The Best Meat for Burgers [Chart]


Here is a condensed chart of To-Table's recommendations for preparing, cooking, and serving your contending burgers. To get the best flavor combination, we have conveniently differentiated our suggestions within each row with numbers. These high-end and hard to find meats all have their own distinct, delicate flavors, and fine textures. Prior to cooking all of these burgers, remember to insert a thumb-shaped indentation on the top to allow for more even cooking. Many of these meats are best served rare to medium-rare, so remember to not overcook!


Meat Cooking Technique  Cheese  Garnishes


Wagyu Beef
  1. Wagyu Beef Burger Recipe
  2. grill over direct, medium-high heat; place cheese on patty during last minute of grilling; add 2-3 tbsp. of jam
  1. White Cheddar
  2. Havarti
  1. Caramelized onion fig jam
  2. heirloom tomato
  1. Fig Jam
  2. Horseradish mayo
Grain Fed Beef
  1. incorporate cheese crumbles when forming the patties; grill over direct, medium-high heat, flipping once
  2. mix grated cheddar cheese & jalapeno with the mince; add a dash of Worcestershire 
  1. blue cheese or gorgonzola crumbles
  2. see "Cooking Technique" 
  1. greens, tomato
  2. grilled onion or caramelized onion
  3. garnish with avocado slice
  1. bone marrow aioli
  2. mayo and hatch green chili sauce
Grass Fed Beef
  1. grill over direct, medium-high heat, flipping once; check out chef Gordon Ramsay's suggestions here
  1. Colby
  2. manchego
  1. greens, tomato
  2. roasted red peppers and grilled onion
  1. chipotle mayo
  2. Artisanal organic ketchup 
  1. form patties with salt, pepper, and a dash of olive oil; Bon Appetit's bison burger recipe
  1. Wisconsin cheddar
  2. Havarti
  1. escarole or leafy green lettuce; 
  2. Napa Green Cabbage or bean sprouts
  1. smoked truffle mayo
  2. dijon
  1.  form patties with diced red peppers and diced purple onion; grill on medium-high heat; suggested recipe
  1. Swiss
  2. Feta cheese
  1. greens, tomato
  1. roasted garlic aioli
  2. tzaiki 
Wild Boar
  1. Work the meat in a bowl to breakdown the fat; add in diced shallots; a dash of olive oil; salt and pepper; recipe for two 
  1. goat cheese
  2. Cambozola
  3. Machengo
  1. greens, tomato
  2. red apple slices
  3. Jamie Oliver's suggested garnishes
  1. cranberry jalapeno jam
  2. tomato sauce
  1. Break up lamb in a bowl; add garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, rosemary
  2. Greek Lamb Burger recipe
  1. goat cheese
  2. feta
  1. greens, tomato
    1. mint pesto
    2. Tzatiki
  1. Recipe
  2. Mix the mince with crushed chili peppers
  1. Feta
  1. bean sprouts
  2. Cucumber
  3. Tomato
  1. roasted garlic aioli
  2. tomato jam
  1. mix the mince with black peppercorn and a dash of olive oil
  2. Elk burgers three ways
  1. brie
  2. White Cheddar
  3. Havarti
  1. tomato, greens
  2. Shredded Napa cabbage
  3. Craisin apple slaw
  1. bone marrow mayo
  2. roasted garlic aioli
  3. chipotle mayo
  1. Recipe
  2. North China style 5 spice powder, 1.5 tbsp. of fish sauce, two tbsp. minced shallots, salt; grill over medium heat, 5-6 minutes per side
  1. Substitute cheese with a fried egg
  1. Shredded Napa cabbage
  2. Bean sprouts
  1. garlic chili sauce
  2. smoked apple chutney
  3. Smoked honey plum sauce

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