An Over-the-Top Burger Bar for Your Labor Day Party

by Monday, August 8, 2016

The burger is an American classic, ground beef on a bun with the usual condiments. This Labor Day, though, when hosting your burger bash, create a burger bar full of additions that your guests will be talking about forever. Remember, everyone loves options, so give them lots to choose from.

Over the past few years, the hamburger has evolved tremendously. Chefs, home cooks, and pitmasters alike are adding innovative toppings to make their burgers even more desirable. One of the most expensive burgers in America is the FleurBurger 5000, found at Hubert Keller’s Fleur in Las Vegas for a whopping $5,000. It’s topped with foie gras and black truffles and encased in a truffle-infused brioche bun.

While you don’t have to serve truffles with your burger, we do have some suggestions, truffles included, for shaking things up. Create labels for your burger bash with the really cool Fiskars Tag Maker to let your guests know exactly what they’re using to top their classic sandwich. You can even make tags with burger topping suggestions — for an avocado BLT burger, for instance, add avocado, bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes. The suggestions would be perfect for your less creative guests.

Read on for a few accoutrements you should feature on your burger bar this Labor Day.

Avocado

Avocado is one of the most popular burger additions right now. It’s great if you’re making a California-style creation.

Bacon

Thanks to Dale Mulder, bacon has been a burger topping since 1963. It’s one of the more popular choices, and your burger bar wouldn’t be the same without it.

Buns

Don’t go with a traditional burger bun. Elevate your burger bar with toasted sourdough bread, a kaiser roll, or a sweeter choice like a King’s Hawaiian bun.

Caramelized Onion

I like to think a burger just isn’t a burger without the sweet taste of caramelized onions. When onions are grilled or sautéed down, they gain an intensely tangy flavor.

Caviar

You don’t have to include lobster, a smoked duck egg, and gold leaf to the caviar like the Glamburger at Honky Tonk diner in London does, but a little caviar (which of course doesn’t come cheap),would definitely taste good.

Cheese

Don’t limit your burger bar to just American cheese — we all know it’s not the real deal. Blue cheese, mozzarella, gruyère, Brie, or smoky Gouda will elevate your spread.

Fried Egg

Yes, that’s right: The fried egg revolution is still trending. Let your guests top their burger creations with a delicious over-easy egg.

Lobster

Surf and turf beyond the original steak and grilled lobster. Make a lobster salad and encourage guests to top their burgers with the delicious taste of Maine.

Onion Rings

There’s something about topping a burger with a beer-battered fried onion ring.  And it’s heaven with a splash of smoky barbecue sauce.

Truffles

Feeling inspired by Hubert Keller’s decadent truffle-topped FleurBurger? This expensive topping — black ones are available in cans all year long — is probably only justifiable if you’re serving Champagne at your Labor Day party. But you are, aren’t you?

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