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Award Winning Gourmet Hamburger Recipes from The Build a Better Burger Recipe Contest

Award Winning Gourmet Hamburger Recipes

When it comes to cookouts, the burger is king. According to the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association, burgers are the star of outdoor grilling, appearing at 82% of all cookouts and outdoor parties. (Grilled steak, chicken, and hot dogs follow burgers in descending order of popularity.)

You can find out more about cooking foods other than hamburgers on your grill, smoker, or fire pit in our helpful article, Summertime, Where the Grilling (and Outdoor Cooking) is Easy.

Although the most popular holidays for barbecuing are July 4th, Memorial Day, and Labor Day, 58% of those who own a BBQ grill choose to cook outdoors year round (a statistic I’m glad to be a part of), so you know there’s a whole lot of grilling going on.

But whenever you grill, especially for a holiday, party, or family gathering, you want the burgers you cook to be special, memorable, and delicious.

Below are 18 recipes for a wide variety of gourmet burgers from the Grand Prize Winners of The Build a Better Burger Recipe Contest that will help you do just that. (The judge of a gourmet burger cooking contest…now there’s a delicious job!)


18 Grand Prize Winning Gourmet Burger Recipes from The Build a Better Burger Contest

Grand Prize Winning Burger Recipes from the Build a Better Burger Competition

Looking for even more burger recipes? You might want to also visit Build a Better Burger’s Burgerbase which features 5000+ Burger Recipes to inspire you.

The hamburger recipes there are searchable by meat / filling (ie. beef, chicken, duck, turkey, lamb, pork, fish, shellfish, tofu). You can also search for recipes that use such popular burger toppings and ingredients as garlic, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, bell pepper, bacon, apple, and avocado.

You can find the contest rules and tips for entering The Build a Better Burger Contest here.

Hugging the Coast Blog Fast ForwardPlease join us tomorrow to read our newest daily food and cooking feature on HuggingtheCoast.Com, a recipe for a Porcini Infused Wagyu Burger With Ponzu Onion Marmalade.

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(Photo Credits: All photos in this article were taken by Sutter Home/ Build a Better Burger.)

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5 Responses to “Award Winning Gourmet Hamburger Recipes from The Build a Better Burger Recipe Contest”

  1. averagebetty Says:

    All you need now is a drive-thru window! I’ll take the Grilled Avocado BLT Burger Recipe please :)

  2. Mrs. L Says:

    I made that Grilled Avocado BLT Burger and it was pretty good…but a lot of work! Alas, folks like me in California can’t even enter the contest, not that I have a burger to enter but I’m sure someone in California would!

  3. Olga Says:

    Those look so much better than the Angus McD burger I had for dinner :)

  4. webmaster Says:

    Mrs. L, I think I remember reading in the book, Cookoff: Recipe Fever in America by Amy Sutherland that people cannot enter the burger recipe contest in California because of the alcohol laws there.

    (Ironic because that’s Sutter Home/ Build a Burger’s homebase).

  5. Annelle Williams Says:

    I was the very lucky 2002 winner with Vitello Focaccia, and I can’t even tell you how much fun we had! Thought you might be interested to know that the basic burger ingredients I also use as a filling for cannelloni. It makes a delicious pasta dish!
    Thank you for recognizing the past winners from Build a Better Burger!

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