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As far as creativity and artistry are concerned in the world of fast-casual food, burgers are the ultimate blank canvas (right up there with pizza). For years now, burger menus have included a wide range of bizarre and ingenious toppings, from classics like bacon and avocado to more complex items like braised pork belly and spicy kimchi. But the places on this list are upping the ante by creating what might be the most outrageous topping combinations ever imagined.
You Won't Believe How These 14 Restaurants Top Their Burgers (Slideshow)
So what kinds of toppings are zany enough to make this list? How about a burger topped with a disk of deep-fried gravy that’s breaded and cooked to order, so that when the hungry diner takes their first bite, the warm, molten gravy oozes out and coats the burger? Or perhaps a tofu burger topped with pan-fried plantains and potato salad? Surely a burger topped with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge fits the bill.
Once upon a time, if you wanted toppings on your burger, your only options would be cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and the like. But there was also a time when many chefs wouldn’t put burgers on their menu because it was thought of as lowbrow cuisine. Today, however, the lines between highbrow and lowbrow have blurred and faded, and just about every restaurant has a burger of some sort on their menu. But once you’ve settled on a meat blend and a bun, how else to differentiate yourself? That’s right: the toppings.
Whether it’s a patty smothered in sweet ingredients, like creamy peanut butter and cinnamon sugar-dusted banana slices, or a savory creation complete with spicy tuna sashimi, these burgers are the epitome of culinary creativity.
So read on to learn which 15 restaurants are topping their burgers with the craziest creations.
White Trash Burger — Bukowski’s Tavern, Boston
This Boston restaurant and tavern offers a burger featuring one of their signature dishes: White Trash Dip. The dip includes American cheese, green chiles, jalapeños, diced tomatoes, diced onions, and corn tortilla chips — the White Trash Burger is topped with the dip plus a stack of beer-battered onion rings.
The Frenchie — DBGB, New York City
Daniel Boulud is the godfather of offering high-end burgers in fine dining restaurants, and his DBGB serves a burger so luxurious it demands a spot on this list. The Frenchie begins with premium beef expertly cooked and topped with crispy pork belly, caramelized onions, arugula, cornichons, and mustard.
Additional reporting by Molly Aronica.
15 Super Healthy Shrimp Recipes
Dig into any of these healthy shrimp recipes and you’ll be getting a flavorful meal without piling on the pounds. These shrimp recipes were selected based on how easy they were to make, and how healthy they are for your body. They only made the cut if they used reasonable amounts of oil and fat, or if they provide a complete meal with a vegetable to go along with your shrimp. We’ve also included some easy shrimp recipes that can be used as snacks or appetizers, while staying healthy.
1. Easy Roasted Shrimp Cocktail
This is one of the tastier shrimp cocktails out there, is super easy to prepare, and can be whipped up in a snap either for an impromptu party, or just when you’re really hungry and need something to hold you over until dinner. They’re using uncooked shrimp, but to make this even easier you could buy pre-cooked shrimp and then it’s just a matter of defrosting them and making up the special Paleo cocktail sauce to dip them in. Their method roasts the shrimp, and is still easy and will yield tastier results.
2. Sizzling Garlic Shrimp
Here’s a way to serve up a sizzling platter of garlic shrimp, while keeping your health in mind. They’ve gone heavy on the garlic so you won’t miss the flavor, and there’s a bit of paprika to round things out. If you want to add a little heat to the mix they say you can add a few red pepper flakes to do the trick. There aren’t any vegetables in this dish so make sure you cook up a side of those to make this a complete Paleo meal, and provide yourself with more nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Paleo works because it’s roughly equal portions of meat and vegetables, not just a meat-centric diet.
3. Garlic Lemon Shrimp
Garlic and lemon are a popular combination, especially in the world of shrimp dishes. They saute these up and make them look restaurant-worthy, which is something you should strive for in your Paleo cooking adventures. The better your meal looks the better it will taste on a psychological level. So don’t be afraid to tinker with things a little until they look just right. And try to plate it up in a way that makes you want to eat it. All of the ingredients they’re using are designed to promote health and avoid foods that can really slow you down.
