How to Assemble the Ultimate Summer Charcuterie Board
June 26, 2023
5 min. read
Next week, the U.S.A. will celebrate Independence Day on July 4th (and Canada will celebrate Canada Day on July 1st). Have you decided what your plans will be yet? If you are hosting a cookout party, consider trying a fun dining option such as a Summer Charcuterie Board!
By definition, a charcuterie board is a platter of cured meats, often served with a variety of cheeses, fruits and vegetables, nuts, crackers or toast, and various spreads. We sometimes use this term rather loosely to apply to any small-scale grazing board or appetizer platter. In fact, we have designed seasonal board arrangements for Spring, Fall, and Winter…but not yet for Summer!
That’s where this blog post comes in.
When we think of summer, the first thing that comes to mind is the image of some nice juicy burgers and hot dogs being seared on the grill, perhaps to be enjoyed later with some fresh watermelon or corn on the cob on the side. This is the essence of summer—in the same way that apples with cinnamon spice are reminiscent of fall. Therefore, we simply had to incorporate these elements into our summer recipe platter.
There are a few different routes you can take when building your Summer Charcuterie Board. Browse through the five theme ideas below and choose your favorite to prepare for the upcoming holiday weekend!
Theme #1: DIY Burger Board
The first option is to create a do-it-yourself burger station by arranging all the necessary elements and toppings on a large tray or platter. Your guests can then customize their own burgers to their exact liking or get creative with unique recipe ideas depending on what elements you decide to include.
What to Include:
- Martin’s Hamburger Buns (e.g., Sandwich, Slider, Big Marty’s, etc.)
- Burger Patties (e.g., Beef, Turkey, and/or Veggie)
- Sliced Cheese (e.g., American, Cheddar, Mozzarella, Pepper Jack, etc.)
- Bacon (optional)
- Tomato Slices
- Onion Slices
- Additional Toppings & Condiments (optional)
Blog: Build-Your-Own Burger Bar
For a large-scale version of this idea, try a DIY Burger Bar—a full table spread with all the toppings and ingredients you need for your very own burger-themed extravaganza! Check out this blog post for the full details.
Use your Burger Charcuterie Board to craft delicious recipes such as:
Theme #2: Hot Dog Toppings Tray
Similar to option #1, you can create a mix-and-match toppings platter, this time with hot dogs. Arrange your favorite hot dogs or sausages onto a serving dish and surround them with various condiments, toppings, and other such garnishes.
What to Include:
- Hot Dogs and/or Sausages
- Martin’s Hot Dog Buns (Long and/or Hoagie Rolls)
- Shredded Cheese
- Cheese Sauce (optional)
- Prepared Chili (optional)
- Chopped Bacon (optional)
- Sauerkraut (optional)
- Diced Onions
- Chopped Tomatoes
- Sliced Jalapeño (optional)
- Additional Toppings and Condiments (optional)
Blog: DIY Hot Dog Toppings Bar
If you’re looking to serve a large crowd, try this picnic-friendly option that is perfect for a 4th of July! Arrange a wide variety of hot dogs with their fixings atop a table and allow guests to prepare their own menu items.
Use your Hot Dog Toppings Board to create fun recipes like:
- First Day of Summer Hot Dog
- July 4th Hot Dog
- Texas Dog
- Grilled Brats with Sriracha Mayo
- Loaded Chili Dog
Theme #3: Seasonal Produce Platter
Another great aspect of summer is all its fresh produce. From garden-ripened vegetables to just-picked berries and stone fruit, summer is prime time for many seasonal fruits and veggies. Take advantage of the opportunity to arrange a deluxe fruit and veggie tray for your guests at your next cookout or family gathering.
What to Include:
- Melons (e.g., Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, etc.)
- Corn on the Cob
Blog: Creative Spring Ideas
For tips on arranging an edible veggie “bouquet,” check out our Spring Charcuterie Board at the top of this recent blog post. Make sure to vary the sizes and shapes to create visual contrast and add interest to the design.
Use your Summer Produce Board to make yummy recipes such as:
- Summer Fruit Bruschetta
- Strawberry Fields Chopped Salad Crouton Cups
- Tropical Fruit Panzanella Skewers
- Summer Corn Bruschetta
- Homemade Peach Jam
Theme #4: Patriotic Grazing Board
Another alternative is to go the patriotic route, by integrating red, white, and blue elements or historical American foods into your meal platter. Try some of our fun ideas below or come up with your own! (And don’t forget the themed décor!)
What to Include:
- Star-Shaped Martin’s Toast Crackers
- Sliced Martin’s Bread (Butter, Potato, or Whole Wheat)
- Red Fruits (e.g., Strawberries, Cherries, etc.)
- Blue Fruits (e.g., Blueberries)
- White Ingredients (e.g., cheese)
- Prepared Appetizers – See recipes list below
Blog: July 4th Patriotic Recipe Ideas
Go all out by hosting a patriotic party complete with red, white, and blue décor and creative 4th of July recipes! Check out this blog for some great ideas on celebrating this iconic holiday.
Use your Patriotic Recipes Board to build festive recipes like:
- Red, White, & Blue Mini Buns
- Tomato, Mozzarella, and Blueberry Balsamic Grilled Cheese
- American Flag Toast
- Star Spangled French Toast Casserole
- American Flag Trifle
Theme #5: Combination
Combine the above themes to create a combination meal platter complete with burgers, hot dogs, and their respective toppings, plus summer fruits and veggies and decorative patriotic elements. Our combination board uses all of the elements found in the above sections, each arranged on separate matching metal trays. This helps to keep the hot food hot and the cold food cold, and also provides a “flow” to the table arrangement.
What to Include:
- All of the Above!
Blog: Holiday Grazing Tables
If you’re planning on hosting an extra-large gathering for your upcoming event, consider turning your grazing board into a grazing table. Check out the steps in this holiday blog to learn how to go about creating a large-scale edible tablescape.
Use your Summer Charcuterie Board to design interesting recipe combinations like:
- Bacon Cheeseburger Hot Dog
- Red White and Bleu Burger
- Sausage Sizzle
- Cheeseburger Subs
- Hot Dog Sailboats
Watch the below video to learn how to prepare this Summer Charcuterie Board!
Want to make your own Summer Charcuterie Board? Use this map as a guide:
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