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Hamburgers & Hot Dogs - All-American Food!

Guest Author - Sandy Moyer

Hamburgers and hot dogs are All-American food favorites! According to a recent survey of American adults sponsored by the American Meat Institute and National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, these Summer holiday favorites are at the top of the list of foods most associated with America.

Hamburgers are America's favorite grilled food. For the best grilled burgers, start with the freshest ground beef. To avoid major flare ups, don't use ground beef with a high fat content. Use ground chuck or ground sirloin with about a 25% fat content for burgers that are tasty and moist, but without excessive fat. Burgers made with even leaner meat will be drier, but if you're following a very low fat diet for health concerns or serious weight loss, use ground beef labeled extra lean, 90% lean, or ground round.

To grill, place the hamburgers on a grid about 6" above hot coals. Don't repeatedly turn the patties from side to side....Turning only one time is best. Never press a hamburger pattie while it's grilling or pierce it with a fork. To do so will cause flare-ups and create dry, tasteless burgers. A properly grilled hamburger is no longer pink in the center. Ground beef should be cooked to 160º F.

For the taste of burgers made on a sizzlin' campfire, add hickory chips to the coals. Soak the chips in water for about an hour, then scatter them around the hot coals just before placing meat on the grill.


Big Burger Special Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 T. French salad dressing
  • 1 T. finely chopped mild sweet onion
  • 1 T. sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • dash of salt
Preparation -
Whisk all ingredients together. Use instead of ketchup or mayo as a burger topping.

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  • Hot Dogs

    Americans will eat about 7 billion hot dogs this summer!!!

    There are other ways to top a hot dog besides the usual mustard and ketchup, relish, onions and sauerkraut.....

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  • Bacon & your favorite cheese
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  • One of the most popular recipes on this site, year-round, is my recipe for Coney-Island Hot Dog Sauce.

    That said, theres really not too much else I can tell you about these all-time favorites that hasn't already been written about on a number of other hot-dog web pages. Here's links to some of the best hot dog facts and recipes the web has to offer.....


    Hot Dog Information Links

    Focus On Hot Dogs
    From the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture....Whether you call it a frankfurter, hot dog, wiener, or bologna, it's a cooked sausage and a summertime favorite. They can be made from beef, pork, turkey, or chicken -- the label must state which. And there are Federal standards of identity for their content.

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    Hot Dog Calorie Counter
    Select the hot dog and toppings you want, then see the calories, fat, protein and sodium immediately calculated.


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    Content copyright © 2014 by Sandy Moyer. All rights reserved.
    This content was written by Sandy Moyer. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Allyson Elizabeth DŽAngelo for details.

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