Summer Meals: Cheeseburgers, Salad with Avocado Dressing, and Roasted Red Potatoes

We’ve been firing up the grill more often, both for our own meals and for get-togethers at our house. This weekend we had friends from out of town visit us and we got the grill ready again. We had burgers, roasted vegetables, and a salad to complete the meal.


Cheeseburgers are the quintessential summer entree. It’s not hard to make a fantastic burger if you have the right ingredients. keeping it simple is key.

  • Lightly mix 6 ounces ground beef chuck with a pinch of kosher salt.
  • Form into a ball, then into a 3/4-inch-thick patties
  • Grill the burger 4 to 5 minutes per side (or however long you prefer)
With some cheddar cheese and bacon or whatever you prefer, you can create a fantastic burger.

Avocado and Lime Dressing

We had a kale salad with avocado and lime dressing instead of my husband’s favorite – ranch. We wanted to mix it up and try something different. Besides tasting delicious, the dressing was incredibly easy to make.

  • 2 Avocados
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2-3 tbsp water (to thin it a little bit)

You can mix it by hand or you can use a food processor.

Roasted Rosemary Red Potatoes with Broccoli red potatoes

While I love fries with my cheeseburgers, roasted potatoes are just as good.

  • 14-16 small new red potatoes
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • broccoli florets

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl mix the oil, garlic, and rosemary; add the potatoes and broccoli. Toss well. Transfer the potatoes to a s baking pan and roast until potatoes are tender when tested with the tip of a knife.

Thoughts on Eating This Summer

I’d love to hear about your favorite summer meals. Have you’ve been grilling more often? What has been your favorite dish so far?

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