If you are looking for a unique way to display your burger and all the toppings, then a burger board is perfect. Grilled burgers piled high with cheese and all the burger toppings, condiments, and toasted buns are a great and fun way to build your own burger.
These burger boards are easy to put together, and everything can almost be made ahead of time, which is great for when you have a large group of guests coming over so you’re not left prepping in the kitchen. You can simply put your burgers on the barbecue and put all the toppings onto a board of your choice along with the condiments. I find that by doing it this way, I have more time to spend with friends and family, and I can also plan to make my own condiments to make it extra special.
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What is a Burger Board?
First things first, a burger board and a charcuterie board are the same things; it’s a type of cooking that usually consists mainly of prepared meats, cured meats, and cheeses arranged on a board.
These days, you can find all types of charcuterie boards, anything from a burger board to a dessert board to a kid-friendly board. Today, I will be showing you how to make a burger board.
What You Need to Create this Hamburger Charcuterie Board
- Hamburgers we like to use our favorite homemade burger recipe, but you can grab a few boxes of premade patties. I will provide you with a recipe for the homemade burgers and you can use the beef seasoning to season the patties as well.
- Hamburger buns I like to choose a nice and sturdy large hamburger bun so that it will hold all the toppings and not fall apart.
- Toppings Here are the toppings that are generally used, but if you have a favorite topping, feel free to add it to your burger board. Sliced up red or sweet onions, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, pickles, etc.
- Condiments Here are the condiments that are generally used, but if you have a favorite topping, feel free to add it to your burger board: mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, relish, burger sauce, BBQ sauce, etc.
What Board Did you use?
The type of wood that is best for a board is hard maple; American cherry, olive, and acacia are ideal, but you’re not just restricted to a wood board; you can also use slate, marble, or bamboo. I like to use something with handles because it is easier to transport if you need to.
How to Create a Burger Board
- Prep Board What I suggest is that the first thing you do is line your board with parchment paper. This is used so that the liquids don’t leak into the hamburger toppings and also makes for easy clean-up.
- Condiments This next step is to put all your condiments in small bowls or jars and then place them on the board.
- Arrange Board Start off by adding the burgers in a curved arrangement; this works best along the outside edge of a round board. Next, start placing the toppings on the board. I like to place the cheese slices on the opposite side of the board. Any gaps that are left over can be filled with buns and toppings.
Burger topping suggestions
- Chipotle Sauce
- BBQ sauce
- Caramelized onions
The toppings and condiments are endless but this will give you something go from. The great part about a build your own burger bar is that everyone gets to make their own burger to their liking. Makes it fun and easy because everyone is happy with there burger.
Homemade Juicy Beef Burger
The best meat combination for a juicy beef burger that has less chance of drying out is a beef and pork burger.
- Beef: You want beef that has a decent amount of fat, like ground chuck or ground sirloin. You don’t want to use lean ground beef because you want the fat in this case. Look for a mix of 80/20 meat and fat.
- Pork: You want to use ground pork, but you don’t want to use ground sausage; you want plain ground pork. As I mentioned about the beef, you want to have the fat and the flavor to keep your burger juicy.
How to make Burger Patties
When you shape your burger patties, you want to make sure that they are big enough to fit on your bun but not so large that they go over the edge. Then you need to remember that the burgers will shrink slightly on the grill. Most buns are around 3 inches, so if you make your burger around 4 inches, you are good.
- First, start by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper, then place 5-ounce mounds of beef on the parchment paper.
- Press each mound of beef in the center with the palm of your hand while the other helps to shape it into a circle.
- What you should end up with is a patty that has a bit of a dimple in the middle of the patty and a 12-inch lip around the edge. Because burgers tend to puff up in the center when being grilled, the indent ensures the end result is a perfectly shaped burger.
This burger sauce is a perfect addition to this burger; it’s creamy and tangy, and it only takes a few minutes to put together. It can be made ahead and placed in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.
- Sweet pickles
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Smoked Paprika
- Worcestershire Sauce
The Best Homemade Burger
- 1-1/2 lb ground beef
- ½ lb ground pork
- 1 tsp garlic minced
- 1 tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp ground pepper
- 1 egg
- ½ cup fine bread crumbs
- 2 tbsp balsamic Vinegar
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire
- start by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper
- In a large bowl, combine pork, beef, egg, bread crumbs, vinegar Worcestershire sauce, and cooled onion mixture and mix just until combined — don’t overmix.
- Add garlic, chili powder, salt and pepper
- Shape into 8 patties for ¼ pound burgers (feel free to make them bigger or smaller according to your preferences). Place Patties on a prepared baking sheet.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours. You can also place it in the freezer for 2-3 hours. This isn’t necessary but really helps the flavors meld together and helps the burgers stay together when cooked.
- on a grill, cook burgers for about 4-5 minutes per side on medium-high heat until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. Serve as desired with buns, garnishes, sauces, etc.
The Best Homemade Burger Sauce
- Add all the ingredients to a bowl and whisk very well to combine
- Serve immediately or store in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for up to 24 hours before serving to let the flavors develop