Great Burger Recipes 

 Originally Written: July 23, 2012

By  Hanna Trafford

Last Updated on July 23, 2012 by Hanna Trafford

It’s summer time and grilling is going on full speed. I started getting into making some other variations of burgers – and here are my favorite ones. I am sharing 4 recipes with you – and – yes – one of them is “almost” traditional beef burger. Simple recipe but Oh sooo good! Try these and let me know how you liked them!

Best Beef Burger

  1. Heat your grill on high
  2. In a medium bowl, use fork to gently combine 2 lbs. of ground chuck, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard and 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  3. Season with salt and fresh ground pepper
  4. Gently form mixture into four one-inch patties
  5. Place on hottest part of grill, sear until browned 1-2 minutes per side
  6. Move patties to cooler part of the grill and continue grilling until desired doness – 4-8 minutes per side


Favorite Turkey Burger

  1. Heat grill to high
  2. In a medium bowl, use a fork to combine 1-1/2 – 2 lb.s of ground turkey with ½ cup of finely grated Gruyere cheese, 4 thinly sliced scallions, ¼ cup of dried breadcrumbs, ¼ cup of Dijon mustard and 1 minced garlic clove.
  3. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper
  4. Gently form mixture into four 1 inch thick patties
  5. Lightly oil grill
  6. Place patties on hottest part of grill until browned – 1-2 minutes poer side
  7. Move patties to cooler part of grill, continue grilling until cooked through – 5-10 minutes per side

Mini Greek Lamb Burgers

Ingredients for tzatziki:

  • ½ cup of English cucumber, peeled, seeded and grated (3/4 cup)
  • ½ cup of plain yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh mint – chopped
  • 1 garlic clove – minced
  • Salt and pepper

Ingredients for burgers:

  • 1-1/2 lbs. of fresh ground lamb
  • ½ small onion, minced (1/4 cup)
  • ¼ cup of fresh parsley – chopped
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh chopped oregano or 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 pita breads (6 inch)
  • 2 medium beefsteak tomatoes, sliced for serving


  1. Heat grill to high
  2. Make tzatziki in a medium bowl by combining cucumber, yogurt, lemon juice, salt and pepper with mint and garlic and season with salt and pepper
  3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use

Make burgers:

  1. In a medium bowl, gently combine lamb, onion, parsley and oregano\Season with salt and pepper
  2. Gently form mixture into 16 small patties – about ¾ inch think
  3. Grill until medium rare – about 2-3 minutes per side
  4. To serve, warm pitas on the grill, halve and fill with burgers, tzatziki and tomato slices


Chickpea Burgers

  1. Heat grill to high
  2. In a food processor, combine 1 can (15 oz) of drained chick peas, 4 trimmed scallions, 2 slices of white sandwich bread, 1.3 cup of unsalted peanuts or almonds, ½ teaspoon of ground cumin and tablespoon of fresh ground ginger.
  3. Season with salt and pepper
  4. Pulse until roughly chopped
  5. Remove half of the mixture and add 1 egg to the food processor
  6. Process until smooth, add to reserved mixture in a bowl and mix well
  7. Form the mixture into four ¾ inch thick patties
  8. Brush each side generously with olive oil and grill until charred – 3-5 minutes per side
  9. Serve with lettuce and Dijon mustard on a whole-wheat bread of whole wheat English muffins.

Hope you will enjoy these delicious burgers – please send me your comments. suggestions and

experiences – your input is always welcomed and much appreciated!

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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