What do you think of turning your home into a real fast food? For that, nothing better than a good hamburger night.
One of the most popular and consumed snacks in the world can become the perfect theme for that delicious meeting between friends and family.
And the best part of this story is that the hamburger night is very easy to prepare, it doesn’t cost a lot and it’s super fun.
So let's find out how to make a hamburger night at home?
How to Make a Burger Night
Invite the staff
Start planning the hamburger night by handing out invitations to your friends and relatives.
But first, be sure of how many people your home can receive, so that everyone feels at ease.
It is also important to know the tastes and preferences of your guests. Some may have restrictions on gluten and lactose, for example, which means that you will need to think about options to suit everyone.
Oh, and you can call that vegetarian friend of yours too, okay? There are countless delicious options of vegetarian and vegan burgers for you to prepare and surprise the crowd.
Think about decor
The hamburger night itself is already themed, but you can make it even more personalized if you choose some specific decoration, like fast food or something with the look of American snacks.
A good tip is to bet on colors like red and yellow, shades that predominate in most cafeteria chains.
Cutlery, napkins, plates and glasses can follow this color palette.
A checkered towel also matches the theme, reminiscent of a fun picnic.
Take the opportunity to decorate the serving table. As the hamburger night is usually very informal, you can set up a buffet style table, where each guest prepares their own snack.
Keep breads, salad, different types of sauces on hand and, of course, the hamburger, the star of the night.
Some hamburger tags also help to reinforce the evening mood. And if you can, also provide paper packaging for the French fries, just like those in the cafeteria.
Get your hands dirty
The homemade hamburger night will require very little of you in the kitchen. But if the intention is to stay well away from the stove, you can choose to serve ready-made hamburgers, those sold in the supermarket.
But will we agree something? A homemade hamburger is much better!
In addition to the hamburger, you can also prepare sauces, potatoes and breads at home.
Below are two simple and easy to make homemade hamburger recipe options. The first made with meat and the second made with lentils, for those who want to have a great vegetarian option on the menu.
Simple and easy homemade hamburger recipe
- 1 kg of ground beef (prefer to mix between two to three types of meat to make the hamburger more tasty and juicy. A good option is to use about 500 grams of flank steak, 500 grams of breast and 250 grams of breast fat. È always very important to have a fatty meat to make the hamburger. Ask the butcher to grind the meat at least twice)
- Salt and pepper
- Egg fry ring
The walkthrough is also very simple.
First, make balls with about 180 grams of meat to have a tall hamburger. If you want a thin hamburger, use a maximum of 120 grams of meat.
With the egg frying ring, shape the hamburgers so that they are all in the same shape.
Important: do not season the meat first. Leave to add salt and pepper just before putting it on the grill.
If desired, wrap the hamburgers individually in baking paper or film and freeze them.
When frying, you can choose to grill or barbecue.
Place the hamburgers on the grill with a splash of oil, season the side that will be on the grill with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Don't keep turning the burger all the time, just let it fry. When it reaches the ideal point for you (good or rare), turn it to the other side, dripping another drop of oil and seasoning with a little more salt and pepper.
When the hamburger is almost reaching the sweet spot, place the slices of cheese and smother for another minute.
Remove it from the heat and serve.
Vegetarian burger with lentil recipe
- 2 cups of cooked lentils without the broth
- 1 large clove of garlic
- 1 large chopped onion
- ½ cup of finely chopped green tea
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt to taste
- Cumin to taste
- 3 tablespoons of oatmeal
- 2 tablespoons of shoyo sauce
Heat a frying pan with oil and sauté the garlic and onion. When it is golden brown, add the shoyo sauce and saute for another two minutes. Turn it off and set it aside.
In a bowl, mix the cooked lentils, the green smell, the salt, the cumin, the oatmeal and the sautéed garlic, onion and soy sauce.
