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Independence Day Celebrations

Country star Martina McBride, known for “Independence Day” and many other powerful tunes, is ready to dish! Log onto and enter to WIN Around the Table by Martina McBride, a cookbook filled with recipes & inspiration for gatherings throughout the year.

All-American Backyard Burger

Ingredients | Serves 10 to 12

  • 5 lbs. ground chuck (80% lean)
  • 3 cups finely chopped spinach
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 3 tbsps. Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil
  • 12 cheese slices (American, Monterey Jack, or pepper jack)
  • 12 hamburger buns
  • Toppings: Applewood-smoked bacon slices, cooked and halved; tomato slices; green leaf lettuce leaves; white onion slices; dill or sweet & spicy sliced pickles; ketchup; yellow mustard; mayonnaise


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high. In a bowl, mix ground beef, spinach, onion, Worcestershire sauce, and 3 tsps. each of the salt & pepper.
  2. Divide meat equally into 12 portions; form patties about 1-in. thick. Season both sides lightly with salt & pepper.
  3. Lightly brush grill with vegetable oil; lace patties on grates. Grill 4 to 5 minutes on each side (for medium). Place cheese on top; cook an additional minute, or until melted. Toast the buns (if desired) cut sides down for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  4. Serve burgers with desired toppings.

Red, white, and blue berry salad

Ingredients | Serves 10 to 12

  • 2 semi-tart red apples (Jazz or Sweet Tango), cored and diced
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 pints fresh blueberries
  • 2 pints fresh raspberries
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries, quartered
  • 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tbsp. superfine sugar


  1. Combine apples and lemon juice in a bowl; toss to coat.
  2. Add the berries, mint, and sugar; gently stir to combine.

Sweet Tea

Ingredients | Approx. 1 gallon

  • Water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 family-sized Lipton tea bags


  1. Fill a 2-quart saucepan three-fourths full with water; bring to rapid boil. Pour in just shy of 2 cups sugar; stir until completely dissolved.
  2. Add 4 family-sized Lipton tea bags (with paper squares torn off and strings twisted together so that they stay together); cover pan. Remove from heat; let steep for 20 minutes.
  3. Transfer tea to 1-gallon pitcher (remove bags). Press bags with back of spoon to extract remaining liquid, then discard.
  4. Add ice water to pitcher, leaving a 3- to 4-in. space at the top. Stir and pour over ice to enjoy!
  5. Adult alternative: Spiked Arnold Palmers. In large pitcher, combine 2 qts. sweet tea and 2 qts. frozen and reconstituted lemonade. Pour 8 ounces of the mixture over ice; stir in 1 to 2 ounces of bourbon or vodka; garnish with lemon wedge.