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Interesting Burger Ingredients?

Hello all,

I am in charge of purchasing items for a iron-chefish burger cooking contest between friends this weekend. They'll be limited in prep ability - basically, a grill and a knife - and we're not talking about professional chefs here, either.

Standard condiments like ketchup, mustard, etc, will be there already.

So: I can think of some obvious ingredients that are useful if not creative, such as tomatoes, onions, lettuce/greens, and pickles. But I want to get some stuff that'll give them a chance to be more creative, obviously, and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions?

It could be a suggestion for a particular type of burger you've had, or just for something that you think would be an interesting ingredient for people to try and work into (or on to) burgers.

Thanks!

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  1. IMHO, why are you buying the ingredients - considering that they need to come up with their own "special burger?" Isn't that what makes it a contest?

    Of course, unless YOU are the one in the competition - hmmm, just saying. :-)

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    1. re: breadchick

      Ahh, I should have been more clear. The purpose of the competition is to give people random ingredients (some normal, some not) and see what they can come up with. I won't be in town the day of the competition; unfortunately, a cousin's wedding is on the same day, and while I love burgers I so much prefer the in-laws not being mad at me, heh.

      I am buying the ingredients both because they are intended to be a surprise to the contestants and because I am typically the person people I know turn to with questions about food - little do they know my secret, that I farm the questions out to Chow. :D

      1. re: nickblesch

        "they know my secret, that I farm the questions out to Chow."

        We promise not to tell...I am also guilty.

    2. a green chili cheeseburger never fails.

        1. I came across this site today while searching for some burger ideas for myself; I haven't had a chance to read through it but it certainly looks like it has lots to offer in the way of surprising ingredients or odd ingredients, and could be right up your alley:

          http://www.cheese-burger.net/

          We had burgers tonight with grilled red and yellow peppers and red onions, topped with mozzarella and a little pesto.

          1. Stuff with blue or any kind of cheese.