To celebrate the magazine's 10th anniversary, 10 top chefs share their tribute burgers to Rachael Ray.


Spike Mendelsohn's Double-Peppers & Onions Burger

"Making a burger for the Burger Queen is high pressure! Everyone knows that Rachael loves burgers and a great pizza, so I brought the flavors together on one bun. And the sun-dried tomato aioli is a nod to her trips to Sicily with her husband, John. Sometimes you just need to bite into a burger and let the flavors bring the memories back." -- Spike Mendelsohn, chef of Good Stuff Eatery in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia and two-time winner of Rach's South Beach and New York City Burger Bash Events

Spike Mendelsohn Double-Peppers and Onions Burger

Katie Lee's Big Apple Patty Melt

"Last year on her show, Rachael made a turkey burger with cheese, caramelized onions and apples that I haven't been able to get off my mind. It was so awesome! This burger is a hybrid of that and my winning Burger Bash patty melt from 2008." -- Katie Lee, author of Endless Summer Cookbook, co-host of The Kitchen and winner of NYC's first Burger Bash

Katie Lee Big Apple Patty Melt

Shake Shack's Pickled Jalapeno Burger

"At Shake Shack, we were inspired by Rachael's passion for our ShackMeister Burger, a cheeseburger topped with crispy shallots and our secret ShackSauce. For our special edition of Rachael burger, we upped the ante by adding fried pickled jalapenos and swapping in a spicy sriracha mayo." -- Mark Rosati, culinary director of Shake Shack, winners of the first-ever Burger Bash

Shake Shack Pickled Jalapeno Burger

Michael Symon's "Yo Rach!" Burger

"For Rach's tribute burger, I wanted to honor her Italian roots. I made a variation of my friend salami and provolone-topped Yo Burger ('yo' is Italian-American slang for 'hey, you!'), which we won the South Beach Burger Bash in 2011, and updated it with a hint of spicy ketchup." -- Micahel Symon, co-host of The Chew, chef-owner of B Spot Burgers in Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit and Indianapolis, and four-time Burger Bash Winner 

Michael Symon Yo Rach Burger

Michael White's Italian Chile Cheeseburger

"I think of Rachael as the burger diva and as someone who loves bold flavors. Calabrian chile sauce from Italy is smoky but not too spicy; if you add a few tablespoons of mayo and a little lemon juice, it's a perfect topping for a burger -- it cuts the richness of the meat. Like Rachael, this burger is a little Italian, a little American." -- Michael White, chef and co-owner of Osteria Morini in NYC and Washington, D.C., and an NYC Burger Bash winner

Michael White Italian Chile Cheeseburger

Alex Guarnaschelli's Melty Eggplant-Mozz Burger

"I have had the pleasure of both cooking alongside Rachael and eating her tasty food. She shares my belief that vegetables can be just as luscious and 'meaty' as a beef burger. She also likes a fun twist on a classic. When creating a burger for her, I immediately thought of this!" -- Alex Guarnaschelli, judge on Chopped and chef of Butter in NYC

Sunny Anderson's Loaded Nacho Burger

"Hangin' with my girl Rachael is always a party. She's so generous with her time and lets me give kudos to my fav football team (the Giants), even though she's a Jets fan. So in honor of her being a football and a burger lover, why not combine the two things that scream Game Day: burgers and nachos?" -- Sunny Anderson, host of Cooking for Real

Sunny Anderson Loaded Nacho Burger

Stephanie Izard's Hot Diggity Burger Dog

"Rachael and I share a love for our dogs -- she's got Isaboo and I have my Doberman mutt, Burt. Burt loves to hang out with me while I grill dinner. I appreciate how easy dogs are, but I prefer the flavor of burgers. By combining the two, you get the best of both worlds!" -- Stephanie Izard, chef-owner of Girl & the Goat and Little Goat in Chicago

Stephanie Izard Hot Diggity Burger Dog

Josh Capon's Go Greek Lamb Burger

"Rachael's Italian and I'm part Greek, and we both love the Mediterranean. Every time I go on Rach's show, I try to put a Greek twist on the food we cook together. We've never done that with burgers, but if we did, I'd make this ground lamb riff. Opa!" -- Josh Capon, chef-partner at B&B Winepub in NYC and six-time Burger Bash winner (the most awards ever!)

Josh Capon Go Greek Lamb Burger

Marc Murphy's Chicken Pastrami Burger

"If you're going to make a tribute burger for Rachael it needs to be a lot of things: sweet, spicy, unique and of course, delicious. It's with all of this in mind that I created this recipe for her. I just wanted the perfect combination of ingredients -- zesty mustard, smoky pastrami, sharp red onion, juicy chicken -- for the perfectly balanced burger." -- Marc Murphy, judge on Chopped, chef-owner of Landmarc in NYC and Burger Bash Winner

Marc Murphy Chicken Pastrami Burger