5 Ways to Make Over-the-Top Burger Toppings
Or burgers for breakfast. The direction you go with this one is all you (and we support both, by the way), but the idea is to bring these two heart-clutchingly wonderful things into one glorious dish. Here are a few ideas for you, and we'll start with the obvious:
Put on Your Fancy Pants
Basically, black tie food that you're encouraged to eat in your soft clothes. These ideas will come in handy on those nights when your taste buds are feeling a little hoity-toity, but the rest of you is reeealy feelin' that cozy couch and some binge-watching action:
- Brie and prosciutto. Don't wait for your next dinner party, break out the fancy cheese and the fancy ham for burger night! For a little extra crunch, fry the prosciutto on the stove top for a few minutes. Then top with sautéed red onions.
- Serve your burger on a brioche bun. This fancy-pants bread is made with more butter and egg yolks than regular bread, giving it a softer, richer texture.
- Swap half of the ground beef for Italian sausage. Whether you go for a spicy or sweet one, this fancy-pants option is also an easy one because the sausages are already seasoned. Done and done!
Salad on Burgers
Not to be confused with salad with your burger. Well, you can do that too, but what we're going for here is expediency: the main dish and your side dish, all in one bite. And a very delicious one at that. A few ideas:
Let's Just Go There
A.k.a, the "if you're gonna do it, DO it" strategy. You may also know it as the "no fear, no regrets," the "all-in," or the "soooo...this is happening, yes?" strategy. Whatever you want to call it, it should end up looking a little something like these ideas:
Think Out of the Box — Like, Cheese-Wise
American, Cheddar, Swiss, pepperjack...classics are classics for a reason: because they're good. But we just don't want you to limit yourself. Be as creative as you want to be, starting with these ideas:
- Goat cheese—a bit of a splurge, but we think you're worth it.
- Ever tried taking your Parmesan up a notch? Fry a few tablespoons into a "disc" in a nonstick pan for a crispy addition to your burger. (It only takes a couple minutes for the cheese to cook, so keep an eye on it. Flip it when you start to see it turn brown, and cook just until firm on the second side.) You can also make a load of Parmesan crisps in the oven if you're serving burgers to a bunch.
- Gouda tends to make more sandwich appearances, and we'd like to see that change. Pair it with ham, or get a little fancy-pants and add slices of apple.