4. Shrimp and Pesto Zinguine
They’re using zinguine here, linguine “noodles” made of zucchini, so you’re not only avoiding wheat, you’re avoiding a bundle of carbs and calories. The pesto is going to provide all the flavor you’d ever need in this dish, made the classic way with basil, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and pine nuts. This is a complete meal thanks to the zucchini filling in for the vegetable, and should keep you well satisfied after you have it. Compared to a normal shrimp pesto linguine this is obviously the way to go, as it provides you with the benefits of zucchini, rather than the drawbacks of traditionally made pasta.
5. Simple Paleo Shrimp
They’re using a full pound of wild shrimp to make this recipe they’ve dubbed Simple Paleo Shrimp. The simple part may be in the ingredients list, which leaves off everything but the essential ingredients, or it could refer to the cooking process, which has you marinating the shrimp and then cooking them up in just a few minutes. Lemon and garlic will be the prominent tastes on this, but they’re cooking them up in organic butter, which if you prefer you can use ghee instead, and if you want to make it completely dairy free you could use olive oil. Our choice would be ghee, since it will provide a buttery and savory flavor to the shrimp.
6. Easy & Healthy Shrimp Scampi
Shrimp scampi wouldn’t end up on any other diet program besides Paleo, but that’s because they’re too restricting and have an old school mentality when it comes to what is healthy or not. This shrimp scampi recipe is billed as being easy to make, and healthy for you, so let’s see what they’ve come up with. They’ve excluded the butter that the shrimp are usually swimming in, and replaced with with olive oil, a healthier fat than butter. All the right shrimp scampi flavors are there, so you simply have to check this out if you’re a scampi fan, and thought you couldn’t have it.
7. Paleo Spicy Orange Shrimp
This recipe will keep you from calling the local Chinese delivery service, which by itself may save you from an unhealthy meal, and keeps you on the Paleo track. It has a taste somewhat like Orange Chicken, but uses shrimp instead, and provides a kick that you generally don’t get with an Orange Chicken. The color on these is amazing, and the ingredients are all natural and designed to provide you with massive flavor while keeping a healthy and active lifestyle. They say you can serve this up on baby spinach as shown, or on a bed of fried cauliflower rice. Good idea!
8. Smoky Shrimp with Garlic
Smoked paprika provides the smoky flavor in this shrimp and garlic dish. There is a nice medley of accompanying ingredients so you’ll be getting a good mix of flavors here that all complement the shrimp. Shrimp has a way of taking on the taste of the spices and seasonings you use with it, and by using sherry during the cooking process you’ll help to make the shrimp nice and tender and infuse it with the taste of the wine, without actually adding any alcohol to the meal. Be sure to pair this dish up with a side of vegetables that’s as big as your serving of shrimp.
9. Shrimp Burgers
Putting shrimp into burger form is just the next logical step for a Paleo eater, and you won’t believe how easy these are to make. Having a burger every night is not really the Paleo way of eating, although it’s allowed it’s probably not going to be the healthiest thing you could do. Making a shrimp burger is a good way to shake things up if you’ve been too red meat heavy on your Paleo eating lately. Even though beef is allowed on Paleo you should vary up what you eat, and shrimp can be a good way to do that, providing you with protein the way beef does.
10. Sauteed Shrimp and Spinach
Spinach makes any meal healthier, and it works its magic on this sauteed shrimp recipe. Sauteing is just a fancy word for cooking things fast on your stovetop in a frying pan, making this quick, easy, and healthy because you’ll be using less fat. The ingredients list is full of Paleo friendly items that have been verified by modern science as being healthy for you, including two different colors of bell peppers which will provide you with vitamins and antioxidants. This is a good meal to make when you don’t want to bother with making a separate side dish.
11. Shrimp Salad in Endive Cups
Making a shrimp salad may not sound very Paleo, but Paleo is all about the veggies, so it’s a good idea to serve it up on some endive. These boats can be used as an appetizer, or they can make for a light lunch when you need to come up with something quickly and easily. They may look a bit fancy, but it’s just the presentation. The actual making of these is quite simple, you mix together the shrimp salad, peel off strips of endive, and load up the cups.
