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54 Crazy-Delicious Burger Toppings You Need to Try

Burger toppings just got a whole lot more exciting. Fire up the grill, grab your spatula and get ready to wow 'em with these outrageously delicious ideas.

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Macaroni SaladTaste of Home

Macaroni Salad

Take one all-American patty and load it up Hawaii-style by topping your burger with macaroni salad.

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Gruyere and EggTaste of Home

Gruyere and Egg

These burgers were a huge hit with our friends during football season. Regular mayo can easily be substituted for the garlic aioli if desired. —Melissa Pelkey Hass, Waleska, Georgia

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Candied Jalapenos & GarlicTaste of Home

Candied Jalapenos & Garlic

If you love spicy food like we do, then these tasty candied jalapenos and garlic bits are for you! You can save the syrup to baste roasted chicken or grilled salmon, or mix it into salad dressings. Jars of this dynamite condiment make a great gift. —Rita Ladany, Edison, New Jersey

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Buttery Whiskey-Glazed Pearl OnionsTaste of Home

Buttery Whiskey-Glazed Pearl Onions

I always have pearl onions on hand to add to stews and vegetable dishes—they're great pickled, too. Every Thanksgiving, I make this glazed onion dish. It can easily be made ahead and reheated. —Ann Sheehy, Lawrence, Massachusetts

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Celery, Blue Cheese & Hot Sauce

Celery, Blue Cheese & Hot Sauce

Celery and blue cheese dressing help tame the hot sauce on this turkey burger recipe. For an even lighter version, pass on the buns and serve with lettuce leaves, sliced onion and chopped tomato. —Mary Pax-Shipley, Bend, Oregon

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Crab & Cocktail SauceTaste of Home

Crab & Cocktail Sauce

Take one all-American patty and load it up Alaska-style with cocktail sauce, lump crabmeat and a squeeze of lemon juice.

 

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Chili & Fried OnionsTaste of Home

Chili & Fried Onions

Big, bold chili and french-fried onions are a fun alternative to the classic burger fixings of ketchup and mustard. The patties are easy to assemble, making this a great weeknight sandwich. —Sue Ross, Casa Grande, Arizona

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Basil ButterTaste of Home

Basil Butter

I make this tasty butter during the growing season and often freeze for later use. When veggies are sauteed in the herb-butter, the basil tastes as fresh as if it just came out of the garden. —Emily Chaney, Penobscot, Maine

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Toasted RavioliTaste of Home

Toasted Ravioli

Take one all-American patty and load it up Missouri-style with toasted ravioli and marinara sauce on top.

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Spaghetti SauceTaste of Home

Spaghetti Sauce

I just love these burgers! They're a big hit with kids and adults. I serve them with sliced green peppers, tomato and onion slices and a jar of crushed red peppers on the side for adults. Kids enjoy them best "as is." —Priscilla Gilbert, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida

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Feta & Cucumber SauceTaste of Home

Feta & Cucumber Sauce

My friends always request these tasty chicken burgers on the grill. I sometimes add olives to punch up the flavor! Try them with the mayo topping. —Angela Robinson, Findlay, Ohio

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Frech Fries & ColeslawTaste of Home

Frech Fries & Coleslaw

Take one all-American patty and load it up Pennsylvania-style with French fries, oil-and-vinegar coleslaw and tomatoes on thick-sliced Italian bread.

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Chutney, Mustard & Lime SauceTaste of Home

Chutney, Mustard & Lime Sauce

The secret to these burgers is the tangy mango chutney, but the arugula adds a special wow to the plate. I get lots of compliments when I serve these at summer or fall cookouts. — Jeanne Lueders, Waterloo, Iowa

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Pickled Sweet PeppersTaste of Home

Pickled Sweet Peppers

I love to can my homegrown produce. I call this recipe Summer in a Jar. The peppers have a nice combination of tart and spicy flavors. —Edna Clemens, West Branch, Michigan

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GuacamoleTaste of Home

Guacamole

What do you get when you combine a jalapeno popper and a classic burger? This fantastic recipe! It takes the essential components of a popper and encases them in a juicy patty for a burst of flavor in every bite. —Jo Davison, Naples, Florida

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Cranberry KetchupTaste of Home

Cranberry Ketchup

This recipe was handed down to me from my mother. It may sound like a strange combination of flavors, but once you try it, you won’t want to go back to regular ketchup. —Jerome Wiese, Bemidji, Minnesota

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Sweet Zucchini Relish

Classic relish is made with cucumbers, but this sweet and tangy topper is packed with zucchini, peppers and onions. I use it on burgers, on sandwiches and in any recipes that normally call for pickle relish. —Jyl Basinger, Cave City, Arkansas

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Pastrami, Horseradish & MustardTaste of Home

Pastrami, Horseradish & Mustard

Take one all-American patty and load it up New York-style with horseradish cream sauce, pastrami and mustard on rye bread.

