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May 22nd, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Memorial Day BBQ Planning


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Memorial Day Weekend is almost here! Usually the first big weekend for pools and BBQs, we’re following the tradition and inviting friends and family for a good old-fashioned cookout. BBQs can be pretty simple to plan with some burgers and hot dogs, but if you want to really make a splash, consider some of these ideas during preparation.

  • “Make Your Own” Stations - The best part about hamburgers and hot dogs is the many ways you can customize them to your taste. Consider setting up different stations. Grill chicken, sausage, hot dogs, and hamburgers as the base. Put out a variety of breads and toppers (different kinds of cheeses, sliced onions and tomatoes, pickles, sauerkraut, etc.) and all the condiments you can think of. Add a chalk board “menu” of ideas so your guests have some inspiration (see our recent hamburger post for some great recipes).  You can do this for drinks, desserts, etc. as well.
  • Signature Drinks – It’s easy to throw some beer, soft drinks, and bottled water into a tub of ice and call it a day, but you’ll wow your guests if you offer some delicious and refreshing mixes. Some ideas: A sangria with fresh fruit, a lemonade/iced tea mix, a fruit punch, etc. Walmart has a great drink dispenser with an ice core, so your guests can help themselves.
  • A Fun Music Playlist – There’s nothing like a good playlist to get a party going! Consider fun, upbeat classics and top 40 that guests of all ages can enjoy. Try searching for some summer playlists online if you don’t know where to start, or ask your friends what some of their favorites are!
  • Lawn/Outdoor Games – We don’t have a pool, so we’re planning on setting up a few games to pass the time. Bocce ball, badminton, horseshoes, beanbag toss, and frisbee are some great choices. For kids, a slip and slide or water balloons can provide hours of fun!

Do you have anything special planned for your Memorial Day BBQ? Share your ideas with us on our Facebook page!

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May 22nd, 2013 at 9:25 am

Memorial Day BBQ Recipes – Not Just Burgers and Hot Dogs!


Memorial Day weekend is almost here! There’s something about a good Memorial Day BBQ that gets me super excited! This holiday is all about remembering the brave men and women who gave their lives while serving our country. It shouldn’t be just any old “burgers and hot dogs” BBQ! Get creative with these delicious, not-so-typical recipes with some cultural flare (think New Orleans-style, Asian Fusion, Mexican-Inspired and more).


Main Dishes:

Side Dishes:



How will YOU be celebrating Memorial Day this year?

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May 9th, 2013 at 11:26 am

Hamburger Recipes


It’s almost time to get our BBQ on! Hamburgers are the all-time best food to throw on the grill. Something about them screams summer to me. Here are some great burger recipes to try:

Chili Sauce and Horseradish Burger

These are really easy to make and are so full of flavor. Definitely for nights when you want some beef with a bite to it.

Mozzarella-Stuffed Burger

Sometimes instead of slicing the cheese, I’ll simply mix in shredded mozzarella so it’s sprinkled throughout the whole burger. Bonus Ingredient: mix black beans into the meat. I do this all the time and it’s one of my all-time favorite meals.

Skinny Hamburger

At just under 162 calories a burger, you can have a pretty guiltless meal. But just because it’s a “skinny” burger doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing great taste!

Meatball Sliders

Sometimes I’m just in the mood for a mini-burger and I’ll throw these together. While the recipe does call for frozen meatballs, I do much prefer to make my own.

Remember that you can also substitute turkey meat in any of these recipes (I actually strongly prefer turkey meat over beef) and top them with whatever you’d like – bacon, condiments, lettuce and tomato, or whatever your creativity tells you to do. Enjoy!

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