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The Ultimate Gourmet Burger Bash


Sure, summer is nearly gone, but that doesn’t mean that those burgers that you love so much have to disappear just because the grill isn’t on and your bash is indoors.

Deem your party a burger bash and make incorporate burgers into every aspect — from the invitations and the décor to the menu, the cocktails, and even to dessert!

From start to finish, here’s your burger bash how-to guide:

• Send out invitations like these to show your guests what they should expect.

• When guests walk through the door, greet them with the ultimate burger topping — pickles! — but as a shot: picklebacks.

• For appetizers, create a fry bar and have fries in different shapes, sizes, and seasonings accompanied by a plethora of dips and sauces.

• For the main event, give guests options: Do they want classic beef? How about turkey or lamb? Veggie, perhaps? If you think your guests might be interested in going a little out of the box, include more exotic options like buffalo or elk.

• To satisfy the carb lovers, create a bread basket with all the fixings: soft rolls, bagels, pretzel bread, ciabatta, etc.

• Spread out a carving board with various cheeses and make notes as to what kind of meat each variety would go best with.

• Condiments and toppings are a huge opportunity to expand your horizons — start out with the usual lettuce, tomato, and onion and then get crafty with artisanal toppings like fried eggs and onion strings.
• For dessert, channel your inner baker and play with fondant and frosting to create burger cupcakes, a burger cake, and even burger cookies.

• Send your pals off with bags filled with gourmet sauces and marinades that they can try at home.

Your guests will be full and fulfilled from fantastic fare — they'll be chatting about your creativity for weeks.


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Katie Lee updates her winning Burger Bash recipe with a plant based twist

Could you make a winning Burger Bash recipe at home? Katie Lee knows how to create a winning burger. While her classic take on a patty melt is a taste of comfort food, she has given the recipe a new twist. Gardein Ultimate Plant Based Burgers are the new comfort food.

At this year&rsquos NYCWFF virtual event, former Burger Bash Champions showed foodies that their winning recipes still reign supreme. For Katie Lee, she brought a new twist to her winning recipe. By using the Gardein Ultimate Plant Based Burgers, home cooks can learn to appreciate that sustainable eating and classic comfort foods can be the perfect pair.

Ahead of the virtual event, Katie graciously took the time to chat about her update to her winning Burger Bash recipe. As a new mom, Katie Lee understands that life is about balance. While she is fortunate to have a doting husband making nutritious smoothie bowls every morning, she understands that busy parents need convenience. With a newborn at home, she admitted that her cravings are satisfied by what is easy and available.

During our conversation she admitted that she now understands just how busy parents can be. She is grateful for all the friends and her husband who are helping to get healthy and tasty meals on the table.

Additionally, she has found that having options, like the Gardein Ultimate Plant Based Burger readily available in the freezer is perfect. For her, it can be a simple swap, a quick meal option and it quite flavorful.

Since burgers are often an easy, tasty comfort food option, switching to a plant-based burger can be part of a healthy eating balanced lifestyle. When all the flavors come together, it is a great choice for any meal.

As a former Burger Bash winner, Katie has some expert ideas about making a great burger. Her winning recipe was based on a Patty Melt. While some chefs add tons and tons of ingredients to their burgers, this recipe is about the perfection of a simple bite.

For Katie, she doesn&rsquot need a bunch of fancy ingredients to enjoy a great burger. While her burger recipe brings back food memories of burgers that her grandmother made, she enjoys the great flavors in a simple bite.

Recently, Katie updated her winning Burger Bash recipe for this year&rsquos event. The recipe, which can be found on Gardein’s website, is easy for any home cook to master. Plus, it could be an easy way for the family to expand their plant-based food recipe list.

In this version of a patty melt, it is about American cheese, some grilled onions, a special sauce and the burger. While people might debate preferences on a special sauce, the flavors in each bite need to come through. No hiding or no piles of condiments are necessarily when it comes to a classic.

By swapping a Gardein Ultimate Plant Based Burger for a traditional beef burger, one of the keys is cooking it well. For Katie, she recommends cooking the burger in a skillet to get that crisp texture on the outside. While you can choose whatever bread, the combination of textures is key to a good patty melt.

Plus, the Gardein Ultimate Plant-Based Burger has that beefy quality like a traditional burger. You might want to do a taste test with the family and see which version they prefer. Plus, with 19 grams of protein, you will feel good about giving them an extra serving.

Whether you make Katie&rsquos updated winning Burger Bash recipe or create your own burger recipe, a plant-based burger swap is a great choice. From busy families to foodies, that comfort food recipe is the bite that you will always crave.

