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Favorite Burger Toppings?

I think it's important to designate the place the toppings go also..
My current favorite:
(From top down)

Bun
Ketchup
Dill pickle
Cheddar cheese (melted)
-------Meat------
Grilled Jalapeno
Mayo
Bun

I'm putting together a photo gallery post on burger toppings and would appreciate ideas.

I'd like to do a post of photos of the results, similar to this piece: http://www.chow.com/food-news/110142/...

Thanks!
Chris photographer of Chow

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  1. I love cutting up cabbage nice and thin, then adding mayo, ketchup and sriracha. Mix it all up and you have a delicious burger topping :D

    1. I love the following, but not all on the same burger: sliced avocado (I'm a California girl), jack cheese, sauteed mushrooms, bacon, grilled onion. I always have tomato, lettuce, dill pickles, mayo, and ketchup.

      My favorite type of bun, however, is a soft french roll that's slightly crisp from being on the griddle. Weird, but I love it!

      1. I'm pretty standard, if not really traditional. Ketchup; chunky blue-cheese dressing; thinly-sliced Vidalia, red, or other sweet onion; spicy-hot dill pickle chips; fresh lettuce or baby arugula. Can't remember the last time I variated from that.

        1. The rest of my family's vegetarian, so I never make burgers at home any more. But when I did - mayonnaise and ketchup, a little thinly sliced sweet onion, and a layer of crisp potato chips was very very pleasing. All the other toppings on this post sound nice, too. Ah, life atop the food chain....

          1. Homemade thousand island dressing.

            5 Replies
            1. re: Antilope

              Hi Antilope, got a recipe for that thousand island??
              By the way you're chorizo recipe is now one of my fav recipes!

              Chris of Chow

              1. re: helmut fig newton

                Thanks. I use to buy the chorizo from the store and knew it wasn't healthy. Now I can have chorizo without guilt.

                This is just a basic Thousand Island Dressing (I think it originally came from one of Todd Wilbur's Top Secret recipe books).

                Thousand Island Dressing

                1/4 cup mayonnaise
                1 Tbsp ketchup
                1 1/2 tsp distilled white vinegar
                2 tsp Confectioners' sugar (for quicker mixing or granulated sugar)
                1 tsp Sweet Pickle Relish
                1 tsp finely minced white onion
                dash of salt and black pepper to taste

                Stir all ingrediants together. Mix well.
                It's best to store in the fridge for a few hours to
                develop flavors before using, but you can use right away.

                Makes about 1/3 cup of Thousand Island Dressing.

                I just remembered two other burgers I like. The Banzai burger (pineapple slices) and the California burger (guacamole) both from Red Robbin.

                Hickory BBQ sauce is another one I like on a burger. I use homemade. Here's that recipe:

                Homemade Hickory Barbecue Sauce

                1 cup Heinz Ketchup
                6 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
                4 tablespoons butter
                3 tablespoons Distilled White Vinegar
                1 tablespoon French's Yellow Mustard
                3 tablespoons finely minced yellow onion
                4 teaspoons Wrights or Colgin Hickory Flavor Liquid Smoke
                1/4 teaspoon Tabasco or Crystal Red Pepper Hot Sauce
                1/2 cup Brown Sugar
                1 tablespoon Granulated White Sugar
                1 teaspoon table salt

                Makes 2 cups of sauce.

                Combine all ingredients in a 2-qt sauce pan. Mix well.
                Simmer over very low heat for 15-minutes, stirring occasionally until sauce thickens.

                1. re: Antilope

                  Thank you- it looks delicious -- ohh, I'll have to try that Hickory Barbecue Sauce also! I've had that guac burger from Red Robin many times (nice memories of having lunches there with parents and grandpa!).

                  1. re: Antilope

                    your thousand island recipe is very similar to mine... i don't put sugar but i think worchershire adds a lot to the spread... have you tried it with worchestshire?

                    1. re: darrentran87

                      Haven't tried it with Worcestershire sauce. Next time I make a batch I'll try it. Many traditional thousand island dressing recipes also call for hard boiled eggs. I like hard boiled eggs, but not in thousand island dressing. I don't add them.