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14 flippin’ fantastic burger builds for summer

Suns out, buns out! Let these beefy beauties inspire you to get grilling for summer events and sizzlin’ hot burger menus.

Whether you go for a no-frills, classic cheeseburger or see the burger as a challenge to get crazy, this summer is the perfect time to let your burger flag fly. Check out these examples from several onsite chefs who are beefing up their burger plans for the coming cookout season.

You’ll see a slider getting the Dorito treatment, a flavorful Middle Eastern kafta with sweet tea-glazed bacon, a burger that weighs in at 5 lbs., a burger with Thai flavors of fresh lime and fish sauce, a spicy Jack and avocado burger, a burger with fried chicken(!), a burger on a glazed donut and more.

Let the inspiration take you into the zone for creativity piled on seared beef. And remember, when in doubt, you can’t go wrong with going back to burger basics.

“It might be tempting to overcomplicate something like a burger,” says Chef James Pijewski of Youville Place Assisted Living. “My advice is, get a good quality blend of ground beef, a soft sesame seed bun, fresh vegetables, crunchy pickles and a good high-fat sharp cheddar cheese. Add some ketchup and mayo to it, and you’ve got what I think is the absolute perfect burger.”

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