Celebrate Dad with a Perfect Burger

This upcoming Sunday, June 18th, is the day when we celebrate the fathers who mean so much to us. It’s Father’s Day. For the families of these special men, that means either taking our fathers out to dinner, or cooking for them. However, all-too often, many dads enjoy doing the cooking themselves—especially when it comes to grilling.

While the familiar family burger recipe is one that most of us quickly turn to, it would be lovely to provide some new recipes for fathers, either to try out or enjoy. When it comes to most fathers, and their families, for that matter, few would pass on a new burger recipe to try out. Curious about how to surprise the father in your life with a new burger recipe? Do you think that the man in your life is tired of the same summer burgers he usually cooks? Grab the grill and get ready to surprise Dad with a mouth-watering burger, fit for the king he is!


Homemade Whitecastle Burger:

This is the perfect recipe not only for the fathers in our life, but also their small kids.


1½ lbs. ground chuck

1 (4-Tablespoon) envelope onion soup mix

1 egg

½ teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons water

⅓ cup breadcrumbs

24 small square dinner rolls

American cheese (optional)

Pickle (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Hamburgers: Mix first 6 ingredients and press into an ungreased, 10- by 15-inch jelly roll pan.
  3. Prick with a fork.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Drain off juices (if there’s a lot of excess) and allow to cool.
  6. Cut into 24 squares.
  7. Place squares onto dinner rolls.
  8. Combine mustard and ketchup and spread onto rolls.
  9. Top with pickles and cheese, if desired.

This makes 12 servings of 2 hamburgers each.      


Blue Cheese Burger:

This burger combines the unique flavor of blue cheese with grilled ground beef.


3 pounds lean ground beef

4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled

½ cup minced fresh chives

¼ teaspoon hot pepper sauce

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

1½ teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon dry mustard

12 French rolls or hamburger buns


  1. In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, blue cheese, chives, hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, salt, and mustard.
  2. Cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  3. Preheat grill for high heat.
  4. Gently form the burger mixture into about 12 patties.
  5. Oil the grill grate.
  6. Grill patties 5 minutes per side, or until well done.
  7. Serve on rolls.


Jalapeño Burgers:

Does the dad in your life love hot sauce? If so, then this recipe is for him!


2 lbs. ground beef

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon black pepper

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

½ teaspoon dried ancho chile powder

½ teaspoon ground cumin

1 Tablespoon dried onion flakes

1-2 Tablespoons minced jalapeño pepper, seeded


  1. Mix meat, Worcestershire sauce, salt, garlic powder, and pepper.
  2. Shape the mixture into 12 thin patties, each about 4 inches in diameter.
  3. Mix the cream cheese, ancho chili powder, cumin, dried onion, and minced jalapeño.
  4. Top 6 patties with the cheese mixture, spreading it to within ½-inch of the edge (if the mixture is difficult to spread, try heating in the microwave for15 seconds).
  5. Cover each patty with one of the remaining 6 patties, sealing the edges well.
  6. Broil or grill the patties (4 inches from the heat), turning only once if possible, until preferred doneness and cheese is melted, about 10 to 15 minutes.


Very Veggie Burgers:

For those fathers who do not eat meat, try this version of the traditional veggie burger for a new recipe!


4 Tablespoons hickory barbecue sauce

1 Tablespoon molasses

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained

2 cups cooked brown rice

1 Tablespoon oat bran

2 Tablespoons onions, finely chopped

1 Tablespoon finely chopped canned beets

1 teaspoon beet juice

1 teaspoon chili powder

¼ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 Tablespoon pickled jalapeño pepper, chopped

1 egg white, add more if needed (to bind)

2 teaspoons olive oil


  1. Stir together barbecue sauce and molasses. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mash beans. Stir in 3 tablespoons of the barbecue mixture (reserving remaining for brushing) and remaining ingredients—rice through egg white. Form into four 6-oz. patties.
  3. Heat olive oil in a cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium.
  4. Grill burgers for 2 minutes on one side. Turn and brush with remaining barbecue/molasses mixture.
  5. Top with Monterey Jack and grill for another 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  6. Serve with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions and mustard on a bun which has been grilled in butter.


Korean Burgers: For those fathers who highly enjoy Asian cuisine, this is an innovative twist on the traditional burger!


1 lb. ground beef

4 Tablespoons soy sauce

2 Tablespoons sugar

1 Tablespoon sesame seeds

1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

3 Tablespoons chopped green onions

1 Tablespoon minced garlic

1 dash black pepper


  1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Shape meat into 4 patties.
  3. Grill or broil as usual.
  4. Top with cheese, lettuce, pickles or even wasabi for an added spice!