An All-American Cookout
- Papa’s Favorite Wild West Hamburger
- Grilled Corn with Herbed Goat Cheese Butter
- Roasted Potato Salad with Sour Cream and Shallots
- Green Bean and Peach Salad
- Piquant Cornbread
- Blueberry Crisp
- Watermelon Cooler
More About This Menu
- In 2014 Ernest Hemingway’s hamburger recipe resurfaced at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. The maximalist patty, which first appeared in our June/July 2014 issue with Helen Rosner’s story A Writer’s Beef, calls for minced carrot and tomato, cheddar cheese, grated apple, capers, India relish, and a brace of spices, all mixed directly into the beef. The result is incomparable, but you can certainly serve a simpler burger, if you prefer. See our burger guide for more burger recipes and cooking techniques.
- Start ahead to save time: Make the crisp, cornbread, and potato salad a day ahead, and blanch the green beans for the salad the night before. Just before serving, warm the crisp and cornbread in a low oven for a few minutes.
- It’s hard to improve upon the combination of a warm blueberry crisp and a cool, melting scoop of vanilla ice cream. Choose a premium store-bought ice cream, or make your own at home »
- For more cocktail ideas for a crowd, see our favorite easy pitcher cocktails »