Labor Day Bonus: Ten Recipes From Finalists in $100,000 Burger Contest

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Best Burgers

Christina Capone, Seattle, Washington
Bengali Blaze Burgers

Kathi Jones-DelMonte, Rochester, New York
Americana Smokeshack Burgers

Peter Kim, New York, New York
Venezuelan "¡Olé!" Arepa Burgers with Crispy Chorizo, Chipotle-Queso Sauce, Caramelized Onions, and Guacamole

Jeanette Nelson, Sophia, West Virginia
Sweet Chili Citrus Changsha Sliders with Sriracha Grapefruit Mayo and Ponzu Jicama Slaw

Jaeger Stoltz, Seattle, Washington
Strawberry BBQ Bacon Burgers

Best Alternative Burgers

Deborah Biggs, Omaha, Nebraska
Herbed Chicken-Walnut Cheeseburgers with Lemony Frizzled Shallots and Blueberry Mustard

Barbara Estabrook, Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Minted Lamb Burgers, Greek Style with Mediterranean Relish and Feta-Yogurt Spread

Regina Haase, Wallington, NJ
Lucky Tiki Sliders

Mark Pyne, Kent, Washington
Cranberry Ultimate Pork Burgers with Garlic Cherry Mayonnaise, Smoked Ham, Bacon, and Gruyere Cheese

Teresa Ralston, New Albany, Ohio
'Ono 'Ohana Burgers

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