How 12 celebrity chefs make burgers

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Gordon Ramsay. Amy Sussman/Getty Images; Good Morning America/YouTube

Bobby Flay adds potato chips to make his signature “crunch burger.”
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Bobby Flay. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images; Food Network/YouTube
For the signature burger served at Bobby’s Burger Palace, Flay starts out with four 6-ounce (170.10g) burgers made from ground chuck or ground turkey. He then adds American cheese, beefsteak tomato, lettuce, red onion, a homemade horseradish mustard mayonnaise sauce, and potato chips for the perfect amount of crunch.

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Gordon Ramsay says seasoning can make or break your burger.
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Ramsay makes his burger using ground beef and brisket and recommends storing the formed and seasoned burger patties in the fridge before putting them on the hottest spot of the grill. For toppings, Ramsay adds American cheese, lettuce, tomato, grilled white onions, and mustard mayonnaise. 

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Ina Garten makes her hamburgers using two types of beef and egg yolks.
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Ina Garten and Seth Meyers eating burgers. Lloyd Bishop/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal/Getty Images; Food Network
To make Ina Garten’s “real burgers,” mix together 2 pounds (1kg) of ground chuck and 1 pound (0kg) of sirloin, steak sauce, egg yolks, salt, and pepper. Garten also adds a small pat of butter to each burger, sticking it inside so it is perfectly covered by the meat before adding the burger to the grill.

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Martha Stewart adds Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce to her burgers.
Martha Stewart adds mustard and Worcestershire sauce to ground chuck to make her hamburgers. She also recommends adding cheese, tomatoes, raw or grilled onion, pickles, and jalapeños to the burger to make them even better.

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Ree Drummond wraps her “low-carb” burgers in lettuce.
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To make these Pioneer Woman-approved “low-carb” burgers, you’ll need lettuce leaves large enough to fold over the entire hamburger patty, tomato slices, red onion, avocado, and chopped pickles. Drummond also adds her own version of a special sauce, which uses Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise. 

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Jamie Oliver tops his “insanity burger” with homemade burger sauce and pickles.
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British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s insanity burger comes directly from his cookbook “Jamie Oliver’s Comfort Food.” The recipe calls for a burger patty made from ground chuck steak.

For toppings, Oliver uses sliced red onions lightly dressed in vinegar and sea salt, bacon, yellow mustard, Tabasco chipotle sauce, cheese, ketchup, pickles or “gherkins,” and homemade burger sauce.

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Joanna Gaines tops her “Gaines brother burgers” with drip jam and melted Gruyére cheese.
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Found in her first cookbook, “Magnolia Table,” Gaines makes her famous burgers using ground beef, beefsteak tomato, homemade bacon-tomato drip jam, and Gruyére cheese. 

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To make Alton Brown’s “burger of the gods,” you’ll need ground chuck and sirloin.
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Brown’s “burger of the gods” patties are made with trimmed and cubed chuck and beef sirloin, plus kosher salt. The celebrity chef and “Iron Chef” host recommends cooking the 5-ounce (141.75g) patties in a cast-iron skillet or griddle over medium-high heat.

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Guy Fieri’s “straight-up with a pig patty” burger requires a ton of ingredients, including “donkey sauce” and applewood smoked bacon.
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To recreate Fieri’s burger, you’ll definitely want to read through the entire recipe to find out everything that’s included. However, some highlights from this “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives”-worthy burger are applewood smoked bacon, heirloom tomato, Vidalia onion, iceberg lettuce, dill pickles, and two different kinds of sauce.

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Giada De Laurentiis’ game-day burgers are topped with cheese, tomatoes, and avocado.
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Giada De Laurentiis. Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic/Getty Images; Food Network
To make these burgers, you’ll need 2 pounds (1kg) of ground chuck. The Food Network star elevates these simple burgers with toppings like grilled onions steamed with balsamic vinegar and sugar, mashed avocado, Provolone piccante cheese, arugula, and thinly sliced tomato.

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Emeril Lagasse is famous for his blue cheese-stuffed burgers.
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For Emeril’s “kicked-up” blue cheese-stuffed burgers, you’ll want to crumble the cheese and form it into small patties. Then, sandwich the cheese between two beef patties before adding it to the grill. Legasse recommends topping the stuffed burgers with sliced tomatoes, romaine, sliced onions, and his green peppercorn mayonnaise.

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Rachael Ray’s version of a McDonald’s Big Mac calls for homemade special sauce.
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Rachael Ray. D Dipasupil/Getty Images; Rachael Ray Show/YouTube
Rachael Ray’s “Big Smack” burgers call for the celebrity chef’s own special sauce, which is made with sour cream or Greek yogurt, ketchup, dill pickle relish, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.

She makes the actual burgers with ground beef sirloin and tops them off with the special sauce, yellow American cheese, chopped Vidalia or white onion, dill pickle chips, and chopped iceberg lettuce.

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