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Players are bound to get hungry while playing Cooking Craze, the fast-paced time management game that lets them build a restaurant empire and discover tons of cuisines from around the world. And what could be better than an easy and delicious burger?

With a few subtle enhancements, a burger can be elevated to new levels of taste. Using spices, seasonings, herbs and other ingredients that most people already have in their home, one can make a truly delicious burger that will not only satisfy taste buds but also possibly improve cooking skills!

Seasoning the Burger

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Too many people are accustomed to simply throwing a burger on the grill or in a pan with barely even any salt or pepper. Adding a bit of seasoning to a burger can bring a great deal of extra flavor to the meat, especially when cooking on a grill. And while supermarket shelves often have plenty of seasonings for sale, most people usually already have what they need in their own home.

Adding some smoked salt, paprika, onion powder or chili pepper to the burger is a nice touch. Yet for truly great seasoning enhancements, consider these:

Creole Spice Rubbed Burgers

Mix together 1 tablespoon each of black pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano, onion powder, and salt. Add 2 tablespoons each of paprika and garlic powder. Mix all the spices together, and then sprinkle and press onto the burgers.

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme Burgers

Mix together 1 tablespoon each of the above spices with 1/4 cup olive oil, and marinate the burgers 1 hour or overnight. Add pepper to taste, and be sure to shake off the excess oil before grilling the burgers.

Marinades

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A good marinade can take a simple burger and elevate it to new realms of flavor.

Try this Asian-inspired marinade: Mix together 1 tablespoon ginger, 2 tablespoons minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of pepper, and 1 teaspoon of mustard powder. Add a 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce, 2 tablespoons soy sauce and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Marinate two hours or overnight.

Note: For subtle variations, you can add 1 teaspoon five spice powder, and substitute plum sauce for the teriyaki sauce. You can also add either a 1/4 cup of saké or rice wine (mirin).

Tropical Burgers

Mix together 1 cup of orange juice, a 1/4 cup of teriyaki sauce, and 1 tablespoon of soy sauce. You can also add some pineapple juice or orange marmalade to the mix.

Toppings and Additions

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When making burgers from fresh chop meat, adding additional ingredients can be an easy way to enhance the burger right from the start. You can add seasonings directly to the mix, or some additional ingredients for bold flavors.

  • Try adding chopped jalapeno peppers and shredded cheddar cheese for a bit of spice and a delicious melty cheese flavor.
  • Chopped mushrooms, onions and peppers give the burger a nice earthy and southwestern flair.
  • Sauteed mushrooms, grilled onions, pickled jalapenos and even a fried egg can also serve as excellent toppings on a burger, along with whatever cheese you desire.

With these burger masterpiece ideas, chances are high that an investment in another propane tank for the grill and plenty of hamburger buns may be warranted.

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