10 Hamburger Recipes You Seriously have to try This Weekend

Hamburger Recipes

When it comes to grilling up a hamburger, you’re probably tempted to just season the beef, heat it up, add a slice of cheese before putting it between two buns beside a plate of condiments and calling it a day. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but if you’re looking to seriously wow your friends for a weekend cookout, then you can’t go wrong with any of these recipes. Plus these can definitely add some interesting flavors to your holiday cookouts!

Need an excuse to break out the grill this weekend and serve up some juicy hamburgers? Well, look no further because we’ve put together a list of 10 hamburger recipes that you seriously need to try. So whether you’re having a cookout and inviting a ton of your neighbors and friends over or just feel like having a burger all to yourself, you’re sure to find one of this list that is perfect for the occasion. Plus you’ll definitely wow your friends with some of these ideas.

Another added bonus to this list? None of the burgers listed require a ton of effort or prep time! So you can spend more time with your friends and less time getting the meat ready for the grill without skimping out on the flavor or wow factor.

1. Barbeque Bacon Burger

Barbeque Bacon Burger

Okay, so unfortunately this burger isn’t particularly grill-friendly. Why? Well, the meat is infused and mixed with barbeque sauce so it won’t hold together on a grill. We suggest cooking it in an iron skillet for added flavor.

Feeling turned off by the fact that the meat can’t be grilled? It can be tempting, but you definitely shouldn’t skip this burger for your Memorial Day weekend or Fourth of July cookout. It’s packed with flavor, smokiness from the grilled toppings, and the barbeque flavor screams summer. Plus once you take one bite of this delicious creation you’ll quickly understand why it’s the first on our list.

Toppings we recommend

Onions, thick sliced bacon, and mayonnaise were made for this juicy burger. You can also up the ante by adding a thick slice of cheddar cheese. In order to create the smokiness, we recommend grilling the onions, bacon, and burger buns.

2. Quadruple Chili Cheeseburgers

Quadruple Chili Cheeseburgers

You’ve got to be a serious spice lover to attempt this messy monstrosity but if you do, be prepared for some out of this world flavor! You should also keep a glass of milk nearby if heat isn’t necessarily your thing. Not a fan of that much spice on your burger? You can also use less peppers and opt for pickled jalapenos instead of fresh ones to minimize the heat without sacrificing flavor.

High on flavor AND heat, this burger is perfect when paired with a frozen margarita on a hot day. Poblanos (or hatch chilis if you can find them), jalapenos, Serrano peppers, and chipotle peppers make this burger a spicy, juicy treat.

There are a few different ways of preparing the burger. You can opt for a traditional grill method then top the meat with the grilled peppers, or you can dice the peppers up and add them directly to the burger meat for added heat. We recommend the latter as it not only makes the burger even juicier, but it also insures that every bite is filled with delicious heat.

Toppings we recommend

While this bad boy is definitely good on its own, we suggest adding pickles for a nice crunch, chipotle mayo, grilled onions, and spicy pepper Jack cheese instead of cheddar or Swiss if you’re feeling extra bold.

3. Teriyaki Burger

Teriyaki Burger

Remember that Destiny Child’s song “Bootylicious”, particularly the “I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly” lyrics? Well, this mouthful of a burger is definitely reminiscent of those infamous lyrics. This burger is incredibly juicy so don’t skimp out on the napkins and paper towels or you’ll regret it!

If you’ve ever been to Carl’s Junior Burgers, Red Robin, Fuddruckers, or really any burger place then you’ve probably seen a teriyaki burger somewhere on their menu. At first glance it probably sounds kind of off putting; especially if they have it paired with a pineapple but bear with us if you’ve never tried one.

A lot of people add Worchesire to the burger meat before cooking it up for added juiciness and flavor. So why not add teriyaki instead? Not only does teriyaki add a unique flavor to your burger, but it also makes it incredibly juicy! You can add the sauce directly to the meat before cooking it or you can use it as a delicious topping once the meat has cooked. Or both; we don’t judge!

Toppings we recommend

You would be doing yourself and this burger a big disservice if you skipped out on the pineapple slice. Sure, the teriyaki burger is good without it but the pineapple slice takes it to a whole new level. For added flavor, grill the pineapple slice up!

Shredded lettuce, mayo, and cheddar cheese are perfect accessories for the teriyaki burger but honestly you can completely forgo the mayo; the teriyaki is juicy and flavorful enough on its own.

Feeling extra creative? Add a fried egg to the teriyaki burger! The fried egg plays nicely off of the teriyaki and pineapple flavors. We know that it sounds weird but trust us on this one.

4. The Hangover Burger

The Hangover Burger

While this burger supposedly helps with hangovers, you don’t necessarily need one in order to enjoy this delicious treat! So how exactly does is it supposed to help with hangovers? When you’re hungover, you crave greasy food and burgers are perfect for that. They give you that “greasy” flavor you’re craving, but are hearty and the burger meat is much better for you than whatever oily treat your body thinks it needs. Eggs are full of protein, which help your body out when it’s been deprived of nutrients and also helps to settle your stomach.

