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Chefs' Favorite Burger Recipes

Chefs' Favorite Burger Recipes

There's nothing quite like the sound of meat sizzling on the grill to get the party started, and whether you're grilling it up for a big get-together in the backyard, throwing a pool party, or having a casual night in with some close friends and family, we think these burger recipes will be sure to surprise and delight guests.

And for an added bonus, we polled a few famous chefs for their advice on grilling up the perfect burger, grilling in general, and how to spruce up the next backyard soirée. Here's what they had to say:

David Myers
On pro secrets for great flavor: Great flavor is about using charcoal, not lighter fluid. Make sure the grill is hot enough to get a nice sear but not too hot.

Wolfgang Puck
On pro secrets for great flavor: I always use lots of coarsely ground black pepper with some coriander mixed in.

On drinks, easy sides, and desserts to serve: Sangria is always a good drink to have. You can make it in advance. Naturally, I love champagne, and you can mix it with different fruit juices such as orange, peach, or raspberry, like a champagne cocktail. You can also use prosecco because it’s not too expensive.

For side dishes, I like to serve them all at room temperature, such as corn relish, Tuscan white bean salad, an Asian coleslaw, a Viennese potato salad, and maybe even a little guacamole with extra jalapeño. For dessert, I would make an ice cream bar or ice cream sandwiches.

Joseph Elevado, L’Ermitage, Beverly Hills, Calif.

Temper your meat. When you pull your meats out of the refrigerator an hour or so before you grill them, you bring the internal temperature up so that the meats will cook more evenly.

Always keep your grill clean and be sure to oil the grill and the items for grilling lightly so that they do not stick.

Ashley James, Four Seasons Hotel, Beverly Hills, Calif.

Always use a great quality meat with an 80/20 meat to fat ratio.

Don’t be afraid to improvise and use what you have on hand — this adds for a bit of fun and creativity.
Get creative with the bun by using a flatbread, lettuce (iceberg or butter lettuce work great), or a tortilla.

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Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and more celebrity chefs' favorite burger recipes

If your basic burger routine is feeling a little stale, your favorite celebrity chef likely has some beautiful burger ideas up his or her sleeve.

Whether you prefer the summer staple topped with classic fixings like lettuce, tomato, onion and American cheese, or fancy something special with gourmet toppings, the greatest culinary minds always have a few tips that will take burgers to the next level.

Bobby Flay's Nacho Burger

Bobby Flay is a fan of using crunchy chips on his burgers for that extra something special. This meaty nacho dish on a bun is great for when the family is hankering for some spicy Southwestern cuisine on barbecue night.

Guy Fieri's Pig and Anchor Melt Sandwich

Guy Fieri will take you to Flavor Town with his Pig and Anchor Melt sandwich. In this recipe, he swaps in a bunch of different cuts of pork to make a beef-like patty, which is then smothered in melty cheese, Donkey Sauce and tons of extras that add smoky flavor.

Want an Italian-style burger? Who better to call upon than Italian chef and frequent TODAY Show regular Giada De Laurentiis? In this burger recipe, which was posted on the Food Network star's lifestyle site, Giadzy, she uses a creamy pesto sauce and juicy tomato for a caprese-like main dish served on ciabatta bread.

The Perfect Burger (aka The Crunch Burger)

Burger aficionado Bobby Flay calls this burger "perfect" for good reason. It's piled high on a seeded Martin's roll with all the right condiments, two types of cheeses and sliced dill pickles. Oh, and did we mention that he adds a layer of Lay's potato chips to deliver a nice crunch in every bite?

In this dish, the Pioneer Woman ditches a classic bun and makes her burgers extra melty with globs of hot cheese and cooked onions smothered on a patty between two crisp, buttery pieces of bread. Yes, our mouths are watering.

Shake Shack's Roker Burger

TODAY's Al Roker teamed up with the beloved burger chain Shake Shack to create the delicious Roker Burger. It was only on the chain's nationwide menu for a week, but great taste never goes out of style. If you missed it (or have been craving another taste), here's the home cook-friendly recipe to try out.


Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and more celebrity chefs' favorite burger recipes

If your basic burger routine is feeling a little stale, your favorite celebrity chef likely has some beautiful burger ideas up his or her sleeve.

Whether you prefer the summer staple topped with classic fixings like lettuce, tomato, onion and American cheese, or fancy something special with gourmet toppings, the greatest culinary minds always have a few tips that will take burgers to the next level.

Bobby Flay's Nacho Burger

Bobby Flay is a fan of using crunchy chips on his burgers for that extra something special. This meaty nacho dish on a bun is great for when the family is hankering for some spicy Southwestern cuisine on barbecue night.

