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The cost of hosting a cookout this Memorial Day weekend

Hot dogs, snacks, cookies and cakes - expect to pay more for cookout staples this Memorial Day.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — If you’re planning to have a cookout this Memorial Day weekend, be prepared to pay more for just about everything. 

From hot dogs to beer, all but two of this weekend's holiday staples have increased in price.

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Here’s a rundown of how much more you should except to pay if you’re hosting a Memorial Day cookout, according to the latest data from the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics:


  • Chicken: 3.4% increase
  • Steak: 2.1% increase
  • Hot dogs: 2.2% increase
  • Ground beef: 2.1% decrease

Burger basics

  • Cheese: 6.1% increase
  • Buns: 12.9% increase
  • Pickles/relish: 13.8% increase
  • Tomatoes: 1.8% decrease
  • Lettuce: 3.9% increase
  • Condiments: 13.3% increase

Other cookout items

  • Snacks: 10.1% increase
  • Cookies: 15.9% increase
  • Cakes: 14.1% increase


  • Soda: 11.9% increase
  • Beer: 5.9% increase

So, while ground beef and tomatoes have slightly decreased in price from last year, be prepared to pay more for most other cookout stables this Memorial Day weekend.

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