What do Americans like on their burgers?

Jamie BallardData Journalist
May 28, 2021, 4:15 PM UTC

It’s Memorial Day weekend, which means many people will be putting burgers, hot dogs, ribs, and more on the barbecue to celebrate the occasion. Three in five (61%) Americans say that a burger is part of their ideal barbecue plate - but what are they putting on top?  

A YouGov poll of more than 9,000 Americans finds that the most popular burger topping is cheese, with 67% saying they typically put this on their burgers. Lettuce (62%), tomatoes (58%), ketchup (58%), and onions (53%) are also popular with most Americans.   

About half (48%) usually put some pickles on there as well, while 44% add mustard and 38% toss a few strips of bacon onto their burger.  

The least popular topping/dressing choices among those polled are thousand island dressing (6%), ranch dressing (7%), hot sauce (8%), eggs (9%), and relish (9%).  

Related: This is America's favorite cheese   

Methodology: 9,394 US adults 18+ were surveyed between May 26 – 27, 2021. The responding sample is weighted to be representative of the US population.