Guy Fieri's Pig and Anchor Melt Sandwich

Guy Fieri will take you to Flavor Town with his Pig and Anchor Melt sandwich. In this recipe, he swaps in a bunch of different cuts of pork to make a beef-like patty, which is then smothered in melty cheese, Donkey Sauce and tons of extras that add smoky flavor.

Want an Italian-style burger? Who better to call upon than Italian chef and frequent TODAY Show regular Giada De Laurentiis? In this burger recipe, which was posted on the Food Network star's lifestyle site, Giadzy, she uses a creamy pesto sauce and juicy tomato for a caprese-like main dish served on ciabatta bread.

The Perfect Burger (aka The Crunch Burger)

Burger aficionado Bobby Flay calls this burger "perfect" for good reason. It's piled high on a seeded Martin's roll with all the right condiments, two types of cheeses and sliced dill pickles. Oh, and did we mention that he adds a layer of Lay's potato chips to deliver a nice crunch in every bite?

In this dish, the Pioneer Woman ditches a classic bun and makes her burgers extra melty with globs of hot cheese and cooked onions smothered on a patty between two crisp, buttery pieces of bread. Yes, our mouths are watering.

Shake Shack's Roker Burger

TODAY's Al Roker teamed up with the beloved burger chain Shake Shack to create the delicious Roker Burger. It was only on the chain's nationwide menu for a week, but great taste never goes out of style. If you missed it (or have been craving another taste), here's the home cook-friendly recipe to try out.


Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and more celebrity chefs' favorite burger recipes

If your basic burger routine is feeling a little stale, your favorite celebrity chef likely has some beautiful burger ideas up his or her sleeve.

Whether you prefer the summer staple topped with classic fixings like lettuce, tomato, onion and American cheese, or fancy something special with gourmet toppings, the greatest culinary minds always have a few tips that will take burgers to the next level.

Bobby Flay's Nacho Burger

Bobby Flay is a fan of using crunchy chips on his burgers for that extra something special. This meaty nacho dish on a bun is great for when the family is hankering for some spicy Southwestern cuisine on barbecue night.

Guy Fieri's Pig and Anchor Melt Sandwich

Guy Fieri will take you to Flavor Town with his Pig and Anchor Melt sandwich. In this recipe, he swaps in a bunch of different cuts of pork to make a beef-like patty, which is then smothered in melty cheese, Donkey Sauce and tons of extras that add smoky flavor.

Want an Italian-style burger? Who better to call upon than Italian chef and frequent TODAY Show regular Giada De Laurentiis? In this burger recipe, which was posted on the Food Network star's lifestyle site, Giadzy, she uses a creamy pesto sauce and juicy tomato for a caprese-like main dish served on ciabatta bread.

The Perfect Burger (aka The Crunch Burger)

Burger aficionado Bobby Flay calls this burger "perfect" for good reason. It's piled high on a seeded Martin's roll with all the right condiments, two types of cheeses and sliced dill pickles. Oh, and did we mention that he adds a layer of Lay's potato chips to deliver a nice crunch in every bite?

In this dish, the Pioneer Woman ditches a classic bun and makes her burgers extra melty with globs of hot cheese and cooked onions smothered on a patty between two crisp, buttery pieces of bread. Yes, our mouths are watering.

Shake Shack's Roker Burger

TODAY's Al Roker teamed up with the beloved burger chain Shake Shack to create the delicious Roker Burger. It was only on the chain's nationwide menu for a week, but great taste never goes out of style. If you missed it (or have been craving another taste), here's the home cook-friendly recipe to try out.


Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and more celebrity chefs' favorite burger recipes

If your basic burger routine is feeling a little stale, your favorite celebrity chef likely has some beautiful burger ideas up his or her sleeve.

Whether you prefer the summer staple topped with classic fixings like lettuce, tomato, onion and American cheese, or fancy something special with gourmet toppings, the greatest culinary minds always have a few tips that will take burgers to the next level.

Bobby Flay's Nacho Burger

Bobby Flay is a fan of using crunchy chips on his burgers for that extra something special. This meaty nacho dish on a bun is great for when the family is hankering for some spicy Southwestern cuisine on barbecue night.

Guy Fieri's Pig and Anchor Melt Sandwich

Guy Fieri will take you to Flavor Town with his Pig and Anchor Melt sandwich. In this recipe, he swaps in a bunch of different cuts of pork to make a beef-like patty, which is then smothered in melty cheese, Donkey Sauce and tons of extras that add smoky flavor.

