National Burger Day: Build Your Own Burger Bar Ideas (BYOBB)

National Hamburger Day is officially celebrated in the U.S. on August 27th, but hamburgers and cheeseburgers are simply too delicious to be celebrated just one day a year. Whether you host a backyard BBQ or family cookout, an easy and efficient way to serve the masses is by hosting a BYOBB – a build your own burger bar. Here are seven simple steps to throwing a summertime backyard burger bar party.

#1 Pick a Patty

When hosting a build your own burger party, select the type of burger patty you want to serve. Beef patties are a classic choice, but channel your culinary creativity and offer a few different options so you can accommodate all of your guests and their dietary preferences. Some delicious options include:

  • Black Bean Burgers
  • Bison Burgers
  • Chicken Burgers
  • Fish Burgers
  • Plant-Based Burgers
  • Turkey Burgers
  • Vegetable Burgers

#2 Select a Size

Once you have picked your hamburger patties, select a size. Traditional four ounce burger patties work well for adults, while smaller bite sized sliders are great options for children. If guests want to try a variety of burger options, consider serving sliders to everyone so guests can mix and match toppings more than once.

Tip: If you are considering serving sliders, try this recipe for Beer Battered Fish Sliders with Tartar Sauce.

#3 Choose a Cheese

After you have picked a hamburger type and size, it’s time to choose a cheese. Some guests may prefer plain hamburgers without cheese, while other guests may want a slice or two to create an epic cheeseburger. Some cheese options include:

  • American Cheese
  • Bleu Cheese
  • Brie
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Goat Cheese
  • Monteray Jack Cheese
  • Plant-Based Cheese
  • Smoked Gouda Cheese
  • Swisss Cheese

#4 Grab a Bun

A hamburger or cheeseburger wouldn’t be complete without a hearty bun to keep guests’s delicious creations together, so put together a variety of burger bun options for guests to enjoy like:

Tip: All of our B-Free products are free from allergens and gluten, so you don’t have to worry about accommodating any special requests due to a food allergy.

#5 Top It Off with Toppings

After guests have their burger essentials, it’s time for guests to get creative and dress up their hamburgers or cheeseburgers. Set up a burger topping station complete with a selection of fresh and savory burger toppings. Some classic burger toppings include fresh lettuce leaves, garden fresh tomatoes, pickles and raw onions, but some other fresh toppings include:

  • Avocado Slices
  • Banana Peppers
  • Cilantro
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Kale Leaves
  • Pickled Ginger
  • Red Onions
  • Roasted Red Peppers
  • Scallions
  • Spinach
  • Sprouts
  • Sweet Onions

Looking for something a little more savory? Try foods like caramelized onions, crispy bacon slices and grilled fruits and vegetables like peppers, pineapple, mushrooms or zucchini slices.

#6 Slather on a Sauce

A build your own burger bar party wouldn’t be complete without a dollop or two of some classic condiments or sauces. Go traditional with BBQ sauce, honey mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard. You can also whip up a batch of homemade sauces like cucumber yogurt sauce, guacamole, hummus, olive tapenade and salsa for an elevated twist.

#7 Don’t Forget Snacks, Sides and Desserts

Although hamburgers and cheeseburgers may be the main entree of your backyard BBQ, don’t forget to include snacks, side dishes and desserts. Some delicious appetizers and small snacks could include Easy Bruschetta, Sweet Potato Tortilla Nachos, or Roasted Butternut Squash and Spinach Quesadillas. Simple side dishes like fruit salad, pasta salad, potato salad or a classic salad are great additions to cookouts as are sweet and simple desserts like homemade brownies, cookies or ice cream.

Celebrating the summer season is easy and delicious when you host a backyard burger bar party. Use these seven simple steps and take a bite out of summer by creating a build your own burger bar and enjoy all the flavors of the summer season. Happy National Burger Day everyone!



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