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7 Ways to Make Your Burger Better

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A well-chosen cheese, condiment and side dish can turn your next burger into your best. Here are seven of our favorite methods to set your patty on the path to paradise.

CHARLESTON GOURMET COMPANY BURGER MARINADE
New York City transplants Chevalo and Monique fell in love with the Lowcountry, and we’ve fallen for their burger marinade, made with an aromatic blend of nine spices and herbs. Mix it in with your meat to make a knock out burger from the inside out.

CAJUN ROASTED STEAK FRIES
Burgers and fries are the perfect combination, and these are a no-fuss version of an American favorite. Cajun spices stand up to the juiciest of burgers and the kick takes them over the top.

Photo by Hélène Dujardin
Lodge Skillet. Photo by Hélène Dujardin

LODGE SKILLET
Grilling a burger over charcoal imparts lots of smoky flavor, but choose a skillet or flat top grill to keep your burger juicy. Cast iron skillets are a favorite because they heat evenly and are able to withstand high temperatures. Another plus, they also go easily from stovetop to oven for your Hungry-Man size burgers.

RED HARE NATIONAL COMMON BEER
Chef Linton Hopkins collaborated with Red Hare‘s master brewer, Bobby Thomas, to create a beer that complements Hopkins’ famous H&F Burger. The result is a fresh and clean California Common, a refreshing way to wash down a burger.

Photo by Victoria Parmenter
Comeback Sauce. Photo by Victoria Parmenter

COMEBACK SAUCE
Ketchup and mayonnaise are the usual suspects to squirt onto your burger, but why not go a step further? Comeback sauce has been described as a remoulade meets thousand island; it’s a more zesty and flavorful choice for your favorite burger.

MOUNTAIN VIEW FARMS COLBY CHEESE
Softer and milder than cheddar but more flavorful than American, Colby is a great choice for your next cheeseburger. Located in Fairview, Virginia, Moutain View Farms is a family owned dairy producing outstanding farmstead cheeses. Want to give your burger more zip? Check out their Jumpin’ Jack Flash made with hot peppers.

YUCATAN PICKLED RED ONIONS
A burger served without pickles? Preposterous! Maybe not. This summer, give picked onions a try. A unique alternative to traditional pickles and made in the refrigerator with no canning required.