Want an Italian-style burger? Who better to call upon than Italian chef and frequent TODAY Show regular Giada De Laurentiis? In this burger recipe, which was posted on the Food Network star's lifestyle site, Giadzy, she uses a creamy pesto sauce and juicy tomato for a caprese-like main dish served on ciabatta bread.

The Perfect Burger (aka The Crunch Burger)

Burger aficionado Bobby Flay calls this burger "perfect" for good reason. It's piled high on a seeded Martin's roll with all the right condiments, two types of cheeses and sliced dill pickles. Oh, and did we mention that he adds a layer of Lay's potato chips to deliver a nice crunch in every bite?

In this dish, the Pioneer Woman ditches a classic bun and makes her burgers extra melty with globs of hot cheese and cooked onions smothered on a patty between two crisp, buttery pieces of bread. Yes, our mouths are watering.

Shake Shack's Roker Burger

TODAY's Al Roker teamed up with the beloved burger chain Shake Shack to create the delicious Roker Burger. It was only on the chain's nationwide menu for a week, but great taste never goes out of style. If you missed it (or have been craving another taste), here's the home cook-friendly recipe to try out.


Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and more celebrity chefs' favorite burger recipes

If your basic burger routine is feeling a little stale, your favorite celebrity chef likely has some beautiful burger ideas up his or her sleeve.

Whether you prefer the summer staple topped with classic fixings like lettuce, tomato, onion and American cheese, or fancy something special with gourmet toppings, the greatest culinary minds always have a few tips that will take burgers to the next level.

Bobby Flay's Nacho Burger

Bobby Flay is a fan of using crunchy chips on his burgers for that extra something special. This meaty nacho dish on a bun is great for when the family is hankering for some spicy Southwestern cuisine on barbecue night.

Guy Fieri's Pig and Anchor Melt Sandwich

Guy Fieri will take you to Flavor Town with his Pig and Anchor Melt sandwich. In this recipe, he swaps in a bunch of different cuts of pork to make a beef-like patty, which is then smothered in melty cheese, Donkey Sauce and tons of extras that add smoky flavor.

Want an Italian-style burger? Who better to call upon than Italian chef and frequent TODAY Show regular Giada De Laurentiis? In this burger recipe, which was posted on the Food Network star's lifestyle site, Giadzy, she uses a creamy pesto sauce and juicy tomato for a caprese-like main dish served on ciabatta bread.

The Perfect Burger (aka The Crunch Burger)

Burger aficionado Bobby Flay calls this burger "perfect" for good reason. It's piled high on a seeded Martin's roll with all the right condiments, two types of cheeses and sliced dill pickles. Oh, and did we mention that he adds a layer of Lay's potato chips to deliver a nice crunch in every bite?

In this dish, the Pioneer Woman ditches a classic bun and makes her burgers extra melty with globs of hot cheese and cooked onions smothered on a patty between two crisp, buttery pieces of bread. Yes, our mouths are watering.

Shake Shack's Roker Burger

TODAY's Al Roker teamed up with the beloved burger chain Shake Shack to create the delicious Roker Burger. It was only on the chain's nationwide menu for a week, but great taste never goes out of style. If you missed it (or have been craving another taste), here's the home cook-friendly recipe to try out.


Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and more celebrity chefs' favorite burger recipes

If your basic burger routine is feeling a little stale, your favorite celebrity chef likely has some beautiful burger ideas up his or her sleeve.

Whether you prefer the summer staple topped with classic fixings like lettuce, tomato, onion and American cheese, or fancy something special with gourmet toppings, the greatest culinary minds always have a few tips that will take burgers to the next level.

Bobby Flay's Nacho Burger

Bobby Flay is a fan of using crunchy chips on his burgers for that extra something special. This meaty nacho dish on a bun is great for when the family is hankering for some spicy Southwestern cuisine on barbecue night.

Guy Fieri's Pig and Anchor Melt Sandwich

Guy Fieri will take you to Flavor Town with his Pig and Anchor Melt sandwich. In this recipe, he swaps in a bunch of different cuts of pork to make a beef-like patty, which is then smothered in melty cheese, Donkey Sauce and tons of extras that add smoky flavor.

Want an Italian-style burger? Who better to call upon than Italian chef and frequent TODAY Show regular Giada De Laurentiis? In this burger recipe, which was posted on the Food Network star's lifestyle site, Giadzy, she uses a creamy pesto sauce and juicy tomato for a caprese-like main dish served on ciabatta bread.

