There’s no food that’s more iconically American than a burger. One of the things we love most about
burgers, however, is the fact that once you’ve mastered the basics of making them, they can be a splendid canvas for any combination of flavors. Even if you don’t have plans to fly out of the country this travel
season, you can still be transported to the other side of the world in a matter of a few bites. From Greek souvlaki burgers to beet burgers inspired by the tastes of Bombay, here are six ways to travel the world by way of burger.
|Chicken and Eggplant Parmesan Burger
This chicken-and-eggplant behemoth from Nancy’s Cravings was inspired by the cheesy, marinara-coated chicken and eggplant parmesan dishes of classic red sauce Italian-American joints.
|Chicken Souvlaki Burger
In Greece, souvlaki, or skewered meat, is often made with chicken that’s been seasoned with salt, pepper and oregano. Inspired by the traditional Greek flavor profile, Nutmeg Nanny created a burger made of ground chicken, crumbled feta cheese, dried oregano and tzatziki with a pita “bun.”
|Gochujang Burger with Kimchi & Charred Green Onions
Kimchi, gochujang, green onions and bean sprouts are all traditional Korean ingredients. Here, FWx‘s Dennis Prescott applies that very Korean combination to an otherwise classic American burger.
|Indian-Style Beet Burger
For a take on burgers that’s entirely meatless, Nik Sharma of A Brown Table uses Indian spices like ginger, Thai chiles, cilantro, onion, garam masala and cayenne to flavor his beet patties, then tops them with a cool and creamy yogurt sauce.
|Pork Banh Mi Burger
Closet Cooking makes burgers with a ground pork base, then accents them with classic Vietnamese banh mi dressings like pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro leaves and sliced jalapeño peppers.
|Spicy Tuna Burger
The Japanese combo of tuna and wasabi has legs beyond the maki sushi roll: Hapa Nom Nom‘s Spicy Tuna Burger involves a cilantro-scallion sushi-grade tuna patty, wasabi mayo, and lettuce that’s dressed in a rice vinegar sauce.