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Pickled MushroomsTaste of Home

Pickled Mushrooms

Serve tangy pickled mushrooms alongside a steak, as an appetizer with toothpicks, in a salad or as part of an antipasto platter. However you present them, you can’t go wrong! —John Levezow, Eagan, Minnesota

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Spicy Bavarian Beer MustardTaste of Home

Spicy Bavarian Beer Mustard

Here's a gift that has bite! This spicy beer mustard is great with pretzels or as a condiment for bratwurst. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Barbecued BrisketTaste of Home

Barbecued Brisket

Take one all-American patty and load it up Texas-style with brisket on Texas toast. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Sweet-Hot Asian Dipping Sauce

Sweet-Hot Asian Dipping Sauce

This Asian-inspired sauce is a delicious egg roll dipping sauce, but it can also be used for veggies or to make a sweet-tangy vinaigrette. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Pickled Sweet OnionsTaste of Home

Pickled Sweet Onions

These slightly crunchy pickled onions are not only a great gift for Christmas, but also a terrific contribution to a backyard barbecue as a relish for burgers and hot dogs. —Laura Winemiller, Delta, Pennsylvania

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Dr Pepper BBQ SauceTaste of Home

Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce

My family is stationed in Italy with my husband, Lieutenant William Robert Blackman. William grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and I’m from Texas, so the dish that spells "home" for us is a good ol' barbecue. I have my own recipe for barbecue sauce that we like to pour all over sliced brisket. Eating it reminds us of weekend barbecues with our families. —Tina Blackman, Naples, Italy

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Gorgonzola & Jalapeno SlicesTaste of Home

Gorgonzola & Jalapeno Slices

On a whim, we mixed homemade jalapeno jam into ground beef patties, then topped the burgers with caramelized onions and tangy Gorgonzola cheese. Fabulous! —Becky Mollenkamp, St. Louis, Missouri

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Spinach-Basil PestoTaste of Home

Spinach-Basil Pesto

Toss this garlicky, rich pesto with pasta or use as a spread. It also freezes well for fresh flavor over the winter. —Jaye Beeler, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Artichokes & PeppersTaste of Home

Artichokes & Peppers

My fiance and I really like Greek food and flavors. I made a meatloaf similar to this once but changed it up into burgers for a fun option when the weather gets warm.—Melissa Obernesser, Utica, New York

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Tomatillo RelishTaste of Home

Tomatillo Relish

I have a very hearty tomatillo plant in my garden. To use up the abundant produce, I decided to make a relish. You can use it as a dip or as a condiment on eggs, hot dogs, meat loaf or burgers. It has an addictive taste. —Deb LaBosco, Foley, Minnesota

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Garlic Lemon ButterTaste of Home

Garlic Lemon Butter

This tangy flavored butter offers a nice change from plain butter and gives a refreshing new taste to an ear of corn. When I serve this on the side during fresh corn season, the same question always gets asked—"What's in the butter that makes it so delicious?" —Margie Wampler, Butler, Pennsylvania

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Spicy Dill SalsaTaste of Home

Spicy Dill Salsa

When I make burgers or hot dogs for boating or barbecues, I do a topping that tastes like relish meets salsa. Pile it on any griller you like. —Valonda Seward, Coarsegold, California

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Chicago-Style Hot GiardinieraTaste of Home

Chicago-Style Hot Giardiniera

I've been living in Chicago for the last 12 years and have grown to love the spicy giardiniera served at restaurants. So I developed my own to use at home. We love it on everything from eggs to sandwiches and even pizza! —Andrea Quiroz, Chicago, Illinois

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Fresh Corn & Blue CheeseTaste of Home

Fresh Corn & Blue Cheese

Take one all-American patty and load it up Iowa-style with fresh corn, Maytag blue cheese and pickle relish. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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End-of-Summer RelishTaste of Home

End-of-Summer Relish

My family loves this relish and wants it on the table for every meal. My garden can barely keep up with demand.—Vivian Conner, Serbring, Florida

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Favorite Bread & Butter PicklesTaste of Home

Favorite Bread & Butter Pickles

I made these pickles while growing up and love them because you can eat them with just about anything. Now, both of my children love these pickles, too. I think you'll enjoy them as much as we do! —Linda Weger, Robinson, Illinois

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SalsaTaste of Home

Salsa

I finally invented a healthy quinoa burger that wasn't dry and crumbly or really boring. These fit the bill—even my grandkids prefer them over hamburgers. They taste like chips and dip in a burger! —KT Rehrig, Allentown, Pennsylvania

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Spaghetti Sauce & MozzarellaTaste of Home

Spaghetti Sauce & Mozzarella

We love chicken Parmesan and thought, "Why not make it a burger?" I like to use fresh mozzarella on these. I've also made the patties with ground turkey. —Charlotte Gehle, Brownstown, Michigan

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Peach MayoTaste of Home

Peach Mayo

The unique fruit and mayo combination puts this burger over the top. You can also substitute nectarines for the peaches. They're both delicious! —Charlene Chambers, Ormond Beach, Florida

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Baked Beans & Caramelized OnionsTaste of Home

Baked Beans & Caramelized Onions

Take one all-American patty and load it up Massachusetts-style with Boston baked beans and caramelized onions on slices of Boston brown bread.

