A Tribute to the Inventor of the Burger

Its origin is controversial. The burger supposedly originated in the early 1900s when a man in Texas stuck a Hamburg steak between two slices of bread. Did the Texan know he would change the course of history? I imagine he did - as a decisive act to give America its most iconic meal. Maybe he was just in a rush and needed a way to eat his steak and bread fast. Either way, we will never have a full account of what happened that day, but we do have the burger and with it, we can do great things.

By: Anna Decker / 10/26/2018

1. Miso-Tamari Beef Burgers with Japanese Sweet Potato Fries

These are far from your average backyard hamburgers. The ground beef combines with miso and scallion then the burgers get browned and glazed with a combination of mirin and tamari. Cucumbers also cook in the sweet-salty sauce for a delicious burger topper. No other condiments needed! Sweet potato fries dusted with a sesame-nori mix called furikake are the perfect companion. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

2. Pretzel Bun Chicken Burgers with Cucumber Salad

These chicken patties are filled with flavor, texture and color: softened and slightly sweet onions, sautéed spinach and chunks of feta. But we couldn’t stop there. So we sandwiched them between mini pretzel buns and made a light cucumber salad with dill and more feta. Make sure to spread some of the yogurt cucumber salad onto the buns. It’s all the sauce you’ll need to make this a truly delicious chicken burger. Cook, relax and enjoy!

3. Portobello Mushroom Burgers with Grilled Potato Salad

Yes, you read it right—we said GRILLED potato salad! What better way to celebrate summer than with an awesome grilling recipe.

4. Grass-Fed Beef Burger with Israeli Couscous Salad

We’ve elevated the standard burger with sweet caramelized onions and melted sharp cheddar cheese and replaced the bun with a nutritious Israeli couscous side salad studded with golden raisins and crunchy pumpkin seeds. Baby arugula, tossed in at the end, is just hearty enough to stand up to a flavorful grass-fed beef patty. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

5. Tandoori-Spiced Veggie Burger with Carrot Fries

Need a little protein in your life? Look no further, these veggie burgers—made with a hearty mix of whole grains, kidney beans, and an egg—are packed with it! A warming Tandoori spice blend that includes ginger, garlic, paprika, among others, is thrown into the mix, along with crispy panko and vibrant cilantro. Bonus: this recipe makes 4 patties, guaranteeing you a pretty exciting lunch the next day! Cook, relax, and enjoy!

6. Stuffed Goat Cheese Burger with Spinach-Orzo Salad

This inside-out, grass-fed cheeseburger has a goat cheese surprise hidden in the middle. Caramelized shallots sweeten in the skillet alongside the burgers, and get layered on top just before serving. A hearty Mediterranean-inspired salad of orzo, spinach, dill, roasted red peppers, and crumbled goat cheese bursts with flavor to round out the meal. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

7. Juicy Lucy Veggie Burger with Asparagus and Red Pepper Aioli

A Juicy Lucy is a burger stuffed with cheese. One bite and you're greeted with a glorious ooey-gooey center. We made it vegetarian and boosted the flavor of the patties with harissa spice blend and garlic. Roasted red pepper aioli takes an already OTT veggie burger right over the edge. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

8. Thai Shrimp Burger with Pickled Shallots & Slaw

Shrimp burgers are the answer when you're looking for a lighter take on a traditional beef burger. The US Gulf sourced shrimp is hand chopped, which ensures you get lots of texture, and then mixed with a binding sauce flavored with Thai red curry paste for a little kick. The burgers are topped with creamy mayo and a crunchy slaw that includes pickled shallots and fresh cilantro. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

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