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The top 10 burgers to grill on July 4th

Since the original fast food restaurant began serving hamburgers for a cheap price, Americans have flocked to them on Independence Day. It is our job to sniff the aroma in the air at these greasy, lifeless patties and instead look for the best meats, the freshest ingredients and create our very own, ultimate burgers. These top 10 hamburger recipes are constantly the best of the best when it comes to celebrating another Fourth of July.

No better way to celebrate the fourth of July then a nice burger and milk shake.
Photo by Ethan Miller

Consider these a map to making your very own perfect burger. After all, with all the kinds of buns, toppings, condiments, and meats there really should be a hamburger for everyone. Here are the top 10 burgers to take a bite out of on Independence Day.

1. Fifty Dollar Rib-Eye Burger

Most likely to be the best hamburger you will ever have. Rib-eye steaks are pounded and jam-packed with a tasty shallot filling and morel mushroom, topped with onion rings, a Dijon and wine reduction, melted Port Salut cheese, and then served in a toasted brioche bun.

2. Bacon Double Cheese Stuffed Burgers

This bacon cheeseburger has the cheese and bacon filled inside the patty. A small surprise for a great tasting hamburger. Do not worry about hiding the stuffing away inside the burger, just make sure that the hamburgers are not too big and that they are well filled. This recipe comes courtesy of Janis Novak.

3. Steak Burgers with Port Wine Reduction Spread

This is most likely to be one of the greatest gourmet hamburgers you will ever bite into. Huge, well-seasoned patties are grilled to perfection, put onto toasted Ciabatta bread with melted cheese and topped with a mouthwatering port wine spread. Certainly a phenomenal burger for the Fourth of July.

4. Cajun Burgers

This hamburger recipe is jam-packed with delicious flavor. Not only do the patties have a Cajun flare to them, but there is also a slightly spiced barbecue sauce to complement it. You can punch up the heat any way you want on these. Try a big slice of pepper jack cheese, maybe of the habanero variety, or a spicy, hot barbecue sauce. If you make an extra sloppy burger try an extra crunchy and wholehearted bread for the bun.

5. Brat Burger

Want the best of both worlds? How about a hamburger made with a bratwurst patty, topped with pickles, mustard, and sauerkraut. The greatest part is that this burger is as simple as any to create. These hamburgers have a special taste that is impeccable for the person searching for more than that same old burger.

6. Bistro Burger

If you are looking for something a little different in a hamburger then this just might be the one for you. These delicious patties are dished up on thin sandwich buns, topped with a simple burger sauce and a fried egg.

7. All Gone Onion Burgers

Lee Custer, by what I hear is a great cook and a great guy, and he sent in this recipe for hamburger patties loaded with powerful flavor many, many, many years ago and it has continued to be one of the most popular burger recipes around. The greatest way I have found to smash a bouillon cube is with a kitchen mallet.

8. The Stout Patty Melt

This patty melt contains a bit of stout beer in both the sauteed onions and the ground beef patties, giving it a powerful beefy flavor. I suggest that you use a marbled rye for this recipe.

9. Lamb Sliders with Feta-Yogurt Sauce

If you love gyros like I do, you will love these tender lamb sliders. Not only are they easy to make, but filled full of flavor.

10. Pulled Pork Sliders

We are all in agreement that pulled pork sandwiches are tasty, but these sliders are not only flavorful and bite sized, but contains a nicely seasoned mini beef patty.

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