12. Grilled Curry Shrimp
Here’s a way to get the flavor of a shrimp curry without actually having to make a full curry meal. Each of these shrimp have a nice coating of curry flavor, and a great color to them. They pair well with a side of Indian-style vegetables, or basically any vegetable side dish. The best part is they’ve made this Shake n’ Bake easy, just marinate the shrimp in a bag and grill them up for a few minutes and you’re ready to eat.
13. Greek Shrimp with Zucchini
This Greek shrimp recipe is one you’ll want to put in your personal recipe collection and return to again and again. There’s a lot going on in this meal in a bowl, and all of it is good for you. One of the benefits of going Paleo is that you’re using ingredients that are wholesome and in their raw form. Nothing comes out of a box or contains a bunch of chemicals. Right from the start you’re eating food that is intrinsically healthier for you. This mix of ingredients is a great example of Paleo keeping it healthy.
14. Shrimp Satay
Satay is a popular food item in many parts of the world, and you can basically use any meat like beef, chicken, or pork, but here they’re using shrimp. The taste is pretty exclusive to satay, and they’re showing you how to make it up here using coconut milk and a mix of spices to marinade before grilling them up. Don’t rush this step, or skip it, or you won’t have the satay flavor that you’re trying to accomplish.
15. Spicy Shrimp Hand Rolls
These make a great appetizer if you’re looking for a lead-up to a meal, or if you’re entertaining guests and want to be able to join them in the festivities without breaking your Paleo promise. They look very fancy, like something you’d get at a posh sushi place, but they’re remarkably easy to make, and will win fans whenever you serve them. Be sure to use a Paleo friendly mayo for the mayonnaise and other than that this recipe is good to go in no time at all and with little effort.
30 Best Ground Turkey Recipes for Hearty, Filling Weeknight Meals
We don't like to play favorites, but if we had to pick a favorite protein&mdashbesides, well, steak!&mdashwe'd go with ground turkey. Why? For starters, this lean staple checks off all of the boxes: It's healthy, it's easy to cook, and it has enough flavor to keep us and our kids satisfied all day long. What's more, it's the base ingredient of so many of our favorite recipes.
Here, we've compiled our absolute favorite ground turkey recipes so that you can find great new ways to use ground turkey, producing meals your family will love. Our ideas include restaurant-quality sliders loaded with spice, lighter, leaner breakfast sausage patties, and tons of great soup recipes and meatball recipes, too. We've got something here that just about everyone will love. Of course, it wouldn't be a proper list of turkey recipes without at least a few casserole recipes and a signature turkey burger. We included several&mdashbut our favorite is Ree Drummond's own turkey bagel burger: She sandwiches the meat between two delicious bagels. The secret ingredient? A splash of Worcestershire sauce and an egg yolk binder!
It's time to take this family favorite protein to the next level. Let's whip up something delicious tonight!
Who needs oil-fried potato pancakes that leave you feeling full and heavy? Just wait until you try this zesty, crunchy, whole-food version that is 100 percent oil-free.
Now let’s talk about binders.
And not the kind you bring to school. How do the black bean burgers hold their shape?
- Breadcrumbs. I used gluten free bread crumbs to keep the burgers GF, but any bread crumbs are great. You can use crushed crackers, almond flour, or even oat flour instead.
- Ketchup. I love ketchup so the more the merrier, but you only need 2 Tablespoons. Some sort of condiment like this is needed so the burgers hold their shape. Instead of ketchup, try mayo or BBQ sauce. (I used a tangy BBQ sauce in the 2nd batch and the burgers were incredible.)
- 2 eggs. Best burger binder you’ll find.
All of this stuff, plus the baked black beans, goes into 1 big bowl. Lightly mash it all with a fork to combine. It’s too easy.
30 Mushroom Recipes for a Velvety Smooth Meal Any Day of the Week
These breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas feel SO luxe without all the fuss.
