More than 200 million Americans intend to fire up their barbecue grills over Labor Day, and more of them will eat chicken than ribs or steak, according to a new survey.
While hamburgers and hot dogs remain the most popular items on the grill, barbecued chicken is the third most-popular item, according to the Budweiser Labor Day USA Survey. The survey of 2,000 U.S. residents aged 21 and older was conducted online between Aug. 1 and Aug. 12 by Learndipity Data Insights.
According to the survey, around 150 million Americans — 70% of all barbecue-goers — said they expect to eat hamburgers, compared to 109 million hot dog eaters (or 51%). Barbecued chicken follows at 40%, edging out steak (37%), ribs (32%) and sausage or bratwurst (24%).
The survey revealed cheese (79%) is the most preferred burger topping, followed by lettuce (71%), tomato (66%), onion (58%) and pickles (54%). American (66%) and cheddar (65%) are the cheeses Americans most like to melt on their burgers, followed by Swiss (43%), pepper jack (40%) and provolone (31%).
Potatoes will be the most common side dish in one form or another, the survey revealed. Potato salad (62%) was identified as the most popular side dish, while potato chips ranked as the second most popular side dish at 58%, and grilled or cooked potatoes (33%) ranked eighth. Corn on the cob (56%), watermelon (52%), baked beans (49%), macaroni salad (37%) and coleslaw (34%) also ranked as popular side dishes.
Around 98 million Americans will drink domestic beer at barbecues over Labor Day, about twice as many who will drink imported beers.