What's more American than a burger? The classic combination of patty and bun is perhaps one of this country's greatest innovations. And like our favorite sandwiches (we can argue about the difference another day), the burger is endlessly customizable.
Take, for example, our ultimate grilled cheeseburger, which riffs on the standard with a ribeye-short rib-hanger steak patty, runny egg yolk., and a fancy special sauce of shallots, pickles, mustard, cream, and vermouth. You can switch things up even more with a Japanese-accented pretzel-tonkatsu burger coated in panko breadcrumbs, or an Australian-inspired number topped with fried egg, pickled beets, and pineapple rings.
Once you've got the juicy, crusty patty you desire, take your burger to the next level with grade-A toppings. Homemade pimento cheese is great, as is tangy green chile sauce. For over-the-top decadence, you can't beat our rossini burger, topped with seared foie gras and black truffles.
The patty melt isn’t quite a burger—rather than a bun, the patty is sandwiched between slices of rye bread. But with juicy beef, sweet caramelized onions, and melty cheese, we just couldn’t resist including it. Find these and more in our collection of best burger recipes.