What are the most unusual hamburger toppings?


It is hard to decide on just one way to top your ideal burger. Do you prefer ketchup and mustard on their own? Use a sweet-and-savory combination. Why not top the cheese breakfast burger with a fried egg?

There are so many options available that they might cause your head to spin. No longer! We spent six hours flipping burgers while possibly experiencing mild carbon monoxide poisoning to come up with these incredible 75 burger topping ideas for this grilling season. We would say it was well worth the effort. From French onion soup-inspired burgers to pizza burgers, none of these delectable options can go wrong.

Whatever route you choose to grill greatness, there are a few essentials you should always have on hand to create the best burger you have ever had. For burger toppings, fried and caramelized onions are obvious choices, and you should also keep plenty of your favorite cheeses on hand. When it comes to topping a cheeseburger or adding to a Juicy Lucy burger, a dill-speckled Havarti is my personal MVP.

The perfect toppings for your burger include all of your favorite party dips. Some of our favorite surprising crowd-pleasers include guacamole, spinach artichoke dip, and hummus.

Sweet potato and avocado burger

Fries made of crispy sweet potatoes are already fantastic, so why not add some avocado and pepper jack cheese on top? This might become our new go-to burger order.

Spicy Corn Burger

Mexican street corn and esquites (corn salad) never fail to inspire us. It was just a matter of time before the creamy, salty, and spicy flavors mingled with a meaty burger.

Steak Burger

This burger delivers a meal’s worth of flavor in a single bite, bringing the restaurant to your home. Prepare your own fried onions, please. Here is our easy-to-follow guide to the best-fried onions.

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Cheesy Onion Burger

We are reminded of our favorite French onion soup by the combination of caramelized onions and Swiss. Having said that, you should use Gruyère to top your burger if you’re feeling fancy and have any on hand.

Hummus Burger

Never had a burger with hummus on it? Your chance is now. When placed on your burger, it becomes wonderfully melty and pairs perfectly with sweet, charred grilled peppers. Additionally, try this on a black bean burger!

Pizza Burger

Pizza is one of our favorite sources of culinary inspiration, so we were eager to apply the recognizable flavors to elevate our burger. For a burger that is even more luxurious, replace the mozzarella with burrata.

Pretzel Burger

Dreams are created from the variety of textures in this burger. This combination of salty mustard and crunchy pretzels makes us think of our favorite ballpark flavors.

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Three Cheeseburger

The cheeses you like best can shine on this burger. Our recommendations include cheddar, Monterrey jack, and Swiss; but, if you want to be creative, Havarti, Gouda, and Gruyère would also be fantastic choices.

Sun-Dried Tomato Burger

Sun-dried tomatoes are excellent with salty cream cheese because they have a slight sweetness to them. You would like to grow your tomatoes. Try this recipe for sun-dried tomatoes, which make excellent snacks.

Breakfast Burger

It makes perfect salty-sweet sense to drizzle maple syrup over our bacon and dunk fried eggs in it. That is why we made the terrible decision to add the entire breakfast plate to a delicious burger. It blows our minds.

Fried Onion Burger

Your hamburgers are never complete without fried onions. They are crispy, slightly sweet, and bursting with umami flavor, which, when coupled with our favorite tangy hot sauces, really brings out the best in your burgers.

Basil-Parmesan Burger

Even though it comes together really quickly, this topping is very stunning. All of these toppings could be combined with your burgers before grilling if you want to go the extra mile for more fun.

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Eggplant Burger

Your favorite burger will taste even better with grilled eggplant added, and our favorite creamy garlic hummus pairs extremely well with grilled eggplant. This might well give us the inspiration for our upcoming topping: baba ghanoush!

Fresh Basil Pesto

This fresh basil pesto is an aromatic herbaceous sauce made from basil, pine nuts, Parmesan and Romano cheese, garlic, and olive oil. Top your patties with pesto, Buffalo mozzarella, and roasted bell peppers to create a caprese-style burger. 

Caramelized Onions

Without caramelized onions, your burger stand would be incomplete in the summer. What’s best? These onions will give your burger a rich, sweet flavor regardless of whether you use a ground beef, turkey, or veggie patty. Not even a slice of cheese will be required.

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Thousand Island Dressing

Prepare your own Big Mac in the style of McDonald’s using this sweet and sour Thousand Island Dressing. For a cheeseburger that will make you think of the iconic fast-food patty, top it with a thousand islands, minced onion, pickles, and shredded lettuce.

Bacon Jam

With this Bacon Jam, elevate your backyard BBQ to a new level. We assure you that bacon improves everything. Put lettuce, red onion, and our blue cheeseburger sauce on top of your best-grilled burger and this sweet and salty jam.

Copycat Chipotle Guacamole

Without guacamole, no burger joint would be complete. This guacamole with lime and cilantro is the ideal summery treat to serve on top of chicken burgers. The nacho burger of your dreams includes Oaxaca cheese, tomato salsa, and a drizzle. If you’re feeling particularly bold, you could even add a couple of tortilla chips for crunch.

Sauteed Mushrooms

Who could refuse a Swiss burger with grilled mushrooms? For a substantial patty, top your grilled ground beef burger with Swiss cheese and heaps of sautéed mushrooms.

Tomato Jam

Make a breakfast burger if you want to change things up a bit! Your cheeseburger should have a layer of this tomato jam on top, followed by a few slices of bacon and a runny fried egg. Even an English muffin might work in place of the usual burger buns for these.

