Ideas to spice up your summer BBQ (featuring a gourmet burger bar!)

Spice up your summer BBQ with a mouthwatering tablescape and gourmet burger bar! #burgers #cookouts #summertime #BBQ

Summertime means cookouts, and cookouts usually mean piles of brown burger patties in foil pans, sitting next to plastic bags of buns.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with serving burgers that way, but why settle when your summer BBQ can have an amazingly tempting tablescape featuring burgers (duh), a variety of buns, and all the toppings you can think of?!

Spice up your summer BBQ with a mouthwatering tablescape and gourmet burger bar! #burgers #cookouts #summertime #BBQ

We created a gourmet burger bar where guests could find all the usual suspects, but also apply a little culinary creativity of their own with a few (somewhat) unusual, but super-tasty burger toppings.

What you see below are the fruits (errr… meats?) of our labor.

Warning: the following content will probably make you hungry.

Spice up your summer BBQ with a mouthwatering tablescape and gourmet burger bar! #burgers #cookouts #summertime #BBQ

Rectangular white platters from Crate and Barrel (left) and World Market (right).

Spice up your summer BBQ with a mouthwatering tablescape and gourmet burger bar! #burgers #cookouts #summertime #BBQ

Wondering what to do with some of the toppings on our burger bar? Come back next week, and we’ll have free printable recipe cards that you can set around the table at your own summer BBQ!

I hope this gets those creative burger juices flowing, and I also hope you’ll share some of your own tasty ideas.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go find a cheeseburger.

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