Posted: Jul 25, 2012 2:32 PM by Breanna Roy - KPAX News
Updated: Jul 25, 2012 3:14 PM
Let's face it, in the summer months, your taste buds shift a little bit. So instead of milk and peanut butter, this month reporter Breanna Roy decided to go a different route. What better place to take our basket this month than the backyard? It is summer, after all and a barbecue has endless possibilities.
But Breanna thought she'd keep it simple, and affordable, and grill up burgers for four. So let's start with the most important part: The beef. And if you do it right, it will be the biggest expense in your barbecue basket. A pound and a half of hamburger filled us up and cost $7.23.
A pack of fresh buns will run $2.72, and it doesn't cost extra for a gourmet toast, but it does take an extra watchful eye to make sure they don't burn. Breanna added on a little less than $2 worth of cheddar cheese from the block of Tillamook typically in her basket every month. Nothing adds to the barbecue taste like corn on the cob and four ears cost $1.72.
The best beverage if you're on a budget is to buy a frozen can of juice and mix it yourself. You can quench the thirst of four for $1.81.
And on to the condiments, in case you don't already have 'em in the fridge. Together yellow mustard $2.52 and ketchup $2.85 will cost you $5.37. Now if you aren't lucky enough to have fresh produce from the garden, you can pick up an onion from the store for less than a buck and lettuce for $1.27.
All that, and of course, a bag of chips. Breanna got a generic brand for $1.98.
Breanna found $25 was enough to satisfy a backyard barbecue for four, satisfying both her budget and her belly.
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