Fried eggs on burgers have really become popular over the last few years and for good reason; they add a truly unique flavor to the burgers and compliment them perfectly. While it does sound off putting or strange at first, we promise the runny yolk is a perfect compliment for the burger.

Toppings we recommend

Honestly, the more toppings the better! This tasty burger pairs well with anything so pile on the condiments and call it an “everything but the kitchen sink” burger!

Our personal favorites for it? We like crunchy pickles, thick sliced cheddar cheese, mayo, mustard, lettuce, and grilled onions. Grilled onions, because of their greasiness, are perfect for hangovers. Not that you have one!

Oh, and don’t forget your glass of v8 on the side!

5. Grilled Black Olive Burger with Japanese Mayo

Grilled Black Olive Burger with Japanese Mayo

Yes you read that right. No, it’s not a joke. Yes, it actually does taste good. Yes, we’re serious. Yes, you should definitely try it. No, you probably shouldn’t tell your friends what’s in it until after they’ve tried it.

Okay, so this is hands down the strangest concoction on our list but it really is delicious despite the surprising ingredients. This Japanese inspired dish is actually a riff on the famous green olive burger from Wisconsin. And no, we hadn’t heard of it either but now we’re interested in trying it!

The burger meat is mixed with a Japanese black vinegar, or kurozu, that is much more mild than traditional vinegar. It still has the salty flavor, but is nowhere near as sour as the white vinegar we’re all familiar with.  When cooked/grilled up, the meat absorbs the flavor and the vinegar becomes even milder. So instead of a mouthful of vinegar and salt, you’re getting a rich bite of burger meat that’s incredibly juicy.

From here, the patty is topped with melted Swiss cheese and mayo that’s been blended with chopped black olives. The saltiness of the olives really takes the mayo to the next level and because they’re black olives, the flavor is very subtle.

Toppings we recommend

Honestly, the burger is perfect as is with the olive mayo mixture and the melted Swiss cheese. It’s one of those burgers that the less you add, the better. Strange, we know! While you might be tempted to leave off the black olives, we highly suggest you add them. They add a really unique and delicious flavor the meal!

If it still feels too “plain” for your tastes, try adding grilled onions for extra flavor.

6. Green Chili Burger

Green Chili Burger

Yes, another spicy burger to add to your cookout list! But don’t worry; this one isn’t nearly as hot as the quadruple chili burger. It still possesses a nice kick thanks to the green chilis, but it is much more mild than our number 2 pick.

Just like the quadruple chili burger, there are a couple of ways you can go about preparing the burger. You can use the traditional grill method and then top the meat with the grilled peppers once it’s ready to serve or you can dice them up and add them directly to the burger meat for extra spice. The chilis will juice up as they cook inside the burger meat adding more juice (obviously) and of course more spice to the meat.

Keep in mind though that chilis get hotter when cooked; especially inside of the burger meat where they’ll be exposed to the grill longer.

Toppings we recommend

Grilled onions are a must for this burger! The sweet flavor of the onions perfectly balances the kick of the green chilis and adds even more smoke flavor to the burger. We also suggest pepper Jack cheese and chipotle mayo as these really play off of the heat of the green chilis.

However if you want to “calm” the burger down some, go with Swiss cheese and plain mayo. The burger won’t lose any of its charm or bold flavor, but it won’t be quite as tongue scorching either.

7. Hot Hawaiian Burgers

Hot Hawaiian Burgers

Okay, so this one is definitely a non-traditional burger, but it’s still a delicious menu option for your weekend cookout. It can also be a great alternative for those who don’t want a traditional meat patty: you can switch out the burger meat for grilled chicken, which is incredibly delicious! The burger packs a ton of flavor and creativity that you don’t want to miss so make sure you add this one to your menu!  

English muffins, grilled spam, thick burger patty, pineapple, Sriracha mayo, and melted Swiss cheese make this an absolutely unique experience. The saltiness of the grilled spam pairs really well with the acidic, sweet taste of the pineapple and makes it feel even more Hawaiian.

It’s also the perfect dish to serve up for a luau themed party!

Toppings we recommend

Honestly, this burger is perfect as is but if you feel like spicing it up, try adding a fried egg and sautéed onions. The fried egg pairs perfectly with the pineapple and really accents the saltiness of the spam.

Spam not your thing? Switch it out for a thick cut of grilled ham! The saltiness of the ham is reminiscent of the Spam but much more mild. The same applies to the English muffins. While in our opinion the muffins are the perfect accessory, sweet Hawaiian rolls also turn this dish up and add an element of “authenticity” to it.

Straight from the grill

While most of these recipes were obviously put together for the purpose of a weekend cookout or holiday grill session, they’re also great for a night in or can easily satisfy a burger craving.

So which one (or ones, we’re not judging) on the list is a must try for you? Could you see yourself preparing any of these for a cookout? Let us know what you think, and as always if we left out a recipe that you think belongs on this list then be sure and let us know!

Vimal Lalani is senior correspondent for Ishli, Medical and Wellness unit, reporting breaking news and health consumer reporting on

Written by Vimal Lalani

Vimal Lalani is senior correspondent for Ishli, Medical and Wellness unit, reporting breaking news and health consumer reporting on


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