Here’s a fun idea for your next backyard barbecue— a Build Your Own Burger Bar complete with a buffet of toppings and condiments. You provide the options, while your guests bring their appetites and creativity.
If I had just one last meal to enjoy, I would most certainly pick a thick and juicy burger loaded up with toppings, so messy that a large stack of napkins is absolutely mandatory. What can I say? I’m a burger girl.
During the summer, burgers are my first choice for grilling and entertaining. They’re easy, versatile, and a crowd pleaser for sure. Today I’ve teamed up with Farmers Garden by Vlasic pickles to show you a great new way to serve up burgers to a crowd.
A burger bar starts with a good hamburger patty, of course. I’ve found that 80% lean ground chuck is the best meat the start with. It has more fat, but a lot more flavor. You can add flavorings and spices, but if you start with flavorful beef it’s not necessary.
I like to keep my patties simple— with only a sprinkling of salt and pepper— and instead focus on all of the fun stuff I can pile on top. (Keep reading below to find my perfect burger patty recipe.)
And the possibilities for toppings are almost endless! How big or small you want your options to be is totally up to you. Here is what I served, but don’t feel limited to only what you see here. Get creative!
Farmers Garden by Vlasic pickles (the bread and butter chips are my favorite!)
When you’re done building your burger, if it is so tall you can’t fit it in your mouth without a bit of effort, then you’re doing it right. I’m always guilty of overloading my burgers, or is that even possible?
For me, cheese is a given. And bacon if it’s an option. Then comes as many veggies as I can pile on. I was a “hold the pickle” gal as a kid but my grown up self has come to her senses, and Farmers Garden by Vlasic is my new favorite brand. Mayo and dijon mustard (and no ketchup) complete the burger and, well, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.
The great thing about a burger bar is everyone gets to make the burger they love, and explore new flavor combinations and ingredients. What is on your perfect burger?
The Best Burgers
For the patties:
- 2 1/2 lbs (1 kg 100 grams) ground chuck (80% lean)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
- 6 hamburger buns
- Tomatoes, sliced
- Farmers Garden by Vlasic pickles
- Cheese and other toppings, as desired
- Divide the ground chuck into 6 balls. Press into a disk about 3/4 inch high. Use your thumb to create a well in the center of each patty. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and brush with oil. Chill until ready to grill.
- Grill over high heat, about 4 minutes on each side for medium. Cook longer if you want a more well-done burger. If adding cheese, place on the top of the patty during the last 30 seconds of cooking. Serve immediately.
Have you tried this recipe?
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