With Summer here, it’s time to start cooking up some summer burger recipes! I’m sharing some of our all-time favorites. These are perfect for summer dinner recipes, cookouts, parties, or even just a random burger you’re craving.
We are a huge burger family around here. To say we love burger recipes would be a huge understatement. Something about the juicy consistency paired with the perfect flavor of a smokey burger is so satisfying after a long day.
I especially enjoy cooking up some delicious summer burgers for parties or small get-togethers. I love pleasing our guests with the perfect burger that leaves them satisfied and in heaven with every last bite.
Below you will find an assortment of different burger recipes that are perfect for summer. Everything from the absolute best burger, stuffed burgers, even salmon and veggie burgers made the list. It was my goal to cover all the bases so everyone could find at least one recipe to try.
Now, let’s get to those summer burger recipes, shall we?
The BEST Summer Burger Recipes
Copycat Red Robin Whiskey River BBQ Burger by Love Bakes Good Cakes
Juicy Burger Recipe by Wholesome Yum
Smoked Gouda Beer Burgers by Life as a Strawberry
Asian Turkey Burgers by Art from My Table
Best Turkey Burger by Happiness is Homemade
Breakfast Burger by Baking Beauty
Mushroom Swiss Burger by Big Bears Wife
Burger with Carmelized Onions and Mushrooms by Living Sweet Moments
Sweet Potato Burgers by Tastes of Lizzy T
Ultimate Veggie Burger by Living Sweet Moments
Loaded Bacon Burger by Life as a Strawberry
Jalapeno Crunch Burger by High Heels and Grills
Teriyaki Burger with Fresh Pineapple by Cooking on the Front Burgers
Loaded Taco Burger by Cooking on the Front Burners
Salmon Burgers by The Gracious Wife
Jack Daniels Whiskey Burger by It’s a Keeper
Mac and Cheese Stuffed Burger by Food n’ Service
Cheesy and Spicy Stuffed Burger by Girl and the Kitchen
Cream Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Burgers by Simply Stacie
Cowboy Burger by Mommy Evolution
Which of these mouth-watering burgers would you like to try?!
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Normally, when we picture laundry rooms, we see these dank spaces shoved to the side of basements. Laundry rooms are traditionally strictly utilitarian. They don’t have to be pretty, they just have to be a place to do the laundry. But if you’re tired of looking at that dank laundry room, there are some classy ways to update it.
Depending on how you decide to update your laundry room, it could require anything from some inexpensive reorganization to a whole remodel. For instance, if you want a real overhaul of the space with professionally installed wall paneling, it can cost in the low hundreds of dollars all the way to the low thousands of dollars. That price depends on materials, square feet covered and local labor costs. A full remodel of the room costs thousands of dollars, on average. And redoing a laundry room can take anywhere from an afternoon of organizing to a few days to weeks for a heavy remodel.
However, it might be worth it if your laundry room is severely old and gross, or somewhere people can see it. And a real creative update could turn the laundry area into a mixed-use space.
New Paneling and Flooring
If you want maximum impact with limited cost, simply try getting some new paneling in the laundry area. You can see how the textured wood on the walls of the space in the photo above adds some visual interest and a more natural look. The textured wood flooring gives the same feel. And the added accent of the creative floating shelving gives this space a more modern vibe.
After all, the problem with laundry rooms is that they tend to be shoved in the basement or off to the side as a utilitarian afterthought. That means cement floors and exposed concrete block walls. So new flooring and wall paneling could be an easy way to comprehensively update the space.
With people living in smaller spaces, a laundry room might not be a luxury for which you have space. Maybe you need to convert that laundry room into a bedroom or spare office.
That’s where an unconventional idea like the mixed-use space in the photo above comes in. Basically, this involves installing a washing machine where you’d normally have a dishwasher under the kitchen counter. While unusual in the U.S., this laundry/kitchen combo is common abroad.
