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#30DaysOfBurgers: Bacon-Burger Melts

Here we are at the end of our “30 Days of Burgers,” and we saved this juicy, mouthwatering burger for the end. Behold this burger beauty–a burger and grilled cheese combo topped with bacon!

Bacon-Burger Melts

Get the recipe: Bacon-Burger Melts


Rach loves burgers and so do we! Celebrate summer grilling season with us by following our burger bonanza! Each day in June, we shared a different, juicy and delicious burger recipe, so you can get creative and never make the same burger twice. Find all of our “30 Days of Burgers” on pinterest.

 

Stay tuned as we share our Burger Battle Royale featuring America’s best restaurant burgers and top picks from well-known chefs the James Beard Foundation.

 

Burger Bun-anza:

Rachael’s 25 Most Popular Burgers

Our Ultimate Burger Finder [Tool]

How to Make a Burger Patty [Video] 

 

 

#30DaysOfBurgers: Big Beef Burgers with Crunchy Sour Cream Onions

This open-widers got a crispy sour cream onion ring on top. But dont make ‘em just for this beefy beauty, they’re fabulous with any grilled dish. Skip lunch and enjoy!Big Beef Burgers with Crunchy Sour Cream Onions

Get the recipe: Beef Burgers with Crunchy Sour Cream Onions

 

Rach loves burgers and so do we! Celebrate summer grilling season with us by following our burger bonanza! Each day in June, we’re bringing you a different, juicy and delicious burger recipe, so you can get creative and never make the same burger twice. Find all of our “30 Days of Burgers” to date on twitter or pinterest.

 

SIDE DISH RECIPES:

Coleslaw Recipes

Onion Ring Recipes

French Fry Recipes

 

Onion Rings

In honor of National Onion Ring Day, here are some fun facts you probably didn’t know about the one vegetable that makes us cry:

 

  • The origin of onion rings is not confirmed. Some believe that a 1933 Crisco ad featured in The New York Times Magazine was the start to a deep-fried revolution. Some trust the Pig Stand restaurant chain, founded in Oak Cliff, Texas to be the founder. Nonetheless, A&W is credited with popularizing the novelty, while some people simply think this was a randomly selected day to eat some yummy food. Whose side are you on?
  • Recently, The Riders 4 Relief National Onion Ring Eating Championship Presented by The Warehouse Stean n’ Stein was officially announced! First place wins $700 and a trophy. Time to get your eat on!
  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest onion ever grown was in Silsden, England at a whopping 10 lbs. 14 oz.

 

For your next barbecue bash, try out one of our twists on the classic recipe like our Olympic Onion Rings!

Olympic Onion Rings

Get the recipes: 5 Amazing Onion Rings

 

-Nicole Witko

 

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Instant Expert!: How to Cut an Onion [VIDEO]

French Fry Recipes

Chip Recipes

 

Flashback Friday: Feedback Party Proposal

Remember that one time a guy proposed to his girlfriend on the main stage at Rachael’s annual South by South West Feedback Party? And she said yes! We sure do. What an unforgettable moment.

But talk about a tough act to follow! The rest of the bands put on a great show and it was quite a day to remember. Do you have any summer concert plans? Tell us about them in the comments below!

#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook of the Week: @FreckledFoodBeast

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Weekto appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine!

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This week’s featured cook, Becca van S. got us in the mood to grill out and chill out! We loved her comment on fighting over the dark meat with her hubby and couldn’t agree more with her #foodgasm hashtag more. Bring on the summer grilling!

 

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#30DaysOfBurgers: A Burger Recipe a Day

5 Techniques for Great Grilled Chicken

Past RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cooks

 

Summer Picnic Essentials

If you can’t stand the heat in the kitchen—get out of the house and host a picnic! We’ve got the best gear for a summer day in the park, at the beach or on the lawn—all you have to do is provide the food. Check out our fave products:

1. Forget schlepping around a bulky, boxy basket—this insulated picnic tote holds everything you need and keeps food at the right temp! $42, macys.com

2. Easily carry this large picnic mat to whatever spot you choose—the waterproof bottom means you can lay it wherever you want! Plus, store extra essentials in the hidden pocket. $32 and up, picnicfun.com Special note: 10% of all pink mat purchases will go to breast cancer research.

