Cookbook giveaway - Kitchen Pantry Cookbook: How to Make Your Own Condiments and Essentials

The Kitchen Pantry CookbookHere at EYB we're all for encouraging our members to indulge their passion for cookbooks. To that end, we've created a program to give our members a chance to win a copy of new, exciting cookbooks that have just been published. To see all the contests, just look in the right-hand category column on any blog page and click on "Cookbook Giveaways."

We're excited to offer three copies of the Kitchen Pantry Cookbook: How to Make Your Own Condiments and Essentials, by Erin Coopeya chef, writer, and food photographer in Seattle, WA  Coopey offers over 90 recipes for pantry staples including mustard, ketchup, tahini, pickles, dips, steak sauces, and much more.

To win one of the cookbooks, just post a comment to this blog answering the question: What is the best topping for a burger (beef, salmon, or vegie)?

Additional rules are:

  • Please make certain you have signed in to the EYB website (you don't have to be a paid member). This ensures that we have your email address and can get in contact with you. 
  • The giveaway will expire in 4 weeks on September 22, 2013.

This contest is now closed.  Congratulations to the three winners, selected at random - GillB, DKennedy and IrishJenn.


  • karlaschlesinger  on  8/25/2013 at 2:31 PM

    Hi, I think the best condiment for any kind of burger is caramelized onions. Thanks!

  • pankajsalphale  on  8/25/2013 at 4:25 PM

    I think the best topping is feta cheeese and dill over a veggie burger

  • helen  on  8/25/2013 at 4:34 PM

    I have become completely enamored of avocados on any burger. Doesn't matter whether it's sliced or mashed up a la guacamole--either way, it's replaced mayo as my go-to creamy condiment!

  • TippyCanoe  on  8/25/2013 at 4:45 PM

    I love a big slice of a fresh, garden tomato on any burger!

  • sarahcooks  on  8/25/2013 at 4:52 PM

    Guacamole and bacon!

  • TrishaCP  on  8/25/2013 at 4:57 PM

    Caramelized onions, cheese and pickles!

  • AGM Cape Cod  on  8/25/2013 at 5:00 PM

    Wimpy's Delight and ketchup

  • line73uk  on  8/25/2013 at 5:10 PM

    It has to be ketchup

  • Mary Beth Hunt  on  8/25/2013 at 5:29 PM

    ketchup, mustard and cheese one a burger made with Nebraska Beef!

  • matag  on  8/25/2013 at 5:30 PM

    Caramelized onions!!!

  • Waderu  on  8/25/2013 at 5:44 PM

    Trader Joe's hot and sweet mustard

  • vickster  on  8/25/2013 at 5:47 PM

    Caramelized onions, blue cheese and bacon

  • IrishJenn  on  8/25/2013 at 5:58 PM

    Avocados! Along with bacon and cheese on a beef burger or in a mango or peach salsa for a salmon burger.

  • Lia Simpson  on  8/25/2013 at 6:20 PM

    Peppers and onions!

  • camtncook  on  8/25/2013 at 6:21 PM

    Bacon, Jack Cheese, and Mushrooms on a beef burger...

  • liasim  on  8/25/2013 at 6:24 PM

    Oops forgot to log in the first time. Peppers and onions!

  • volition  on  8/25/2013 at 6:24 PM

    Slowly Caramelised Onions with Thyme. Ooooh Yes. And like all good australians a slice of canned beetroot. Beets for those north of the equator.

  • Carecooks  on  8/25/2013 at 6:27 PM

    aioli...garlic or chipotle or a mix. (Plus great tomatoes and caramelized onions)

  • Queezle_Sister  on  8/25/2013 at 6:28 PM

    A cucumber-dill sauce for a salmon burger. Oh but all those other ideas above me have me salvating, too.

  • sisterspat  on  8/25/2013 at 6:43 PM

    balsamic onion jam!!! The very best for burgers.

