Make-Your-Own Burger Bar

Create the Ultimate Make-Your-Own Backyard Burger Bar

Nothing says summer like burgers on the grill.  Everyone loves a good burger and if your family is anything like mine – everyone has their favorite way to top a burger.

The make your own burger bar party is super easy and stress-free.

Simply make a bunch of burger patties, grill them up, then set out a variety of toppings.

Step back and watch as everyone builds their very own burger creation.

Serve with blue cheese potato chips and a grilled corn topping station for the ultimate make your own burger party.





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Make Your Own Burger Party

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Backyard Burger Bar 4th of July Party Menu


Make Your Own Burger Bar Burger Bar 


Serve with:

Grilled Corn or Sweet Ancho Chili Grilled Corn

Blue Cheese Potato Chips

Spiked Watermelon


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How To Set-up a Make Your Own Burger Bar

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Here’s everything you need to create the Ultimate Build Your Own Burger Bar.

I’ll share how to make the best burgers – ever. The secret is to keep it simple.

Then get creative with a mixture of traditional toppings and condiments + add in a few unusual toppings.

Easy-breezy Tip

Provide the traditional toppings and condiments then ask guests to bring their unusual topping(s) and condiments to share with the gang.

My unusual topping and condiments would be grilled pineapple, brie, and a homemade spicy teriyaki barbecue sauce… + fried onion rings for topping.  Yum!

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Since every day is summer in Florida, burgers are one of my go-to options for easy peasy entertaining.  Everyone loves burgers and this party idea is so much fun. 

Guests will request this make-your-own burger bar.

Keep reading on for my suggestions on how to make a Make Your Own Burger Bar.

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The Ultimate make your own burger bar starts with an awesome hamburger patty.

Use 80% lean ground chuck anything else is too lean. The 80% ground chuck is still very lean but has better flavor and won’t dry out on the grill.

The secret to the best burger patties is to keep it simple.

Just a healthy grind of black pepper and a little dash of salt.  Plus I grind a blend of freeze-dried garlic and herbs de Provence.  Easy-breezy.

Simple delicious hamburgers – there’s nothing better!

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1.  Divide meat into even portions. Shape them into balls to make sure they’re all the same size. 

2.  Shape into patties by pressing down evenly on patties.  

3.  Place patties on a tray lined with parchment paper. For the best results grill them right away.  You can wrap these in plastic wrap and keep them in the fridge for 24 hours. They also freeze beautifully, just make sure to separate the patties with parchment paper.

South of the Border Burger with Guacamole
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Variety is key, and the possibilities for topping and condiments are endless!

Easy-breezy Tip

Provide the traditional toppings and condiments then ask guests to bring their unusual topping(s) and condiments to share with the gang.

Pick a couple (or all) of the recommended toppings and condiments.

Place toppings on a platter and keep it cold and inside until ready to serve.

Have a platter with the buns.

Make sure you have a large platter for burgers or let everyone grab them right off the grill – totally up to you.

Here are some starter ideas for a make your own burger bar.

Choose your favorites and get creative!

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What is your perfect make-your-own burger?

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Toppings for the Make Your Own Burger Bar


  • Cheddar
  • Provolone
  • Pepper Jack
  • Blue or Gorgonzola
  • Brie



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Side Dishes to Serve with the Make Your Own Burger Bar

Some of My Favorite Burger Recipes for a Make Your Own Burger Bar

Honey bourbon BBQ Burgers
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Honey Bourbon BBQ Burgers


Honey Bourbon BBQ Burgers combine the best flavors of summer. Sweet and smoky honey BBQ sauce, a grilled burger topped with blue cheese, red onion, and a caramelized grilled pineapple slice.

Pineapple on a burger?  Yep.  Trust me, give it a try.  It gives the burger just a little sweetness that plays off the sharpness of the crispy red onion.

This burger definitely makes my top 5 list.

South of the Border Burger with Guacamole. Delicious burger with fresh avocado and guacamole
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South of the Border Burger with Guacamole Recipe


Add a Mexican flair to your next burger with this South of the Border Burger with Guacamole and Fried Jalapenos.

Creamy guacamole, paired with fried jalapenos and pepper jack cheese and you have a fiesta of flavors, sure to be a big hit at your next barbecue.  Who wouldn’t love a burger with guacamole?

Pair with fried jalapenosPico de Gallo, and homemade guacamole.


Red hot blue burger with onion rings
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Red Hot Blue Cheese Burger with Homemade Onion Rings Recipe


I love this burger.  Gooey Blue Cheese, Peppercorn Bacon, Buffalo BBQ Sauce, and an Onion Ring make this Red Hot Bacon Blue Cheese Burger Recipe a real winner. Let’s get cooking!

It has all my favorite toppings, blue cheese, Buffalo BBQ sauce, peppercorn bacon.  Top it with an onion ring and this is one of the best burgers you’ll ever have.  Serve with a side of Blue cheese potato chips and I’m in heaven.


Aloha Burger with Teriyaki Sauce
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Aloha Burger


Take your taste buds on a trip to Hawaii with the Aloha Burger with Grilled Pineapple and teriyaki BBQ sauce.

Top with sliced red onions and blue cheese.

Can you say Aloha?


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10 More Burgers with Great Vegetarian Options


The weather is perfect, so take the party outside.  Try one of these 10 awesome burger recipes at your next backyard BBQ or cookout.  It’s time to elevate your burger-making game with one of these tasty burgers.  + Try a crab burger, salmon burger, veggie burger, or a portobello mushroom burger for the vegetarians in your life.

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