The Secret Ingredient We'll Be Sprinkling On Our Burgers All Summer

Three cheeseburgers on a wooden plate
Three cheeseburgers on a wooden plate - Haris Calkic/Getty Images

Grilling season is on the horizon, and what better way to kickstart it than with a delicious burger? It's pure happiness biting into the tender, juicy, and flavor-soaked meat layered between buns and veggies. Normally, the meat patties would be infused with typical seasonings such as dried herbs and robust spices. When it's time to think outside the box, there's one secret ingredient you'll adore: celery salt. If you've been sleeping on this wondrous seasoning, it's time to reconsider.

Celery salt is a mix of two parts table salt and one part ground celery seeds — though some recipes see the ratios flipped. Occasionally, celery stalks and leaves are also dried and ground into the mix. This seasoning offers the typical saltiness of regular salt, made more unique by the celery's grassy aroma and mildly bitter touch. Fused in burgers' rich, savory taste, it brings a distinct depth, adding complexity to the flavor profile. Biting into the burger, you'll be captivated by the tumultuous contrast of deep and bright flavors that still harmonize perfectly with one another. It's the unexpected key to not only taking your burgers up a notch but also revamping it without going the extra mile. Just a few sprinkles are all you'll need.

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A spoonful of celery salt
A spoonful of celery salt - Matthew Egginton/Shutterstock

In case you were wondering, yes, you can use celery salt in place of regular salt following a 1:1 ratio. It's a seamless switch when applied to many burger recipes (and there are quite a lot to choose from). A classic ground beef burger with lettuce and tomato undoubtedly works. But you'll love it just as much when mingled with the smoky goodness of a Chipotle burger or a spicy BBQ burger. If you want to try something new, a Bloody Mary burger inspired by the infamous cocktail sauce is the one to try.

The exact amount varies between recipes and preferences, but half a teaspoon is generally acceptable for 1 ½ pounds of ground beef. Simply mix it into the meat alongside other spices, divide it into patties, and grill or pan-sear them as usual. The remaining burger seasonings can be whatever you want, such as garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, chili flakes, etc. Add Worcestershire sauce for a tangy heat to kick things up a notch. You can even chop fresh celery into tiny pieces and mix them into the patties, as well.

Apart from the protein, you can also incorporate celery salt into your burger through the sauce. Make it using any of the usual staples but with a pinch of celery salt in the mix. Drizzle it onto the meat patties as you're assembling the burger, or toss it with the slaw. The result is spectacular either way.

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