From fast food chains to gourmet restaurants, you can find burgers everywhere, and with countless variations to satisfy any taste preference.
To celebrate National Burger Month this May, I decided to put together an epic burger board. Think charcuterie, but covered with delicious burger toppings and crunchy sides.
Great burgers for a great burger board
I cooked up a mouthwatering selection of Wagyu and steakhouse pre-made burgers from ChopBox.com for my burger board. These babies are BIG, with a capital B. They weigh in at 8 oz each. So if you’re not a huge eater, the slider options are perfect. The sliders also come in Wagyu and steakhouse. Chop Box offers grass-fed burgers in 6-oz portions as well, which I am definitely going to order next.
We grilled our burgers over hardwood charcoal to a perfect medium rare. They never fail to please everyone at our table.
Enjoy a 10% discount when ordering from Chop Box by using code JerseyBites10. Good through the month of May. $99 minimum order. Good on all products except gift cards.
Suggested board items
I divided the board into three flavor profiles: Mexican, Italian, and American. My board and budget were only so big, so I had to reign myself in. Here’s where I landed:
- Avocado slices
- Chipotle mayo
- Colby Jack cheese
- Pickled jalapenos
- Pickled red onions
- Shredded lettuce
- Caramelized onions
- Gorgonzola sauce
- Provolone slices
- Roasted red peppers
- Sauteed mushrooms
- American cheese
- Cheddar cheese
- Cooked bacon
- Iceberg lettuce
- Onion rings
- Onion slices
- Pickle slices
- Pork roll
- Sliced tomatoes
- Capital City mambo sauce
- French fries
- Potato chips
- Stonewall Kitchen’s caramelized onion mustard
Assembling the burger board
I have a large wooden board that’s 17″ wide x 28″ long. For this spread, I needed every inch, plus a serving platter for the buns and another for the burgers. I also used an additional plate for the cheese.
I went for a mix of homemade and jarred items. Of course, you can make this spread easier on yourself and purchase chipotle mayo and other burger sauces. But if you’re like me and want to whip up some original condiments to spoil your guests, here are a few quick recipe suggestions.
- Mayonnaise (I always use Hellmann’s)
- Canned chipotles (Use the adobo sauce. You can freeze the remainder later.)
- Lime juice
- Sugar—just a pinch
- Salt, optional
These directions are a taste-as-you-go process. You can make as much as you like: a half-cup, or full cup of mayo, or more. Then add one small spoonful of the adobo sauce at a time. Stir and taste.
Keep adding until you get the heat level you prefer. Next, add a squeeze of lime juice, a pinch of sugar, and salt, stir, and taste again. Cover and keep in the fridge until ready to use.
Big Mac “Copycat” Sauce
I found the perfect recipe at KeytoMyLime.com.
- Grated onion
Check out the instructions here.
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 ounces of crumbled Gorgonzola
- 1 tsp red wine vinegar
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of sugar
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Taste and adjust to your liking. I like to smash some of the crumbles to create a creamier sauce.
More Ideas for Burger Flavor Combos
- Barbecue sauce
- Pulled Pork
- Grilled red onions
- Cheddar cheese
- Your favorite shaved beef
- Sauteed onions
- American cheese, provolone, or Cheez Whiz
- Fried eggs
- Bacon or pork roll
- American cheese
- Hash browns
Tools for the burger board
I hit up my local dollar store for tiny tongs, serving spoons, spatulas, and the little glass container with the lid that’s pictured above. They were perfect. You can also use small forks, spoons, and knives you might already have for appetizers. Larger toothpicks and chopsticks would work nicely for bowls of pickles, caramelized onions, and jalapenos.
I have a wide assortment of small bowls I’ve collected over the years. If you need bowls, you can purchase all kinds of small disposable bowls online.
I picked up my board up at an antique store a few years back. It’s not an antique but it has a nice rustic look to it. I’ve gotten so many uses out of it!
So keep your eyes open when you shop at stores like Home Goods, World Market, and other discount places that sell housewares. There are some pretty fancy ones out there, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money to acquire a board that has some real character and gets the job done.
I hope I’ve inspired you to create your own burger board for National Burger Month and for the rest of the grilling season. Whether you prefer a classic cheeseburger or a gourmet burger creation, take some time to indulge in one of America’s favorite foods. Happy National Burger Month!