Condiments Gone Wild

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Condiments Gone Wild
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Ketchup and mustard are just the tip of the condiment iceberg. From chimichurri to chutney, the burger condiment possibilities are endless, so give the classics a rest and let innovation trump tradition the next time you’re building the perfect burger. Whether you’re grilling up beef, chicken, turkey, veggie or even fish, there’s a creative topping to take your burger from ordinary to extraordinary. After all, what’s a burger without condiments?

Chimichurri
Jen Maler

Chimichurri

This classic Argentinian green salsa is a surefire way to spice up your next burger. Made with garlic, parsley, red pepper, salt, olive oil and red wine vinegar, this fresh yet spicy salsa is the perfect condiment for a summer barbeque. Its spicy kick and chunky texture will add unique dimension to an otherwise ordinary burger.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Watch How to Make Chimichurri in HD

Sweet and Spicy Tomato Chutney
Kankana Saxena, publisher of Playful Cooking

Sweet and Spicy Tomato Chutney

Chutney is a condiment made from a mixture of spices, vegetables and/or fruits typically used in South Asian cuisine. Because any combination of fruits and vegetables can be used to make chutney, there is no limit to the varieties that can be created—which is good news for adventurous burger builders! Tomato chutney, such as the sweet and spicy version pictured, is a great alternative to the traditional tomato burger condiment, ketchup.

Recipe by Playful Cooking

Mango Pineapple Chutney
Beth Moncel, publisher of Budget Bytes

Mango Pineapple Chutney

Take advantage of seasonal fruits to make a sweet variety of chutney, like mango pineapple. This mildly spicy yet refreshing condiment is perfect for topping grilled chicken or fish burgers. Plentiful seasonal summer fruits such as nectarines, peaches, strawberries and, of course, mangos and pineapples offer endless possibilities for innovative chutney combinations. The infinite varieties will keep your grill busy all summer long!

Recipe by Budget Bytes

Basil Pesto
Jennifer Hill, publisher of Foodess

Basil Pesto

Despite what you may think, pesto isn’t just used to top pasta dishes. Spread a generous layer of nutty, garlicy, cheesy pesto on a grilled chicken burger and we think you’ll agree. Make your own from scratch in a food processor with your favorite nuts and leafy greens, such as spinach and walnuts, arugula and almonds, or traditional basil and pine nuts, or simply purchase your favorite brand version from the grocery. All that’s left to do is fire up the grill.

Recipe by Foodess

Guacamole
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Guacamole

Take your burger south of the border with homemade guacamole. Typically used as a dip, guacamole makes for a creamy burger topper. This versatile condiment can be made mild or spicy depending on how much heat your taste buds can handle. Burger bonus: the word aguacate, or avocado, comes from the Mayan word ahuacatl, which means tree testicle—a fun fact to share when you serve up guacamole burgers at your next BBQ.

Daisy Martinez's guacamole recipe

Chili
Gus Philippas

Chili

Step aside bacon. Messy, meaty and mouth-watering, chili con carne is the ultimate meat-lover's condiment. This burger topper requires a little planning if you're making it from scratch, but a little elbow grease guarantees delicious results. Stock up on napkins and start slathering burgers with chili to build the reigning king of meat-lover's burgers.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Watch Five-Way Cincinnati Chili in HD

Tzatziki Sauce
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Tzatziki Sauce

Go Greek with this traditional Greek sauce. Made with cucumbers, garlic, yogurt, olive oil and dill, this sauce will transform an ordinary burger into one fit for Zeus. Tzatziki pairs well with beef, chicken and veggie burgers, but if you want to go all-out Greek grill up lamb patties--and don't forget the feta!

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