Only a handful of glorious, sun-soaked, burger-filled weekends remain this summer. We think these numbered days deserve a truly outstanding burger.

THE MEAT: To aid in the pursuit of excellence, begin with Tasting Table's proprietary blend of meat, a juicy, flavorful combination of beef chuck and skirt steak, with some pork shoulder added for good measure.

THE CHEESE: Want a cheeseburger? Kraft will do, but we think the best cheese for the job is Challerhocker, an Alpine-style cow's-milk number with a nutty flavor that recalls Appenzeller.

THE CONDIMENT: To gussy up our burger, we look to homemade mayonnaise. The perfect foil for an astonishing variety of mix-ins, it's far from your average spread. Should you want to gild the lily, you need look no farther than dried Sriracha powder, which, when combined with ranch dressing (homemade or store-bought), makes some kind of special sauce.

THE PICKLES: If you're of the belief that no burger is complete without pickles, you can go classic, with a quick-pickled cucumber version, or opt for zucchini pickles

THE FINALE: For dessert, because we couldn't resist, make our recipe for the cutest ice cream "slider," with brioche standing in for the bun.