Sunday’s Star Menu: Juicy Burgers for the Bash by Maria Russo in Community, June 5, 2013
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As Sunday afternoons turn to evenings and the hours until the next episode of Food Network Star tick away, how do you settle in to watch the latest premiere? No matter who you're with or where you're watching from, you surely have on hand a spread of eats and drinks to last you through the episode, right? Here at Star Talk, we want to see what you're munching on. Every Wednesday, check back for a themed menu to get you ready for the episode ahead, and on Sunday nights, snap photos of your spread and share them with @FoodNetwork via Twitter and Instagram using #FoodNetworkStar.
The finalists will be given their meatiest challenge to date on Sunday: host a Burger Bash for 100 hungry guests and present their best between-bun creation to a live audience. As they're tackling the heat of the grill and the demands of cooking for a crowd, host your own scaled-down version of the bash at home. Follow Tyler Florence's lead and set up a Burger Bar (pictured above), featuring a spread of juicy, tender patties, plus an array of toppings and condiments. After taking the burgers off the grill with the deliciously gooey melted cheese on top, arrange them on a platter alongside the fixings, and let everyone build their ultimate burger. Whether you're entertaining partygoers or simply trying to cater to a few picky eaters, inviting guests to assemble their meal to their liking ensures they will get the burger they're craving — no extraneous toppings to pick off or eat around.
Want to try something new and perhaps out of the ordinary? Experiment with non-beef burgers like this crab cake-inspired Creole Crab Burger featuring crunchy coleslaw (pictured right) or Manchego-Stuffed Pork Burgers topped with pimientos, fresh tomatoes and onions. Or stick with traditional beef patties and dress them up with smoked ham, Swiss and pickles to make Bobby's Miami Burger, or opt for cumin and corn salsa in a Chipotle Corn Burger.