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Mix & Match Burger Bar

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Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kick off to the grilling season. I know I’m guilty of getting stuck in a rut with the same old burgers and hot dogs. Today I’m sharing some easy recipes to create a Mix & Match Burger Bar that your family and guests will love.

Southwest Burger…Mushroom Bacon Swiss Burger…Western Burger

Creating a mix & match bar with lots of delicious toppings is easy and only limited by your own imagination. This is a perfect opportunity to experiment with different flavors and ingredients that you would not normally associate with burgers.

According to Bobby Flay’s new cookbook, Burgers, Fries & Shakes, it all starts with a great burger. Not a lot of fuss, just ground beef, a little salt and pepper.

Doug formed these burgers in a Burger Press, but the key is to form the patties so they are uniform in size, about 3/4 inch thick. Take care not to over work the meat, as you may end up with dry, tough burgers. Then create a deep depression with your thumb so that the burgers will cook evenly and not puff up in the middle. Sprinkle with coarse salt and pepper.

Cooking Times for a Perfect Burger {according to Bobby Flay}

  • Rare: approximately 6 minutes total cooking time
  • Medium-Rare: approximately 7 minutes total cooking time
  • Medium: approximately 8 minutes total cooking time
  • Medium-well: approximately 9 minutes total cooking time
  • Well: approximately 10 minutes total cooking time
  • Well done: approximately 11 minutes total cooking time

Pepper Jack Cheese, Pico de Gallo, a little lettuce and Chipotle Mayo give this Southwest Burger an extra kick!

My favorite…Bacon, Mushrooms sauteed in garlic butter and Swiss Cheese makes a hearty burger.

The Western Burger, inspired by a Chicken Barbeque Salad I made recently…American Cheese, Barbeque Sauce and French Fried Onions.

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Let your BBQ guests dress up their burgers the way they like with the Mix & Match Burger Bar from HoosierHomemade.com.
Ingredients
Southwest Burger
  • Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Pico de Gallo {Marketside available in the produce section at Walmart is our favorite}
  • Chipotle Mayo: ¼ cup Hellmann’s Mayo mixed with 2 teaspoons Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
Mushroom Bacon Swiss Burger
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Mushrooms: clean and slice mushrooms, melt 2 tablespoons butter in saute pan, add 2 gloves minced garlic, add mushrooms and cook until golden brown
  • Bacon {cook in the oven for less mess}
Western Burger
  • Barbeque Sauce
  • French Fried Onions

What are your favorite burger toppings?

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