Have you ever thought about putting a spin on a classic recipe? Those who are fans of burgers are often purists, insisting on traditional toppings like ketchup, mustard, lettuce, and tomato. Have you ever thought it would be fun to try something new and different? Here are some out-of-the-ordinary toppings you might want to try out the next time you light up the grill:

Tropical Salsa

Tropical salsa as a topping for burgers is a great way to put a summer spin on a classic meal. It adds a touch of sweetness to balance out the savory flavor of whatever meat you have chosen. You can make this salsa in a number of ways, but it most commonly consists of mango, papaya, jalapeno peppers, and mint. You may want to add some diced onion as well. Spread this on the top of the meat patty, add some crisp lettuce, and you will have a scrumptious meal.

Spicy Corn Relish

Spicy corn relish is another fresh, vibrant topping that can add a great deal of flavor to your meal. It is especially nice in the summer time when fresh corn is most plentiful. However, you can also make this relish from thawed frozen corn if fresh is not available to you. It is a very easy relish to put together. You need a cup or two of corn kernels, some diced red bell pepper, diced pablano peppers, fresh parsley, salt, and pepper. Combine these ingredients in a bowl and let it sit in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight so the flavors can develop.

Fried Egg

A nice fried egg is often a great touch on burgers. This is seen quite often in diners, but it is easy to do at home yourself. A fried egg is a great twist on this classic American meal. Just top your patty with a fried egg cooked to your liking. Be sure to sprinkle a lot of salt and pepper.

Hummus and Roasted Red Peppers

If you haven't topped a burger with a little hummus and roasted red pepper on top, you are definitely missing out. While this is a great treat on its own, hummus and red pepper on a meat patty made from ground lamb sends the flavor into overdrive. You can make your own hummus with chickpeas and tahini paste, or just purchase some already prepared from the supermarket. Top that off with some sweet roasted red pepper and you are in for a real treat.

Topping burgers with unusual items is a great way to get to know new and interesting flavors. Combining a traditional meat patty with something out of the ordinary is also a great way to start a conversation at any party or get-together. Get some friends together and have fun experimenting with new flavors.

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