This simple and delicious Gourmet Grilled Burger recipe delivers a loaded, restaurant-style burger with a southwestern flair. Topped with fried eggs, guacamole, bacon, and spinach, your family will love the flavor explosion with every savory bite!
Step outside right now and chances are good you’ll be greeted with a wave of heat, smells of fresh cut grass, and the sound of children playing. This is that sweet spot of summer, where everyone’s right in the middle of all the fun, sun, and freedom. It’s also the point where everyone has one eye on the all-too-fast approaching deadline of back-to-school, work-schedules, regular life.
We’re all about embracing and making the most out of those beautiful summer moments while we still can! There’s no better way to Carpe Diem, in our minds, than with the quintessential American summer time activity of grilling burgers. Right now gourmet burgers are some of the trendiest menu items in restaurants across the country. The secret they don’t want you to know, however, is that it’s actually not that hard to make these mouthwatering twists to the classic recipe right in your own backyard.
Here is our favorite gourmet grilled burger recipe we’re loving right now. The best part is that it’s so easy to customize, you’re sure to wow all your friends and family, no matter what their taste buds are craving!
Easy and Delicious Gourmet Grilled Burger Recipe
Our favorite way to grill burgers is over coals, but if you have a gas grill that will work great as well. Make sure you double check your supply of all your cooking items (gas, coals, wood chips, etc.) before your shopping trip.
- High-Fat Content Burger Meat
- Burger Seasoning or Wood Chips
- Specialty Hamburger Buns
- BBQ Sauce
- Leafy Greens
Gather up your ingredients and get your grill blazing! If you’re using a charcoal grill, you’ll want to pile up the coals in the middles and light them up. While it’s burning down to perfectly glowing white coals, you can get the rest of your ingredients prepped.
A gourmet burger is nothing without, well, the burger! We love using the 80/20 pre-made patties. The high fat content is important for a juicy burger (lower fat content means it will get very dry and gravely textured as you grill it) and pre-made patties cook through perfectly and make life so easy! Also, purchasing pre-made makes it easy to pick up exactly how many burgers you need, whether it’s four or 20.
Now it’s time to season that meat. For flavors galore, play around with the burger seasonings in the spice aisle. One of our favorites is a pre-made pub burger spice mix that we layer on liberally, and that’s what we did this time. For a subtle, smoky kiss of flavor, skip the seasoning and use wood chips on top of the coals as you’re grilling instead. Hickory, pecan, and applewood are all amazing choices that each lend their own delicious flavors to the meat.
When the coals have cooked down, place the burgers over indirect heat (off to the side). Cook the burgers until well done–the juices should run out clear when you press down on them. We always pick one to also cut open in the middle to check. In the last minute or so while the burgers are on the grill, add the buns to toast them.
Once the burgers are resting nicely on a covered plate, it’s time to fry up your bacon and eggs. We use center cut bacon, cut in half. It creates crunchy, fun pieces that are the “just right” size for topping burgers. Check with everyone before frying up the eggs to get the right cook time for each person. I love mine over easy while my husband prefers his cooked through.
The last step is the fun one! Top your burger with all your favorite gourmet toppings! Pre-made guacamole in individual containers is easy and delicious and lets you pick different flavors like spicy, chunky, and original. We love baby spinach for the greens, but any variety of greens or lettuce that’s your favorite will work perfectly. Have extra time, company, or using this for a celebration? Adding extra options to stack on the burger like caramelized and fresh onion, mushrooms, lettuce, chips, and cheese take this basic gourmet recipe into a delicious and customized experience that rivals any burger joint!
Here’s the printable recipe so you can take all this inspiration outside with you:
Home Chef Tip: This recipe is so easy to customize for a completely different experience that will please any set of taste buds. Try adding extra options to stack on the burger like caramelized and fresh onion, mushrooms, lettuce, chips, and cheese. Other options that taste amazing are swapping in wood chips while grilling in place of the seasoning or using other types of buns like pretzel or toasted onion.
- (6) 80/20 Premade Burger Patties
- Pub Burger Seasoning
- Sesame Seed Hamburger Buns
- Sweet & Smokey BBQ Sauce
- Fried Eggs
- Guacamole in individual packaging: Spicy & Regular
- Center Cut Bacon
- Baby Spinach
- Season burger patties liberally on both sides.
- Over white, hot charcoals, grill patties over indirect heat until cooked through.
- During the last few minutes of cook time, add buns to grill until toasted lightly.
- While buns and burgers are resting, fry up the center cut bacon on the stove top. Cutting the slices in half is recommended for easier stacking.
- Fry eggs to consistency desired from over easy to well done.
- Top bun with all other ingredients and serve immediately.
This recipe is perfect for everything from a Friday family night in the backyard to a huge family reunion celebration. We hope you love this Gourmet Grilled Burger recipe from SoFabFood Contributor, Nicole from Confident Foundation, as much as we do. If you enjoyed this simple recipe, be sure to visit our Grilling Section for more recipes like it. Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter so that you never miss a single healthy recipe. For daily recipe inspiration, like us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest, and stop by our Google+ Community to see all of the amazing recipes our community members are sharing. We hope that the rest of your summer is delightful, relaxing, and of course, delicious!