Building Block #1: Hamburgers

How easy are hamburgers?

First, you can buy packs of 20 patties at Costco or smaller cartons at your grocery store (though, if you get them at Costco, you literally will never run out of hamburgers).

Second, they don’t require anything special: throw them on the stove, flip ‘em once, plate.

C: You’ve got options. You can grill them (although, I’ve stopped after reading this article — your choice whether you buy it or not) or just throw them in a nonstick pan on the stove. You can toast the buns or just go straight from the bag to the plate. Condiments! Ketchup, relish, mustard, mayonnaise, BBQ sauce, grilled onions, lettuce, an egg, whatever you want. You can go all out or keep it quick and simple, depending on what your picky kids eat.

Fourth: the sides. You can do literally any manner of potato dish and it works: french fries, tater tots, potato chips, baked potato soup, um… mashed potatoes could work, kinda. You could probably even do potatoes au gratin if you were really trying to get rid of leftovers. Steam a veggie and you’ve got yourself a meal.

So do it: go pick up a 20 rack of hamburger patties, a bag of potato chips, and steam some carrots. That takes care of a night every week because you’re not going to get sick of hamburgers.

Bonus points if you make chocolate shakes for the fam.

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