  • mballmann  on  8/25/2013 at 7:36 PM

    A nice chunky guacamole!

  • yummerr  on  8/25/2013 at 7:40 PM

    a dollop of tomato jam, and bread and butter pickles on the side

  • ChefPauli  on  8/25/2013 at 7:58 PM

    Pepper Jack cheese and a little pesto spread on the bun!

  • TheSpicedLife  on  8/25/2013 at 8:42 PM

    Hands down blue cheese!

  • lemoneater  on  8/25/2013 at 9:00 PM

    I love sauteed mushrooms on veggie burgers.

  • chawkins  on  8/25/2013 at 9:04 PM

    Lettuce and a slice of tomato would be nice on any of the burgers.

  • Torselli  on  8/25/2013 at 9:30 PM

    Pickled Jalapeño Peppers and Balsamic Onion Marmalade.

  • tcjanes  on  8/25/2013 at 10:21 PM

    Bacon, garden tomato and mayo.

  • susan g  on  8/25/2013 at 10:27 PM

    Whatever condiment I've made recently -- recently it's my Red Pesto.

  • FuzzyChef  on  8/25/2013 at 11:13 PM

    Grilled onions and mashed avocado.

  • mdblake2011  on  8/25/2013 at 11:41 PM

    Chipotle mayo over a grilled large flat mushroom, red onion and avocado.

  • tangaloor  on  8/25/2013 at 11:50 PM

    Mayonnaise! Also arugula, but no need for a recipe for that.

  • kbennall  on  8/26/2013 at 12:39 AM

    Aged cheddar and really intense tomato jam. If it's a turkey burger, loads and loads of mushrooms.

  • GillB  on  8/26/2013 at 2:04 AM

    Caramelised onions and a poached egg

  • dawn  on  8/26/2013 at 3:56 AM

    Just plain local grass fed beef with salt and homemade potato chips

  • KJB  on  8/26/2013 at 7:29 AM

    Mushrooms, tomato, onions .... all local and fresh. Mayo & hot mustard

  • sir_ken_g  on  8/26/2013 at 9:27 AM

    Best topping for a burger is wasabi mustard!

  • decklededges  on  8/26/2013 at 9:27 AM

    Best topping? The basics are necessary: cheese, lettuce, tomato!

  • rlmiller  on  8/26/2013 at 10:35 AM

    It is hard to beat a yogurt cucumber garlic spread, such as Tzatziki, on a salmon burger!

  • mpennington  on  8/26/2013 at 1:24 PM

    cheese and carmelized sweet vidalia onions

  • cpasek  on  8/26/2013 at 3:23 PM

    I'm starting to develop a real weakness for chipotle aioli (and not just on burgers.)

  • kara0621  on  8/26/2013 at 3:26 PM

    I love the classic lettuce, tomato and onion!

  • Regina Chadwick  on  8/26/2013 at 7:34 PM

    A ripe slice of tomato...yum!

  • adobrinova  on  8/26/2013 at 7:36 PM

    Blue cheese on beef burgers is delicious. Anything to spike up a burger and make it more interesting!

  • KarinaFrancis  on  8/26/2013 at 9:17 PM

    Beef burger with melted swiss cheese and my home made roasted tomato chutney is my current winning combination.

  • jennkeegan  on  8/26/2013 at 9:34 PM

    pickles, cheese and mayo!

  • hihelen_westbrook  on  8/27/2013 at 6:21 AM

    Pickle, cheese and plenty of fresh tomato!

  • nadiam1000  on  8/27/2013 at 7:28 AM

    Roasted Ortega chile, jack cheese and avocado for a California burger. Spicy mustard and ketchup for the condiments,

  • singingchef  on  8/27/2013 at 7:46 AM

    Beef: mayo, siracha,mustard, ketchup, carmelized onion, tomato, butter lettuce, pepperoncinis and pickle. No cheese. Good bun. Medium rare.