Knead the lentil, incorporating it with the other ingredients. When the mixture reaches the point of a homogeneous and moldable dough (without sticking to the hands), make balls, flattening them with your hands or with the help of an egg frying ring.
If you notice the mixture is too moist, add a little more oatmeal.
Take the hamburgers to the freezer for at least 20 minutes before frying. If you want to store the frozen hamburgers, remove them to fry on the spot. Do not let them defrost so they do not fall apart on the grill.
With the hamburgers ready, you can start to provide the other ingredients for assembling the snacks.
The suggestion is to offer three different types of bread, such as wholemeal, Australian and traditional sesame burger bread. If any of your guests are allergic to gluten, offer rice bread, for example. The same goes for vegan friends.
Also place between three and four types of cheese on the table. The suggestion here is the classic mozzarella that everyone likes, the cheese plate, the cheddar and some more gourmet option, such as brie cheese, gruyère cheese or gorgonzola.
For sauces, serve the classic ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise, as well as some different option like mustard with honey, mayonnaise with herbs, barbecue sauce and yogurt sauce.
Don't forget the green leaves. Place lettuce (the most crunchy), arugula and tomatoes on the table. It is also worth offering pickled pickles.
Other options to complement the snacks are bacon fried in cubes, olives and caramelized onions.
Don't forget the potatoes. They are the perfect burger pair. You can serve fries, chips and rustic baked potatoes.
To drink, soda, various juices, beer and, of course, milk shake.
See now 30 ideas for decorating the hamburger night and get inspired:
Image 1A – Outdoor hamburger night. The rustic basket was a charm just to serve the hamburgers already grilled.
Image 1B – And to accompany bacon, potatoes and fried onions!
Picture 2 – How about dressing up, literally, the whole family for the hamburger night?
Image 3 – Donut shaped hamburgers
Image 4 – Mini hamburgers to serve as a starter.
Picture 5 – A neat and very beautiful bar to impress friends on the night of the hamburger.
Image 6 – Here, the hamburger night became a birthday party theme with a super decorated table.
Picture 7 – French fries cones for friends to help themselves.
Image 8 – Plates and cutlery with the face of fast food chains.
Picture 9 – How about decorating the hamburger night with themed balloons?
Picture 10 – Decorative hamburgers, but super realistic!
Image 11 – Personalized packaging for hamburgers.
Image 12 – What else goes with hamburger? Milk shake! Make a corner just for the drink.
Picture 13 – Towel and checkered napkins for the hamburger night to look like a picnic.
Image 14A – Look what a cute idea: put each sauce and accompaniment in a labeled jar.
Image 14B – Pepper, mustard and Ketchup cannot be left out.
Image 15 – A tray for each guest.
Image 16 – A beautiful souvenir idea for the hamburger night.
Picture 17 – The simplest and most classic hamburger option: bread, meat, lettuce, cheese, ketchup and mustard.
Picture 18 – How about combining hamburger with American football?
Image 19 – Capriche in the presentation of the hamburger night drinks.
Picture 20 – Hamburger night with rustic and modern decor.
Image 21 – Potato chips as an appetizer.
Image 22 – Here, the tip is to serve the hamburgers ready in individual packages, like those served in drive thru.
Image 23 – Trays decorated to serve the hamburgers.
Picture 24 – And for dessert cupcakes!
Picture 25 – Mini hamburgers in decorated boxes. Great option for children's birthday.
Image 26 – Soft drinks of all flavors to please everyone.
Image 27 – Giant hamburger to decorate the theme night.
Image 28 – Potato and fried bacon to make the guests happy. Serve with cheddar sauce.
Picture 29 – Creativity without limit: bread with the face of an American football ball.
Picture 30 – How about offering a menu for the guests to see all the options?
Picture 31 – Dough hamburger!
Image 32 – Flowers in the decoration of the hamburger at home.
Image 33 – Milk shake over there especially for friends.
Image 34 – Fast food napkins. A treat!
Image 35 – Table set for the hamburger night. Just come and help yourself!