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I was asked a few days ago what my favorite food is. Such a hard question but eventually, in my heart, I knew what it was. A delicious burger! I’m a sucker for burgers, and since I love platters I just had to combine the two and create a Build-Your-Own Burger Platter. Perhaps it’s the island girl in me, but I think this platter is amazing for entertaining outdoors. Soak in the last few summer days and enjoy this burger platter with a few of your loved ones.
What I love about this platter is that it’s highly customizable and that it’s something everyone will enjoy. There is not one person I have met that doesn’t enjoy a good burger—even the picky eaters. Not too mention that it’s so fun to sit around the table and see everyone interacting with each other and the food.
How to Make a Burger Platter
A build-your-own burger platter is basically a deconstructed burger. The platter will contain all the ingredients someone would want to add into a burger. If you know your guests well than add ingredients you know they would love. If you want to play it safe than only add the standard ingredients you normally have in a burger. My recipe contains the basic ingredients and you can even consider it as the foundation of a burger platter. You can add or omit ingredients based on the taste of your and your guests. A few ingredients you can add are:
Preparation and Serving Tips
90% of this platter can be done beforehand, so once your guests arrive you won’t have to worry about spending time in the kitchen. You can cut all the veggies and place the sauces into serving bowls. You can season the meat and shape them into patties before your dinner. You can even slice the buns and store them. That means that the moment your guests arrive, and just before it’s time to eat, you will only have to char the buns, fry the patties, and assemble the burger platter.
Serve the platter on a large serving tray. Since I didn’t have a larger serving tray I used two wooden boards and lined it with baking sheet. Not only does a baking sheet protect your board from grease, but it looks mighty cool as well. I loved this large baking tray though.
Sauces or any other wet ingredient can be added to pinch bowls and placed on the platter. When assembling, start by placing the bowls first, followed by the patties, and bread. Fill the spaces with the remaining ingredient.
Appetizer Ideas to Pair
A delicious and easy build-your-own burger platter that everyone will enjoy at your next dinner party.
- 500 gr ground beef
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- 1 medium egg
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 4 hamburger buns sliced open
- 1 small onion sliced
- 2 tomatoes sliced
- 2 cups lettuce chopped
- 1 cup cheese shredded (like Mexican cheese blend)
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ½ cup tomato ketchup
- ¾ cup guacamole homemade or store-bought
- ¼ cup sliced pickles
- potato chips
In a mixing bowl, add the ground beef and mix with salt and pepper. Add 1 egg and mix. Add the breadcrumbs and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 350F/175C on broil. Brush 2 tbsp of olive oil on the inside of the buns. Place them on a baking tray face up. Broil them for about 5 minutes until slightly charred. You can also char the bread on the grill pan (no need to add oil in that case).
Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil on the grill pan. Add the patties and char each side for about 3 minutes. Lower the heat and grill the patty for about 4-5 minutes more. Transfer the burger to a plate.
In a bowl, add the onions, tomatoes, and lettuce. In individual bowls, add the cheese, mayonnaise, ketchup, and guacamole.
Place the bowls on a serving platter. Add the buns and patties. Fill the empty spaces with the pickles and potato chips. Serve with love!