  • kayanelson  on  8/27/2013 at 8:47 AM

    I put cheese on a burger but otherwise eat it plain.

  • pgarcia  on  8/27/2013 at 10:29 AM

    You just can't beat cheese - any kind!

  • Kathyann  on  8/27/2013 at 11:47 AM

    carmelized onions and/or bleu cheese

  • ellabee  on  8/27/2013 at 1:28 PM

    Sweet onions, thinly sliced; tiny dab of ketchup; and a slice of ripe tomato. And a leaf of lettuce, if available.

  • vegktk  on  8/27/2013 at 2:26 PM

    wildwood garlic aioli, avocado, roasted green chile, red onion and sriracha!

  • cboar  on  8/28/2013 at 6:47 PM

    For me the best has to be caramelized onions, blue cheese, and bacon

  • MichelLegrande  on  8/28/2013 at 6:49 PM

    Grilled Blue cheese, roasted egg plant, dill pickles

  • DKennedy  on  8/28/2013 at 6:55 PM

    The best topping for a burger is a grilled Anaheim chile.

  • Dcotter  on  8/28/2013 at 6:58 PM

    You can't bear Sharp cheddar cheese on a beef burger with pickled red onions for an acidic bite to cut through the fat.

  • minerva  on  8/28/2013 at 7:04 PM

    Top-notch mustard, pickles, and a perfectly ripe tomato slice.

  • NaomiManygoats  on  8/28/2013 at 7:10 PM

    Cheese and jalapeños! Plus lettuce and tomato!

  • BreeDay  on  8/28/2013 at 7:12 PM

    I love harissa paste on everything! With the salmon I would mix the harissa through a little aioli, the vege burger i would mix the harissa through some minted yoghurt and the beef burger I would mix the harissa through the cooked onions. Yum!

  • baybritta  on  8/28/2013 at 7:47 PM

    avocado, bacon and caramelized onions. Yummy

  • steph12205  on  8/28/2013 at 7:51 PM

    I "hated" onions as a child, but never knew the yummy caramelized onions on my cheeseburgers were one and the same. They are still my favorite.

  • virb  on  8/28/2013 at 7:58 PM

    Beetroot salad - beet, carrot, apple & onion grated with a balsamic/mustard dressing - superb with beef!

  • HelenB  on  8/28/2013 at 8:02 PM

    I love what the Aussie's do: a sunny-side egg.

  • smtucker  on  8/28/2013 at 8:09 PM

    I am failing this simple test I fear. I top my burger with salt and the top half of my homemade burger bun. I want to taste the freshly ground meat, not salad components. Now, I do think having a dill pickle just off to the side is a bonus.

  • CapeCodCook  on  8/28/2013 at 8:13 PM

    A nice big dollop of homemade caponata! On any of the three patties.

  • lorie  on  8/28/2013 at 9:06 PM

    I would go with guacamole (especially on a veggie burger).

  • maisie_grn  on  8/28/2013 at 11:53 PM

    Being from the South originally, I love anything pickled. So, a stock of pickled red onion on hand is always necessary and on top of my veggie burgers!

  • Trendev  on  8/29/2013 at 12:01 AM

    I love burgers, and in our home they are generally topped with home-made relish or chutney, avocado slices and plenty of balsamic caramelised onion. Some very crispy bacon is also a very popular addition.

  • toddschut  on  8/29/2013 at 6:28 AM

    Ketchup, mustard, red onion, pickle, lettuce, RIPE tomato, cheese. NO mayo.

  • foodandcrafts  on  8/29/2013 at 6:43 AM

    Sauteed mushrooms and onions

  • Pardygirl  on  8/29/2013 at 7:34 AM

    Without a doubt, a beef burger topped with homemade tomato and onion chutney my aunt makes!

  • redbird  on  8/29/2013 at 7:54 AM

    Caramelized onions, blue cheese and Stonewall Kitchen's Bourbon Molasses Mustard. Yum!

