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July 4th Cookout Cost? Burgers up 50% Last Five Years

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I find it interesting that the cost of living increases do not include energy and food. If “they” think they are fooling anyone, think again. The weekly visit to any grocery store gives sticker shock to almost everyone. Almost except Janet Yellin. Depending on the beef you choose, the average burger is up  at least 50 percent.

For example, according to Consumer Affairs, the price of 1.33 pounds of ground beef this year is $8.45. This means your hamburger patties are going to be about 50 percent more expensive this year than they were in 2019 (assuming you don’t cheap out on your guests with shrinkflation).

For example, 1.3 pounds of ground chuck for burgers costs $8.45 today. But in 2019 you could buy those burgers for $5.62. Doing the math, those hamburgers have increased in price by 50% – or an average of 10% per year.

But that’s not the only cookout staple that’s gotten more expensive. Fifty seven-inch disposable plates, which cost $2.76 in 2019 today costs $4.97, an increase of 98%.

How about a 12-pack of soda? In 2019 you could buy it for $5.17. Now? $9.18, an increase of 77.5%.

A package of 16 beef hot dogs cost $7.62 five years ago but now sells for $10.30, a 35% increase. Fortunately, a few things on the menu haven’t gone up as much. 

A 14 oz. jar of mustard cost $1.97 in 2019 but will only set you back $2.12 today, an increase of only 7.6% A package of 30 plastic cups costs 10% more than five years ago.

While it’s true that inflation has slowed, it doesn’t mean that prices have gone down. Check out the complete five-year price comparison in the chart below.

Disposable plates are up over 80 percent during that time. Ketchup is up about 52 percent.

Item Description







Ground Beef Chuck Burgers 1.33 lbs (4 ct)







Beef hot dogs, 16 ct







Hamburger buns 8 ct







Hot dog buns 8 ct







Baked beans, 16oz







Soda, 12 pack







Disposable plates, 7 inch 50 ct







Sweet relish, 12.7oz bottle







Tomato ketchup 20oz







Yellow mustard, 14 oz







Mayonnaise, 12oz







American Cheese – 24ct







Plastic cups, 30 ct








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On that note…if I don’t catch you tomorrow, have a wonderful Fourth of July.

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