A summer cookout is a great American tradition. And when you add the Fourth of July into the mix, well, you can't get more red, white and blue than that. My favorite grill delight is burgers. And below you will find how to turn simple burgers into a spicy treat - sausage burgers!

This Summer Cookout page is filled with all kinds of great recipes, including an amazing toasted coconut ice cream recipe, and tips to make your next outdoor party a success. I have the essential grill items that every chef should have and the ways to get the best results from charcoal. Add to this picnic safety tips, patriotic napkins rings, an explanation of ice cream, gelato and sorbet and a wet obstacle for your kids! A great summer afternoon with the family.