Dressing up patties goes past mayo to much more

2013-07-24T00:00:00Z Dressing up patties goes past mayo to much moreThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Whether you're grilling a standard beef burger, a bison patty, a chicken breast or even a humble portobello mushroom cap, it's time to move beyond the basic adornments of ketchup and a slice of cheese. And adding pickles and tomatoes - even artisanal and heirloom specimens - doesn't count.

To help you make way better burgers, we dreamed up 10 fresh ways to dress them that will be easy and delicious, no matter what they are made of.

The Thai

• Sliced avocado

• Spicy peanut sauce (2 tablespoons peanut butter, 2 teaspoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, splash of hot sauce)

• Sliced red onion

• Fresh cilantro

The Eggplant Parm

• Sliced fresh mozzarella

• Sliced grilled eggplant

• Sun-dried tomatoes (oil-packed)

The Figgy Piggy Blue

• Fig jam

• Crumbled blue cheese

• Prosciutto or serrano ham

The Back Woods

• Cranberry sauce

• Extra-sharp cheddar cheese

• Applewood smoked bacon

• Coarse-grain brown mustard

The New Yorker

• Pastrami

• Caramelized onions

• Horseradish sauce

• Swiss cheese

The Mediterranean

• Sliced roasted red peppers

• Olive tapenade

• Feta cheese

• Fresh basil

The Indian

• Naan (in place of a bun)

• Potato chips sprinkled with curry powder

• Baby spinach

Huevos Rancheros

• Fried egg (with a runny yolk)

• Salsa

• Monterey Jack cheese

• Crisped bacon or chorizo

The Caesar

• Toasted garlic bread (in place of a bun)

• Chopped romaine lettuce tossed with Caesar dressing

• Shaved Parmesan cheese

• Anchovies (if you dare)

The Dragon

• Sriracha sauce

• Pickled jalapeños

• Pepper jack cheese

• Pepperoni

• Freshly ground Sichuan peppercorns

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