If you're going for the classic, fresh off the grill or hot out of the skillet burger, nothing beats a lightly seasoned, cooked-to-perfection patty made with some 80/20 ground beef. You need a little fat to hold the burger together, so while we love it lean, don't take too much flavor out of your burgers in the process. Now you can savor that burger as-is—you could even devour it plain—but what makes a great Southern burger is the opportunity to pile it high with some of our own unique flavors. You'll be amazed with the sweet-and-smoky combo created by Bacon, Peach, and Basil Burgers.
For some more Mediterranean flavors, perhaps the Gyro Burgers with Tahini Sauce would be perfect on your plate. And that burger doesn't always have to be beef: A batch of Carolina Chicken Burgers with Ancho Slaw shows that the proof's in the eating—well, actually, it's probably in the Carolina Burger Sauce. Back over the barbecue grill, get some Serrano Pepper Burgers searing, or turn back towards those super Southern flavors with some Burgers with Green Tomato Mayonnaise. Just remember: there's beauty in a homemade burger. They're easy to make, delicious, and amazing.