101+ Burger Toppings

With this ultimate list of burger toppings, you can build the ultimate burger bar at your next cookout or get creative with burger night at home!

closeup of a turkey burger

Whether you're planning a backyard barbecue or just a weeknight dinner, no one can say no to a big, juicy burger.

No matter what kind of burger you make — classic homemade hamburgers with ground beef, grilled chicken burgers, venison burgers, pork burgers, salmon burgers or sweet potato turkey burgers, — keep in mind that everyone likes to dress up their burgers differently. It's a great idea to offer different burger topping options for everyone.

Or, you could serve up a gourmet creation with a unique flavor profile, like grilled turkey burgers with guacamole, pepper jack cheese and pickled onions.

If you have vegetarians or vegans at your party, you might also want to grill up some black bean burgers, veggie burgers or plant-based burger alternatives.

Below we have compiled the ultimate list of 101+ burger toppings to try for all your burger nights year-round, from Memorial Day to July 4 to Labor Day and everything in between. What would you add to this list? Comment below!

Best Buns for Burgers

The eight-pack of classic burger buns is absolutely fine, but if you're looking to take things up a notch, you could try:

Cheese for Cheeseburgers

If your people like melted cheese on their burgers, you have so many choices beyond the classic American square slice of cheese.

Raid the cheese section at your local grocery store to come up with some delicious combos to take classic cheeseburgers up a notch. For a party, it's wise to grab a variety of cheese for guests to choose their favorite. Try one of these:

  • American cheese
  • Brie cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • white Cheddar cheese
  • Colby Jack cheese
  • Gouda cheese
  • queso dip
  • pepper jack cheese
  • blue cheese
  • provolone
  • Monterey jack cheese
  • Swiss cheese
  • goat cheese
two beef burgers all the way on buns sitting on a wood board

Condiments for Burgers

Sauces add even more flavor to a good burger and make them great. Here are some common burger toppings:

You might want some extra sauces for dipping, especially if you are serving french fries, sweet potato fries or grilled zucchini.

Veggie Toppings

After condiments, we have the fixings! You could go all the way with the classic pickles, onions, lettuce and tomato combo or dream up some delicious combos.

  • iceberg lettuce
  • arugula
  • butter lettuce
  • tomato slices
  • fresh white or yellow onion
  • grilled onions
  • red onion slices
  • spinach
  • avocado slices
  • mushrooms
  • sliced jalapeño
  • green chiles
  • cole slaw
  • relish

You can even put some of these into your burgers themselves. I love ordering an animal-style burger at In-N-Out, which has mustard cooked into the burger patties, plus pickles, chopped grilled onions and extra burger sauce.

For extra freshness, add fresh herbs like basil leaves, cilantro or parsley, depending on the flavors you're going for!

Bonus: You can also serve a lot of these as salad toppings too.

Grilled chicken burger with cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion served with a bun on a wooden serving platter.

Pickled Toppings

If you like the tanginess of dill pickles on your burgers, you can have some serious fun with other pickled veggies, such as:

  • quick pickled cucumbers
  • dill pickle chips
  • bread & butter pickles
  • pickled jalapeños
  • banana peppers
  • pickled red onions
  • pickled shallots
  • kimchi
  • pickled radishes
  • pickled sweet peppers

Creative Toppings for Burgers

Don't worry, the list isn't over yet. Here are even more ideas you could add to your burger creations!

  • scrambled eggs
  • fried egg
  • crispy bacon
  • onion straws
  • fried pickles
  • ham
  • sausage dip
  • bacon jam
  • fig jam
  • chili
  • chutney
  • grilled pineapple
  • jalapeño poppers
  • gravy
  • cranberry sauce
  • peanut butter
  • potato chips
  • onion rings
  • cheese curds
  • french fries
  • pesto
Beef burgers being grilled.

Common Burger Topping Combinations

There are so many things to put on top of your burger, it can be overwhelming! Here are some fun combinations to serve up at your next cookout:

  • Standard burger topping: ketchup, lettuce, tomato, onions
  • "All The Way:" lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard
  • California burger: tomato, lettuce, guacamole, jalapeños
  • Breakfast burger: bacon, fried egg, cheddar cheese, hash browns, maple syrup
  • Cowboy burger: barbecue sauce, onion rings, bacon, cheese and tomato
  • Philly cheeseburger: onions, mushrooms, jalapeños, red peppers, cheese
  • Black & blue burger: blue cheese, pickles, onions
  • Thanksgiving burger: turkey burger with gravy, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce
  • Pizza burgers: mozzarella, basil, pizza sauce, pepperoni

Best Burger Toppings

One of the best parts of making burgers is the excitement that spurns from the different types of toppings you can add. Check out some of my favorites below!

What would you add to this list? Comment below!

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