Burger Bar Party Ideas

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One of the best things about summer is all the grilled food, from burgers to kabobs to corn on the cob. I love celebrating special events with barbeques so I thought it would be fun to put together a burger bar with all my family’s favorite burger toppings. It was a great way to spend a summer evening!

Putting the burger bar together was easy. I headed to Kroger and got pre-shaped burger patties from the meat department, buns, and all the burger toppings that I needed and we didn’t already have. I also bought New Kleenex® Wet Wipes Gentle Clean and VIVA® Vantage® Big Roll Paper Towels for all the messes that were sure to happen (because can anyone eat a burger with all the fixings and NOT have everything fall out the bottom of their bun and drip all over their hand?!)


Burger Bar Toppings

The fixings I included were:

  • Cheeses (Cheddar, Provolone, and Colby jack)
  • Bacon
  • Onion
  • Tomato
  • Lettuce
  • Pickles
  • Pineapple
  • Coleslaw
  • Creamy Mushroom Sauce
  • Guacamole
  • Dressing (I used Caesar but Blue Cheese & Ranch Dressings would be perfect as well)
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Steak Sauce
  • Fresh Tomato Salsa
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Mayonnaise

Other toppings you could add include onion straws, chipotle mayo, hot sauce, fried green tomatoes, hummus, and more. Maybe even take a poll to see what your guests love on their burgers. That way you can have all their favorites out.

Personally, one of my favorite things is creamy mushroom sauce that a restaurant near me serves on their burgers. It is SO GOOD! I tried to recreate it for my burger bar and, while it’s not exactly the same as the restaurant’s, I thought it was pretty delicious! I love sauteed mushrooms on my steaks and burgers but this sauce is much creamier and more flavorful.

To make the creamy mushroom sauce you need the following:

  • 1/4 cup of Heavy Cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of Worcestershire
  • 1 tablespoon of Garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of Butter
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 pound of Mushrooms

To make:

  • Heat butter and garlic on medium heat until garlic is translucent
  • Add mushrooms, Worcestershire and cream (in a pinch, if you don’t have cream because SOMEBODY forgot to buy it at the store {wink-wink}, you can use milk with a little flour to thicken it)
  • Stir everything together and cover for about five minutes, stirring occasionally

This creamy mushroom sauce is best served warm which is why it’s the last thing I added to the table before everyone ate.

And remember when I suggested you buy wet wipes from the store? This is why. I always end up with this deliciousness smothered all over my hand after I’ve eaten (and picked up the stray pieces of mushrooms that fell from my burger!)

Thankfully I had grabbed everything I needed at Kroger. I found the Kleenex Wet Wipes in the facial tissues aisle next to boxes of Kleenex tissues and the VIVA® Vantage Paper Towels on the top shelf in the paper towel aisle.

Setting up the burger bar is almost as fun as watching everyone try to eat the messy burgers lol. The Kleenex Wet Wipes are perfect for the messy hands and faces of adults. I like that they don’t contain any harsh chemicals and they come in small packs so I can easily keep them in my kitchen drawer and purse.

I love burger bars because they are a pretty easy party idea that requires minimal fuss once the party has started so you can enjoy more time with family and friends. Plus, clean up is a breeze when you have the right tools!

Once I picked everything up from the table I just used the VIVA® paper towels to wipe up the drips and spills from the cute checkered picnic tablecloth I had used. One swipe was all it took for the paper towel to pick up drips of sauce, salsa and more! BBQ messes are no match for VIVA®.

Do you love to have barbeques in the summer? If so, have you ever put together a burger bar?

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Burger Bar Ideas and Topping Suggestions

Comments

  1. robin rue says:

    I would LOVE to be invited to a party with a burger bar. What a fun idea.

  2. This idea of Burger Bar party is really amazing for a short get together.

  3. That is such an awesome idea! I think for our next barbecue, I’m going to put all the burgers out in a setup like this.

  4. I always make a mess eating burgers. I pretty sure it’s because I over load them. I am loving this burger bar right down to the Vivia napkins and wet wipes.

  5. The joke in my family is that if I don’t spill something down the front of my shirt, then dinner’s not over…lol. I love the burger bar idea.

  6. Jeanine says:

    What a wicked idea! This would be a HUGE hit in my family. My kids would love to do their own burgers in a burger bar! So fun!

  7. Oh this is so much fun! We grill out alot during the Summer for friends and family so this would definitely be fun.

  8. What a great idea! I love the pineapple idea! Those looks like some heavy duty paper cloths!

  9. Allison Cooper says:

    This is so cute! I wouldn’t be able to make up my mind with all those topping options – I would end up having like 5 burgers!

  10. I love a good burger! This bar idea is like my dream come true! The paper towels are so needed though!

  11. This is such a wonderful idea. I need to do this sometime soon. I think it would be fun for the whole family.

  12. I love a nice, fresh juicy burger. Having a burger bar is a great idea for summer entertaining.

  13. I LOVE these paper towels! With 6 kids they are the perfect clean up tool! I like how absorbent they are!

  14. I love the idea of a burger bar with lots of toppings. I love pineapple on my burgers, but have never done it at home. I need to! Viva paper towels are seriously the best for BBQ cleanup!

  15. krystal says:

    Everything looks so delicious – easy enough to recreate at our next summer get together!

  16. This is my kinda bar! What a perfect idea for a summer get together!

  17. This is such a fun idea! We have parties all the time but I never thought of doing a burger bar.

  18. I love the idea of the burger bar. I want to make those mushrooms! Yum.

  19. These are such delicious party ideas. I love the creamy mushroom sauce recipe for burgers, it sounds totally droolworthy!

  20. I love this idea! Really fun for summer parties!

  21. I love this build your own idea! I would be choosing that pineapple with mustard on my burger.

  22. ASHLEY GERVIN says:

    yum! why have i never thought of this! a burger bar is genius for bbqs and get togethers

  23. This is a great idea for a summer get together! Those yummy mushrooms would be a must for me!

  24. I think this is a wonderful idea. I love parties like these. They do make for great parties! It’s fun having everyone over and having some burgers.

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