May Is All About the Hamburger

Not only is May National Hamburger Month, but National Hamburger Day is Sunday, May 28. And there’s Memorial Day, too, on Monday, May 29. Here’s our take on some new ideas for Memorial Day burgers to serve alongside classic all-American hamburgers and cheeseburgers. Find new favorites, then put them on your Memorial Day menu so everyone can celebrate the classic burger with tasty twists.

Global Patty Flavors

Explore your creative culinary side with globally inspired burgers, perfect for spontaneous and adventurous eaters. Imagine an Italian-Style Gourmet Burger (Thanks, Chef Curtis Stone!) made with ground chuck and flavors like prosciutto, garlic and Fontina cheese. Or Greek-style burgers made with ground lamb and flavors like fresh mint, oregano, and lemon juice, and Asian-style burgers made with ground chuck or ground beef and flavors like fresh ginger, cilantro, Thai chili, and sesame oil. Here are some great tips for making globally-inspired burgers and great ethnic burger recipes from SheKnows.

Kick Up Your Condiments and Toppings Game

If you’re not ready to stud your ground chuck or ground beef with global flavors, you can get creative with condiments and toppings! When you’re exploring condiment options, think about flavors that complement each other. Try Cowboy Burgers Topped with Onion Rings, cheddar, bacon, and BBQ sauce (via Spicy Southern Kitchen). You can even set up a toppings bar at your Memorial Day cookout and let your guests pick and choose their own toppings. This 15 Better Ways to Top Your Next Burger article from Good Housekeeping includes great burger/condiment/topping suggestions like Creamy Pesto Burger, Chips ‘n’ Guac Burger, Hot Hoison Burger, and other palatable possibilities. And Blue Cheese Burgers with Caramelized Onions is always a hit at any cookout.