How to Serve a Southern Style Burger

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How do you do burgers where you're from? This country is a melting pot of people with different backgrounds based on culture, regional location, religions, and more. And it seems everyone has their own special way of serving up their burgers in the summer time. I've teamed up with Kroger's Private Selection to show you how I create the perfect burger "Southern style", and you'll get the chance to share your favorite burger building secrets too.

When I was a kid I remember going to a local burger joint with my dad. It was one of those places that kinda looked like the 50's drive-ins, and it was locally owned – not a chain restaurant. I'm not sure how it came to be, but somehow the classic Southern burger became cheese, hot dog chili, cole slaw, and onion. The more – the messier – the better! Condiments like ketchup or mustard almost become unnecessary, although a little yellow mustard can add a nice spice to it.

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  • I think what makes this so classically Southern is the slaw. We Southerners like our cole slaw, and we make it simply with mayonnaise and a little sugar. That's how my dad made it when I was little, and that's how I make it now. It's funny how my mom would do all the cooking {other than grilling} except for cole slaw and fruit cake! Those were my dad's specialties.
  • The onions are important too. They should be sweet onions, preferably vidalia if you have it. And the cheese is thinly sliced cheddar.
  • The hot dog chili goes hand in hand with the slaw – you can't have one without the other! I make it very simply using ground beef, chili seasoning, tomato sauce, and a little sugar. The real secret is to brown the beef over low heat so the meat cooks into very small pieces. You can't have big chunks in your hot dog/hamburger chili!
  • Finally, the buns. Sesame seed buns are the classic I grew up with. It's just hard to beat.

The combination of cool slaw, crunchy onion slices, and saucy chili makes the perfect toppings for a warm grilled burger.

To make these delicious burgers I started out with Kroger's Private Selection Prime Rib beef patties. They come frozen and can be taken from freezer to grill without thawing. They taste amazing and even my daughter, who is more of a carb girl than a protein girl, was begging for another! Private Selection and Kroger wants to know what makes your burger the best in the nation, and they'll give you a FREE mason jar dessert just for sharing!

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and contributor to Homes.com, Marie Callender's, and SheKnows. Most recently her work has been published in Woman's World, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.

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