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Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

You will not want to purchase store-bought barbecue sauce after trying this homemade version. In this recipe, tomato sauce, molasses, lemon juice, chili powder, and onion are used. You are good to go if you spread this on a burger and top it with thick-cut onion rings.

Blue Cheese Sauce

Without this salty and tangy Blue Cheese Sauce, a grilled ground beef burger would be incomplete. For a burger patty that is brimming with flavor and texture, top it with lettuce, bacon, and thinly sliced fried onions.

Homemade Ketchup

All the unusual toppings are necessary for a burger bash, but ketchup is also a wonderful way to keep things traditional. Make a splash with your visitors by whipping up your batch rather than buying a bottle from the store. For traditional burger toppings, add this homemade ketchup, mayonnaise, lettuce, and tomatoes to any burger.

Quick Kimchi

Napa cabbage or radish, garlic, ginger, chili powder, salt, and salted fish are all ingredients in kimchi. Finish your patties with a generous scoop of kimchi, a spicy mayo, and scallions for a Korean-style burger that everyone will love. Kimchi is a sour, salty, and spicy topping used in Korean cuisine.

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Homemade Mayonnaise

When you use a food processor or blender, making mayonnaise from scratch is simpler than you might imagine. To spice up this meal, you can also add herbs, spices, or hot sauce; use your imagination to the fullest. Then, for fun, drizzle it over your preferred burger and top it with Cheddar cheese and some tater tots.

Kebab Burger

This facilitates easier eating and a setting that is more conducive to finger foods. Additionally, the delicious vegetables give your burger a nice crunch and that mouthwatering, charred flavor.

Buffalo Bleu Cheese

By liberally applying blue cheese crumbles and slathering your burger in buffalo wing sauce, you can replicate the flavors of your favorite wing restaurant.

All of the delectable appetizer’s toppings are included in this hamburger, but it is a sandwich. What else is there to ask for? 

Goat Cheese and Honey

Do you want dessert after dinner? Try goat cheese and honey together for a tasty combination. The sweet components will complement and balance the salty burger, and the melt-in-your-mouth cheese will be oh-so-creamy.

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Caprese Burger

On a warm summer night, a Caprese salad is always cooling. By topping your burger with tomato, mozzarella, arugula, and balsamic glaze, you can make your barbeque hour just as cool.

Your senses will be awakened, and you will feel cool inside out! 

Southwestern Style

Sprinkle hot ingredients like paprika, chili powder, and garlic liberally over your beef. For a fiery burger with a southwestern flair, add salsa, recently grilled corn, tortilla strips, and Monterey jack cheese. There is nothing like this gourmet burger! 

Cream Cheese

Cream cheese can be used in place of regular cheese slices! You should already be aware that cream cheese compliments everything, including beef patties. Even though adding a dollop of cream cheese to your burger is quick and easy, it gives it an impressive, out-of-the-ordinary appearance.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Choose some Southern-style fried green tomatoes instead of boring old red tomatoes, which need to be extremely fresh to add any real flavor to a burger.

Fried green tomatoes are my new favorite burger topper because they are crunchy, tart, and extra-refreshing.

They are also shockingly simple to produce. To enjoy this Southern staple, simply thinly slice your tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, cover in cornmeal, then shallow fry in bacon oil.

Banh Mi

Making a Banh Mi burger with any mix of hoisin sauce, garlic aioli, sriracha, and quickly pickled cucumbers continues the concept of eating things from other countries. Although chicken or steak are typically used to make banh mi sandwiches, these tasty components would still go well with ground beef to create a distinctive Asian fusion dish. 

Cheese Curds

By adding cheese curds to your next burger, you can recreate the fair’s flavors at home. A traditional New Hampshire dish is a ground beef patty topped with cheese curds, fries, and gravy. While eating this burger, you might feel your arteries constrict, but your taste buds will appreciate it.

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Add some New York flair to the mix by adding a steaming pile of thinly sliced pastrami. The perfect pairing of a juicy burger with a tasty Reuben sandwich includes horseradish, deli mustard, and a few slices of Swiss. A pastrami burger is guaranteed to become your new favorite due to its numerous flavor-stimulating layers.

Crab and Cocktail Sauce

By adding a generous amount of chunky crabmeat, a dollop of cocktail sauce, and a squeeze of lemon juice, you can give your all-American burger a coastal flavor.

When you order this surf and turf dish, you’ll think you’re at your favorite steakhouse, but instead of the typical lobster and filet, you’ll get this delicious blend of flavors between two buns.

It tastes and feels like perfect luxury and the succulent crab will assist add moisture and a brilliant pop of flavor.

Syrup or Peanut Butter

Take a cue from morning fare and drizzle some maple syrup. It pairs beautifully with bacon, as you well know, so why not with a straightforward bacon-topped burger? Stick with peanut butter if that sounds a little too sweet. It might sound crazy, but trust me, it is delicious.

You nearly don’t need any extra toppings since the creamy, salty, peanut-and butter pairs so beautifully with the savory burger. Bacon, peanut butter, and strawberry preserves may be the ideal combination. Yum!

Mac and Cheese

Because macaroni and cheese effectively double your burger, even with a smaller patty, this dish is best saved for a truly special occasion when no one is watching their calorie intake. On the other hand, eating a burger with mac & cheese adds a creamy delicacy that is well worth it.

Summing it up!

With the different options mentioned above, you can enjoy the tastefulness of burgers with different options for toppings. Enjoy!

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