A build-your-own burger bar is a fun way to host a cookout. They don’t have to be a lot of work. Just set up a variety of burgers, toppings and buns and give your guests the chance to choose their own combinations.
Here are some recommendations for setting it up:
Burgers: Offer a couple of different patties. Start with beef, then complement it with an unexpected alternative, such as smoky chicken sliders or bison-blend sliders. Our Butcher Shop offers a variety of mouthwatering flavors of Certified Angus Beef Prime Grinds. New this year, try the Capri Burger with sundried tomato, basil and mozzarella, and the Beef Chorizo Burger. Our Prime Grinds are ground fresh the day we sell them.
Buns: The choice of bun showcases any good burger. Serving a few options makes your burger bar a truly custom experience. From potato rolls to the typical sesame topped buns to focaccia in our bakery, find a wide variety of buns throughout your local Roche Bros. store. Add gluten-free buns to your spread for guests with food sensitivities.
Cheeses: The American cheeseburger is a classic. Expand on the idea with other savory and local selections, such as Great Hill blue cheese or Seal Cover Farm chevre.
Condiments and custom spreads: Ketchup, mustard, and mayo are go-to standbys for any burger bar. Punch up the flavor with homemade options, such as peppercorn mayo, cherry tomato jam, and horseradish mustard.
Top it off: A few favorite toppings round out the bar. Lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles are tried-and-true. Fresh ingredients, such as sliced avocado, sprouts or grilled pineapple are other likely hits. Outside-the-box options you can make yourself include balsamic red onions and jalapeno cabbage slaw.
A little bit of this and a little bit of that makes for a memorable summer BBQ. For a potluck, recruit your guests to help by asking everyone to bring their favorite spread or topper.