You can also look into designs where the laundry room itself becomes a mixed-use space. For instance, it’s common to see a laundry space in the corner of a children’s play area, workout area, game room or by an all-purpose table space. These are common ideas for open-concept basements, in particular.
Keep the Laundry Room Minimalistic and Zen
You can also update your laundry room in the way you organize and decorate it. This is perhaps the easiest way to update your laundry room. The space above shows how simple accents in the laundry room can give a relaxed, zen vibe.
The greenery on the floating shelf gives the space a more natural feel. Rich wood accents like the clothing rack, small table and divider add warmth to the space. And they’re also useful items in the room. All these elements are placed far apart to give the space a sense of minimalism. By doing something similar, you can create an updated and relaxing laundry room.
And remember, laundry machines often have specific needs for parts like drain hoses. If you’re doing a major redesign, make sure to talk to a remodeler about how the washing machine will empty and any necessary components like nearby drains to handle potential machine leaks.
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When you’re thinking of renovating a home, it’s easy to go overboard and perhaps waste your money on projects that don’t have a significant return on investment. Aside from the ROI factor, some partial renovations may actually leave your home in worse shape. This is a particular concern when you buy an older home. Knowing where to draw the line with a fixer-upper can be a battle between your budget and your heartstrings.
Whether you have an older home or a relatively new house that you want to change, sometimes you need to reconsider some of your reno ideas. Below are a few examples that could waste your money.
Knocking down walls to create open floor plans
Open floor plans are all the rage and they can make an area look a lot larger. “However, there are consequences to knocking down walls that homeowners don’t always realize,” says Eamon Lynch, Director of Warranty Services at Power Home Remodeling in Philadelphia, PA.
Obviously, taking down a load-bearing wall is problematic. But even if the wall isn’t load bearing, Lynch believes that you should leave it alone. “The structure of the house was designed with that wall in place for a reason,” he explains. “Over time, the absent wall will have an effect on the structural integrity of your home, and this includes sagging external walls.”
Installing a new roof without removing the existing layer
Because a new roof is so expensive, you may be tempted to do the bare minimum. But this strategy might come back to haunt you. “If you’re dealing with mold-like growth or a leaking roof, this means it’s time to replace the roof,” Lynch says. His company replaces thousands of roofs across the country each year and often finds that customers make the same mistake. “They tried to save time on roof renovations by installing new layers over an existing layer of shingles,” Lynch says. In the short term, this seems like a time-efficient and cost-effective choice. But when you layer your roof, it can lead to major problems in the future.
“If you don’t remove the original layer of shingles on your roof, you can’t see what problems may exist underneath, like soft spots on wood or separation,” he explains. Also, when you don’t remove the entire roof, he says you can’t replace or install flashing, pipe collars and drip edges. “These components are essential for keeping out rain and snow by serving as transitions at roof-wall intersections, chimneys and around pipes and vents.”
Another problem with layering: you can’t install proper ventilation. If you add new layers on top of old layers, you’re restricting airflow and your attic can’t breathe. “You’re trapping moisture and adding weight to the top of your house, which was designed to only support one roof, not multiple roofs.”
Major kitchen renovations
Any type of kitchen renovation is likely to be expensive, complicated and long. A major kitchen renovation multiplies all of these factors. But what’s your rationale for a major reno? “Think about the intention of the kitchen,” Lynch says. “For example, is cooking a big hobby of yours? Will the kitchen be primarily used for entertaining?”
Stop to objectively evaluate how the kitchen will be used. Then, Lynch says you can plan the most effective reno that will deliver a suitable ROI. “And if your main purpose for the renovation is to increase resale value, remember that a major kitchen renovation doesn’t increase curb appeal, which is the first factor that home buyers consider when they’re beginning the process,” he says. “Keep in mind that what you think will be ideal won’t necessarily be ideal to a potential buyer.”
