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Help me win a "best burger" cookoff!

UptownKevin | | May 22, 2009 05:25 AM

I am getting together with some friends on Sunday and we'll be doing a casual burger cookoff. Since I am known as the best cook in the group, the pressure is on and I really want to do something cool. I may even expand it into a trio of sliders, so I can get in some different flavors. Will be using traditional 80/20 ground beef. I want to keep it at that; no lamb, pork (except sausage), etc. I blew everyone away a few years back with my lamb burgers; haven't decided what to do this year. Here are some thoughts:

patty of ground beef with a little bit of spicy pork sausage (breakfast sausage) mixed in
sharp white cheddar
thin sliced roma tomato
romaine lettuce

patty of ground beef with a little chorizo mixed in
roasted red pepper mayo
cheese - ? need help on this one; should I even add cheese?

patty of ground beef
???Things I really like - bacon, fried onion rings, Monterey Jack, sharp cheddar, asiago

Need some input or advice on toppings. I don't want to add anything else to the meat besides salt and pepper. No fillers. Also, I just can't bring myself to do the bacon and blue cheese burger. Though I enjoy them a lot, it is just no longer original. But doesn't bacon make everything better?

I have found a couple of threads that are about a year old. Hoping there's some fresh ideas out there. BTW, we're in Florida and the crowd will be traditional and diverse. No need for any extreme ideas, just something that a diverse crowd would enjoy.

Thanks in advance!!