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The Best Globe-Trotting Burgers

Beef, turkey, and veggie burgers with flavor twists from all over the world
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We tend to think of burgers as all-American, but these 13 recipes prove that the best burgers are those that get their flavor inspiration from global cuisines. Argentine chimichurri, German sauerkraut, Middle Eastern tahini sauce…turns out they’re all delicious additions to the basic beef (or not-beef) patty.

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    Chorizo Turkey Burgers with Guacamole

    Spicy Mexican chorizo and cool, creamy guac inject a little olé! into a basic turkey burger.
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    Spicy Thai Tofu Burgers

    Don’t hide this pretty, veggie-packed patty in a bun; serve it on a Thai-inspired salad of chopped lettuce tossed with bean sprouts, grated carrot, and chopped fresh mint and cilantro. Thin some Miso Mayonnaise with a little water and lime juice and drizzle it over all, or use your own favorite Asian dressing.

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    Chickpea Burgers with Creamy Lemon-Tahini Sauce

    Forget beef burgers. Chickpeas, tahini, garlic, and lemon come together here in creamy, hearty bean burgers that taste like a cross between hummus and falafel.

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    Pork Burgers with Sauerkraut

    These burgers are a cross between a patty melt and a Reuben. For the best flavor, avoid canned sauerkraut and look for the bagged version in the supermarket meat case. 

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    Moroccan Chicken Burgers with Feta and Carrot Slaw

    These burgers come packed with aromatic flavor thanks to cumin, fresh ginger, mint, and harissa, a spicy North African condiment. If you can’t find harissa, try a mild Thai curry paste for a slightly different flavor.

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    Beef Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese

    Flavor inspiration for this hearty burger comes from classic French onion soup, with a topping of sweet, caramelized onions and melty, pungent blue cheese.
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    Greek Lamb Burgers with Feta and Cucumbers

    The quick-pickled red onions add dimension and are a great addition to the cucumber, tomato, and feta. To keep with the Greek theme, serve the burgers in warm pita bread, though whole-wheat hamburger buns would work, too.
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    Banh Mi Burgers

    Inspired by Vietnamese bánh mì sandwiches, this pork burger is topped with pickled carrots, cucumbers, cilantro, ham, chiles, and mayo, and served on crusty French rolls. You can substitute half of the carrots with daikon radish for an even more authentic flavor.

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    Indian Turkey Burgers

    These turkey burgers are unlike any you’ve ever had—absolutely exploding with flavor and masala, thanks to the addition of curry leaves, cumin, cilantro and chiles, plus a sweet-and-spicy tomato chutney topping. The burgers are also delicious made with ground white or dark meat chicken or ground pork.

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    Argentine Burger with Chimichurri

    These burgers get a healthy dollop of chimichurri, the classic Argentine condiment of mint, parsley, chiles and garlic.
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