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gourmet gyro burgers for backyard party
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Gourmet Burgers

Elevate traditional barbecue fare with foodie-friendly gourmet burgers. This burger recipe uses Greek flavors, which would be a great way to celebrate a couple planning on honeymooning in Greece.

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Unique Toppings

Or, you can create cool flavor combinations using unique toppings and condiments. This technique is also usually more cost-effective than making different entrees or meat dishes.

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Zesty Salads

Salads and sides are fantastic for a backyard engagement party, not only because they can be made ahead of time, but also because they are simple ways to account for a variety of dietary considerations. By making some salads vegan or gluten-free, you can ensure that every guest has something to enjoy.

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Addictive Munchies

Get that old recipe box from your grandma and search through family favorite recipes. A homemade onion dip (shown here) with blue corn tortilla chips is just the sort of snack that will keep your friends noshing happily.

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Homemade Bread

Impress your friends and family with homemade hamburger buns, or sandwich bread, such as these salty pretzel rolls. If you serve the bread on its own, whip up a batch of garlic butter to accompany it.

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fish on chips appetizer
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Small Bites

Especially if you have a large guest list for your backyard engagement party, dinner might not be served right away. Give your guests delish small bites to pass the time until the grill heats up.

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Rustic Entrees

Don't want to grill? Prepare a rustic meal instead, such as these braised short ribs served on top of creamy cheese grits. It's a deliciously simple dinner and can be easily made family-style.

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homemade fruit cobbler with blackberries and peaches
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Seasonal Desserts

Bake a cobbler, crisp, or pie featuring whatever fruit is currently in season. This peach and blackberry dessert would be perfect for a July event.

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Ice Cream Sweets

There's nothing like a fun surprise at the end of the evening. Make these ice cream sandwiches several days ahead of your engagement party so that they have time to freeze solid.

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DIY alcoholic frozen flavor pops
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Boozy Treats

Your favorite nostalgic childhood treat goes grown-up with these alcohol infused frozen pops. Made with coconut water, we love the cheery bright colors you can create here.