The Burger Bar

It’s funny, but once people find out I am chef, they always ask, “do you ever eat hamburgers and hot dogs too?”  Of course I do, quite often in fact.  I love burgers and brats.   I can take or leave the hot dogs, unless they are good ones.  I would rather not waste my calories on something that is mediocre, and save them for the good stuff.  Sometimes there is nothing better than a big, juicy, messy hamburger.  And that’s exactly what we had yesterday too.  We had friends over for an early supper, and burgers were the main course on the menu.  Now of course, I made them with all the fixing’s and then some, but big, juicy burgers were center plate and the main course.  We even had some salmon burgers too, for those that did not want beef burgers.  Everything turned out delicious!

I made gourmet burgers with onions, garlic, salt, pepper, worcestershire sauce and some steak seasoning.  Each burger was about 1/3 lb before cooking.  Then we turned on the grill and grilled them to perfection.


I provided everything one would want on a burger, and then some.  Everyone could choose what they wanted on their burger, and so they could make it their way, unique way.   Our burger bar included guacamole, 3 kinds of cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms with red bell peppers and onions, 2 different kinds of buns. and a variety of condiments.   I made myself a burger with jalapeno Jack cheese, bacon, guacamole and the mushroom mixture.  It was very messy, but very tasty.  To go along side the burgers, I also made potato salad, fruit salad, and corn on the cob, along with chips and salsa.  My friends brought some delicious home-made baked beans and a decadent chocolate cake that we had for dessert.



We were not sure if Mother Nature would cooperate with us, so we were not sure if we would be dining inside or out.  But in the end, Mother Nature decided to be kind to us, and we were able to enjoy our burgers al fresco, on our deck.  Once again, we had a successful, fun dinner with good friends.  After our gourmet burger feast, we all played some games, and the fun continued.  It was a good time had by all.  Life is good!


Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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