Adding windows to your home
Natural light is a very appealing quality in a home. However, Lynch advises against adding skylights to your exterior. “If your home doesn’t have a window or other type of opening, don’t put one in,” he says. “Creating a fenestration, an opening like a window or door, that wasn’t originally built into the building’s exterior can cause a range of new issues,” he says. These problems include loss of energy efficiency and increasing your chances of developing leaks.
Prioritizing vanity over value
It’s natural for homeowners to want to feel a sense of pride regarding their homes. “But oftentimes, homeowners fall into the trap of renovating for aesthetics. They neglect to address the less sexy renovation projects that are essential to the structure and quality of the building,” Lynch says. It may be more fun to renovate the master bedroom or add a sunroom. But Lynch says the greater ROI lies in fundamental renovations like siding replacement and roof repair. Especially now that savvy buyers don’t focus on cosmetic features.
And even though curb appeal is important to buyers, it’s also possible to go overboard in this area. “If your front yard is dead, water and fertilize it until it’s green,” advises Robert Taylor, Owner of The Real Estate Solutions Guy. He warns against spending thousands of dollars on sod and fresh plants. “The more expensive your renovation, the more likely you’re doing it to please your own personal tastes, instead of potential buyers.”
In fact, years ago, when Taylor first started rehabbing houses, he drove by an old property that he spent a considerable amount of money on, trying to restore the destroyed lawn. “I was shocked to see that the new buyers had torn out the lawn and poured a concrete slab over it,” he says. Since then, he’s seen others yards in which buyers have ripped up the existing landscape to create something to suit their own tastes. “It just goes to show that you have to leave what you personally like out of the decision process,” Taylor says.
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The U.S. has more tornadoes than any other country in the world. According to the NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center, there were 555 preliminary tornado reports just in the month of May. (Note: it takes several months to confirm preliminary tornadoes.) These storms have the potential to rip off roofs and doors, shatter windows, fell trees, and cause significant structural damage – including flattening a building. If a tornado damages your home, should you rebuild or move to another area?
There are several factors that could affect your decision.
Level of damage
Sometimes, homes are completely destroyed and must be rebuilt from the ground up. “However, in many cases, the entire structure does not need to be rebuilt,” says Andy Lindus, COO at Lindus Construction in Baldwin WI. “Depending on the quality of the home build and the material used, it is frequent to find that homes are primarily in need of the replacement of exterior features.”
Lindus defines these as repairs to the roof, gutters, windows, and decks. “At times, interior drywall repair may be necessary due to impact from large debris hitting a home during a tornado.”
His company has been in western Wisconsin and Minneapolis/St Paul for 40 years, and Lindus says most homeowners who experience tornado damage opt to make home repairs and continue living in the same space. “In many cases, homeowners use a severe storm as an opportunity to make additional upgrades to their home that they had been contemplating, but had not yet opted to do.”
To accurately determine how much damage the house as sustained, Robert Himmaugh, manager at Acadian Windows and Siding, in Kenner, LA, recommends having a registered design engineer assess the damage to see whether it can be rebuilt or if it’s better to move on.
If it can be rebuilt, the next step involves your insurance.
Your insurance coverage may play a significant role in whether you rebuild or move on. Heather Sims at Ebby Halliday Realtors in Dallas TX, helps buyers purchase fixer-uppers, and she says there are 2 essential insurance questions that need to be answered. “Do you have enough insurance to rebuild your home to the standard that you would want? If this answer is yes, then you have the financial freedom to make decisions without too much financial concern.” In this scenario, Sims agrees with Himmaugh that you could rebuild the home and make it even better than before.
However, if you don’t have enough insurance to rebuild to the pre-tornado level, Sims has another question. “Do you have enough insurance to sell the remainder of the property, take the insurance money, and then rebuild or buy a home elsewhere with those combined funds?” Again, if the answer if ‘yes,’ she says you have more freedom to decide. But if the answer is ‘no,’ Sims says rebuilding is probably your best choice. Keep in mind that unlike buying a fixer-upper, you won’t be fixing the home at your own pace. You’ll need to get it to a livable status in a short period of time.
