(EndPlay Staff Reports) - No disrespect to the true meaning of the Fourth of July, but this is also a day where grill masters across the United States show their stuff.
From burgers and hot dogs to posh seafood dishes, July 4 promises a great time for eating grilled food.
Before the recipes, though, grillers need to decide whether they prefer gas or charcoal. Which one you use can affect the taste of your food.
Charcoal generates a smokier taste that is somewhat richer than gas-grilled food. But charcoal is more of a polluter, emitting more carbon monoxide, particulate matter and soot into the atmosphere resulting in higher concentrations of ground-level ozone, reported Eating Well .
Still, there are no studies to prove which grill provides healthier food, according to the website.
Now, some recipes to fire up your Fourth of July celebrations:
Burgers – Bolster your flavor by adding some smoked cheese, barbecue sauce and wild rice. For more ideas, click here .
Vegetarian Burgers – You don't have to be a vegetarian to enjoy a veggie burger. Made with fiber-rich vegetables, whole grains and other flavorful ingredients, try one and add to your arsenal of burger faves. Read more here .
Steak – Chimichurri steak kebobs and cilantro lime rice. Enjoy slightly charred yet juicy meat cubes cooked over live fire on kebobs.
California Hot Dog – Of course this recipe includes avocado (it's got California in the name, right?). You can make a hot dog more than just a tube of meat with this recipe .
Seafood – This Fourth of July is the perfect time to try a grilled salmon sandwich. Click here for the recipe (you'll be glad you did).
Chicken – That old standard can make your grilling duties a snap. Try an "easy grilled chicken" recipe for guaranteed good eats.