In 2018, the USDA estimated that Americans eat 2.4 burgers per day on average. That means that most have probably “seen it all” when it comes to burger toppings. Not so; there is still room for innovation with this tried-and-true favorite.
If you’re ready to elevate your hamburger toppings game, this article is for you. Keep reading to learn new ways to top your burger creations.
Picture yourself at your favorite upscale steakhouse and imagine all of the mouth-watering accompaniments, such as béarnaise sauce, bleu cheese, sauteed onions, or a balsamic glaze. Now, reimagine them as potential hamburger toppings. A prime example of this is The 96 burger from the Burger Republic, which features a decadent blend of bleu cheese and certified Angus beef and is topped with onions, bacon, and sweet and tangy honey-balsamic glazed mushrooms. It’s easy to see why this hamburger earned the highest marks at the World Food Championship.
Another way to go gourmet is by using premium cuts of meat. The 96 Burger features Angus, but don’t forget about Wagyu or Kobe. If you can’t make up your mind, create the high-end burger of your dreams by using a blend.
Burgers Taken to the Extreme
It seems like we could all use a little extra comfort these days because a rising trend is burgers that are maxed out on the comfort food scale. These include comfort favorites like a mac n cheese topped burger or ones styled after classic diner melts. There are also many burgers with unique toppings like beer cheese or savory jams, such as bacon or onion.
Another iteration of this is a burger that is extreme in size, like multiple stacked patties and ooey-gooey layers of melty cheese. The XXX Burger, arguably the best burger in Lenox Village, features a bold stack of three patties, three layers of cheese, three layers of bacon, and a delightful slathering of ranch dressing.
The Spiciest Trend: Nashville Hot
Everyone has heard about the Nashville hot chicken sandwich, but most don’t realize that the mouth-puckering spicy sauce used on the fried chicken patty makes one helluva burger topping. You can even dress your burger with the same pickle chips from the iconic chicken sandwich.
For extra spice, consider adding your favorite hot peppers. But if you like to live extra dangerously, you can try some of the hottest peppers in the world. However, don’t make it so spicy that you can’t enjoy it.
And if you love heat and are looking for the best burger in Tennessee, look no further than the West Texas Burger from Burger Republic. This burger takes spiciness to the next level with habanero pepper jack cheese, sliced jalapeños, and a spicy West Texas BBQ sauce. Better order one of Burger Republic’s famous milkshakes to wash it down!
Get Creative with Your Hamburger Toppings
Think of your burger as a canvass, ready for you to paint with bold and delicious new hamburger toppings. If you’re unsure of a combination, cook in small batches and make mini-patties to taste test before your next cookout.
No doubt your mouth is watering after reading this article, so if you’re hankering for a tasty burger but are too hungry to make your own, head on over to Burger Republic. We think we make the best burger in Nashville, but you can try for yourself, and we’re sure you’ll agree.
Order online for delivery or pickup from one of our four convenient locations in Lenox, Gulch, Mt. Juliet, and Murfreesboro. We look forward to serving you!