Updated: April 14, 2014 4:42PM
Not up for creating a ramen burger from scratch? You can still get out of your burger rut at home with tips from chefs doing inventive things with the humble hamburger.
» Add three cheeses to ground beef, suggests Somfelean. Make the patty about 10 percent cheese, 90 percent beef. The cheese mixed with the beef will create a rich, more complex flavor than a simple slice.
» Use ingredients you typically save for fancier dishes such as chicken and fish. “Jams and chutneys add a layer of flavor different from ketchup,” says Downing. Keep it cold — like ketchup — and use it as a sauce. Fruit chutneys add a sweet element to balance savory flavors.
» Get creative with cheese. Downing likes to whip goat cheese and Greek yogurt together. “It cuts the fat a bit, and the whipped cheese gives the burger a light and airy taste,” she says.
» For waffle burgers, add a little flour to the batter to make it more dense so it can stand up to the burger, says Hernandez. Let the patty sit a few minutes before putting it atop the waffle bun, which can get soggy quickly with beef juices. —Jaydine Sayer