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“Hold the Fork” Picnic Burgers

I’m honored to be a part of the 2013 Kraft Tastemaker Community, where I am teaming up with Kraft Foods to bring you family friendly recipes using common ingredients found in your pantry!

Hold the Fork Picnic Burgers from www.dineanddish.netYou know that awkward moment at picnics or outdoor gatherings where all the seats are gone and you are stuck balancing your plate and drink and trying to eat without dropping everything on the ground? It’s enough to make me just skip the salads or anything that requires flatware and go straight to the handheld food.

I’ve decided to solve this dilemma by creating a “hold the fork” picnic burger, where the salad or slaw is plopped right on top of your burger… get your salad and your burger too, but skip the fork! It’s the best solution to the picnic plate balancing dilemma, dont you think?

As you know, I’ve been attempting to man the grill a bit more, but if you follow me on Instagram you might have noticed that’s not going so well, ahem. So, for now, until we get a new grill or I become really good friends with our fire department, I’m leaving the grilling up to my husband. That doesn’t mean I don’t get to get creative in my own ways though with toppings!

Hold the Fork Picnic Burgers from www.dineanddish.net

This burger recipe was inspired by a simple cole slaw recipe that I’ve loved for years. It’s so fresh and flavorful, and with Kraft Natural Cheeses mixed in, it’s really the only topping you need on your grilled burger.

So put down your fork, pull up a plate, and go utensil free at your next picnic. For more great utensil free sandwich recipes to inspire you, make sure to head over to www.kraftrecipes.com.

“Hold the Fork” Picnic Burgers

“Hold the Fork” Picnic Burgers

Skip the fork and top your burgers with your favorite cole slaw instead!


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 2 cups thinly shaved green cabbage
  • 2 cups thinly shaved red cabbage
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled and julienned
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups Kraft Natural Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup plus sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Sriracha


  1. Season the ground beef and shape into 4 patties.
  2. Grill the burgers over medium heat to desired doneness.
  3. For the slaw:
  4. Place cabbages, carrots, bell pepper, onion and cheese into a large serving bowl.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together lemon juice, cider vinegar, sugar, Kosher salt, black pepper, sour cream and Siriracha until well blended. Pour over cabbage and cheese mixture and stir together until slaw is lightly coated and ready to serve.
  6. Place cooked burgers on a bun and top with slaw. Serve and enjoy!
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Disclosure: This post is brought to you by KraftFoods. I am honored to be a compensated contributor to their Kraft Tastemaker community. All opinions expressed are my own. 


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  1. Look at you putting a salad on your hamburger – I’m so proud!!! ;-) Sounds delish.

  2. Loving this! Salad on a burger sounds pretty darn awesome!!

  3. I’ve been craving burgers recently and no I’m not pregnant. These look great and I love the toppings.

  4. I do this all the time with pulled pork, why didn’t I think to do it with a burger? Awesome idea!

  5. Salad on a burger totally makes up for everything else, right? :)

  6. Oh I hate having to stand and eat! I think even if I did have a seat and a fork I would still be all about this burger!!!

  7. Love this idea!

  8. Awesome idea! I can’t think of anything better to eat on picnics.

  9. Salad AND a burger?! Yesssssss!!

  10. What a great way to combine salad and an entree! I’m “all for” handheld food at picnics.

  11. Hold the fork, hold the utensils – I’m diving in mouth first!

  12. The salad right on top of the burger. Awesome idea.

  13. Perfect picnic burgers! Love it!

  14. These look so tasty! Love the topping!

  15. I adore the unexpected on burgers, and adding the slaw/salad element to the burger is unexpected and delish! YUM YUM Kristen! :-)

  16. Genius! I so love this idea, have to try this asap :)


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