Burger Bar Ideas for an outdoor party
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Burger Bar Ideas for Your Next Party

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Burger Bar Ideas: Toppings ideas and a food bar that you and your guests will love at your next party! Plus, a free “Burger Bar” printable download for your table!

Burger Bar Ideas

Burger Bar Ideas

A burger bar has been a food bar on my “wish list” for hosting for quite some time.

So when my cheeseburger lovin’ son’s birthday rolled around, I KNEW it was the perfect time, and now, I’m sharing it with you today so you’ll have my favorite tips and ideas to host your own!

Chinet® Classic White™ line

When hosting outdoors (or indoors) make serving and cleanup easy, so you can spend more time with friends, family and guests by using something like the Chinet® Classic White™ line.

The Chinet® Classic White™ line is my favorite for entertaining (and for everyday lunches at home) because it is…

  • designed to not bend, fold or leak (which is REALLY important for the little hands in my house)
  • microwave safe
  • convenient (fewer dishes to wash!)
Chinet Plates for Burger Bar

Burger Bar Free Printable Sign

All food bars should have a sign, right?! I love creating food labels or signs for parties and this one was no exception.

But today, I’m sharing this free burger bar sign printable with you too, so you can download it and have your very own!

Download your free “Burger Bar” sign here!

Burgers for the Burger Bar

It goes without saying, but burgers are needed for your burger bar.

What I love about burgers for a food bar? They’re easy to make ahead of time if needed!

Grill/cook them before party time, and keep them warm in the oven while you set up the rest of the toppings!

Burger Toppings Ideas

Deciding on toppings was one of my favorite steps to planning this burger bar. The ideas are endless, and it’s the perfect time to experiment with fun, new toppings.

I saw this idea on Pinterest and fell in love with it, so I had to recreate it myself!

Here is a list of traditional toppings for burgers, along with some of my favorite out-of-the-box ideas if you have guests who love to create and taste-test!

  • ketchup
  • mustard
  • mayo
  • ranch dressing
  • bbq sauce
  • guacamole
  • lettuce (leaf, spinach or romaine)
  • onions (red, yellow or white)
  • tomatoes
  • pickles
  • bacon
  • cheeses
  • pineapples
  • fried onions
  • hot sauce
  • spice blends and mixes
  • fried egg
  • potato chips
  • jalapenos
  • mushrooms
  • taco sauce
  • pizza sauce

How to Style a Burger Bar

One of my favorite party styling hacks is to use items that you already have around the house.

However, for this party, I did make a trip to the store and snagged a few items because a lot of my home decor is in storage from a recent move.

So, before you head to the store to buy items that you won’t use any other time, “shop” your house to see if you can find things like:

  • baskets
  • trays
  • storage containers
  • jars

Burger Side Dishes

Although a burger bar is full of goodness already, I wanted to offer an easy side dish to serve alongside the burgers.

French fries are my kiddo’s favorite, so french fries it was!

Other side dish ideas for you:

  • potato chips
  • pasta salads
  • raw veggies
  • dips
  • fruit trays or kebabs

Why Food Bars are the BEST for Parties

With different taste buds, planning a menu for a party can be stressful.

Will they like this? But what about the people who don’t? Are they allergic?

…and the list of worries can go on.

With food bars, leave the food creation up to your guests! This way, they get to choose what they put on their plate and what to serve it with!

Plus, food bars are easy to set up and most ingredients can be made beforehand, leaving more time for you, the host, to mingle and relax!

Outdoor Backyard BBQ

There are MANY perks when it comes to outdoor entertaining.

Find a shady tree, some lawn chairs, (maybe some water toys for the kids), grab a table and fill it with your favorite foods!

Your guests will love the relaxed atmosphere and the ease of coming and going… while kiddos run around (without tearing up the inside of your house) and the adults can catch up with friends!

What is YOUR Favorite Food Bar?

I have a few other food bar ideas up my sleeve (baked potato, s’mores, waffle bars) but I’d love to hear what ideas you have. I may just have to put that on my list!

Grab the Chinet Classic White line and host your own backyard BBQ today! For more ideas and inspiration, visit MyChinet.com!

6 thoughts on “Burger Bar Ideas for Your Next Party

  1. maggie says:

    Where did you find the cute wood pedestal sign holder please?

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Maggie! I found that at Home Goods a few years ago. So although they probably don’t have that one anymore, they usually have some really cute frames! I hope that helps!

  2. Deb says:

    Love the idea. I used to do breakfast bars all the time. They work out great and everyone gets what they like.

    1. Jessica says:

      YES! Food bars are super easy and so fun!!

  3. Lisa Battis says:

    Fun idea! I’m planning my first outdoor movie night with fam & friends and this burger bar is the perfect inspiration for me! Thank you, Jessica!

    1. Jessica says:

      Aww, thank you for dropping a sweet note! So glad that you found this helpful!

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