5 burger recipes that will change everything
The summer hasn't yet begun and already the warmer weather has bought on the early signs of barbecue fatigue. Come the end of May and just the sight of plastic cheese squares and six packs of brioche buns will have you groaning.
But it doesn't have to be this way. There is more to life than a cheeseburger, and certainly more inspiration lurking out there to turn your stale outdoor dining into an al fresco masterpiece. We've found some of the best burger inspiration out there to wow and woo with.
Steak sandwich coleslaw and tomato relish
Ok, admittedly this is a sandwich rather that strictly in the burger category but it's a mighty fine bread-filling-bread option nonetheless. This recipe from health blog Change In Seconds uses sourdough, a healthier alternative to a white or brioche bun and lean good quality steak, healthier than a burger and a total taste explosion.
Fish burger with chili mayo
Fish is a great lighter option for eating during the warmer months and this dish means you can eat something that makes you feel smug and tastes great at all once. Olive Magazine's recipe has a a strong kick of spice which is tempered by freshness of the cucumber. Don't be put off by the idea of cooking fish - this recipe couldn't be simpler to follow and works well for entertaining the masses too.
Lamb burger avocado goats cheese
Lamb is a great meat choice to pair with a variety of extras, like goats cheese and avocado in this alternative burger dish. Food blogger Fork Knife Swoon's recipe takes just 15 minutes to prepare and it makes a great flavour change if you're sick of beef or chicken. Swap the bun for a bed of rocket and cherry tomatoes if you're dropping carbs to get beach body ready.
Vegetarian food is finally getting the love it deserves these days with exciting and exotic recipes which don't leave you missing the meat. Food blogger Kitchen Sanctuary's recipe for a halloumi and mushroom burger does just that with salty and meaty cheese cut through with lettuce and red onion, all served with a sticky chili sauce.
Chicken burger coleslaw
Chicken burgers often get missed out when it comes to the BBQ shopping list but they're a crowd-pleaser and lend themselves to a million different interpretations. Jamie Oliver's chicken burger recipe uses thighs which stay much moister and juicier than chicken breasts do when cooked. Unlike shop-bought coleslaw he uses natural yoghurt which tastes fresher and lighter and means you can eat twice as much, obvs.