Nice Buns.

Nothing says summer like firing up the grill. For carnivores that means endless delicious charred, meaty treats. In this canon of deliciousness, creating the perfect cheese burger is a skill to be honed.  There are dozens of ways to cook them and endless toppings. For the recipe, below, we kept it simple and brought it back to the burger you grew up with. Serve it with the quick pickles, corn and watermelon and you have a feast.  

Speaking of it, that little watermelon is almost too cute to eat. Almost. Luke from Brookford Farm picked them yesterday. Use it in one of the salads below, or just crush a little kosher or Maldon salt over the slices and enjoy as is.


WHAT'S IN THE BAG?

HALF SHARE

Protein and Dairy - Ground Beef and Eggs from Feather Brook Farm; Aged Gouda from Brookford Farm
Fruits and Veggies - Watermelon, Green Lettuce, Pickling Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes from Brookford Farm; Sweet Corn from Kimball Fruit Farm
Grains - Brioche Rolls from Iggy's
Special Treat - Petit Pain au Chocolat from Iggy's

 

WHOLE SHARE

Protein and Dairy - Ground Beef, Heritage Pork Ribs and Eggs from Feather Brook Farm; Aged Gouda and Maple Yogurt from Brookford Farm
Fruits and Veggies -  Watermelon, Green Lettuce, Pickling Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes from Brookford Farm; Sweet Corn, Yellow Summer Zucchini and Barbarella Eggplant from Kimball Fruit Farm
Grains - Brioche Rolls from Iggy's
Special Treat - Petit Pain au Chocolat from Iggy's

 

RECIPES
Classic Cheeseburger: Nothing crazy, just a perfect burger.

Gettin' Fancy with it: If you want to dress up the classic in something a bit more refined, grab some stinky cheese or caramelize the onions you have sitting in your veggie basket.

Watermelon Salads: Watermelon pairs perfectly with salty, briny ingredients for summer salads. Feta and black olives are ideal candidates. Mint, radishes, or cucumber slices also marry nicely with the fruit.


TIPS AND TRICKS 
You can quick pickle just about any vegetable to add a sharp bite to a summer meal (like amazing cheeseburgers, for example!) Beans, Carrots, Pearl Onions and Beets really take well to a pickling brine. If you have extra veggies lying around, try this guide from Kitchn for the A-Z on the quick pickle.

For sandwiches, turn to this super quick recipe with your pickling cukes.