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Sure, burgers are a nearly perfect food item – but let’s give some love to the extras that can take burgers up a notch. Have a look at our definitive list of the 10 best burger toppings out there and hear how we’re celebrating on National Cheeseburger Day.

10. Barbecue Sauce

Sweet and savory, tangy and tasty – barbecue sauce elevates even a basic burger into something quite a bit, dare we say, saucier.

9. Tomato

A thick, round slice of tomato adds a lot to a burger: color, texture, flavor, and even a touch of nutritional value. At the very least, choosing a topping you can buy at a farmers market will make you feel better about your burger choices.

8. Pickles

While pickles can be pretty partisan, we plainly can’t ignore the power of their presence. Pickles pack a punch other toppings we could pick can’t provide.

7. Lettuce

Let us be honest: A little green, and a little ruffage to go along with our slab of grilled meat, will benefit us in more ways than one.

6. Garlic Aioli

Like a power-up mayo, garlic aioli comes in as our top-ranked sauce in the burger toppings universe. This zesty non-traditional condiment is winning over burger lovers everywhere. Watch your back, ketchup!

5. Onion

Whether grilled, sauteed, raw, or fried, onions make a near-perfect burger companion, circling the patty in clean, concentric circles like the two were made for each other.

4. Fried Egg

Any and every meal can be improved by adding a fried egg.

3. Avocado

Smooth, creamy, and subtle, avocado complements the burger’s force of personality with a soft and gentle invitation to indulge.

2. Bacon

Much like burgers, bacon celebrates the existence of meat. Go ahead. Add a salty, crunchy (or chewy!) pork crust to the top of that burger. You’ll be glad you did.

1. Cheese

Despite some heavy – and healthy – competition, cheese comes out on top. The only topping ever immortalized in a burger closed compound, cheese wins by virtue of its gooey, delicious nature, its intimate connection with beef, and the impressive diversity of its offerings. From the most basic American single to the fanciest curds, holey Swiss and hearty Monterey Jack, and even dairy-free – cheese is, without a doubt, the champ.

Need a Burger? We’ve Got You!

All this talk about burgers has us ready to throw down! That’s why we’re celebrating National Cheeseburger Day with a cheeseburger cookout on Friday, Sept. 17. Swing by the grilling area from 4-6 PM to grab a burger – and of course, add your favorite toppings!

For tips on eating well in Jacksonville, and to stay on top of all our fun resident events, make sure to check out the Wimberly at Deerwood blog.