11 Burger Toppings to Make Your Fourth of July Barbecue Truly Glorious
A classic burger is like your favorite pair of sweatpants. It’s not especially elegant, and it will never have the finesse of, say, gazpacho — but it will always be your first love. Like that velour tracksuit you pretend not to own, a burger will be there for you, now and five pounds later.
Sometimes, though, our burgers need to get all dressed up. Sure, they’re delicious every way you eat them, even when they're nothing but bread and meat. But if there’s ever a time to put on the burger ritz, it’s the Fourth of July, in honor of our fair nation. Slather them with whole-grain mustard and crown them with caramelized onions — if burgers are stretchy pants, then consider these toppings your haute couture.
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Mustard comes in close second, but we think Adventures in Cooking’s Indian-inspired recipe will give ketchup a run for its money.
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Feeling adventurous? Ditch both your ketchup and mustard in favor of Cooking for Keeps’ aioli. It’s zippy and creamy and just the thing to pretty up your burger.
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Sure, you could do your standard cheddar — but why not go big with your own homemade ricotta? Katie at the Kitchen Door takes hers up a notch with roasted garlic.
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Onions and mushrooms are usual suspects when it comes to burgers, but caramelizing them opens up a whole new world of flavor. Though I Am a Food Blog uses her veggies for tarts, we think they’d be great on a quarter pounder.
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You Can Pickle That
Every summer, you go with the pickled cucumbers. This time, though, we’re pickling every vegetable we damn well please. Thanks, Love and Lemons!
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Let’s be honest: we’ve all sat down with a burger, looked at the BBQ sauce on the table, and thought about putting the two together. Get the recipe over at Jelly Toast, and then follow your instincts. You know what to do.
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BBQ sauce on your burger sounding a little uncouth? Swap it out for pesto instead, courtesy of Half Baked Harvest.
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Don’t pretend like you haven’t done this already. Burgers and fries were meant to be together — so let them. Thanks, Heather Christo!
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Bacon Onion Rings
Plain onions? So passé. Bacon? Been there, done that. But together? These smoky, crisp rings of goodness are unstoppable. Kirbie’s Cravings has the recipe.
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