This burger has all the components of a BLT—they're just not configured in the usual way. Crumbled bacon and intense sun-dried tomatoes are mixed into a garlicky mayonnaise, which gets slathered on a juicy burger. The lettuce part, arugula, adds a crunchy, peppery hit.
Sang Yoon first learned the benefits of making burgers with more than one kind of meat when he tried a beef-pork patty at a little corner stand in Atlanta. For his impressive version, he uses chopped smoky bacon to enrich ground pork. Just before the burgers are done, he tops them with Camembert (for creaminess) and Gorgonzola (for more creaminess, as well as pungency).
Scallops make incredibly juicy burgers despite their low fat content. Marcia Kiesel adds corn to her scallop burgers for a bit of sweetness and crunch. To keep the burgers moist, don't overcook them; there should be a thin layer of barely cooked scallop at the center.
A great hamburger starts with great ground beef, says David Walzog, executive chef at SW Steakhouse at Wynn Las Vegas. He advocates ground-to-order beef with at least 20 percent fat content, seasoned generously with salt and pepper. "After that, it doesn't need much else," he says—just a sturdy bun and sauce that won't overpower the beef, like this sweet-and-sour red onion compote. To make the juiciest burger possible, Walzog says to shape the patty gently and make a small indentation in the center; this ensures even cooking as the burger swells during cooking.
Inspired by a Korean-cooking YouTube channel called Maangchi's Cooking Show, Grace combines pork and kimchi in panko-coated cakes and serves them with an umami-rich soy-sesame mayonnaise. The patties make great burgers, especially with bread-and-butter pickles.
These healthy vegetarian patties are coated with panko bread crumbs so they become deliciously crispy in the skillet. "I add quinoa to make these semolina cakes a little fluffier and healthier. I love to serve them topped with a poached egg," says Maria Helm Sinskey.