Coverage and cash settlements
According to Stefan Tirschler, Product + Underwriting Manager at Square One Insurance Services, in Vancouver BC, which specializes in home and renters insurance in Canada and the U.S., you should always select a limit of coverage that will be sufficient to cover the cost of rebuilding your home after a total loss.
“Most homeowner’s insurance policies cover damage caused by wind. However, most home insurance policies don’t include coverage for inland or coastal flooding,” Tirschler explains. “If you live in a region where flooding may occur, it’s important to purchase a flood insurance policy.”
Also, if you’re considering accepting a cash settlement from your insurance provider, Tirschler says it’s important to carefully consider how much you’ll receive. “If you choose to ‘cash out’ instead of rebuilding the home, many home insurance providers will offer a settlement equivalent to the value of your home less depreciation, which can vary significantly depending on the age and condition of your home.” As a result, he says you might receive far less in a cash settlement than you would if you rebuilt the home instead.
And here’s something else to consider: “The mortgage company doesn’t absolve you from the debt because the home is destroyed,” warns Christi Houser, agency manager with Country Financial in Clackamas, OR. “You will need to continue to pay your mortgage even if your home is uninhabitable.” Fortunately most policies include a benefit for additional living expenses, and Houser says this will cover the cost of a place to live while your home is being repaired or rebuilt.
“This coverage generally includes the extra cost of other living expenses -such as eating out at restaurants or having laundry done – that you would not have incurred had you not had the covered loss. Insurance is designed to make you whole again,” Houser says.
But level of damage and insurance aren’t the only factors that Sims believes you should consider. There are also emotional considerations. “Do you have time to avoid making a quick decision? This would be the case if you have insurance that provides money for you to rent a living space somewhere while you decide what to do.” Your house is a safe haven, and when it’s been damaged in a storm, you need time to absorb that emotional impact. Sims says this is an important step before making a final decision regarding rebuilding or walking away.
“What do you want in your core?” Sims says this is what she also asks buyers when they walk into a home. “If it’s ‘the one’ for you, there will be an immediate gut feeling and sense of belonging. “Will you be able to feel safe, secure, and ultimately happy in the same location and home, or is it best for your emotional health to walk away and make your home in another space that doesn’t have any sort of negative feelings attached to it?”
If you decide to rebuild, and you’ve received estimates from your insurance company, Himmaugh says there are other steps you also need to take. For example, building code upgrades should be reviewed. “Don’t go into a project blindly and expect to stay in your budget. Talk with your local building department, and contractors so you can properly plan before you consider rebuilding.”
Choosing a contractor
“It’s important that you choose a contractor you trust because when rebuilding your home, you, the contractor, and the insurance company will all have to work together,” Himmaugh says.
“The cost of building materials can become expensive, so you’ll want to talk with both your contractor and insurance company to see what will be covered in your policy.” For example, if your roof has completely caved in, he says the amount of money you’ll need to fix it often isn’t worth the amount you’ll get in coverage. “Talk to your contractor and assess the damages to see if you can save more money by moving on to a new home.”
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Now that our house is looking pretty good, it was time to turn our attention to our detached garage. Our garage doors are original which means they are 81 years old! They have been patched and painted numerous times over the years. I admit that when we moved here we just slapped on a coat of paint and called it a day. It has been peeling more and more in the recent years so I knew it was time for a garage door makeover! This post is sponsored by Wagner and all opinions and ideas are 100% my own. This post also contains affiliate links.
Our garage makeover journey actually started last Fall. This is what it looked like back then. A real beaut, eh?
Since I have a 3 step ladder rule (I hate heights!) Shane was the master behind the scraping, sanding, caulking, and painting the top portion. I made the basketball hoop backboard and he attached it for me.
As lovely as the top half looked, it made the doors look all the more faded and shabby. And then one day we lost a poorly applied replacement panel so I knew we had to move this garage door makeover project to the top of the to-do list.
