Wow, much greater than the sum of its parts! I does sound like a hodgepodge, but it really works. I used Baked Ruffles for the potato strings. I wasn't sure if it was a mistake for it to be 3-4 sausages and 5 or more cups of toppings for each person/bun - but we just made one sausage for each person/bun with a normal sprinkling/spread of each topping (and skipped the optional favorite sauce, since already had all the other toppings). I totally agree that vegetarians could use beans for the sausage (and leave off the bacon). These were really good!