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.


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.


Salad and coleslaw.


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


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.


And of course, a range of sauces.



The rest was up to our guests.

Everyone had fun building their burger exactly to their liking.



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…


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



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

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.



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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  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!)


    • greeneyed
      February 24, 2015 / 6:35 pm

      Thanks šŸ™‚ 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


  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 šŸ™‚ 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 šŸ™‚ Build your own pasta bars are super fun too! Thanks for sharing šŸ™‚

    xo, Dolce //
    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 šŸ™‚ 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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