The Perfect Burger (aka The Crunch Burger)

Burger aficionado Bobby Flay calls this burger "perfect" for good reason. It's piled high on a seeded Martin's roll with all the right condiments, two types of cheeses and sliced dill pickles. Oh, and did we mention that he adds a layer of Lay's potato chips to deliver a nice crunch in every bite?

In this dish, the Pioneer Woman ditches a classic bun and makes her burgers extra melty with globs of hot cheese and cooked onions smothered on a patty between two crisp, buttery pieces of bread. Yes, our mouths are watering.

Shake Shack's Roker Burger

TODAY's Al Roker teamed up with the beloved burger chain Shake Shack to create the delicious Roker Burger. It was only on the chain's nationwide menu for a week, but great taste never goes out of style. If you missed it (or have been craving another taste), here's the home cook-friendly recipe to try out.


Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and more celebrity chefs' favorite burger recipes

If your basic burger routine is feeling a little stale, your favorite celebrity chef likely has some beautiful burger ideas up his or her sleeve.

Whether you prefer the summer staple topped with classic fixings like lettuce, tomato, onion and American cheese, or fancy something special with gourmet toppings, the greatest culinary minds always have a few tips that will take burgers to the next level.

Bobby Flay's Nacho Burger

Bobby Flay is a fan of using crunchy chips on his burgers for that extra something special. This meaty nacho dish on a bun is great for when the family is hankering for some spicy Southwestern cuisine on barbecue night.

Guy Fieri's Pig and Anchor Melt Sandwich

Guy Fieri will take you to Flavor Town with his Pig and Anchor Melt sandwich. In this recipe, he swaps in a bunch of different cuts of pork to make a beef-like patty, which is then smothered in melty cheese, Donkey Sauce and tons of extras that add smoky flavor.

Want an Italian-style burger? Who better to call upon than Italian chef and frequent TODAY Show regular Giada De Laurentiis? In this burger recipe, which was posted on the Food Network star's lifestyle site, Giadzy, she uses a creamy pesto sauce and juicy tomato for a caprese-like main dish served on ciabatta bread.

The Perfect Burger (aka The Crunch Burger)

Burger aficionado Bobby Flay calls this burger "perfect" for good reason. It's piled high on a seeded Martin's roll with all the right condiments, two types of cheeses and sliced dill pickles. Oh, and did we mention that he adds a layer of Lay's potato chips to deliver a nice crunch in every bite?

In this dish, the Pioneer Woman ditches a classic bun and makes her burgers extra melty with globs of hot cheese and cooked onions smothered on a patty between two crisp, buttery pieces of bread. Yes, our mouths are watering.

Shake Shack's Roker Burger

TODAY's Al Roker teamed up with the beloved burger chain Shake Shack to create the delicious Roker Burger. It was only on the chain's nationwide menu for a week, but great taste never goes out of style. If you missed it (or have been craving another taste), here's the home cook-friendly recipe to try out.


Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and more celebrity chefs' favorite burger recipes

If your basic burger routine is feeling a little stale, your favorite celebrity chef likely has some beautiful burger ideas up his or her sleeve.

Whether you prefer the summer staple topped with classic fixings like lettuce, tomato, onion and American cheese, or fancy something special with gourmet toppings, the greatest culinary minds always have a few tips that will take burgers to the next level.

Bobby Flay's Nacho Burger

Bobby Flay is a fan of using crunchy chips on his burgers for that extra something special. This meaty nacho dish on a bun is great for when the family is hankering for some spicy Southwestern cuisine on barbecue night.

Guy Fieri's Pig and Anchor Melt Sandwich

Guy Fieri will take you to Flavor Town with his Pig and Anchor Melt sandwich. In this recipe, he swaps in a bunch of different cuts of pork to make a beef-like patty, which is then smothered in melty cheese, Donkey Sauce and tons of extras that add smoky flavor.

Want an Italian-style burger? Who better to call upon than Italian chef and frequent TODAY Show regular Giada De Laurentiis? In this burger recipe, which was posted on the Food Network star's lifestyle site, Giadzy, she uses a creamy pesto sauce and juicy tomato for a caprese-like main dish served on ciabatta bread.

The Perfect Burger (aka The Crunch Burger)

Burger aficionado Bobby Flay calls this burger "perfect" for good reason. It's piled high on a seeded Martin's roll with all the right condiments, two types of cheeses and sliced dill pickles. Oh, and did we mention that he adds a layer of Lay's potato chips to deliver a nice crunch in every bite?

In this dish, the Pioneer Woman ditches a classic bun and makes her burgers extra melty with globs of hot cheese and cooked onions smothered on a patty between two crisp, buttery pieces of bread. Yes, our mouths are watering.

