A few weeks ago, we were talking burger mistakes. We thought we'd made a list of the most frequent mistakes we have all made, at one time or another, while cooking our burgers. It turns out, there are lot more ways things can go terribly, terribly wrong.
As you fire up your grills (or grill pans, or skillets) for some summer burger indulgence, we want you to keep in mind that your burgers, be they a little overcooked, not quite done, etc., are probably just fine. If anything, they are at least not among the roster of the spectacular burger fails we found below. Did these doomed souls forget they were cooking? Forget what tastes good? Or simply let their nerves get the better of them? It's hard to say. In any event, we'd like to invite you to take a deep breath, enjoy your burger and step away from the turkey bacon.
This Burger Is A Beautiful Burger
But it doesn't always work out like this, does it? If your burger came out less than ideal, we've found some examples to make you feel just a little bit better, comparatively. <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdrephotography/8406839593/sizes/z/in/photostream/" target="_blank">jdrephotography</a></em>
At Least Your Burger Didn't Come Out Of A Can
Did Someone Get Sick On This Burger?
Don't eat it! It'll make your stomach turn for sure.
Good in theory, but not so successful in reality.
At Least Your Burger Won't Give You Food Poisoning
We understand medium rare, but this hunk of beef has barely hit a pan.
Are You A Burger??
Even for a veggie burger, this is pathetic.
No Burger Should Be The Size Of Your Face
Notice the drip? It's just nasty.
At Least Your Burger Is Not THIS
Whatever this is supposed to be.
This Burger Maker Did Not Learn Shapes In Kindergarten
The oval does not fit in the circle.
Just Be Glad There Isn't A Dog Attached To Your Burger
Tortilla Chip Or Burger?
We approve of guacamole on our burgers, but this is just wrong.
Burgers With A Smile
Without question, our food should not smile at us. Be thankful that your burgers don't.
Why would anyone do this to a burger?
Heart Burn In A Bun
We accept that this burger might taste good, but it's bad news. At least you don't use your burgers to do this to yourself.
The Saddest Of Burgers
So close to making a decent burger. So close.
We're going for charred guys, not burned.
It's one thing to see one bad burger, but multiple? This is just heartbreaking.
Did You Slather Your Burger In Curry Sauce?
We love curry. We love burgers. They are separate foods. <em>Photo via <a href="http://imgur.com/MNi50TA" target="_blank">Imgur</a></em>
Guys, TOAST The Bun
Toast. Don't singe. <em>Image via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pyxopotamus/4903007237/sizes/z/in/photostream/" target="_blank">me and the sysop</a></em>
Did You Buy Hockey Pucks Instead Of Meat By Accident?
<em>Photo via <a href="http://imgur.com/ugLllpR" target="_blank">Imgur</a></em>
Powerful Evidence That Burgers And Eggs Should Be Cooked Separately
Breakfast burgers? Yes please. But... there are rules. <em>Photo via <a href="http://imgur.com/cXb4a" target="_blank">Imgur</a></em>
Did You Put Your Burgers On Artificially Colored Buns Just For Fun?
As the original poster, Reddit user durianno said, "I tried the new Black and White Burgers from McDonald's. I highly recommend not doing so yourself." <em>Photo via <a href="http://imgur.com/ySQyK3N" target="_blank">Imgur</a></em>
Okay, Everyone -- This Is Not The Color We Are Shooting For
Is your burger still the color of meat? You're doing okay, then. <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/shuttercat7/910021967/sizes/z/in/photostream/" target="_blank">grafixtek</a></em>
That's not it either. <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/khawkins04/5969315133/sizes/z/in/photostream/" target="_blank">khawkins04</a></em>
This Burger Is Wrapped In Turkey Bacon
The point of wrapping something in bacon is to impart flavor AND FAT. Turkey bacon is invalid. <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mesohungry/5069165412/sizes/z/in/photostream/" target="_blank">jasonlam</a></em>
<em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mesohungry/5069166100/sizes/z/in/photostream/" target="_blank">jasonlam</a></em>
This Burger Is Made Out Of Turkey
You want to make a burger out of turkey? Fine. Don't say we didn't warn you. <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/theimpulsivebuy/5667081564/sizes/z/in/photostream/" target="_blank">theimpulsivebuy</a></em>
What. Are. Those. <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/afiler/225794227/sizes/z/in/photostream/" target="_blank">afiler</a></em>
THERE IS A TIME AND A PLACE FOR SPROUTS, GUYS. <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/waytru/986989598/sizes/z/in/photostream/" target="_blank">WayTru</a></em>
Did You Cover Your Grill With Foil For Some Reason?
No? You're doing better than these guys.
Did You Set Your Burgers/Grill/House/Best Friend On Fire?
No? You're doing better than these people!
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