We Americans are an independent lot. Imbued with free spirits, we embrace individuality, creativity and self reliance. Since we so admire the self-made, do-it-yourself attribute, a burger bar is the way to go for your July Fourth festivities. Essentially, you will provide your guests with burgers and all the fixings, so that they can create their own delicious meal.
Here are some ideas for the burger bar:
Condiments: ketchup, chili sauce, barbecue sauce, mustard, Russian dressing, pickles, relish.
Fresh vegetable slices: red and/or yellow tomatoes, purple onions, avocado.
Sauteed vegetables: onions, mushrooms, red, yellow and green peppers.
Baskets of assorted rolls and buns: sesame seed, multigrain, or potato buns; kaiser, onion or challah rolls.
The possibilities are limitless, so feel free to come up with your own burger accompaniments.
I have provided a recipe for grilled hamburgers, which I like to serve with fireworks coleslaw. Consider providing your guests with more burger options such as chicken, turkey or veggie burgers. Most of all, have fun with this as we gather together to celebrate our Independence on the Fourth of July!
Heat the canola oil in a medium skillet, then sauté the onion and garlic for about 5 minutes until translucent. Allow to cool for at least 5 minutes.
Place the ground beef in a large mixing bowl. Add the chili sauce, mustard, soy sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, hot pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Add the sautéed onions and garlic. Mix all together with a fork or, better yet, your hand. Try to use a light touch, so that the mixture does not become too dense. This technique ensures a lighter, juicier hamburger.
Divide the mixture into 3 or 4 parts, then form 3 or 4 patties.
Lightly grease** a grill, then preheat for 5 to 10 minutes. Place ground beef patties on grill for 4 to 5 minutes per side to desired degree of doneness.
Makes 3 to 4 hamburgers.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the green and red cabbages, carrot, jicama and apple.
In a medium missing bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, raspberry vinegar, mustard, honey, Tabasco sauce, celery seed, salt and pepper.
Add about ½ cup of the mayonnaise mixture to the cabbage mixture, and fold all together until well combined.
Add more of the mayonnaise dressing, if desired.
Refrigerate the coleslaw for at least one hour.
Serves 8 to 10.