  • edify2unify  on  8/29/2013 at 7:59 AM

    So many good options to top veggie burgers. Tomato and sprouts are always a favorite of mine.

  • jdcarucci  on  8/29/2013 at 9:23 AM

    Can't go wrong with a fried egg

  • lhochan  on  8/29/2013 at 9:24 AM

    I think the best condiments are mayo, mustard, homemade bread and butter pickles, onion and ketchup on a veggie burger

  • Sally  on  8/29/2013 at 9:47 AM

    When I indulge in a beef burger, I top mine with lettuce, tomato and mayo (NO ketchup).

  • savvyjulie  on  8/29/2013 at 10:00 AM

    The best topping is definitely caramelized onions!!

  • Ruth Lougheed,  on  8/29/2013 at 10:24 AM

    One of my favorite things on a burger is a pickled Jalapeno peppers or a red pepper relish . I make these every year . If you love heat you will love these on your burgers.

  • poots55  on  8/29/2013 at 10:35 AM

    Chopped onions lightly caramelized mixed with chopped sautéed mushrooms

  • mgjacqz  on  8/29/2013 at 10:58 AM

    beef burger - blue cheese and bacon

  • louie734  on  8/29/2013 at 11:44 AM

    Pickles. Thick slices, cold.

  • RobinCR  on  8/29/2013 at 12:17 PM

    Bison burger with Blue Cheese and Sauted Mushrooms. YUM!!

  • dsgeorge  on  8/29/2013 at 12:39 PM

    Homemade mustard or mayo concoction - sometimes both!

  • Marti  on  8/29/2013 at 1:51 PM

    I think carmelized onions with bacon and mushrooms does the trick quite nicely.

  • dinnermints  on  8/29/2013 at 6:17 PM

    Onion jam or some kind of chutney, hot mustard, arugula, and avocado.

  • Imalinata  on  8/29/2013 at 6:35 PM

    Cheese and avocado, although I'll eat the avocado on the side sometimes so I don't have to deal with it squishing out.

  • madamepince  on  8/29/2013 at 9:11 PM

    No condiment works without a good foundation of mayo!

  • mfto  on  8/30/2013 at 5:30 AM

    It's simple. Vadalia onions.

  • jennifertomeberry  on  8/30/2013 at 6:09 AM

    lettuce, tomato, raw red onion, vegenaise and ketchup all on a veggie burger...yum!

  • taygete  on  8/30/2013 at 9:31 AM

    Cheddar cheese!

  • Lgw713  on  8/30/2013 at 2:32 PM

    homemade ketchup on a burger

  • JustJanet  on  8/30/2013 at 6:41 PM

    A big dollop of homemade beetroot relish on beef or vege burgers! Gives a colour burst as well as an amazing taste zing.

  • Tamie Pereira  on  8/30/2013 at 9:05 PM

    grilled tomatoes, onions and mayo on a meat burger!

  • ballen  on  9/1/2013 at 5:10 AM

    Gorgonzola and caramelized onions on a beef burger ... yum!!

  • ae.bell  on  9/1/2013 at 7:48 AM

    Blue cheese or caramelized mushrooms!

  • wester  on  9/1/2013 at 3:15 PM

    Caramelized onions (or shallots), homemade mayonnaise, and ketchup.

  • tricia z  on  9/1/2013 at 10:57 PM


  • rahiscock  on  9/2/2013 at 3:39 AM

    For a beef burger, it would be my mum's homemade Tomato Relish, made from an old Country Women's Association Cookbook from the 1930s used to belong to my grandma. But really, any good tomato relish would do!

  • kmw0919  on  9/3/2013 at 8:18 AM

    I'm an old-fashion girl and ketchup and yellow mustard do it for me!

  • jfadiman  on  9/3/2013 at 12:14 PM

    Blue cheese on a beef burger!

