Labor Day weekend is rapidly approaching, and we all know what that means. Crowded airports and congested highways.
It’s estimated that 25 percent of Americans will go out of town at some point over the weekend. The Friday prior to Labor Day could be the busiest travel day of the year.
Of those 25 percent, 86 percent will travel by automobile. And they’ll notice that gas prices have gone up. Probably by more than 20 percent. About 7 percent of Americans will arrive at their destination via airplane.
Among the most popular Labor Day destinations are New York City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Best and worst times to drive
In 2017, Americans drove more than 75 million miles over Labor Day weekend. And used more than 3.5 million gallons of gasoline.
States that typically have the highest volume of traffic on their roadways over this weekend are California, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Friday afternoon on Labor Day weekend is the worst time to be on the road. So, get an early start if you’re leaving for your destination that day.
As far as returning is concerned, start home before noon on Monday if possible. Traffic will peak around 3 p.m. that day.
More than 130 million will cook out
Many travelers will enjoy backyard barbeques after arriving safely at their destinations.
In fact, it’s estimated that 133 million Americans will take part in a cookout over the weekend.
If you’re traveling to a family or friends’ cookout, you’ll probably eat whatever they serve. But if you’re the host, you’ll be the one deciding what people will devour.
There are plenty of great Labor Day cookout ideas. Including brisket, ribs and salmon. Plus vegetable kebabs, potato salad and steaks, And, of course, burgers, brats and hot dogs.
Impress guests with the Black Bean Burger
But there’s something else I’d strongly recommend you serve your guests this Labor Day weekend. It’s the 4Patriots Black Bean Burger.
These juicy, savory patties are loaded with flavor and nutrients. And they’re easy to make. Just add water, form a patty and grill.
You can pan fry your burgers or add crumbles to your favorite recipe. Or you can make meatloaf, chili, beefy nachos, tacos, enchiladas, casseroles and much more.
Just take a look at the Black Bean Burger recipe Danielle cooked up here at Patriot Headquarters:
- In a small bowl, mix Black Bean Burger Mix and water and allow to rest as per package directions.
- Add oil to a small frying pan. Fry Burger Mix turning and flipping occasionally. Set aside to cool.
- Add lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, corn and any other salad ingredients that you like to your bowl. Add cooled Black Bean Burger Mix and enjoy! Great with Avocado-Lime salad dressing.
Avocado Lime Dressing
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1-2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 cup water
Blend all ingredients together in a blender or a mini food processor until smooth. Taste and season as desired.
If you want it to be thinner, add a bit more water.
Use immediately or store refrigerated in an airtight container.
You see, the 4Patriots Black Bean Burger Mix Kit is good for 25 years. There are 96 servings in each tear-front kit.
Plus a free cookbook and food kit when you get two or more so you can try out even more recipes for your next cookout.