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22 Mouthwatering burgers that aren’t made of beef

Beef is king when it comes to burgers, but this summer, experiment with other proteins, and you’ll quickly forget about beef and discover new ways to cook up a burger.

This grilling season, try a new take on your regular burgers, and use a variety of proteins to get a new burger into your repertoire. Whether it’s chicken, salmon, turkey, lamb or shrimp, anything can be formed into a burger.

More: 24 Drool-worthy veggie burgers any meat lover would devour

1. Cheddar-jalapeño chicken burgers with guacamole recipe

cheddar chicken burger

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Try these amazing cheddar-jalapeño chicken burgers with guacamole in place of the classic Mexican night — the traditional flavors, in burger form.

2. Greek chicken burgers with Greek yogurt sauce recipe

greek burgers

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Greek chicken burgers with Greek yogurt sauce — the sauce cools down the burger, making it a great burger for hot summer nights.

3. French chicken burger recipe

French burger

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French chicken burgers — because anything gets better with slices of full-fat Brie cheese.

4. Banh mi Asian burger recipe

asian burgers

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Banh mi Asian burgers — if you’ve ever had a banh mi sandwich, then this burger is a dream come true, only in a soft burger bun instead of the chewy French baguette the traditional comes in.

5. Spicy Buffalo chicken burger recipe

buffalo chicken burger

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Give these spicy Buffalo chicken burgers a try. They will blow your mind, and those Buffalo-loving husbands will love you even more.

6. Onion-cheddar pork burger recipe

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Stuff burgers with cheese, and call it onion-cheddar pork burgers. It’s a surprise in every bite.

7. Green harissa turkey burger recipe

harissa burger

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Bring a twist of global cuisine to your summer cookouts with these amazing green harissa turkey burgers.

8. Aloha teriyaki shrimp burger recipe

aloha burger

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Can’t get away to Hawaii this summer? Re-create this recipe for aloha teriyaki shrimp burgers, and have a luau-themed party.

9. Zesty salmon burgers with dill spread recipe

salmon burgers

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Salmon burgers are a healthier choice to your regular burgers, and these zesty salmon burgers with dill spread are not only healthier but incredibly flavorful.

10. Lobster burger recipe

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These lobster burgers are layered with corn, brown butter and peaches. Basically they’re summer in your mouth!

11. Sausage burgers with Sriracha honey-mustard sauce recipe

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Sometimes all it takes is removing the casing from sausages, and you have got these sausage burgers with Sriracha honey-mustard sauce.

More: 10 Tips for perfect burgers every time you fire up the grill

12. Taco turkey burger recipe

taco burger

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Oh, how we would love this taco turkey burger for dinner tonight!

13. Spicy turkey burgers with creamy feta sauce recipe

turkey fire burger

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Turkey burgers are a leaner burger option, but this recipe for spicy turkey burgers with creamy feta sauce is packed with so much flavor you won’t even miss the fat.

14. Spiced lamb burger recipe

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If you ever see ground lamb at the store, buy it, and make these tasty spiced lamb burgers ASAP.

15. Moroccan spiced lamb burger recipe

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Moroccan spiced lamb burgers — because who says burgers need to be on burger buns?

16. Tilapia burger with watermelon salsa and avocado recipe

tilapia burger with watermelon salsa and avocado

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This tilapia burger is topped with refreshing salsa, just in time for summer.

17. Chicken fajita burger recipe

chicken fajita burger

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This chicken fajita burger is the perfect way to change things up on the grill and turn an ordinary dish into a burger.

18. Gyro burger recipe

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This gyro burger layered with homemade fries is topped with a tzatziki sauce that adds a unique flavor.

19. Herbed turkey burgers with zucchini buns recipe

herbed turkey burger with zucchini bun

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Skip the bun, and try this turkey burger with a zucchini bun for a delicious, low-calorie burger.

20. Pomegranate-feta bison burger recipe

pomegranate feta bison burger

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This pomegranate bison burger might be perfect for winter, but the addition of pomegranate seeds makes it perfect for spring and summer as well.

21. Ahi tuna burger with spicy Sriracha mayo recipe

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Sometimes a beef burger can be too heavy, but seafood is the perfect alternative. This ahi tuna burger with spicy Sriracha mayo is light and filled with flavor.

22. Mexican chorizo and garlic shrimp burger recipe

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This Mexican chorizo and garlic shrimp burger will definitely satisfy your burger craving. It’s packed with flavors all contained in a sweet potato bun.

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Additional reporting by Alexi Velasquez

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