Give Your Burger Menu a Spring/Summer Makeover

Gourmet Ranch, Seasonal Suggestions

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Spring has sprung, and summer is just around the corner. Burgers are definitely one of those all-year-round foods, but even everyday favorites can use a little freshening-up every now and then. Check out these ideas for incorporating spring and summer twists into your burger menu:

Spotlight Seasonal Produce

  • Take advantage of asparagus season by mixing coarsely-chopped grilled asparagus with something creamy (mayo, cream cheese, boursin, chevre, etc.) along with a dollop of grated or prepared horseradish. Use this to slather on the bun, then add crispy bacon and sauteed red onion.
  • Top an open-face burger with a delicate but flavorful salad featuring baby arugula, baby spring greens, cilantro leaves, fresh dill, basil, chives and flat-leaf parsley dressed in a lemon-and-shallot vinaigrette.
  • Add fried okra to your hickory cheeseburger!

Get Spicy With It

  • Add a layer of grilled jalapeno sausage and serve on thick Texas toast like a patty melt.
  • Use spicy Thai green papaya salad to top a burger — delish on beef, lamb, turkey or shrimp patties!
  • Add Mexican-style chorizo, a creamy/melty cheese like Oaxaca, and roasted hot peppers (Hatch, jalapenos, poblanos, you pick!).

Salad Inspirations

  • When tomatoes are at their peak, try a spin on a caprese salad, using thick slices of tomato and slider-sized patties layered with basil leaves and mozzarella. Season well and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  • Make a Caesar Burger with romaine, shaved Parmesan and Caesar dressing.
  • Do a Nicoise burger with grilled tuna, greens, grilled haricot verts and olive relish, and serve it on a potato bun with some garlicky aioli on the side.

House-made Pickles Are Everything

Even the simplest burger is elevated with pickled… something:

  • Cucumbers (obviously), but also
  • Red onion
  • Jalapenos
  • Corn
  • Green tomatoes

Sauce It Up

Use one of your favorite fancy (or not so fancy) sauces to garnish your burger, like:

  • Béarnaise (yes, please)
  • Chimichurri
  • Pesto — any kind!
  • Hollandaise (Burger Benedict, anyone?)

Get Creative with Special Diet Options

  • Gluten-free: check out GF buns, or use collards as a wrap.
  • Vegetarian: Use quinoa to add texture to a bean-based patty. (Don’t forget those house-made pickles!)
  • Vegan: BBQ tofu topped with a vinegar-spiked cucumber slaw and crispy onion rings.
  • Paleo: Beef patty topped with avocado slices, fried parsnip chips and chopped bacon.

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