The Picnic Poll – and the winners are...
July 4th, 2010
12:00 AM ET
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You voted. We tallied. The USA is a beer-drinkin', medium burger-chomping, watermelon-munching kind of country on July 4th, and we're totally cool with that.

Grab expert burger and steak grilling tips from our editors and readers and have a delicious Independence Day!

(Oh – and we learned we were dopes for not offering brats and brownies as main dish and dessert option. Apologies. What the heck were we thinking? We'll make it up to you by next Memorial Day.)

Favorite Picnic Main Dish:

Burgers 43%
Ribs 23%
Steak 12%
Hot dogs 10%
Chicken 7%
Veggies 3%
Other 2%

Favorite Picnic Beverage

Beer 51%
Iced tea 20%
Lemonade 8%
Cola 7%
Water 6%
Wine 4%
Punch (spiked or non) 2%
Other 2%

Favorite Hot Picnic Side Dish

Corn on the cob 42.3%
Baked beans 28.3%
Macaroni & cheese 15%
Grilled veggies 13.2%
Other 1.2%

Favorite Cold Picnic Side Dish

Potato salad 38%
Deviled eggs 27%
Fruit salad 13%
Pasta salad 11%
Cole slaw 8%
Three bean salad 2%
Other 1%

Favorite Burger Toppings

Cheese 15.8%
Lettuce 13%
Onions 12.3%
Ketchup 12.1%
Tomato 11.5%
Mustard 10.4%
Pickles 10%
Mayo 8.3%
Relish 2.1%
Other – 1.6%
Potato chips 1.5%
Steak sauce 1.4%

Favorite Level of Burger Doneness

Medium 29.5%
Medium well 25.5%
Medium rare 22.3%
Well done 16%
Fair rare 3.7%
Practically mooing 1.8%
Hockey puck 1.4%

Favorite Picnic Dessert

Watermelon 36.4%

Pie 23.5%
Ice cream / sherbet / gelato 12.9%
Cookies 9.2%
Cake 8.1%
Other 3.6%
Fruit kebab 3.2%
Anything involving a Jell-O mold 1.3%
Popsicle 1.2%
Pudding 0.7%

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  1. Mrs Linder

    Hamburger, sea salt and pepper, medium grilled on french onion bun, ketchup, huge slice stake tomato, red onion, halapenyo slaw on top. Fresh garlic, lime juice, ranch dressing potato salad, (no mayo). Fresh white corn boiled in one cup vinegar (limit salt). Very cold dark beer. Fresh fruit, cherry pie. a huge watermellon for seed spit contest for the kids. (I have never liked the taste of watermellon, hate it).

    Lots of old-fashion games, no phones, no stress, no religion, no politics. Just family fun.

    July 5, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  2. MR LUCK

    Brat= Bratwurst

    July 5, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  3. Mike

    This sounds like a BBQ, not a picnic.

    Picnic = sandwiches, fruits, snack like foods.

    BBQ = Grilled meats.

    July 5, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  4. veggie

    I guess I'm only a third american then...because I don't drink or eat meat.

    BLACK BEAN BURGERSSSSSS are DELISH.

    July 5, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  5. tourist

    what's a brat?

    July 5, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  6. Robert

    Burgers and beer. Figures.

    July 5, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Reply
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