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Open Your Own Burger Bar

A fun way to let your guests customize their own.

Everybody loves burgers, but not everyone loves ’em the same way. Set up a burger bar for your next cookout. Friends and fam can customize their own burgers, and you won’t have to plate or serve a single one.

  • Step 1. Choose Your Ingredients

    Set out plenty of topping options for your hungry guests. Here are some of our favorite ingredients, from the tried-and-true to out-of-the-ordinary.

  • Condiments:

    • • Ketchup
    • • Mustard (Offer up a variety of these, beyond standard yellow.)
    • • BBQ Sauce (Try KC Masterpiece.)
    • • Ranch (We like Hidden Valley Ranch.)
    • • Thousand Island
    • • Hot Sauce
    • • Salsa
    • • Queso

     

    Grilled Toppings:

    • • Onions
    • • Peppers
    • • Jalapeños
    • • Bacon
    • • Chili

     

    Cold Toppings:

    • • Lettuce (add arugula for big savory flavor)
    • • Raw Onions
    • • Pickles
    • • Pepperoncini
    • • Guacamole
    • • Sliced Avocados
    • • Coleslaw
    • • Salt, Pepper & Spices

     

    Buns:

    • • Hawaiian Rolls
    • • Sesame Seed
    • • Whole Wheat
    • • English Muffins
    • • Mac & Cheese Buns (see recipe here)
    • • Bacon Buns (see recipe here)
    • • Crisp Romaine Lettuce (a great carb-free option)
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  • Step 2. Grill a Batch of Classic Burgers

    See our Hamburger: how to page to learn how to fire up perfect burger patties, every time.

    See How-To

  • Step 3. Find Some Burger Inspiration

    Check out the 10 Baddest Burgers of All Time for some over-the-top ideas and recipes.

    See How-To

  • Step 4. Gather Up the Family and Get Grillin‘

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