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Kiki's Picnic Burgers

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If you're headed to the beach, a BBQ, or any other outdoor gathering, these Vintage 1970's picnic burgers are great to have prepped and ready to go. This chopped burger mix can be served on buns, in pitas or even scooped up on chips.

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook time: 20 min

Serves: 4-6 Adults


  • 1lb lean ground beef

  • 1/2 medium onion, diced

  • 3-4 baby dill pickles, finely diced

  • 1 roma tomato, finely diced

  • 1 cup lettuce, shredded

  • 1 cup bacon, diced, cooked and cooled

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard

  • 1 tbsp ketchup


  1. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. When your pan is piping hot, add in your ground beef and allow it to brown on one side. Once it releases from the pan, flip it and allow it to brown on the second side. Break it up, season with salt and pepper.

  2. Add the onion to the pan and cook until it softens and the meat is no longer red. Remove the beef and onion to a separate bowl. Set aside and allow to cool.

  3. Heat up the skillet again and add in your diced bacon once the pan is hot. Cook until crisp & then remove to the bowl with the beef and onion and allow to cool.

  4. In a large bowl, mix together the diced pickles, tomato and shredded lettuce. Add in the mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup. Then add the meat and onion mixture. Stir everything together.

  5. Serve on fresh buns.

Zhuzh it up!

  • This is great for picnics, BBQs or any outdoor gathering. Prepare the night before for quick and easy packing - the flavours are also better the next day!

  • Change up the mustard to honey or dijon, or add in BBQ sauce in place of ketchup. Whatever condiments you like on a traditional burger, put into this mix!

  • The kids say it tastes just like an A&W burger if you swap out the mayo for ranch dressing, and use sweet gherkins rather than dill pickles.

  • Check out more great American Vintage Recipes and join in on the nostalgia on Kiki's facebook page: Vintage Recipes (with Chef Kiki Coll)


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