5 Awesome Burger Add Ons

5 Awesome Burger Add Ons

Nothing shouts Summer like throwing some burgers on the grill! But there has been a movement lately away from the traditional lettuce, onion, pickle, ketchup and mustard song. We are raising the bar, creating burgers with major flavor bombs like caramelized onions, truffle salt, pimento cheese, and secret sauce to name a few. Here at InnerChef, we are all about creating big flavors! Try these hot new add-ons with your next backyard burger bash:

Caramelized Onions

Try making Caramelized Onions by cooking your onions slowly in olive oil, butter, and sherry wine vinegar until a slight caramel color Appears. With these ingredients, how can you go wrong? Try Ina Garten’s Caramelized Onions with Sherry Vinegar.

Fry Your Veggies 

A fried veggie far surpasses the texture and flavor of it’s raw counterpart. Give your burger an extra layer of crunch by lightly breading and frying pickles, green tomatoes, avocado, onions, or jalapeños.

Sauce it up!

There are so many better options, when it comes to saucing your burger, than ketchup and mustard. Try making a garlic aioli, secret sauce, pimento cheese spread, bacon jam, or your favorite berry preserves. Here are some great sauces to try:

Secret Sauce: Six Sisters Stuff

Garlic Aioli: Food Network’s Guy Fieri Garlic Aioli

Pimento Cheese Spread: Serious Eats

Bacon Jam: Serious Eats  

Man up your buns!

Try making homemade hamburger buns that will guarantee a light and fluffy bite against your meat patty. Raise the bar using pretzel buns, sweet potato buns, Hawaiian rolls, or sesame onion rolls. Here are a few to get started with:

Homemade hamburger buns using the bread machine: food.com

Homemade hamburger buns without bread machine: ifoodblogger


The options are endless when you are designing your burger, but cheese is the liquid gold that makes the burger irresistible. Whether you are going to a melty cheese, sharp cheese, creamy cheese, spicy cheese, the options are endless. Try these cheeses on your next burger:

Melty: American or cheddar. Use 2 thin slices.

Sharp: Aged Cheddar

Tangy and Bold: Gorgonzola, Blue Cheese, or Goat Cheese

Creamy and rich: Gruyère, Comté, Brie, or Taleggio

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Have Some More S’mores!

Have Some More S’mores!

Whether it’s in our backyard fire pit, out camping, or over the stove, there is something comforting about making s’mores. But you don’t have to stick to the traditional roast over the flame and assemble version alone. There is more than one way to stack your s’mores and create that summer campout feeling!

S’mores Pudding Pie- this graham cracker crust is filled with a luscious chocolate pudding and topped with roasted marshmallows.

Recipe: Cooking Channel


Peanut Butter S’mores Bars- this bar is decadent with gooey marshmallow and peanut butter cups sandwiched between two peanut butter cookies. This is one way to raise the bar on your next s’mores recipe!

Recipe: Pinch of Yum


S’mores Popcorn- looking for a popcorn s’mores style snack? This recipe is creative with fresh popcorn, Golden Grahams cereal, chocolate, butter, and sugar. It is sweet. It is dangerous. It is addictive!

Recipe: Eat Cake For Dinner


S’mores Dip- looking for something that is extra ooey and gooey, with a huge layer of melted chocolate and marshmallow? This recipe features the best part of the s’mores- the gooey center. Try dipping graham crackers, pretzels, cookies, or rice crispy treats, or fruit into it!

Recipe: Cleverly Simple

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