Have you given one of your favorite recipes a plant-based makeover?


Our friends from Big V London came into our studio the other day and showed us how to make this incredible vegan burger recipe They were so good we haven’t stopped thinking about them since. Make sure you give it a try!

If you are plant based or not- everyone loves some comfort food and this incredible veggie burger recipe will have you addicted. Trust us!


Recipe Summary

  • 1 ⅓ pounds ground beef
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 6 slices pancetta
  • 6 hamburger buns, split

Mix ground beef, bread crumbs, shallot, Dijon mustard, egg, garlic, salt, and black pepper together in a large bowl. Refrigerate mixture to incorporate flavors, 20 minutes to 2 hours.

Form ground beef mixture into 6 patties.

Heat a skillet over medium heat lay pancetta slices in a single layer in the hot skillet. Cook until pancetta begins to sweat, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove pancetta from skillet and keep warm.

Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.

Cook patties on the preheated grill until burgers are cooked to your desired degree of doneness, about 4 minutes per side for medium-well burgers. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

Place 1 burger into each of the buns top burger with a pancetta slice.


Here are a few tips for the best gourmet burger recipes:

  • Use quality ground beef.
  • Don&rsquot overwork the meat, it can make it tough.
  • Never press down on the patty while you are cooking it, you&rsquoll press out all the juices.
  • Allow your burger to rest before serving.
  • Check out our tips and tricks for how to make a better burger.

Also keep in mind that any of these creations can be made into a chicken burger!

A Garlic Truffle Burger is the perfect way to make gourmet burger recipes at home. Truffle Aioli, sautéed mushrooms, Swiss cheese and a juicy burger patty on a buttery brioche roll, so delicious!

This Cowboy Burger is made of double patties with cheddar, blue cheese, onion strings, BBQ sauce, bacon and topped with honey habanero homemade pickles! The best burger!

These Caprese Burgers are simple, yet sophisticated and easy to prepare. So easy, you can set these items out on the fixing tray at any BBQ so everyone can make their own gourmet burger recipes!

Taco Burgers are the perfect easy weeknight meal or a fun way to make a backyard BBQ a little spicier!

This Red Wine Shiitake Hamburger takes your typical burger and turns it into so much more! With the combination of earthy and sweet, the toppings make this into the perfect gourmet hamburger to enjoy at home!

Any Scandal fans out there?? This gourmet burger recipe is my take on the Gettysburger!

This is not your typical bacon burger! This Spicy and Smoky Candied Bacon Burger is topped with a delicious candied bacon, onion straw, and a sauce that is out of this world! You can find the recipe here.

These healthy Greek burgers are made using ground beef mixed with spinach, feta, and sun-dried tomatoes, then drizzled with a delicious tzatziki sauce! You can find the recipe here.

This Prosciutto Pesto Burger is fresh, salty, sweet and savory all at the same time! It&rsquos like a party in your mouth! You can find the recipe here.

Loaded to the max with all your favorite pizza toppings, this Deluxe Pizza Burger will become a new family favorite! You can find the recipe here.

If you like barbecue sauce/flavor then this Triple BBQ Crunch Burger is for you! It has just the right amount of flavor and crunch! You can find the recipe here.

These ridiculously tasty Apple Cranberry Brie Turkey Burgers are topped with seasonal favorites and served up slider-style with fig preserves! You can find the recipe here.

This juicy, aromatic Salmon Dill Burger is paired with spicy lime infused refreshing aioli and crunchy sweet potato fries with creamy avocado dipping sauce! You can find the recipe here.

This Chesapeake Crab Burger is a beef patty grilled to perfection then topped with lump crab meat in a flavorful sauce. Double the meat for double the flavor! You can find the recipe here.

This Pineapple Jalapeno Burger has the perfect combination of sweet and spicy! One of the best gourmet burger recipes to celebrate summer with! You can find the recipe here.

Grill something different with these Loaded Italian Sausage Burgers! They&rsquore loaded with roasted red bell peppers, pepper rings, and fresh basil. You can find the recipe here.

Combine your favorite comfort food with your favorite BBQ staple! These Beef Stroganoff Burgers are creamy and delicious. You can find the recipe here.

Grilled Portobello Burgers with a zesty avocado chimichurri, this easy 30 minute burger will be a hit this summer! You can find the recipe here.

This Green Chili Turkey Burger is an easy, healthy turkey burger made on the stovetop featuring canned green chilis and a quick and easy avocado-mayonnaise spread! You can find the recipe here.


