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5 Gourmet Burger Toppings Guaranteed to Lift Your Next BBQ

Heaven in a bun — by Alex Simpson
Heaven in a bun — by Alex Simpson

Ever noticed how most BBQs are pretty bland and generic? Burnt sausages, hard burgers, plastic cheese, and maybe if you’re lucky you get the odd slice of charred bacon. Oh, and don’t forget the compulsory bowl of salad that nobody touches. When you throw a BBQ, you don’t want your guests going home kicking themselves for not staying in and ordering pizza, you want them going back craving more of your delicious, juicy, gourmet burgers. There are so many toppings you can add to a burger to really elevate it to heights never though possible by burger-lovers. Some make perfect sense, some may sound unusual, but all are equally delicious. From artisan ketchup to creamy avocado, to help you reach burger-mecca, here’s a look at a few gourmet burger toppings you need to include at your next BBQ.

Confit Garlic

Garlic was a gift from the gods that has the ability to lift any food it encounters. Therefore, adding garlic powder to your burger patty mix is a no-brainer really. The garlic we’re talking about today however, is something a little different. Confit garlic is a delicacy that will transform any burger into one of the most delicious meals you could ever wish to sample. Confit garlic is a heavenly creation which is achieved by slow-cooking whole bulbs of garlic in heaps of olive oil for a good hour or two low temperatures. Once the cloves soften and turn a wonderful golden colour – they’re ready. The cloves will be soft, squishy, unctuous, and sweet. The harshness of the raw garlic will be no more. Simply take the cooked cloves, pop them out of their casing, add to a bowl, season well, and mash to a fine paste. Then simply give your burger buns a generous layer of the garlic paste, and prepare to be amazed!

Credit: https://www.mychicagosteak.com/steak-university/2016/12/14/garlic-butter-steaks-not-secret-crush/ — by Alex Simpson
Credit: https://www.mychicagosteak.com/steak-university/2016/12/14/garlic-butter-steaks-not-secret-crush/ — by Alex Simpson

Caramelized onions

Onions at a barbeque are not that uncommon. The problem is that most people fail to caramelize their onions in order to extract the most flavour. Caramelized onions and soft, juicy burgers are a match made in heaven, as long as the onions are cooked correctly. The onions are sweet, soft, and rich, and will compliment rich and juicy meat perfectly. The onions can be made by slicing them into strips and sautéing them in oil or butter over a low heat for at least an hour, making sure to stir frequently. Towards the end of the cooking, add a very small splash of balsamic vinegar and your onions will transform into a dark, sticky, caramel-like pan of oniony goodness. Add a generous dollop of caramelized onions to your burger and you’ll never look back.

Credit: https://food52.com/recipes/10235-caramelized-onion-and-roasted-garlic-compote — by Alex Simpson
Credit: https://food52.com/recipes/10235-caramelized-onion-and-roasted-garlic-compote — by Alex Simpson

Chipotle ketchup

Ketchup is a staple at any BBQ, but this artisanal chipotle ketchup is a little different. Infused with smoky chipotle chilli, the ketchup adds a rich and smoky finish to burgers of all varieties. Simply take some dried chipotle powder, add a tsp to a bowl of ketchup, give a good stir, and spread over the base of your burger bun. This ketchup works especially well with the caramelized onions we just looked at.

The perfect burger accompaniment? — by Alex Simpson
The perfect burger accompaniment? — by Alex Simpson

Grilled avocado

Avocados are known as ‘nature’s butter’ and if you want a rich and creamy topping for your bacon cheeseburger, look no further than a couple of slices of grilled, ripe avocado. The avocado is subtle, but you know it’s there. It’s the creamy rich texture that really works wonders here, especially with extra crispy bacon-topped cheeseburgers.

Credit: https://www.californiaavocado.com/recipe-details/view/31762/california-avocado-beef-and-black-bean-burger — by Alex Simpson
Credit: https://www.californiaavocado.com/recipe-details/view/31762/california-avocado-beef-and-black-bean-burger — by Alex Simpson

The All-American

Sometimes only the richest, greasiest, smokiest, meatiest, juiciest, cheesiest burger will do, and when you’re craving a burger that meets the aforementioned criteria, try our All-American toppings. Simply take two juicy beef patties, cook to your liking, top with a couple of cheese slices, and leave for the cheese to melt and soften. Next, place onto a mayo and sweet mustard coated brioche bun base, top with a couple of slices of bacon, crispy onion rings, caramelized onions, and a generous squirt of BBQ sauce. Top with your brioche bun lid, and enjoy!

Credit: https://www.brandeating.com/2017/01/checkersrallys-adds-new-roadhouse-baconzilla-1-dollar-cheeseburger.html — by Alex Simpson
Credit: https://www.brandeating.com/2017/01/checkersrallys-adds-new-roadhouse-baconzilla-1-dollar-cheeseburger.html — by Alex Simpson
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