The Best Burger & The Best Burger Toppings!

The Best Burger Toppings

There are a few things that are key to a good burger – the burger toppings! How the actual patty is seasoned and cooked. Along with the toppings that are placed on the burger itself. Those two components are what makes a good burger in my book.
The other night I was out with some girlfriends and we were at a local BBQ place that is one of my favorites. It is in Tempe, Arizona and is called Lucilles BBQ. We ordered way too much food and I took home the left over onion straws. I had hamburger meat at home and I knew just what I was going to do with the leftovers. Make my deluxe BBQ cheeseburger!
Although other times I have made pioneer women onion straws and I even put the recipe below this time I used my leftover onion straws. I think they are just as good as the ones from the restaurant. Maybe even better! So if you are up for it whip up some onion straws they will make the burger in my opinion. Or if you have a local BBQ joint or a restaurant that offer onion straws near by order a small or side order and use them next time you grill up some hamburgers!
The best burger toppings:
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • pickle slices
  • sautéed mushrooms
  • sautéed purple onions
  • favorite BBQ sauce
  • Mayo
  • Onion Straws

So first lets talk about the perfect seasoning and marinade that you will need to make your burgers excellent! I like to also add a little Worcestershire sauce into the hamburger patties to make them moist. I marinade them in that for as long as possible and sprinkle the seasoning on both sides of the patties. Season generously.

The best hamburger seasoning:

  • 4 teaspoons paprika
  • 3 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Combine all ingredients in a small container and put on lid and shake up. Then season meat patties. (This is enough for 1 pound of meat)
Make sure that you butter the hamburger buns and place them on the grill for a few minutes or until they begin to brown


There are so many ways to assemble the best burger toppings so that everyone can have what they like! I like to to a burger topping bar to allow my guests and family to have exactly what they like!

Onion Straws Recipe

from the pioneer women
1 whole large onion
2 cups buttermilk
2 cups flour
1 Tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 quart canola oil
black pepper
Slice onion into very thin slices. Place in a baking dish and cover with buttermilk and soak for at least an hour. Combine dry ingredients and set aside. Heat oil to 375 degrees. Grab a handful of onions, throw into the flour mixture, tap to shake off excess, and dump into hot oil. Fry for a few minutes and remove as soon as golden brown. Repeat until onions are gone.


Recipes to go with your burger toppings:

If you’re looking for the perfect sides to go with your burger, I have a few recommendations!

This recipe goes great with anything on the grill! There is nothing better than having fries and onion rings with your burger! My kids even love having comeback sauce instead of ketchup on their burgers.
Comeback Sauce This sauce is what dreams are made of! The perfect sauce for dipping anything and everything in. A favorite of ours is onion rings and fries!
Oriental Pasta Salad Recipe
What is better than pasta salad with your burger? This oriental pasta salad is a crowd pleaser! I love to bring this to parties as well since everyone loves it so much! It really brings a unique flavor to a typical grilled dinner.
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  1. I like the sound of those onion straws since I would assume that they would add some more texture top your burger. I could see how those would add quite a bit of flavor as well. Next time I go to get a burger I might have to ask for some of those on my burger so I could see if I like them.

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