Upgrade your grill toppings
Everyone loves burgers and dogs at a cookout, but plunking down bottles of ketchup and mustard and calling it a day feels a little “meh” in our current foodstagram reality. So, take it up a notch and impress guests with a simple gourmet toppings bar, inspired by some of your favorite fancy burger joints. Set out items like mango salsa, cabbage slaw, jalapeños, and blue cheese and let people go nuts. For traditionalists, swap plain old iceberg for butter lettuce or green leaf lettuce and a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes. To guests, it’ll feel upscale and creative, and the only prep work you’ll need to do is some slicing. If you really want to wow, score bonus points by making your own barbecue sauces and marinades for chicken and shrimp, too.