If you are anticipating the end of the summer and want to celebrate this milestone with a party that includes serving burgers, hotdogs, and side dishes to your guests, think upscale and add a dash of style to your meal plans by serving gourmet items that have been freshly prepared.
Choose Your Menu
Gourmet foods are high quality and often have a sophisticated appearance. Think along the lines of what you would be served in a fine dining establishment when deciding what foods to add to the menu that will be prepared for the celebration. Trade in lower cuts of beef and pork and plan to purchase prime cuts of meat that contain less fat.
Instead of purchasing plain buns that hamburgers and hotdogs are often served on, opt for brioche buns. Brioche buns are French pastries. These buns are rich, tender, and buttery and pair well with juicy meats and flavorful condiments.
For your sides, think fresh. If you have a garden that you tend to, select some of your best crops to prepare salads and vegetable and fruit trays. Otherwise, a trip to a produce market or fruit and vegetable stand will suffice.
Visit a butcher shop to select the lean cuts of meat that will be used to prepare gourmet burgers and hotdogs. Request that each of your selections are ground. To prepare homemade frankfurters, you will need a hotdog mold. Seasonings should be purchased to ramp up the flavor of both the burgers and the hotdogs.
Order the brioche buns from a local bakery. Tell the person who you place the order with the date and time that you need the buns. This will allow you to make arrangements to pick up the purchases soon after they have been baked so that they are their freshest. Chill the meat, vegetables, and fruits if you have some additional preparations to handle prior to the party. Place the brioche buns in a bread box.
Grill And Serve
Make a self-serve station where your guests can load up their plates with the grilled burgers and hotdogs. Pre-slice the vegetables and fruits and add the slices to bowls so that each person can prepare fresh salads. Lay the brioche buns on flat serving trays. Add a pair of tongs to each tray. Instruct your guests to line up and take turns walking along the length of the serving station to prepare their meals.