Build Your Own (Slider) Burger Bar — Cookout Style! August Board of the Month

I’ll admit, when I first concepted my sharable monthly boards — back at the end of 2019 — I didn’t anticipate that our gathering and grazing would be so limited. But, even in the smallest of settings, these themed boards have been a source of normalcy and break in monotony. So, even if you aren’t getting together with the entire neighborhood these days, you can still create an abbreviated board to make it a festive evening/weekend/occasion. And on that note, I’m back today with the latest “Board of the Month for August — probably one of my favorites of the year… a cookout, build your own burger bar (slider style)!

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Build Your Own Burger Bar — Mini Slider Cookout Board

Even the simplest of menus can leave a big impression. While burgers are probably the most common cookout menu item of summer, there’s something special about making our old faithful go-tos just a little “extra”. Enter — a sumptuous build your own burger bar.

Build Your Own (Slider) Burger Bar! The Perfect Charcuterie Board for a Summer Cookout

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I am all about miniature everything so I prefer sliders where you can vary toppings, over one burger you have to fully commit to. And if you’re doing mini burgers, you gotta have mini hot dogs! (or in this case, pigs in the blanket 😉 ).

DIY Slider Bar Charcuterie Board

How to Make Pigs in the Blanket

Everyone has a method (I grew up with my mom using canned biscuits) but if you’ve never tried this simple crowd pleaser, here’s a quick note of how I make mine.

  1. I take one package of Lil’ Smokies and one package of crescent rolls.
  2. I unroll the dough and cut each triangle into three to four skinnier strip triangles — see below.
  3. I wrap each sausage, place them on a cookie sheet, and bake them for around 12-14 minutes at 375°.

How to Make Pigs in the Blanket

To be honest, I actually don’t eat them since I don’t do sausage but Dave and Eliza love them.

Build Your Own Slider Bar -- A Charcuterie Board with All the Toppings!

How to Arrange a Burger Board

Whether you opt for a full burger board, or you’re sticking to a regular platter of burgers, don’t underestimate the power of presentation when it comes to condiments, toppings, and accompaniments. Taking the time and extra effort to remove your condiments from their plastic containers can take your backyard burgers to gourmet status.

Slider Burger Board for Your Next Cookout!

And if you prefer to keep your squeeze condiments in tact, arrange them together on a platter, board or pedestal to make a condiment station.

Make Your Own Slider Bar with Toppings

Another way to elevate your standard burgers is to offer all the toppings. Again, all of these are just little things you can do — not just with a casual cookout, but with any board/meal — to elevate your offerings.

Build Your Own Burger Bar -- Toppings for the Perfect Bar for your Cookout

To assemble to full board, I pulled out the appropriate number of bowls for condiments and set them on the board to get an idea of how much space they needed. I positioned them into an arc, leaving enough room for the burgers and pigs. I lined the bottom of the board with buns, and then went back in and filled the top portion with the mini sliders and pigs in the blanket. Next, I added the cheese squares and followed that by nestling the lettuce shreds against the condiment bowls. I added a bowl for bacon bits and then rounded out the center with the final toppings, working in a circular motion. THIS is the board I used — I’ve used it for several other boards and love it for its size. It’s also a really good one to leave on the countertop for display when it isn’t in use 😉 You can order online for 30% off and opt for curbside pick-up for an additional 10% off and score this kitchen pretty for $36 right now! Shop it HERE.

Build Your Own Burger Bar Toppings

Because we went  mini on the burgers, we went mini on everything else, too. Here’s the full board lineup.

A New Charcuterie Board Concept for Your Next Cookout -- Build Your Own (Slider) Burger Bar!

Board Components, Toppings & Condiments:

  • Sliders
  • Slider Buns
  • Pigs in the Blanket
  • Chips
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Pickle Relish
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Thousand Island Dressing (hello, special sauce!)
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dill Pickle Chips
  • Pickled Jalapeno Slices
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Roma Tomato Slices (great for mini tomato dishes)
  • Bacon Crumbles
  • Shallots (instead of full sized onions)
  • Avocado
  • Mini Sliced Cheese Squares (Cheddar, Swiss, Colby Jack, Pepper Jack)

Pimento cheese is another great addition but our grocery store was out of my favorite brand (Pawleys Island Palmetto Cheese).

How cute are these classic red plastic baskets? You can find a similar set of 12 for under $10 HERE.

Slider Burger Toppings

I’m just back from saying “goodbye” to my mom’s house in Lower Alabama and helping her get packed so I’m a little behind, but I have several posts coming over the next several days and weeks! You can subscribe to my emails HERE to get alerted of new boards, every month, along with all updates and upcoming projects.

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  1. 8.10.20
    Gretchen Thomas said:

    Love this fantastic board for August! It’s a great way to celebrate the waning days of summer. You have certainly provided some tasty options to try. And everything is better in mini form.

    • 8.13.20

      It was such a fun one to plan, execute and eat! You are so right…everything does taste better in mini form!

  2. 8.10.20
    Tamisha said:

    Kelley, your boards are THE BOMB!!!

    • 8.13.20

      Tamisha, Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and to comment! The boards are so much fun for me, from the planning to execution to enjoying. You are the sweetest and I appreciate your kind words very much. xoxo

  3. 8.10.20
    Tonda said:

    I’m speechless, just amazing>

    • 8.13.20

      Tonda, Thank you! I certainly appreciate your kind words and input. This one was a fun one to do!

  4. 4.5.21
    Carla said:

    Hi Kelley, what size board did you use for the slider charcuterie board?