During brunch last week, when a friend of mine transformed hollandaise sauce into something at least 10 times more delicious with nothing more than a judicious glug of Mexican hot sauce, it got me thinking about how standard burger toppings can be made to taste significantly better with very little effort. Mayo is extra-tasty when it's mixed with chipotle, ketchup is great with a pinch of curry powder (so I've heard), and mustard, honey, and sriracha makes a delicious spread (for instance).
What are your favorite tweaks for everyday burger condiments? Let us know in the comments!
Results from last week's poll
The results of last week's poll indicated that 44 percent of AHT'ers plan to eat the same amount of burgers in 2014 as they did last year, while 40 percent plan to eat more burgers. Only 17 percent of respondents said they plan to cut back their burger intake. Here is what a few of you had to say:
I've only been cooking burgers from scratch for the last year to 18 months, and am still learning a lot, so more for me, plenty of practice will hopefully start to get close to perfect.
I'm a pescetarian but also a hypocrite. I can't seem to nor want to give up my cheeseburger even though I only eat one once a month. I have my eye on a Blackstone flat top griddle and will be getting one in a few weeks. I reckon then I'll be tempted to do smash burgers much more often. I know its cheating and a sin. Do they have cheeseburgers in hell?
Less, only because at times this year I was cooking burgers for 2 nights a week and ordering them pretty much every time I ate out.
Note: the poll remains open, so these numbers may shift slightly in the future.
About the author: Erin Jackson is a food writer and photographer who is obsessed with discovering the best eats in San Diego. You can find all of her discoveries on her San Diego food blog EJeats.com. On Twitter, she's @ErinJax