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Abt's Grilling Infographic 2013

After a winter that, for much of the country, could only be described as "monumental," summer is finally here. And that means that in addition to busting out the flip-flops and floppy hats, it's time to fire up the backyard burger burner and start grilling some meat. Don't have an outdoor grill? Then you are, perhaps surprisingly, part of a very tiny minority of the country's population.

According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) 2012 State of the Industry Report, nearly 9 out of 10 households own a grill, smoker or other outdoor cooker, and 99% of them have used it in the last year. If you're in the 1%, it might be time to give that grill a good cleaning, or maybe even replace it.

For those who love flambéing food, it's no shock that burgers are the most popular item being grilled, with 84% of backyard chefs naming it as their preferred food. Long-handled tongs are the favored food-flippers, but we can't help but wonder how the world's largest cooked hamburger—weighing in at a whopping 777 lbs, gets moved around.

To all the grilling gurus out there, tell us what you love about cooking over an open flame. What's your favorite thing to barbecue? Any secret methods for perfect ribs? We'd love to know!

Abt Get Your Grill On Infographic

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Sources: HPBA, Juicys Food, Johnsonville’s Big Taste Grill, Wikipedia and NFPA.