beef burgerWith the popularity of shows that tour diners and dives looking for the best hamburgers with the most ridiculous toppings (like pulled pork on top of a beef stuffed chicken burger), burger toppings have extended way beyond the typical ketchup, relish, mustard condiments. We’ve even seen peanut butter and bacon as a topping option!

But it doesn’t have to get expensive or difficult to be gourmet and you don’t have to drive across America looking for the most outlandish burger joint. With Father’s Day this Sunday, why not make dad what dads love most about the summer – barbecued burgers – and top them with some unique toppings that he may not have thought of before?

We have lots of ideas in-store at the Never Enough Thyme Food Shoppe with various jars of gourmet preserves – jams and marmalades, pickles and chutneys, and vinegars and oils. Or get really exotic with our recipes for tamarind banana chutney, onion marmalade, or Dijon barbecue sauce.

Or, combine sweet and salty and top dad’s burger with maple-candied bacon – what could be better than maple and bacon on a burger? It’s quite simple to make, too, and for the basic version just requires strips of bacon brushed with a generous dollop of maple syrup, and baked on a foil-lined pan in a 400˚F oven for about 10-15 minutes on each side, until the desired crispiness is reached.

Happy Father’s Day and enjoy your gourmet burgers!


Image: Vichaya

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