Summer Entertaining Idea: Burger Bar

Do you ever have those days when even breathing feels like a labor?  When you’re so overwhelmed and exhausted with stressful yet wonderful things that you want to hide in the closet and savor every moment simultaneously?  I feel like I’ve been on a wild ride for the past month or so and it has caught up with me.  In the middle of two busy trips to Haven and Vegas Market, we hosted a large family gathering at our place to celebrate one of my state favorite holidays: Pioneer Day.  You know, I like to keep things interesting and throwing a party mid-stressfest seemed like a perfect idea:)

I typically like to keep things pretty simple for this annual gathering but in Jon’s family, good food is a must.  There are some impressive cooks in the Stagg bloodline.  This year I wanted to do something fairly easy, yet customizable, as we have some discerning palates who don’t all love the same thing.  Enter the Burger Bar.


I can’t say I’ve made a ton of burgers in my time so I turned to one of my most trusted sources for tasty albeit fattening food (hey, it’s a holiday after all), The Pioneer Woman.  I used her slider recipe just for the patties and let me tell you, it did not disappoint.  I mean, it has whole cream.  In the burger.  How could it not be good?

pioneer day 3

Have you tried pretzel slider buns?  I picked some up at Costco and they were fantastic.  They just added a little something extra to what could have been a boring burger.

For the toppings, I pulled out a variety of cheeses, including blue cheese.  My mother-in-law whipped up some pesto mayo, which is heavenly.  Just mix mayo with some prepared pesto (store bought works fine).

Other toppings included sautéed mushrooms, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, a variety of condiments, and guacamole for those feeling a little dangerous.

I used these darling min-chalkboard signs Groopdealz sent me to tell guests what was what.

Grilled corn, fresh watermelon, and some chips rounded things out.  And for dessert, I made my Strawberries and Cream Cake. If you haven’t tried this yet, I insist you do it before the end of the summer.  It’s life changing.


It was a lovely evening spent watching the kids get drenched in a little splash pad, talking, and eating.  A lot of eating.  The evening ended with a firework show in the front yard.  It was just how I envisioned it.

pioneer day 1


pioneer day 2

There are a lot of exciting things happening around here this month.  Some big announcements we can share soon– all good things, but all things that are taking a lot of work on the front end before we’re ready to share them here.  Otherwise, the posts will be way too spread out!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  I’m hoping to spend it working on some projects (of course) and enjoying time with my little family.



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  1. I love this idea! I am not a natural entertainer but my husband and kids love it so I try to do it as often as my little introverted heart can stand it. Great ideas like this make it so much easier for me! (Just so you know, I came over from Thrifty Decor Chick)

  2. Great idea ! Can you share where you got the cute pool ?