Yes, National Burger Month is a thing. We’ve all become accustomed to the dozens of food holidays. And while I typically snub these fake holidays, there’s no resisting the burger.

I’m sure you have your favorite burger spot (Longman and Eagle for me), but if you’re looking to make a delicious burger at home, here are a couple of recipes that I like to make.

One question that I always get is about the best cut for a burger. I like to use a mix of grass-fed, free-range beef: 50% Sirloin (Ground), 25% Chuck, 25% Brisket (Ground).  Now, let’s get started!

aram's burger - special recipe for competition

The Working Man’s Burger

The Working Man’s burger is a burger that I originally created on The Next Great Burger. This burger has everything you love in a burger and more.

The Working Man’s Burger

1 lbs. sirloin (grass-fed or free-range for all three beef)
1/2 lbs. brisket
1/2 lbs. chuck
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
6 pretzel rolls
1 small red onion
3 garlic cloves
6 farm-free eggs
1 lbs. applewood smoked bacon
1/2 lbs. aged extra sharp Wisconsin cheddar
6 Roma tomatoes
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. hickory flavoring
2 Tbsp. steak and chop  rub
1 Tbsp. black lava salt.

Grind meat, prep onions and garlic, finish meat and form patties. Grill tomatoes for 10-20 minutes. Brown the butter rolls on the flattop. Sauté bacon on the flattop. Cook eggs in a pan on the flattop. Take grilled tomatoes and finish them in a blender. After 20-30 minutes, put burgers on the grill. Then plate everything together.

Strawberry Chutney and Brie Burger

It may sound strange, but the strawberry chutney—made with raisins, brown sugar, lemon juice, honey, and red wine vinegar—complements the Brie and adds a dash of sweetness to an otherwise savory and hearty dish. Use burger recipe as shown above to make your patty and choose the bun of your choice.

Strawberry Chutney
1⁄4 c Raisins
1⁄4 C brown sugar
1⁄4 lemon juice
1⁄4 red wine, apple cider or raspberry vinegar
2 T honey
2 C fresh strawberries

In small pot, add first five ingredients and put over medium high heat, until boils. Stir in Strawberries. Down to a simmer for 10 min or until begins to thicken. Let cool and serve a top burger. To finish with a burger, Use our standard burger recipe, top with melted Brie, mesclun greens and our strawberry chutney.

Chef Aram