Cost to Cookout Up 30% in 5 Years

Cost to Cookout Up 30% in 5 Years

Haylie Shipp
Haylie Shipp
With your Southeast Regional Ag News, I am Haylie Shipp. This is the Ag Information Network.

We’re approaching a holiday weekend and I need you to take a deep breath in. And out. In. And out. If you’re the one doing the grocery shopping, I’m going to need you to repeat that after you’re done.

As they do each year, the American Farm Bureau Federation has put together their annual “Summer Cookout Cost Survey” to let you know what the cost of a summer cookout meal could cost for 10 people.

Bernt Nelson, an economist with the group…

“The average cost of a summer cookout meal for ten people is $71.22 or about $7.12 a person.”

This is a record-high price for the survey, which they've been conducting since 2013. This is five percent higher than last year and 30 percent higher than just five years ago…

“The largest price increases in the survey were for ground beef, which was up 11 percent, and lemonade, which was up 12 percent. The good news here, the price of chicken breasts is down four percent as cases of high path avian influenza have decreased and chicken populations have recovered from the 2022 avian influenza outbreak. Our potato salad ingredients are four percent less expensive this year, even though egg prices are elevated above historic averages.”

For more information on the survey results, head to

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