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Volume 5 | Issue 08

August 12, 2019

Burgers Beyond Beef


The humble burger has become a platform for exciting culinary innovation as demand for alternatives to the classic beef patty continues to grow. More consumers are choosing to reduce or eliminate red meat from their diets, even if they don’t consider themselves strict vegetarians. In fact, only 5% of consumers identify as vegetarian and 2% as vegan, but 31% intend to eat more meat product alternatives this year than last (Datassential, March 2018). The astounding growth of plant-based burgers on restaurant menus goes to show that quinoa, beet, mushroom, soy and bean burgers appeal to a larger audience than ever. For flexitarians, burger patties made with seafood, lamb, chicken or turkey deliver big flavor without the beef. And for operators, these proteins are ideal for showcasing on-trend global flavors in the form of sauces, toppings and condiments.

Put an international spin on the non-beef burger trend with trio of tuna sliders: WASABI GINGER PONZU, LATIN AND KOREAN SLIDERS. Add all the flair and flavor with products from Custom Culinary®. Watch our video!

Click Below for Full Recipes

Wasabi Ginger Ponzu Poke Sliders               Latin Poke Sliders                         Korean Poke Sliders

Custom Culinary® products deliver bold flavor to signature condiments, hearty toppings, glazes and more. Try these recipes as you showcase alternatives to a standard beef burger on the menu.


Bourbon Cherry Salmon Burger
Custom Culinary® Gold Label Kentucky-Style Bourbon Sauce
 perfectly complements a griddled salmon burger, topped with tart cherry compote, crispy bacon, lettuce and cucumber on a toasted brioche roll.
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Caribbean Island-Style Turkey Burger
A fiery Jerk-seasoned turkey burger topped with Custom Culinary® Gold Label Jalapeño Relish and mango salsa, on a toasted potato bun.
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Feta-Spinach Lamb Burger with Harissa and Mint
This Mediterranean-inspired burger features a ground lamb, spinach and feta patty dressed with Custom Culinary® Gold Label Harissa and mint, topped with tomato, onion and lettuce on a potato bun.
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Moroccan Black Bean Burger
Top a spicy black bean burger with oven-roasted tomato, caramelized onions, lettuce and a harissa mayo featuring Custom Culinary® Gold Label Harissa; serve on a toasted herb focaccia bun.
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Spicy Crab Burger
This zesty take on the crab cake amps up flavor with a harissa tartar sauce made with Custom Culinary® Gold Label Harissa along with a smoked tomato, mango, grilled corn and jalapeño relish featuring Custom Culinary® Gold Label Jalapeño Relish.
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Beyond the Sausage Breakfast Burger
A savory seasoned plant-based breakfast sausage patty topped with Custom Culinary® Pale Ale Whole Grain Mustard Sauce, grilled onions and a fried egg on a buttery toasted brioche bun.

Bollywood Burger
Custom Culinary® Beet and Onion Chutney
 over a masala grain patty, topped with sprouts and melted Brie on a toasted sesame seed bun.

Mac & Cheese Jackfruit Burger
Creamy Custom Culinary® Gorgonzola and Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce macaroni and cheese ladled over a crispy BBQ jackfruit patty, topped with bread and butter pickles. Served on golden brown Texas toast.

Slammin' Salmon Burger
A cold-smoked salmon burger charred over hickory, topped with Custom Culinary® Puttanesca Sauce and fresh basil on a toasted garlic ciabatta bun.

Beirut Blended Burger
A juicy lamb and mushroom blended burger patty topped with Custom Culinary® Preserved Lemon and Roasted Bell Pepper Jam, lettuce, cucumber and citrus-dressed arugula, served on a toasted sesame seed bun.


Serve up the flavors of Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America with bold, ready-to-use products from Custom Culinary®.


  • Pale Ale Whole Grain Mustard Sauce
  • Beet and Onion Chutney
  • Gorgonzola and Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce
  • Puttanesca Sauce
  • Preserved Lemon and Roasted Bell Pepper Jam
*Products are customized; please contact your Custom Culinary® representative for more information.


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Chef Talk

Chef David Russell asks, “Where’s the beef?” as he shares his observations on how the restaurant industry is tackling meatless burgers.

FlavorIQ® enables our customers' growth and success by approaching the creation of customized solutions with a bold mix of expertise, aspiration and curiosity. We develop unique products, menu concepts and "gold standard" flavor delivery systems, meeting the requirements of our customers today and anticipating their emerging needs, too. The opportunities we identify for operators and food manufacturers on a global scale are rooted in a deep understanding of the culinary arts, sensory science, consumer insights and food science. Our ultimate goal? Innovation without limits.



Datassential, “Plant-Based Eating: SNAP! Keynote,” March 2018.
Technomic, “Healthy Eating & Plant-Based Alternatives: Consumer Trends Webinar,” Q2 2019.