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10 ideas for topping off burgers a better way

Jazz up your summer burgers with a variety of seasonings and condiments, such as, from left, The Thai, The Eggplant Parm and The New Yorker burgers. (By The Associated Press)
Jazz up your summer burgers with a variety of seasonings and condiments, such as, from left, The Thai, The Eggplant Parm and The New Yorker burgers. (By The Associated Press)
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Switch up cheeses and try blue, feta or Swiss.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 12:01 am
Whether you're grilling a standard beef burger, a bison patty, a chicken breast or even a humble portobello mushroom cap, it's time to move beyond the basic adornments of ketchup and a slice of cheese. And adding pickles and tomatoes — even artisanal and heirloom specimens — doesn't count.To help you make this a summer of way-better burgers, we dreamed up 10 fresh ways to dress them that will be easy and delicious, no matter what they are made of.Fig jam

Crumbled blue cheese

Prosciutto or serrano hamSliced fresh mozzarella

Sliced grilled eggplant

Sun-dried tomatoes (oil-packed)Cranberry sauce

Extra-sharp cheddar cheese

Applewood smoked bacon

Coarse grain brown mustardSliced avocado

Spicy peanut sauce (2 tablespoons peanut butter, 2 teaspoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, splash of hot sauce)

Sliced red onion

Fresh cilantroPastrami

Caramelized onions

Horseradish sauce

Swiss cheeseSliced roasted red peppers

Olive tapenade

Feta cheese

Fresh basilNaan (in place of a bun)

Potato chips sprinkled with curry powder

Baby spinachFried egg (with a runny yolk)

Salsa

Monterey Jack cheese

Crisped bacon or chorizoToasted garlic bread (in place of a bun)

Chopped romaine lettuce tossed with Caesar dressing

Shaved Parmesan cheese

Anchovies (if you dare)Sriracha sauce

Pickled jalapenos

Pepper jack cheese

Pepperoni

Freshly ground Sichuan peppercorns

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