11/15/2011 09:18 am ET | Updated Jan 15, 2012

9 Ultimate Burger Recipes

When I'm in need of a quick meal or party dish, a burger is hands-down my go-to pick! Burgers are easy, fast and don't even require utensils to eat, making them the perfect get-together main course, tailgating essential, and simple dinner recipe to whip up any night of the week. With all the endless varieties and toppings you can add to burgers, there's no need to keep munching on the boring burgers and ketchup found at all the tailgating events and BBQs. Consider using different proteins for the base of the burger, like pork, chicken, seafood or veggies. All of these variations still make for a fork-free, bun-wrapped delicious dish.

Check out these 9 ultimate burger recipes that I put together with Food Republic for a new take on the classic American staple.

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9 Ultimate Burger Recipes