WASHINGTON – Fourth of July barbecues offer the perfect holiday meal. Grill up some burgers and hot dogs, add some corn on the cob, grab a side of potato salad and a slice of apple pie.
But this meal will have you digging deeper in your wallet.
The cost of an average cheeseburger made on the grill at home was $2.07 in April, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s up 61 percent from the price of a cheeseburger in April of 2000.
“It costs more to make a hamburger now than it did a year ago,” says Ricky Volpe, an economist with the USDA. “However this is just about the cheapest time of year to do it.”
“Supermarkets have a tendency to actually reduce prices for foods that have a clear seasonal demand peak,” Volpe says.
“That’s true for ice cream in July, it’s certainly true for turkeys at Thanksgiving, and it’s true for ground beef right around Memorial Day through the Fourth of July.”