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Sweet Onion & Red Bell Pepper ToppingTaste of Home

Sweet Onion & Red Bell Pepper Topping

As soon as the spring Vidalia onions hit the market, this is one of the first recipes I make. I use it on hot dogs, bruschetta, cream cheese and crackers. It is so versatile. —Pat Hockett, Ocala, Florida

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Pickled Brussels SproutsTaste of Home

Pickled Brussels Sprouts

This year, when I asked my brother what he wanted for his 31st birthday, he answered, "pickled Brussels sprouts." I had never even tasted a pickled Brussels sprout before. It's hard for me to say "no" to my younger brother, so he got his wish and thought the Brussels sprouts were delicious! —Heather King, Frostburg, Maryland

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Green ChiliesTaste of Home

Green Chilies

Take one all-American patty and load it up New Mexico-style with smoky cheese and chopped green chilies. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Parsley ButterTaste of Home

Parsley Butter

Making a flavored butter is very simple and will add a lot of flavor to your food. It will impress your guests and they will be asking for the recipe.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

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Tangy Apple-Ginger ChutneyTaste of Home

Tangy Apple-Ginger Chutney

For an afternoon snack, we spread this tangy chutney over a bagel with cream cheese. For more kick, add black pepper, red pepper and cumin. —Aysha Schurman, Ammon, Idaho

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Hoisin SauceTaste of Home

Hoisin Sauce

I wanted to make turkey burgers a lot more fun. On a whim, I added hoisin sauce, gingerroot and garlic. Now we eat them about once a week. —Ashley Gayle, Ellicott City, Maryland

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Spicy KetchupTaste of Home

Spicy Ketchup

When this homemade ketchup is bubbling on the stove, the aroma takes me back to childhood. One taste and I’m home again. —Karen Naihe, Kamuela, Hawaii

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Cheese Curds, French Fries & GravyTaste of Home

Cheese Curds, French Fries & Gravy

Take one all-American patty and load it up New Hampshire-style French Fries, cheese curds and gravy.

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Garlic Basil ButterTaste of Home

Garlic Basil Butter

Instead of serving plain butter alongside an assortment of fresh breads, prepare this herb-laden whipped butter. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Enchilada SauceTaste of Home

Enchilada Sauce

This chunky, mild sauce is a great way to use up abundant veggies from the garden. It tastes great on Mexican dishes and scrambled eggs. —Rebecca Schwegman, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin

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Potato Chips & Onion DipTaste of Home

Potato Chips & Onion Dip

Take one all-American patty and load it up Idaho-style with Kettle-style potato chips and onion dip.

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Gentleman's Whiskey Bacon JamTaste of Home

Gentleman's Whiskey Bacon Jam

You can slather this smoky bacon jam on pretty much anything. It lasts only a week in the fridge, so I freeze small amounts for a quick snack with crackers. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia

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Homemade Spicy Hot SauceTaste of Home

Homemade Spicy Hot Sauce

I created this spicy recipe one day using what I had available from my garden: hot peppers, carrots, onions and garlic. The carrots make this recipe stand out. —Carolyn Wheel, Fairfax, Vermont

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Fig SauceTaste of Home

Fig Sauce

With fig puree and melted Gorgonzola, these Fig-a-licious Pork Burgers are almost a gourmet meal.—Mary Cannataro, Chicago, Illinois

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Cucumber, Carrot & CilantroTaste of Home

Cucumber, Carrot & Cilantro

We make weeknights fun with easy grilled turkey sliders. I like to serve them with tangy slaw on the side. —Trinity Saffer, Golden, Colorado

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Bacon & Cranberry TapenadeTaste of Home

Bacon & Cranberry Tapenade

Cranberry tapenade brings a deep red color and sweet-sour zing to these fun little bacon cheeseburgers. Serve them for parties or any time you want to treat your family. —Priscilla Yee, Concord, California

Kristin Sutter
A big fan of homegrown cooking, Kristin has been a writer and editor for nearly 20 years. She has mastered the art of learning from her inexpert riffs on other people's truly good recipes.

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