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The origins of the hamburger remain unclear even to food historians. The German city of Hamburg, however, remains central to many of this sandwich’s origin stories; though, some believe that European immigrants invented the burger in America. Origin aside, the hamburger, today, is prepared with regional and international variations. The basic beef patty is the star of a myriad of recipes that use a wide array of ingredients to elevate the burger to a culinary celebration for our taste buds.

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1. Swiss Pan Burgers with Mushrooms and Rosemary

  • 1 lb ground chuck
  • 8 oz sliced button mushrooms
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 4 slices swiss cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 brioche buns

Create a mouthwatering burger topped by a mushroom and rosemary-infused pan sauce. To prepare this elegant burger, combine the beef, shallots, 1 teaspoon of the rosemary, Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper to create four patties. Saute the burgers in half the butter; when they’re nearly done to your liking, melt swiss cheese atop each. Set aside. Melt the rest of the butter in your skillet. Add the mushrooms, garlic, and remaining rosemary to the pan. Saute for a moment and then add the broth. Simmer for about five minutes, place the burgers on the buns and top each with the luscious pan sauce.

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