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Making a huge burger bar this weekend - what other toppings and accoutrements do we need?!

On Saturday, my fiance is hosting a big barbecue for a bunch of our friends and family; we're expecting between 20 and 22 people total. He has a maaaaaajor grill, so I think he can handle it.

We're keeping it pretty simple. Homemade hummus and two types of salsas with tortilla chips, grilled pita bread, and crudites for appetizers, and some mixed cocktails, beers, and wine throughout the night. Then with the burgers we're doing grilled sweet white corn with fresh herbs and butter, Smitten Kitchen Horseradish Potato Salad, my mom's bringing a broccoli salad of her own recipe that drives the crowd into a frenzy, a bowtie pasta salad from my best friend, and my fiance's sister is making another salad of some sort. (I'm hoping maybe a green?)

So with the burgers, we're doing all of the following:

Brioche buns
Toasted English muffins (trust me, this is delicious!)
Regular sesame seed buns
Caramelized onions
Red raw onion
Roasted red bell pepper (doing this tonight and storing them til Saturday!)
Tomato
Butter lettuce
Baby greens
Avocado or guacamole (haven't decided yet)
Blue cheese crumbles
Extra spicy jack cheese
American cheese
Swiss cheese
Applewood bacon
Dijon mustard
French's
Heinz
Homemade spicy chili ketchup
Mayo
Garlic aioli

Anything else we're forgetting?

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  1. Hello, fell insomniac - fancy meeting you here. :)

    I read your list and was like, whoa, they thought of everything! Then I re-skimmed and realized that if I were having an ultimate burger bar, I'd add a few key items:

    - Button mushrooms sauteed in butter, maybe with a little parsley on top. YUM.
    - Mozzarella and fresh basil. My favorite burger ever includes those two items and roasted bell pepper, and not much else.
    - Barbecue sauce.

    If I bring a salad, can *I* come?!

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    1. re: Jadore

      Definitely agree with mushrooms - grilled portobellos work well and can sub for the meat if there is anyone who doesn't want beef and if there is enough grill space.

      I would also grab some relish.

      1. re: JRSD

        I agree with the sautéed mushrooms, or a red wine w/ mushroom reduction

        You also need;
        kosher or garlic dill pickle slices
        pickled pepper slices
        radioactive green Chicago-style relish

    2. BTW? Thank you for that list of SK recipes you shot my way! I'm making the lamb chops and olive tapenade tonight! I saw some gorgeous ones at Costco and thought of Deb, and you. :)

      1. Assuming that ground beef is the burger meat, then my sole suggestion would be chiles. Perhaps, roasted Anaheim, New Mexico, or Poblano chiles chopped into almost a paste? Otherwise, sliced fresh or pickled jalepenos might give your bar an edge.

        1. We're keeping it pretty simple.

          That's pretty funny.......I would agree with the others and include in addition to the regular roasted red peppers, some peppers with heat, i.e., Plabano, Long Hots or Jalapenos . You can take the latter three and make a relish......this could also double as a salsa for the appetizers.

          Last, Horseradish Mayo.....and what...no hot dogs or sausage?

          1. Personally, I'd add -

            Claussen Hearty Garlic Pickles
            Deviled eggs
            Coleslaw

            And since you probably have a bottle in the fridge already .... worcestershire sauce

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            1. re: Bryan Pepperseed

              I'd 2nd the deviled eggs and maybe add a macaroni & shrimp salad for any non carnivores in the group. Sounds like a great party in the making!

              1. re: Bryan Pepperseed

                +1 on all three - my preference would be regular dill pickles or hamburger dill chips. How about some thinly sliced ham. Love that on a burger!