Fire up the grill and take up your spatulas to an all-American classic on Cheeseburger Day, celebrated annually on September 18. This is the perfect day to host a burger party. Just remember that creating a good burger requires thinking outside the bun.
Cheeseburgers are made from ground beef that is formed into patties. Visit your spice rack to amp up the flavor by mixing chili powder, cumin, garlic powder or liquid smoke into the meat before shaping it. Offer a few unseasoned patties to serve as neutral palettes for any topping.
When it’s time to choose the cheese, think Cheddar, which harmonizes perfectly with bacon. Blue cheese, ham and Dijon mustard always play well together, or pair up a Swiss cheese with sautéed mushrooms. Smoked Gouda marries well with caramelized onions. Try topping your burger with Monterey Jack and chipotle mayonnaise for southwestern flare.
The bun serves as the outer framework. Gone are the ubiquitous restrictions of yesterday. Today’s burgers are flipped onto a variety of stand-ins, from brioche rolls and pretzel rolls to English muffins.
If you really want to shine as the host of this Cheeseburger Day party, just supply the meat and bread and allow your guest to bring their own toppings. Then set them free to conjure the most mouthwatering goodness to ever drip down your hands.