Our Favorite Burger Toppings

A couple of months ago we shared our favorite burger recipe. And now that we're coming up on the 4th of July, we wanted to share our favorite burger toppings for all your holiday festivities! Toppings are a great way to take a simple burger and elevate it. There are a ton of really easy toppings from bacon to a fried egg to different sauces. Today we're going to share three of our favorite toppings that you can easily throw together to make your next party a hit.

Candied Bacon:  
Bacon is a classic topping for burgers, this is an elevated bacon that you can make in the oven to keep the grill and stove free for the burgers or other sides.

1/2 lb. thick cut bacon
1/4 c. brown sugar 
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. While the oven is preheating, just mix together the brown sugar and the cayenne pepper and then coat the bacon with it. Place the bacon on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes. If the bacon isn't at your preferred crispy level, let it cook for another couple minutes, keeping in mind that it'll continue to crisp up after it's removed from the oven and it cools. 

Our Favorite Burger Sauce:
I love a good sauce for a burger, I think it adds another layer of flavor that really complements the burger and brings all the different flavor profiles together. This is our favorite sauce that's reminiscent of In-n-Out Burger's famous sauce. 

1/2 c. mayo
3 Tbsp. ketchup
2 Tbsp. dill pickle relish (you can use sweet pickle relish if you'd like)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

MIx together all the ingredients and adjust it to your taste. If you like it a little sweeter, you can add some more ketchup. If you want a little more tang, you can loosen up the sauce with some of the brine from the relish. Refrigerate for a couple hours before serving and the flavors will change a little and it'll thicken up a little. 

Easy Guacamole:
Avocados are always a crowd favorite and this topping is pulling double duty. Any leftovers can be served with chips for an appetizer. I like going simple with my guacamole by just using lime, salt and cilantro. If you'd like to add more you can add onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, etc. 

3 ripe avocados
Lime
Salt
Cilantro

Cut up the avocados and scoop them into a medium bowl, add lime juice, salt and cilantro to taste. Make sure that you have enough lime and salt to really flavor the guacamole. Cover with plastic wrap that's touching the guacamole to remove as much air as possible and chill until ready to serve. 

Hope you enjoy these burger toppings as you get grilling on the 4th of July!