Mushrooms are found in so many classic dishes in kitchens across the world, from swimming in creamy pasta sauces to bulking up our favorite sandwiches and salads. On their own, they have a rich, umami flavor profile that many home cooks can't get enough of. But in other dishes, mushrooms can bring our favorite flavors to new heights. And just like they transcend the pages of nearly every kind of cookbook, you'll find mushrooms on the menu at any time of day &mdash from an early breakfast to a midday snack and finally, in the most delicious dinner you've had this week.
In addition to being downright delicious, mushrooms have earned their heart-healthy halo time and time again. All home cooks, but especially those on low-sodium diets, flock to mushrooms as they contain a compound called glutamate ribonucleotides, which lends them their flavor notes without all of the added sodium. An entire cup of mushrooms only contains 5mg of sodium, allowing you to freely reach for more indulgent add ons, like cheese, dairy, or your favorite crusty bread. Also low in calories, mushrooms are any dieter or flexitarian's dream, as they're rich in essential B vitamins, including folate and niacin, among others.
The best health benefit associated with mushrooms might be their ability to stand up as a true meat replacement in many of your favorite recipes. You can chop almost any mushroom (but especially portobello, cremini, porcini, and button mushrooms of course) into a finer consistency that mimics ground beef, and either replace it entirely or blend it into a smaller amount of your favorite beef dish. Plus, mushrooms can swap for meat in your favorite pasta sauces and in things like quiche and omelets at brunch. If you're interested in eating more plant-forward recipes, mushrooms are going to be your next best friend &mdash try them in any one of these incredibly smart meat swaps today.
Our Best Burger Recipes
- "These are the BEST Burgers! Made with a mix of ground beef and ground pork, caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar, chili powder and more that makes them so much more flavorful than other burgers!" These delicious turkey burgers are a summer delight. Light and healthier than your normal beef patty, these turkey burgers are topped with tomato, cucumber, and onion slices and whipped Feta cheese. You won't believe how much flavor these patties are able to achieve with such few ingredients. "Assemble these burgers, you’ll need buns, beef patties, bacon, guacamole, lettuce, Monterey Jack cheese, and one package of Chobani Flip yogurt with Chipotle Pineapple flavor. I mixed a full tablespoon smoked paprika into the yogurt to make a smoky, sweet and a little spicy sauce. Trust me – that’s the good stuff." "It’s the season for cookouts, parties, and picnics! Whether you fire up the outdoor grill or prepare them in a skillet, these Chicken Fajita Burgers are an easy, family-friendly dinner that’s ready in just 20 minutes!" "Juicy grilled beef burgers are topped with sweet grilled pineapple, grilled onions, melty swiss cheese, crisp butter lettuce and garlic black bean sauce for the ultimate summer burger." "Crispy Hashbrown Burger: Ultra crispy hashbrowns wrapped around a juicy burger. Forget fries and get your potato fix wrapped about your burger patty! Perfect for "Brinner" (Breakfast dinners!)" "Ready to relax on the backporch with friends? Fire up the grill and get this fun burger cooking! Check out these Sundried Tomato and Gorgonzola Burgers!"
It&rsquos like a cross between a stew and a salad. And it&rsquos glorious. Chili powder, cumin, garam masala and turmeric come together with fire-roasted tomatoes to transform canned chickpeas into a dreamy lunch that will be the envy of the break room. We're piling ours high with toasted pita and tzatziki.
See ya later, chicken salad. This big guy has just as much protein and it's totally vegan. We'll keep the dried cranberries, celery and nuts, but we're ditching goopy mayonnaise for creamy tahini, maple syrup and Champagne vinegar.
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans - drained, rinsed, and mashed
- ¼ cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ⅛ teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring
- cooking spray
Mix ground flax seed and water together in a small bowl. Let sit to thicken, about 5 minutes.
Mix flax mixture, black beans, panko bread crumbs, garlic, salt, Worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke together in a bowl until combined. Form batter into 4 patties arrange on a plate. Chill in refrigerator until set, about 30 minutes.
Spray a skillet with cooking spray place patties in skillet over medium heat. Cook until browned, about 5 minutes per side.