7 Burger Toppings To Take Your Grilling Game Up A Notch, Because Plain Patties Are Not An Option

I recently heard that summer doesn't officially start until June 21, but let's get real: it's game over after Memorial Day. White jeans come out. People sport casual attire no matter where they go. And, perhaps most importantly, the world hits play on a never-ending slew of weekend barbecues. Which means burgers — lots of burgers — not to mention the most amazing burger toppings you've ever seen.

Make your party stand out by using one of these seven tweaks to a traditional patty. From smothering your bun in chili con queso to trading beef for lamb, these recipes will leave you stuck with hungry houseguests until autumn.

Image: How Sweet Eats

Trade Beef For Lamb

This recipe is a bit more complicated, and calls for the addition of tabbouleh and mint yogurt sauce. It’s delicious, but in reality all you need for a great lamb burger is grilled peppers and feta.

Image and recipe: A Spicy Perspective

Add Pineapple For A Tropical Twist

Not unlike a Hawaiian pizza, pineapple can add an unexpected twist to your barbecue. Grill the fruit yourself, and then set it atop the teriyaki-infused patties.

Image and recipe: Half Baked Harvest

Spice It Like A Taco

Craving Mexican, but burnt out on fish tacos? This recipe calls on taco seasoning, sour cream, and the hottest salsa you can find.

Image and recipe: Taste and Tell

Whip Up A Simple Aioli (And Then A Fried Egg)

The addition of a fried egg to a burger is nothing new — easy, indulgent, delicious. But when paired with savory bacon and a homemade maple aioli, it’s sure to blow your mind.

Image and recipe: How Sweet Eats

Call On The Flavors Of French Onion Soup

French onion soup is delish, but not exactly ideal on a piping-hot afternoon. Use caramelized onions and gruyere cheese to transport your guests to the beaches of St. Tropez.

Image and recipe: Ari’s Menu

Turn It Into A Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese? Delicious. Bacon cheeseburger? Also delicious… What could go wrong?

Image and recipe: Closet Cooking

Smother It In Chile Con Queso

The addition of an avocado, hatch chiles, and creamy chile con queso gives a Mexican twist to the traditional burger. Serve it with tortilla chips!

Image and recipe: Jason and Shawnda