Ah, the burger. This quintessentially American meal has seen dozens of spinoffs— from chicken patties to the McAloo Tikki, it seems like we just can’t get enough of the classic sandwich. Set your differences aside on May 28 and celebrate National Burger Day with these five recipes that we promise are a surefire family favorite.
Rocket, avocado and beef bacon burger
Crispy beef bacon + pulpy avocado = heaven in your mouth. Onion, parsley and garlic help flavour the beef mince that’ll be the star of this meal, while egg and blue cheese help hold it together. Dress with rocket to add freshness and serve.
An undisputable truth in the Arabian Gulf: we love lamb. The lean meat is used for everything from lamb machbous to lamb stew, so is it any surprise that some genius decided to make burgers out of it? This low investment, high reward meal is exceedingly simple, taking just 8 minutes of prep and 2 minutes of cooking time. Flavor with clove, mint, and coriander and accompany with cucumber and cream cheese for what we can only describe as an explosion in your mouth.
Couscous and butter bean burgers
For the vegetarians out there, don’t worry: National Burger Day isn’t just for the carnivores. Featuring acidic pickled onions and creamy butter beans, this dish might just have the meat-eaters feeling green with envy. Bonus: this recipe also contains a guide to spicy, crunchy, cheesy chilli poppers that you’ll want to make again, and again, and again…
Mini chicken and peanut butter burgers
No matter which side of the crunchy/creamy peanut butter debate you stand on, you’ll need a crunchy jar of Jif for this recipe. What these miniature burgers lack in size, they certainly make up for in flavour. Serve these burgers with chilli jam or chutney for a dish that’s spiced to perfection.
Steak and egg burger
It was only a matter of time before someone put this American diner staple between two buns. Served with a bed of crunchy carrot and piquant peppers, this burger will end up well done no matter how you like to have your steak.