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Award: South Beach Wine & Food Festival People’s Choice

You may know Michael Symon from his spot on the daytime cooking TV show The Chew , from his work on Iron Chef America , or from any of the incredible restaurants he owns and cooks at in Cleveland, including his famous burger chain B Spot Burgers. B Spot Burgers signature burger, The Fat Doug, won the South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Burger Bash People’s Choice Award, and with its list of ingredients, we can definitely see why. The burger features a brioche bun, coleslaw, pastrami, stadium mustard, and rich Swiss cheese, along with a decadent patty made with a mix of ground sirloin, ground brisket, and ground boneless short rib.

The Schlow Burger

Award: South Beach Wine & Food Festival People’s Choice

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The Logan County Hamburger

Award: New York Wine & Food Festival Burger Bash

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Award: SF Weekly – Best Classic Burger

Winner of SF Weekly ’s Best Classic Burger award, literally everything about this burger screams “classic Americana”—from the literal name of the joint, “Original Joe’s” (has there ever been a more old school American name for a hamburger joint?!) to the name of the burger (they still call it a “hamburger sandwich”), to the simple, wholesome ingredients used. The recipe has been the same since the restaurant opened in 1937: A thick, juicy patty plopped on two halves of buttered, toasted Italian sourdough bread garnished with grilled onions and some cheese. And that’s it—no fancy glaze no bullshit frills. Just a quality, wholesome American classic.

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The funny thing about this burger—aside from its very name, naturally—is that it’s the only burger on our list to win an award as a secret menu item. In fact, Animal isn’t a burger joint at all—they have one other burger on their menu, and it consists of foie gras, quail egg, and spam. Yeah… But the secret Boner Burger at Animal, which won Eater: Los Angeles’ “Best New Burgers in Los Angeles, 2015” sounds absolutely bonkers. House-ground short rib, chuck, and bone marrow (what?!), topped with jack cheese, caramelized onion, poblano chili, and Animals’s secret 420 Sauce (a deliciously tangy secret sauce that appears to be a mix between barbecue sauce and mustard), stuffed between two slices of toasted marble rye. We’re not big on boner talk here at Cool Material, but we’ve got a food boner just talking about it.

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Everything You Need to Host the Ultimate Summer Burger Bash

We have what you need to throw this summer's best burger bash, complete with juiciest burger in the country. Summer party ideas? Check. Easy side dishes? Check. Outdoor games for kids? Right after our favorite summer desserts.

Serve up a delicious summer party right from the grill. Chevalo Wilsondebriano and his wife Monique, owners of the Charleston Gourmet Burger Co., share their simple tips, easy decorating ideas, and tasty recipes for creating an unforgettable summer gathering. The key? A really great burger. After years of impressing their friends and family with their signature burgers at cookouts, the couple bottled their secret into an all-natural marinade now sold in grocery stores around the country, and on QVC. We&aposve bottled their secrets to a great party, and now you can host the best summer burger bash in town, too.

Keep in mind that while pandemic-related restrictions are beginning to lift, you should still follow safety guidelines when getting together. Here&aposs what you need to know about safely gathering this summer.


Décor Ideas

How you dress up your table will also set your burger bar apart, even with the most basic toppings.

Use Baskets: Buns look best removed from their plastic bags and arranged in a wide, shallow basket that’s lined with fabric. You can drape some of the fabric over the buns to keep them covered. Smaller baskets hold napkins and silverware nicely.

White Platters & Trays: Arrange toppings onto large white platters and plates. Keep the tomatoes (or any toppings that’re a little juicy) on a plate by themselves. Pro Tip: The 5-Section Tray for the Large Square Cool & Serve tray keeps a variety of burger toppings organizes, separated, cooled, and beautifully displayed.

Condiments Contained: Don’t just set out the big bottle of ketchup and mustard. Use a muffin pan to hold a variety of burger sauces, mustards, and ketchup. It’s very affordable and makes your picnic table chic. You can label each dipping sauce with chalkboard tags (so you can reuse them at your next party).

Other cool accents to complete your burger bar:

  • Galvanized tubs for sodas and brews or wooden cutting board
  • Gingham tablecloth and napkins
  • Small wooden crates to create levels. (This makes it easy for guests to reach food.)

Ready to party? A consultant can share awesome tools to make that topping prep and outdoor cooking faster and easier. Contact your consultant (or find one) today!

Want more décor ideas for outdoor parties? Check out How to Create a Restaurant Patio Vibe in Your Backyard


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