33 Hamburger Recipes For Memorial Day

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, unless otherwise noted]

I don't know who it is that designated May as National Burger Month, but I'd like to give them a big, sloppy, greasy, onion-scented, cheese-covered kiss on the mouth. Or perhaps just a hug is fine. What better excuse to celebrate our national sandwich (national food?) and look back back at the dozens of well-tested burger recipes we have in our archives?

Let's start with the basics. Here are my top ten tips for better burgers. With those under your belt, you should be well on your way to backyard burger nirvana.

Got your notebooks filled? Great! Here are 33 recipes that run the gamut from simple to complex, with representation from around the country, breaking regional borders, and indeed inter-species relations. Perhaps burgers are the key to world peace. Check out the individual recipes below, or click through the slideshow above for a bigger look at the goods.

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Classic Burger Recipes


These burgers are all inspired by classic American or regional American burger styles.

Restaurant and Fast Food Burgers At Home


Fake Shacks, In-N-Out Double Doubles, Big Macs, and the like.

Non-Beef Options


[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Burgers that cross that species barrier, yet still retain all the juice and flavor of a real deal burger. No compromise!

Condiments and Sauces


Chili, cheese, and other sauces.

Over The Top


[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Burgers that take it to the extreme. Bigger, bolder, and badder than any other beef on the block.

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