burger recipe, so we know how much you love it. A sunny, summer weekend is the perfect time to make a burger, especially when it’s topped with luscious caramelized onions and crunchy potato chips. Get the full recipe for Rach’s French Onion Dip Burgers here, or choose one of the 24 other most popular burgers!
Moo-ve over, hamburger! These new patties prove that summer grilling can sizzle even without red meat.
1. Make a smoky turkey burger
The patty: Ball Park Flame Grilled Turkey Patty ($8.29 for 6)
The bread: Whole-wheat bun
The toppings: BBQ sauce, sliced smoked cheddar, pickles, red-leaf lettuce
2. Make a masala burger
The patty: Gardein Garden Veggie Burger ($4.49 for 4)
The bread: Grilled naan
The toppings: Greek yogurt with curry, sliced tomato, cilantro
3. Make a brat burger
The patty: Johnsonville Cheddar Bratwurst Grillers ($4.49 for 4)
The bread: Kaiser roll
The toppings: Sweet and sour red cabbage, German potato salad, grainy mustard
4. Make a brunch burger
The patty: MacKnight Atlantic Salmon Burgers ($4.97 for 4)
The bread: Pumpernickel toast
The toppings: Sliced red onion, sliced cucumber, cream cheese with fresh chives
Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Week” to appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine.
We’re truly impressed by @jcaonguyen and his venture into making a homemade Ramen burger! His dedication proves that you don’t need to wait in line for something truly delicious- you can make it at home yourself! Who knows, maybe someone will even try a homemade Cronut one of these days…
Want more fantastic burger recipes that taste just as great as a restaurant? Check out Rachael’s 25 Most Popular Burgers here.
CHEF TORY MILLER
of L’Etoile and Graze, Madison, WI
Find out more about this James Beard award-winning chef at jamesbeard.org.
Tory Miller’s Top 5 Favorite Burgers in the Midwest
1. GRAZE BURGER Graze, Madison, WI
Rich, winey caramelized onions and super-rich beef on a squishy bun.
2. BEET AND WALNUT BURGER Graze, Madison, WI
A veggie burger made of ground beets and walnuts topped with cucumbers, tomatoes and dill-flecked yogurt.
3. BRICK BURGER Village Bar, Madison, WI
Thick slices of brick cheese, a cheddar- like local specialty, seasoned salt and a juicy beef patty on a no-frills bun.
4. BOB’S BAD BREATH BURGER Weary Traveler Freehouse, Madison, WI
A garlicky organic burger piled with cream cheese, green goddess dressing and sweet Jamaican Pickapeppa sauce. Don’t forget your mints!
5. LAMBWICH Honeypie, Milwaukee, WI
Ground lamb, local Creama Kasa, a triple- cream-style cheese, and red pepper– oregano oil on a grilled focaccia bun.
Get the entire “Burger Battle Royale” story here
Pepper lovers will go crazy for these super seasoned burgers! The patties are flavored with dried ones and topped with roasted ones. Then to cool things down, there’s tangy sour cream, lettuce, pickles and red onion piled high on a potato roll. Talk about a lot of bang for your bite! -Rachael Ray
Get the recipe: Hearty Paprika Burgers
Rach loves burgers and so do we! Celebrate summer grilling season with us by following our burger bonanza! Each day in June, we’re bringing you a different, juicy and delicious burger recipe, so you can get creative and never make the same burger twice. Find all of our “30 Days of Burgers” to date on storify, twitter or pinterest.