When someone mentions grilling, there's a pretty good chance you thing about burgers or steak. After all, hamburgers are quintessentially American.
Featured at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, the popularity of this simple sandwich creation quickly spread nationwide. Within a few years, the term ‘burger’ was used for beef as well as other meats and seafood patties on a bun. By the 1920s, with burger joints opening across the country, the classic combo of a burger, fries, and a shake became standard at soda shops and roadside diners. A few years later, the first printed reference to cheeseburgers appeared. And by the 50s and 60s, the familiar golden arches became an iconic symbol for this American meal.
By some estimates, today’s nationwide consumption of burgers averages three per person per week. The ingredients and combinations are limitless, accommodating all tastes and diets.
How to Season a Burger
Beef, bison, turkey, salmon, and black beans are all common proteins. But more exotic burgers like elk, tilapa, lamb, wild boar, mahi mahi, and alligator are also surprisingly easy to find.
When it comes to seasoning burgers, start with a simple ratio.
Use 1 Tbsp. seasoning for 1 lb. of meat (or veggie burger mix).
Whether you're making a classic beef burger or a turkey burger, start with one of our steak seasonings. The base for many of these seasonings include classic spices like salt, pepper, onion, and garlic - all of which make them great for a range of proteins without being too strong or overwhelming in flavor.
- Flat Irons Prime Rib Rub: This seasoning leans more toward onion, pepper, and herb flavors. Because it was created with prime rib in mind, it's fantastic on beef. But the classic ingredients mean that it's also great on turkey and in veggie burgers. For double flavor duty, sprinkle it on your steak fries too!
- Kansas City Strip Steak Seasoning: Kansas City has a reputation for BBQ but this seasoning was crafted for grilling. The sweet and savory flavor combination will be something a little different than your everyday burger but you'll be happy you tried it. Season some veggies (grilled onions anyone?) and toss them on the grill too.
- Native Texan BBQ Rub: If you want to infuse a little bit of BBQ flavor into your burger, try this rub. Of course it's great on a beef burger but for a twist, try 50/50 pork and beef. The summer-ready BBQ flavor also makes it a great way to spice up a veggie burger.
Turkey Burger Recipe
- Hudson Bay Turkey Burgers: The coarse grind makes this blend ideal for mixing into meat. While the seasoning is our take on a Montreal-style steak seasoning, the classic flavor of salt, pepper, coriander, and rosemary pair perfectly with turkey burgers.
Veggie Burger Recipe
- Eggplant Crunch-Burgers with Dijon Dill Sauce: Again, a simple and classic seasoning (this time Santa Maria Sea Salted BBQ Rub) shines in a unique burger combo. Taster feedback on this recipe ranges from, “It’s so good I didn’t realize it was a veggie burger,” to “This is the best eggplant I’ve ever had.” Whip them up for a weeknight meal or make them into sliders for game day.
Best Burger Seasoning
Here at Savory Spice Shop, we love the endless flavor possibilities burgers present. We started with the basics, tried and true seasonings with classic flavors. But, for something fun and unique, branch outside of conventional burgers with unexpected seasonings and recipes.
- Red Rocks Hickory Smoke Seasoning: Put the BBQ into your burger with this mouthwatering, smoky and salty seasoning. Try our Smoky Pork Burger recipe. Ask your butcher for fresh ground pork shoulder for a hearty, sausage-like burger.
- Jamaican Jerk Seasoning: This seasoning might make you think of bold, flavorful chicken. If you've ever enjoyed Jerk Chicken, burger-ify it and try it on a bun with Jamaican Jerk Burgers. The burger only requires six ingredients but the taste will knock your socks off.
- Lamb Burger with Cucumber Ghost Curry Sauce: This unique burger comes to us from Denver restaurant Federal Bar & Grill. The spicy flavor comes from a fiery Ghost Curry Sauce, which gets its heat from a combination of Vietnamese Sweet Lemon Curry and Ghost Pepper Chile Powder. The burger itself isn't spicy. The gaminess of lamb is balanced by sweet and slightly licoricey notes of Coastal Cali Fennel Pollen Rub.
Tried and true toppings of ketchup, mustard, lettuce, onion, tomato, and pickles now share the stage with bacon, aioli, slaw, caramelized onions, green chile, peanut butter, pineapple, and even truffles. Whether you go for the classics or the more creative burger combinations this summer, here's to great grilling.
For more summer grilling and BBQ ideas, visit the Recipe section of our website.