  • JamieK  on  9/6/2013 at 8:50 AM

    kosher dill slices

  • djoh437938  on  9/8/2013 at 9:18 AM

    For a hamburger, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, red onion slice. Yummalicious

  • PatriciaAnn  on  9/9/2013 at 3:29 PM

    Caramelized onions and Swiss Cheese

  • jstaubin  on  9/9/2013 at 8:00 PM

    Best Topping - pickles.

  • Moniquelfp  on  9/9/2013 at 10:20 PM

    Sriracha mayo

  • kensimplify  on  9/10/2013 at 2:15 AM

    Onion, deseeded chili pepper and your favourite sauce.

  • readingtragic  on  9/10/2013 at 3:45 AM

    In Australia it's a slice of pickled beetroot, of course!

  • krobbins426  on  9/11/2013 at 3:16 PM

    Carmelized onions.

  • Lillibet  on  9/14/2013 at 1:27 PM

    Caramelised garlic (from Plenty) and gorgonzola

  • schwabka  on  9/14/2013 at 8:25 PM

    Carmelized onions and a bit of feta.

  • Kiyah  on  9/16/2013 at 4:50 PM

    Pepper Jack and bread and butter pickles, chopped.

  • LouiseSWigg  on  9/17/2013 at 5:52 AM

    Home made chutneys are the best.

  • kylie  on  9/17/2013 at 2:57 PM

    A bean burger with caramelised onion chutney, crisp lettuce and some melting cheese - my current favourite is asiago pressato.

  • Sandytoes  on  9/18/2013 at 6:40 AM

    Peach Cranberry Chutney on a Turkey Burger....Yummmmm!!!

  • Ladyberd  on  9/18/2013 at 9:40 AM

    Harissa :)

  • Sandiasingh  on  9/18/2013 at 10:58 AM

    Green chile!

  • FieenaZ  on  9/18/2013 at 11:01 AM

    Pickles, tomato, onions.

  • wmhinshaw  on  9/18/2013 at 1:02 PM

    Need mustard AND mayo on the bun! Old NC style calls for cole slaw (with more mayo) and chili. Hard to beat the traditional lettuce, tomato and sliced raw sweet onions topped with ketchup.

  • ezza755  on  9/18/2013 at 6:53 PM

    Onion relish.

  • pipinita21  on  9/19/2013 at 8:38 AM

    A combination of both: beef and veggie... mmmm, you made me hungry.

  • Larissa Prusak  on  9/19/2013 at 4:00 PM

    Mango chutney with a grilled pineapple and an egg, sunny side up! Yummy! I am hungry now. Larissa

  • souprcook  on  9/19/2013 at 5:12 PM


  • prpost  on  9/20/2013 at 10:08 AM

    Cheese, ketchup and dijon mustard

  • ckbkaddict  on  9/22/2013 at 12:14 PM

    Classic is best. Ketchup, mayo, and mustard. Cheese, tomato and a dill pickle. Bacon is a pretty acceptable addition in our house!

  • hpadvantag  on  9/22/2013 at 4:33 PM

    Without a doubt, carmelized onions and blue cheese on a burger. Salmon, beef, turkey, doesn't matter.

  • Chefhenry  on  9/22/2013 at 4:44 PM

    After cheese... Pickles, mustard, and lettuce

  • CAC  on  9/22/2013 at 5:00 PM

    Spicy mustard and a sweet onion!

  • patsylu  on  9/22/2013 at 5:01 PM

    Mushrooms and onions.

  • MelKettle  on  9/22/2013 at 6:24 PM

    I have recently discovered the wonder that is bacon jam, which is my new favourite topping for a beef burger. All I need to do is work out how to make it! It goes brilliantly with a generous crumbling of blue cheese and a bit of sour, crunchy pickle

  • SueLau  on  9/22/2013 at 6:47 PM

    Caramelized onions!

  • Jane  on  9/23/2013 at 1:09 PM

    This contest is now closed. Congratulations to the three winners, selected at random - GillB, DKennedy and IrishJenn.

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