Build a Better Burger

If you love hamburgers, you’ll love the month of May because it’s National Hamburger Month, National Hamburger Day is Sunday, May 28, and Memorial Day kicks off a grilling season full of backyard burgers. Hamburgers and classic sides like French fries, pickle spears, and, of course, Bomb Pops for dessert, are all budget friendly foods that never go out of style and offer a hint of nostalgia, but there’s plenty of room for adding new, unique, and full-flavored burgers to your menus, and in affordable ways.

Here are some new ideas for Memorial Day burgers to serve alongside classic all-American hamburgers and cheeseburgers. Find new favorites, then put them on your Memorial Day menu so everyone can celebrate the classic burger with tasty twists.

Burgers With a Twist

Dive right into May and explore your adventurous culinary side by making burgers with a twist.

Curtis Stone's mouthwatering Italian-Style Gourmet Burger is made with ground chuck and flavored with prosciutto, garlic and Fontina cheese, all served between ciabatta bread. The gourmet ketchup takes it to another level of deliciousness.

Take your taste buds to Greece with Greek Lamb Burgers from The Mediterranean Dish. The burgers, made with a mixture of lamb and beef, are perfectly seasoned with herbs and spices, then grilled and tucked into pitas with tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions, olives, and feta. So good!

Food & Wine’s Asian-Style Pork Burgers are studded with Asian flavors like scallions, ginger, and garlic. The coleslaw mix topping is flavored with rice vinegar, soy sauce, and sesame oil, which complements the pork burgers perfectly.

For additional burgers with a twist, check out Brit + Co’s 23 Mouthwatering Burger Recipes for National Burger Day and beyond. Try the Coffee Rubbed Burgers With Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce from The Chunky Chef or the Super Juicy Teriyaki Burger from Hapa Nom Nom.

Kick Up Your Condiments and Toppings

If you’re not quite ready to stud your ground chuck or ground beef with twisted flavors, you can get creative with condiments and toppings! When you’re exploring condiment options, think about flavors that complement each other like the flavors found in Cowboy Burgers Topped with Onion Rings. These delicious burgers from Spicy Southern Kitchen include cheddar, bacon, and BBQ sauce.

You can even set up a toppings bar at your Memorial Day cookout and let your guests pick and choose their own toppings. This 15 Better Ways to Top Your Next Burger article from Good Housekeeping includes great burger/condiment/topping suggestions like Creamy Pesto Burger, Chips ‘n’ Guac Burger, Hot Hoison Burger, and other palatable possibilities. And our Blue Cheese Burgers with Caramelized Onions are always a hit at any cookout.

Simple, Scrumptious Sides

When the weather starts warming up, cool side dishes make for a perfect pairing to just-off-the-grill burgers. This Best Choice Italian Pasta Salad is a great side dish choice because it can be prepared up to 2 days ahead of time.

Try Pillbury’s Grilled Foil-Pack Cheesy Fries. These truly tasty and fun fries are made with frozen potatoes (you can use any type of fry or even tater tots), American cheese, green onions, and real bacon bits.

Easy Skillet Roasted Corn, from My Sequined Life, is the perfect side dish for hamburgers. Simply roast canned corn in a skillet, then flavor with fresh garlic, chili lime seasoning, and queso fresco. This side pairs perfectly with classic hamburgers or Mexican-style burgers.

It’s time to fire up the grill and take your burgers from ordinary to extraordinary!