Best burger evaaaah…..

Every once and awhile I get a really good idea – and recently that happened to be about the food theme for a party we hosted at our house this weekend. Our friend Dave turned 40! this week, and so we offered up our place and an idea for the food: “Best Burger Ever,” which turned into a massive condiment bar for either meat or veggie patties. Marika (Dave’s partner), Brian, and I basically pulled it all together on Saturday morning.

It was so incredible I just had to take photos and document exactly what was on that burger bar:

  • Kaiser and whole wheat buns
  • Four kinds of cheese: Swiss, Cheddar, Mozza and Blue
  • Two kinds of onions
  • Tomatoes, bell peppers, lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Cucumber
  • Green cabbage
  • Bacon
  • Pineapple rings
  • Hot peppers
  • Dill pickles and Sweet pickles
  • Horseradish
  • Hot chilli sauce
  • Three kinds of relish: green, zucchini & corn
  • Ketchup
  • Two kinds of mustard: regular yellow and dijon
  • Mayo
  • BBQ sauce
  • Mayo
  • Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • Red Bean Pesto
  • Hummus
  • Pickled cabbage
  • Tomato Chutney

Not only was this a relatively simple way to feed a lot of people over the course of an afternoon and an evening – but it wasn’t crazily expensive either – particularly as many of the condiments came out of our canning and veggies from the garden. (In addition to all this we put out potato salad and a non-mayo coleslaw) plus snackity things. Best of all? Several people through the course of the evening said: “This is the best burger ever!” And really, it’s all about that kind of exuberance isn’t it?

This is definitely a food theme I would do again: it’s visually impressive, self-actioning (people can throw a burger on the grill anytime they feel like it), provokes discussion and debate about appropriate burger condiments (several people ended up promoting the sweet-and-sour burger), and it’s easy to do veggie and meat options for a diverse crowd.

!Plus! my zucchini cake decorated with calendula and marigolds went over pretty well too:

Sadly, that was probably our last outdoor party for awhile – we strung up a tarp to hold off the rain but if it wasn’t for the late-night hot-tub action everyone would have been pretty cold. I guess it’s dinner-party time again.

4 Comments on “Best burger evaaaah…..

  1. That’s a great idea. It’s always easier when you give guests options so they can eat what they like without having to worry about the fuss of trying to make something everyone will like 😀

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