Build your own burger bar

When I have friends over for dinner, I like to serve up something interactive – something that is a bit more fun and hands-on than just a plate of food. It helps everyone relax and start chatting away.

Plus, everyone likes their food in a certain way and if they make their own they are bound to be happy!

Introducing the build your own burger bar.

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The idea: lay out all the must have ingredients for a perfect burger, and let your guests build their own to their exact specifications whilst you stand back and watch the chaos.

We cooked up three different types of burger – Aberdeen Angus beef, buffalo and a veggie version for me, and toasted some brioche buns.

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Salad and coleslaw.

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And all the other toppings you might like with your burger.

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Sliced gherkins, tomatoes, cheese slices – Cheddar and Swiss.
(I had also bought bacon rashers, but totally forgot to cook them – sorry guys).

A side order of spicy sweet potato wedges.

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And of course, a range of sauces.

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The rest was up to our guests.

Everyone had fun building their burger exactly to their liking.

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Angus beef, Swiss cheese, tomato, gherkin, mayo and relish with a side of salad and sweet pots for Jo.

Veggie, extra cheese, extra gherkins and mayo and relish for me, with a dash of hot sauce.

Pretty much everything for the boys…

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We whipped up some classic Margaritas to wash down the burgers.

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They are really easy to make. For two you’ll need:

4 shots of tequila
2 shots of lime
2 shots of triple sec/Cointreau
Ice

Throw all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, and shake it like a Polaroid picture. Once the outside of the shaker has condensation on it, you’re ready to serve.

Salt the rims of your glasses and add a lime garnish if you are feeling fancy.

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Cheers!

We spent the rest of the night playing Cards Against Humanity, drinking cocktails and beer and fighting over the power to choose the music. Note to all parents – when there is a sleeping baby in the room above, Rihanna is probably not the best artist to pick…

Ps Thanks to Jo, Chris and Mr B for their patience and assistance in the production of this blog post. And sorry for the hangovers.

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11 Comments

  1. February 24, 2015 / 11:40 am

    A great idea, looks like fun and everybody is happy with their burger.

  2. February 24, 2015 / 1:29 pm

    I love a burger night and your photos look great! (worth the effort!)

    Luxxmint

    • greeneyed
      February 24, 2015 / 6:35 pm

      Thanks 🙂 It was actually very easy – perfect for when you’d rather be chatting to friends than slaving over the stove!

  3. Jo
    February 24, 2015 / 6:57 pm

    Build your own burger night was a hit! The brioche buns were a great addition to the burger (must remember that!). Thank you to our wonderful hosts!

    • greeneyed
      February 25, 2015 / 9:32 pm

      <3

  4. February 24, 2015 / 6:59 pm

    I LOVE this, looks fab! I love any sort of food bar is great for parties and get togethers! My last one was a taco bar for the World Cup last summer x

    • greeneyed
      February 24, 2015 / 7:25 pm

      A taco bar! Amazing idea 🙂 thanks Michelle

  5. February 25, 2015 / 1:38 am

    This is amazing! My friends and I do this all the time during the summer when we have barbecues, it’s so much fun 🙂 Build your own pasta bars are super fun too! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    xo, Dolce // http://www.mydailysweet.com/
    Leave me a comment; I’m always looking for new blogs to follow!

    • greeneyed
      February 26, 2015 / 11:31 am

      Thank you Diana, that is so kind 🙂 I am working on my photography so really nice to hear your comments!
      Just had a look at your VB blog post – WOW! Love the bag too.
      Claire x

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