What is the ultimate burger? Ask that question and you will ignite an enthusiastic debate about meats, cooking methods, degrees of doneness, bun types, condiments, toppings, and accompaniments. The Ultimate Burger gives the best answer to all these questions: The ultimate burger is whatever you want it to be. And America's Test Kitchen shows you how to get there.
Craving an all-American beef burger? We've got 'em: steak burgers, double-decker burgers, and easy beef sliders. Learn to shape the perfect patty (and avoid "golfball syndrome"), cook it right (in a skillet or on a grill), and tell when it's perfectly done. We also venture beyond beef with options for pork, lamb, bison, turkey, chicken, salmon, tuna, and shrimp burgers before exploring the world of vegetarian and vegan patties. Then we go all out with creations such as the Blue Cheese Burger with Bacon Candy, the Griddle Smashed Burger, and the Reuben Burger.
You want sides with that? A chapter covers crispy fries, tangy coleslaws, and refreshing salads, and we've even thrown in boozy milkshakes and other cold drinks to help wash everything down. We guarantee bun perfection with all sorts of homemade rolls plus test kitchen ratings of the best store-bought options to lovingly cradle your juicy patties. And we reveal the tastiest store-bought ketchups, mustards, and relishes to complement your burger, along with recipes for plenty of homemade condiments and toppings, such as Chipotle Ketchup, Shoestring Onions, and Pickle Relish.