5 Ways ... Gourmet Grilling

Eating gourmet food may be one of the most over-looked indulgences of our time - you have art and entertainment intertwined with decadence and flavor. What more can anyone ask for from a meal? Eating gourmet is great ... just not when you can't tell what you're eating. Some dishes can seem so over-the-top fancy that it's hard to concentrate on the flavor.

Well, luckily, for those of us who like to know what we're eating, there has been a resurgence of back-to-basics chefs cooking up one of America's most simple, yet scrumptious dishes: the burger! While the basic burger can be dull and lifeless, there are plenty of ways to add gourmet flavor and visual interest.

Recommended by Stephen, check out Gemini Bistro at 2075 N. Lincoln Ave. - order the Gemini Burger topped with a fried egg. Read about Stephen's experience at Gemini Bistro on The Restaurant Project.

Photo: Stephen Hamilton

For the daring home chef, here are 5 gourmet burgers that you could make at home:

1. Moroccan Spiced Lamb Burgers with Beet, Red Onion, and Orange Salsa:

Photo: Brian Leatart

2. Porcini-Gorgonzola Burgers with Veal Demi-Glace:

Photo: Brian Leatart

3. Bulgar Veggie Burgers with Lime Mayonnaise:

Photo: Romulo Yanes

4. Buffalo Burger with Pickled Onions and Smoky Red Pepper Sauce:

Photo: Romulo Yanes

5. Okay, so this one's not a burger ... but who can eat a burger without french fries? Two options...
French Fries with Three Dips:

Photo: Paul Brissman

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