Shake Shack's Roker Burger

TODAY's Al Roker teamed up with the beloved burger chain Shake Shack to create the delicious Roker Burger. It was only on the chain's nationwide menu for a week, but great taste never goes out of style. If you missed it (or have been craving another taste), here's the home cook-friendly recipe to try out.


Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and more celebrity chefs' favorite burger recipes

If your basic burger routine is feeling a little stale, your favorite celebrity chef likely has some beautiful burger ideas up his or her sleeve.

Whether you prefer the summer staple topped with classic fixings like lettuce, tomato, onion and American cheese, or fancy something special with gourmet toppings, the greatest culinary minds always have a few tips that will take burgers to the next level.

Bobby Flay's Nacho Burger

Bobby Flay is a fan of using crunchy chips on his burgers for that extra something special. This meaty nacho dish on a bun is great for when the family is hankering for some spicy Southwestern cuisine on barbecue night.

Guy Fieri's Pig and Anchor Melt Sandwich

Guy Fieri will take you to Flavor Town with his Pig and Anchor Melt sandwich. In this recipe, he swaps in a bunch of different cuts of pork to make a beef-like patty, which is then smothered in melty cheese, Donkey Sauce and tons of extras that add smoky flavor.

Want an Italian-style burger? Who better to call upon than Italian chef and frequent TODAY Show regular Giada De Laurentiis? In this burger recipe, which was posted on the Food Network star's lifestyle site, Giadzy, she uses a creamy pesto sauce and juicy tomato for a caprese-like main dish served on ciabatta bread.

The Perfect Burger (aka The Crunch Burger)

Burger aficionado Bobby Flay calls this burger "perfect" for good reason. It's piled high on a seeded Martin's roll with all the right condiments, two types of cheeses and sliced dill pickles. Oh, and did we mention that he adds a layer of Lay's potato chips to deliver a nice crunch in every bite?

In this dish, the Pioneer Woman ditches a classic bun and makes her burgers extra melty with globs of hot cheese and cooked onions smothered on a patty between two crisp, buttery pieces of bread. Yes, our mouths are watering.

Shake Shack's Roker Burger

TODAY's Al Roker teamed up with the beloved burger chain Shake Shack to create the delicious Roker Burger. It was only on the chain's nationwide menu for a week, but great taste never goes out of style. If you missed it (or have been craving another taste), here's the home cook-friendly recipe to try out.


Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and more celebrity chefs' favorite burger recipes

If your basic burger routine is feeling a little stale, your favorite celebrity chef likely has some beautiful burger ideas up his or her sleeve.

Whether you prefer the summer staple topped with classic fixings like lettuce, tomato, onion and American cheese, or fancy something special with gourmet toppings, the greatest culinary minds always have a few tips that will take burgers to the next level.

Bobby Flay's Nacho Burger

Bobby Flay is a fan of using crunchy chips on his burgers for that extra something special. This meaty nacho dish on a bun is great for when the family is hankering for some spicy Southwestern cuisine on barbecue night.

Guy Fieri's Pig and Anchor Melt Sandwich

Guy Fieri will take you to Flavor Town with his Pig and Anchor Melt sandwich. In this recipe, he swaps in a bunch of different cuts of pork to make a beef-like patty, which is then smothered in melty cheese, Donkey Sauce and tons of extras that add smoky flavor.

Want an Italian-style burger? Who better to call upon than Italian chef and frequent TODAY Show regular Giada De Laurentiis? In this burger recipe, which was posted on the Food Network star's lifestyle site, Giadzy, she uses a creamy pesto sauce and juicy tomato for a caprese-like main dish served on ciabatta bread.

The Perfect Burger (aka The Crunch Burger)

Burger aficionado Bobby Flay calls this burger "perfect" for good reason. It's piled high on a seeded Martin's roll with all the right condiments, two types of cheeses and sliced dill pickles. Oh, and did we mention that he adds a layer of Lay's potato chips to deliver a nice crunch in every bite?

In this dish, the Pioneer Woman ditches a classic bun and makes her burgers extra melty with globs of hot cheese and cooked onions smothered on a patty between two crisp, buttery pieces of bread. Yes, our mouths are watering.

Shake Shack's Roker Burger

TODAY's Al Roker teamed up with the beloved burger chain Shake Shack to create the delicious Roker Burger. It was only on the chain's nationwide menu for a week, but great taste never goes out of style. If you missed it (or have been craving another taste), here's the home cook-friendly recipe to try out.