11 Burger Toppings to Make Your Fourth of July Barbecue Truly Glorious

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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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