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What’s new on burger menus? The number of interesting items that aren’t burgers. Ten years ago it would have been heresy to suggest that what a burger bar needed was more non-burger winners. Now it’s better understood that burger alternatives and burger complements can save a burger menu from becoming one-note tunes. With that in mind, I’ve compiled 10 examples of interesting mains, sides and even a dessert at burger bars that illustrate the point that it’s OK to venture outside the known menu universe.

bsquare_brusselsB Square Burgers & Booze, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Shaved Brussels sprouts with roasted beets and and a Quinoa Kale cake

citizen_beansCitizen Burger Bar, Charlottesville & Clarendon Va.
Shishito peppers cooked in sweet soy sauce and served with house-made ranch

grange-hall_sausageGrange Hall Burger Bar, Chicago
Beer Cheese and Sausage Fries
Old-fashioned waffle fries with sharp Cheddar beer sauce, Andouille sausage and green onion

bakn_banangrillBakn, Carnegie, Pa.
Graceland Grill
Peanut butter, candied Bakn and bananas

cowfish_benttoboxCowfish, Charlotte, N.C.
Cowfish Bento Box
A combo meal featuring both burger and sushi, including a mini-burger with American cheese, pickles and chopped red onion, sweet potato fries, Thai cucumbers, edamame and choice of a 4 piece sushi roll (California, Spicy Tuna, Vegetarian or Philly Roll)

bad-apple_secondcityThe Bad Apple, Chicago
Sin & The Second City
Boursin cheese, Bütterkase cheese, muenster cheese, provolone cheese, bread and butter pickled zucchini & onion on thick-cut oat-wheat bread griddled with mayo

eden_caulilowerEden on Brand, Glendale, Calif.
Fried cauliflower with figs

bgood_roasted-butternutb. good, multiple locations
Roasted Butternut Salad
baby spinach, butternut squash, sharp cheddar, apples, tamari almonds, pomegranates, maple-mustard vinaigrette

goodstuff_potatopetalpushersGood Stuff Eatery, multiple locations
Cliff’s Vidalia Onion Petals
Battered and fried Vidalia onion

ab_dessertsliderA&B Burger, Beverly, Mass.
Dessert Slider
House-baked pastry puff and chocolate dipped house-made cinnamon ice cream topped with crispy pecan bacon