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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

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 Dressing
  • 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)

Step 2. Grill a Batch of Classic Burgers

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

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‘

Step 4. Gather Up the Family and Get Grillin‘

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