The all-American burger gets a bad rap from its front-page place on the fast-food menu.  However, the real American burger can be incredibly nourishing. Start with a quality meat, bean, or vegetable patty, choose a sprouted or sourdough bun, top it with naturally cultured condiments and you’ve got yourself a burger worth putting on the menu weekly, for both flavor and nutrition.

How do you build a better cultured burger?


  1. For an easier-on-the-belly hamburger bun try our Whole Wheat Sourdough Bun recipe. If you avoid gluten, we have you covered with these Gluten-free Sourdough Hamburger Buns.


  1. Be sure to include some good cultured cheese on your burger. Try cheddar, Monterey Jack, or maybe some tangy feta cheese for a Greek-inspired burger!


Now that you’ve got your burger, bun, and cheese ready, think about what really makes a burger: the toppings! This is where you can really add a lot of cultured goodness to your burger.

  1. Mayonnaise. Try this lacto-fermented mayonnaise recipe.


  1. Pickles. Use lacto-fermented pickles instead of vinegar-brined pickles. Or mix it up with sliced Lacto-fermented Radishes instead.


  1. Relish. While pickle relish is popular, try one of these delicious fermented variations:


  1. Ketchup. Homemade ketchup is super yummy and contains no high-fructose corn syrup. For a little more flavor, try this Spiced Tomato Ketchup Recipe.


  1. Mustard. Tangy and spicy, kombucha mustard will liven up your burger and add enzymes and probiotics. If you prefer to leave the mustard seeds whole, try this Lacto-fermented Whole Grain Mustard Recipe.

So throw that burger on the grill, take those sourdough hamburger buns out of the oven, and round up your cheese and probiotic-rich cultured condiments, because a cultured burger is worth eating at least once a week.