July 4th weekend has passed, which means we’re officially in the thick of summer. From here on out there should be no shortage of hot days, cold drinks, and cook offs with friends.

The biggest challenge when cooking for friends is knowing what to whip up that will make everyone happy without turning you into the chef for the day.

To make things easier for you, we’ve selected three burger recipes that won’t only satisfy, but will impress even the pickiest burger connoisseur.

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1. The Classic 

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We’ve all made a killer burger at one point in our lives, but being able to replicate it time and again is the biggest challenge.

Traditionalists will swear by a no-nonsense approach, while reformists will constantly push the boundaries, but if you can strike that sweet spot you’ve struck gold.

This recipe adds just enough flavor to give it some kick while keeping the additives to a minimum. It’s simple, delicious, and classic.

Ingredients

  • 1lb Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 Potato
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 1 Bun
  • 1 Tomato
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Pickles
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 475°F. Slice the potato into slabs, and then again into sticks. Throw them into a bowl, drizzle with melted butter, salt, and pepper, and mix until covered evenly. Lay the fries on a sheet and set them in the oven for 18-20 mins.

2. In a bowl, combine the ground beef, a minced clove of garlic, a couple small spoonfuls of dijon mustard, an egg, salt, and pepper. Pull apart enough to form a ball the size of a baseball and flatten into a patty, depressing the middle.

3. Set a skillet on medium high heat, and cook the burger for 5 mins a side.

4. Slice up the tomato, lettuce, and bun, and spread any condiments on the bun.

5. When the burger is finished, take it off the heat, lay it on the bun, and layer with toppings.

Once built, demolish.

2. The Stuffed

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The only thing better than a classic burger and fries is a classic cheeseburger and fries, but even that has a successor – The Stuffed Cheeseburger.

Packed with a smokey cheddar, this recipe will change the way you look at burgers. Sure it takes a little more time to prep, but when you bite into that juicy burger and the cheese comes oozing out, you’ll be happy you took the time.

It pairs well with a cold beer, but there’s good chance you won’t want to put this one down.

Ingredients

  • 1lb Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 Potato
  • 1 Kaiser Bun
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • Smoked Cheddar Cheese
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Tomato
  • Lettuce
  • Avocado
  • Pickles
  • Onions
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 475℉, slice potato lengthwise and repeat again to create sticks. Place in a bowl and cover with melted butter, salt, and pepper. When oven is ready, spread evenly on a cookie sheet greased with butter and bake for 18-20 mins.

2. In a large bowl, add the lean ground beef, 2 scoops of Dijon mustard, 1 clove of minced garlic, 1 egg, salt and pepper. Mix with hands and break apart into halves or thirds (personal preference). Take 3/4 of each portion to make your patty. Build like a pizza crust, forming a crater in the middle. Place cheese in crater and flatten remaining 1/4 of hamburger on top. Fold edges over so cheese is adequately sealed. Repeat for other burgers (as needed).

3. Heat skillet on medium high and cook burgers for 4-5 mins a side.

4. While patties are cooking, slice tomato, lettuce, avocado, pickles and onions, and dress bun with mayo and mustard.

5. When finished cooking, remove burgers from heat, place on buns with toppings and slice in half. Serve with fries and a cold beverage.

3. The Meatless

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We know what you’re thinking, and we feel the same way – for the most part veggie burgers are underwhelming in comparison to their beefier counterparts.

This Portobello Burger is anything but typical though, which is why we’re not roping it in with the other options. Marinated in dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar, then topped with cheddar, this patty earns its burger title.

It’s great if you’re trying to stay off meat, or if you’ve had a few too many of 1 and 2 already and just want to lighten things up.

Ingredients

  • 1 Portobello Mushroom
  • 1 Sliced Sweet Potato
  • 1 Spoonful Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 a Spoonful Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 a Spoonful Olive Oil
  • 2 Spoonfuls of Mayonnaise
  • 1-2 Squirts of Sriracha Sauce
  • 1 Kaiser Bun
  • Sliced Tomato, Avocado, Onion
  • Smoked Cheddar Cheese
  • Butter
  • Sea Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 425℉. While it’s heating up, mix a spoonful of Dijon mustard with a couple of splashes of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Stir in a pinch of sea salt and pepper, and spread over the portobello mushroom.

2. Slice a washed sweet potato lengthwise, then rotate and slice again, making sticks. Place in a bowl and cover with melted butter, sea salt and pepper. Spread evenly over a greased cookie sheet, and bake for 18 minutes.

3. For spicy mayo, drop two spoonfuls of mayonnaise into a container and mix in a squirt or two of Sriracha sauce. Sprinkle in some salt and pepper and mix until colour is consistent.

4. Butter a skillet on medium high heat and place the seasoned portobello burger in for 5 minutes a side. While it’s cooking, slice your garnishes and bun and set aside.

5. When the portobello burger is finished, place on the garnished bun bottom side up, plate your sweet potato fries, grab a napkin (it’s messy) and enjoy.

Hungry for more?

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Regardless, whether you’re cooking for yourself or cooking for friends, it always feels good to make something simple and delicious.

Here’s to a summer filled with good friends and good food!