Surprisingly Good Burger Toppings

The key to the most supreme burger is the burger patty itself. 
But, what really puts a burger over the top at a cookout the type of burger that solidifies your backyard as the summer cookout spot, that crowns you as master of the grill, that keeps people talking about your burger until next weekend when you outdo yourself yet again— what makes that burger, is what you place atop it. Give these a try:

Peanut Butter
We've been slathering our burgers with peanut butter for years, but it seems like others are finally starting to come around. Jump on the band wagon with our Peanut Butter Bacon Burger recipe.

Peanut Butter Bacon Burger | The Weston Blog

We're newly obsessed with roasted and grilled fruits on our burgers. This Duck Burger recipe from Hunter Angler Gardener Cook uses apples.

Photo by Holly A. Heyser | Hunter Angler Gardener Cook

Homemade Ketchup
It's the homemade part that makes this one surprising. Yes, you can make your own ketchup. And cut down on the sugar significantly. And get creative with it. Try out our Blueberry-Chipotle Ketchup.

Homemade Blueberry-Chipotle Ketchup | The Weston Blog

Once you use Donuts as buns, you'll never go back. Just kidding, you'll have a heart attack if you carry on that way. But once in a while is well worth it! Just ask From Field to Plate.

Raspberry Jam or Sauce
Adding a level of sugary sweetness to your burgers is a pleasant change. The moment we dipped our Jalapeno Popper Burgers into raspberry puree, we knew we made a good choice. You don't have to make the complete Popper Burger recipe (though you should) - feel free to just snag our raspberry:sugar ratio.

Deep Fried Jalapeno-Cheddar Burgers with Raspberry Sauce | The Weston Blog

Okay, maybe this isn't quite a topping, as much as part of a good blend. Butter Burgers are increasingly popular for being not only highly indulgent, but truly better. You already know a good blend needs some fat, so it makes sense that butter would encourage a good texture. It also almost guarantees a perfect outside crust, while retaining a juicy, melt-in-your-mouth center.

Gouda-Stuffed Butter Burger with Bearnaise Sauce | The Weston Blog

After seeing donuts, pure sugar disguised as raspberries, and butter on this list, you're probably less surprised that corn is a good burger topping, and more surprised that we included a vegetable. Let's be honest: Burgers aren't about being healthy. When you crave a burger, chances are: you're craving juicy red meat, smothered in cheese, dripping with ketchup, mayo, or a "special sauce" of sorts, right? So that's why we don't feel bad that corn is about the only semi-healthy topping on this Cali-corn-ication Burger.

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