3. Keep food safe from bugs while you play with these hand-painted food domes. $30 and up for set of three, depending on size, worldmarket.com

4. Just because you’re outside doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style! You’d never guess these servers, with intricate rope detailing on the bottoms, are melamine. Available in three colors. $18.50, potterybarn.com

5. Need inspiration? Look no further than Tori Finch’s “A Perfect Day for A Picnic” loaded with tons of decorating and recipe ideas for your outdoor party. $17, amazon.com

6. Don’t forget the wine! This three-bottle-tote ensures the vino keeps flowing all day long! $30, builtny.com

7. These bright, printed melamine plates will survive the trip outside—and impress your company! $4.50 each, westelm.com

Pair your picnic gear with these delish just-for-summer recipes:

 

More Picnic Posts:

7 Portable Cocktails

3 Small and Portable Chargers

10 Outdoor Party Ideas

 

 

#30DaysOfBurgers: Buffalo Thigh Sliders

This savory and succulent burger is a great gourmet bite in a small juicy package.  You can’t go wrong with a brioche bun and oozing emmentaler cheese. Get ready to delve in!

Buffalo Thigh Sliders

Get the recipe: Buffalo Thigh Sliders 

 

Rach loves burgers and so do we! Celebrate summer grilling season with us by following our burger bonanza! Each day in June, we’re bringing you a different, juicy and delicious burger recipe, so you can get creative and never make the same burger twice. Find all of our “30 Days of Burgers” to date on twitter or pinterest.

 

 

#30DaysOfBurgers: Cobb-Style Burgers

This mile-high burger, inspired by my favorite salad, is rich and refreshing at the same time. Crisp lettuce, creamy blue cheese, smoky bacon, ripe tomato, avocado and red onion get piled atop a juicy patty on a toasted brioche bun. Hungry yet? -Rachael Ray

Cobb-Style Burgers

 Photo by John Kernick


Get the recipe: Cobb-Style Burgers

 

Rach loves burgers and so do we! Celebrate summer grilling season with us by following our burger bonanza! Each day in June, we’re bringing you a different, juicy and delicious burger recipe, so you can get creative and never make the same burger twice. Find all of our “30 Days of Burgers” to date on storifytwitter or pinterest.

 

Cool drinks to pair with your burger:

Taste Test: The 10 Best Domestic Beers

5 Easy Cocktail Party Pitchers

Sangria Recipes

 

I Heart Watermelon Cocktails

Pink cocktails are my guilty pleasure. They simultaneously appeal to my inner girly-girl and taste a-maz-ing, and yet, I rarely order them in public. After bartending many years ago on the opening night of the first Sex and the City movie and making over 200 Cosmopolitans, I don’t think I (or any other bartender for that matter) can look at a pink drink in the same way. That being said, I do make an exception for watermelon cocktails. Juicy sweet and irresistibly fresh, watermelon–in juice or puree form– is like putting summer into a glass. So when there’s a watermelon cocktail on a menu, you better believe I’m gonna order it, but since that can get expensive, here’s a few of my favorite watermelon drinks that you can make at home.

 

Watermelon

Photo by Plamen Petkov

 

Get the recipes:

 

 

Watermelon Quencher

Watermelon Quencher

This lovely libation from our Editor-in-Chief, Lauren Purcell, and her sister, Anne, will put smiles on everyone’s faces. Use a couple drops of red food coloring to tint the sugar-salt mixture for a colorful cocktail rim.

Watermelon-Plum Sangria

Watermelon-Plum Sangria

Two kinds of plums and a half of a watermelon is all you’ll need for this thirst-quenching sip. Use a melon baller to scoop balls out of the watermelon, then plop ‘em into your pitcher. How easy is that?!

Melon Patch Champagne Cocktail

Melon Patch Champagne Cocktail

From our “Year of Champagne Cocktails” recipe collection, this June-inspired sparkler combines slightly sweet watermelon, botanical-infused gin and savory rosemary to create a crisp, clean and ultra-refreshing concoction.

Watermelon Mint Cooler

Watermelon Mint Cooler

Mint and lime heighten the cooling and refreshing factors in this 4-ingredient cocktail. Make it by the pitcher for the easiest signature party cocktail ever!

 

More Cocktails:

Iced Tea Recipes

5 Easy Party Pitcher Cocktails

Battle of the Citrus Cocktails: Lemon versus Lime

 

#30DaysOfBurgers: Hearty Paprika Burger

Pepper lovers will go crazy for these super seasoned burgers! The patties are flavored with dried ones and topped with roasted ones. Then to cool things down, there’s tangy sour cream, lettuce, pickles and red onion piled high on a potato roll. Talk about a lot of bang for your bite! -Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray's Hearty Paprika Burgers

Photography by John Kernick
 

Get the recipe: Hearty Paprika Burgers

 

Rach loves burgers and so do we! Celebrate summer grilling season with us by following our burger bonanza! Each day in June, we’re bringing you a different, juicy and delicious burger recipe, so you can get creative and never make the same burger twice. Find all of our “30 Days of Burgers” to date on storifytwitter or pinterest.


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French Fry Recipes

Summer Drink Recipes