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Fun picnic condiments for adventurous eaters

By Michelle Edelbaum, May 14, 2010 - 11:42am

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Fun picnic condiments for adventurous eaters

I love a good burger, as much for its juicy beefiness as for what I get to put on top. And I’m not talking about the bun. I love experimenting with (many) different burger toppings. Bring on unusual varieties of pickles, ketchup and mayonnaise and my mouth starts watering. I’m a condiment junkie. There, I said it.

My co-workers in the EatingWell Test Kitchen know the power of a delicious condiment—using just a little can add a lot of flavor to your meal for only a few calories or replace full-fat mayonnaise and cheese that can really pack unnecessary calories and fat. I like homemade condiments because I know what’s in my food (some processed foods have a long list of ingredients I can’t pronounce).

Pack more flavor into your next burger with these delicious offbeat condiments:

(Want more? Click here for Banana Ketchup, Yellow Pepper Relish and 20 more flavor-packed picnic condiments.)

Quick Chile Dilly Beans: Love pickles? Try these zingy pickled green beans. Some traditionalists would say that dilly beans are best after a month or so of marinating, but you can get that long-marinated taste in just one day with this quick technique.

Blueberry-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce: It is not every day that you get a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce that also boasts a healthy dose of antioxidants. Try it with beef, chicken, pork or even some grilled shrimp.

Sesame Mayonnaise: Use this tangy mayonnaise to enliven a burger or a chicken sandwich, as a dip for a platter of grilled summer vegetables, or to dress a simple coleslaw of napa cabbage and scallions.

Cherry Ketchup: If you think that ketchup is made only from tomatoes, think again! Tart fruit can be simmered into delicious lightly spiced ketchup that makes a fine condiment for just about any poultry or meat.

What condiments do you like to put on your burger? Tell us what you think below.

TAGS: Michelle Edelbaum, Food Blog, Dinner

Michelle Edelbaum
Michelle is the digital editor for EatingWell Media Group. She puts her background in journalism to work online at EatingWell.com and in EatingWell Magazine, authoring the Good Questions interview with interesting people in the world of food and health.

Michelle asks: What condiments do you like to put on your burger?

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