Garage Door Makeover
Step 1: Make Any Necessary Repairs
The top two rows of panels are original as well as one on the third row. But the others are scrap pieces of particle board that were screwed on from behind and were obviously deeper than the others. I took off all of the bottom panels and removed the recently broken glass (thanks to the basketball hoop).
I added a thin piece of plywood to the backside of the door. It was almost a full sheet of plywood. That allowed me to be able to have something to attach the new panels to. I used liquid nails to adhere 1/2″ plywood squares and then caulked around them.
Step 2: Scrape and Sand
Here’s where the elbow grease comes in. Doing this project when it was hovering around 100 all week was not the best. Also I should note that if your garage door is as old as mine, you need to do a lead paint test. They are inexpensive and easy to do. If you are lead paint free, you can proceed!
Because of how many thick layers of paint were on this bad boy, even after scraping off the loose paint, there was still a big difference between where the raw wood was showing through and the top coat of paint. Sanding these transition areas will help lessen it but it will still show after being painted. It is what it is. This makeover is a temporary fix. The other option was to strip the paint off of the door and trim but that would have been more costly and more time consuming. The quality of the wood and the shape it was in after 80 years in the sun didn’t warrant it.
Step 3: Clean it Well
After all the sanding, I needed to clean the dust off. I chose to hose it down. Anytime hosing something is an option I do it instead of wiping it down. Outdoor furniture, kids…
Step 4: Tape and Tarp
When the door was completely dry, it was time to protect the areas around the door. Since the overspray of the Wagner Flexio 5000 is minimal, I chose to use the thin plastic tarp with tape already attached. I ran it along the sides and along the bottom.
I chose a good exterior paint with UV protection.
Step 4: Paint!
Before you turn the sprayer onto your project, first test it on a large piece of cardboard. It was my first time using the Wagner Flexio 5000 and since it has more settings than the HomeRight sprayers, it took me awhile to get the feel for it and to fine tune the adjustments for the paint I was using. The iSPRAY nozzel that I was using also puts out more paint since it is meant for larger projects and is not a finish sprayer. That took some getting use to.
*Side note… Some of you may be wondering why I am all of a sudden using a Wagner Sprayer when I have been using HomeRight sprayers for 7 years. Guess what?! Wagner and HomeRight got married 🙂 They merged earlier this year and I now have the opportunity to test our the Wagner line as well.
One other cool feature is that the motor is on a housing unit on the ground so you can have more paint in the container and it isn’t as heavy. No more tired arms as you spray back and forth.
Holy cats you guys! Look at my garage door makeover! It kind of looks like new! All the panels are firmly attached and are the same depth. No more gaps and tears. I went ahead and gave the regular door the full Wagner treatment as well.
I added plexiglass to the windows instead of glass. Since the basketball hoop is right above, I didn’t want to risk the windows getting broke again. I know there are pros and cons to plexi, but it is our best bet for now.
I also removed the paint from the original lock and handle so they stand out in all their brass glory.
After a week of scorching temperatures, the day I was finishing up and trying to take photos it was a DOWNPOUR. So much rain. The trim paint is actually still wet in the photos because of the humidity. But the wet paint and wet driveway don’t take away from the fact that this garage looks a heck of a lot better than it did a week ago.
I’m not done!
Part 1 was painting the top half, part 2 was painting the garage door and trim, part 3 is still to come! One more big project that I have the supplies for, I just need to get up the courage. Stay tuned!
HomeRight/Wagner are offering to give one lucky reader a Wagner Flexio 5000! That is a $215 value. This includes not only the iSPRAY Nozzle that I used (meant for broad surface projects) but also the Detail Finish Nozzle for smaller projects and a super smooth finish.
You must be at least 18 years old to enter. You must be a resident of the USA to enter. The giveaway will go from August 1, 2019 until August 8, 2019. A winner will be chosen by random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen. The shipping of the prize is the responsibility of the company, in this case, HomeRight.
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