Nothing says “summer” like a backyard bbq with family and friends! With the 4th of July coming up and summer heat in full swing, we wanted to share some of our top picks for barbecue essentials. Below you will find some of our favorite brands that are Trash Panda approved!
Burgers and Dogs
Some may argue that the perfect burger or hot dog are the staple of a good barbecue. Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re shopping for your protein:
•Beef: choose organic, and 100% grass-fed if possible. Trader Joe’s, Costco, and Whole Foods all have these options.
•Chicken: should be organic, and ideally pasture-raised. Thrive Market is a great source for this.
•Hot dogs: 100% grass-fed organic beef options are becoming more widely available like these from Whole Foods or these from Teton Waters Ranch, available at Costco.
•If you’re looking for vegetarian or vegan options, Yeah Dawg vegan hot dogs, and Amy’s Organic California Veggie Burgers are both made with real-food ingredients and are a few of our favorite picks!
Whole Foods uncured grass-fed beef hot dogs
Teton Waters Ranch Uncured Kielbasa Sausage Made with Beef
Amy's California Veggie Burgers
Butterball Turkey Burger Patties
There are lots of sneaky ingredients hiding in packaged bread products. Look out for soybean oil, canola oil, preservatives such as calcium propionate, and sugar. Below are some of our favorite options!
Ezekiel Sprouted Wheat Hot Dog Buns
Rudi's Organic White Hamburger Buns
Condiments are another one of those foods where unhealthy ingredients often sneak in. Be on the lookout for lots of sugar (often in the form of high-fructose corn syrup), natural flavors, and sodium. Ideally, a serving of sauce would have less than eight grams of sugar and less than 10 percent of the daily value of sodium (230 milligrams). We really like the Noble Made sauces, and Primal Kitchen condiments as a great alternative.
Noble Made Classic BBQ Sauce
Primal Kitchen Organic Unsweetened Ketchup
Primal Kitchen Organic Spicy Brown Mustard
Barbecues are one of the best parts of summer, so get out there and celebrate the beautiful weather with some of your favorite foods on the grill. Throw these items in your cart when you shop to take the guesswork out of it, or bring the Trash Panda App with you to fact check your options. Visit us on Instagram to show us your #TrashPandaApproved finds!