Apparently Central New York isn't one of the best places in America for an extremely popular summer activity.

With both summer and National Grilling Month approaching, Lawn Love ranked 2024's Best Cities for Grilling Meat.

"We compared nearly 470 of the biggest U.S. cities based on 4 meaty categories. We looked at local interest in grilling, access to butcheries and home improvement chains, and the average cost of meat in the area. We also considered ideal weather conditions for cooking outdoors, among 17 total metrics."

Shockingly, New York State barely cracked the Top 100 on the list:

Overall Rank (1=Best)CityOverall ScorePopularity RankingAccess RankingCost RankingOutdoors Ranking
81New York49.28521332384
182Rochester47.23325295330
222Syracuse46.1521271146346
307Buffalo43.951693155457
333Albany43.213486327382
336New Rochelle43.17269272221296
442Yonkers39.35455310221412

So New York Can't Handle It's Meat?

New York City barely squeaked by to crack the Top 100. Central New York shows up with Syracuse at 222nd place......yikes. Buffalo and Rochester didn't do much better. However, we can all agree, at least we aren't inviting anyone from Yonkers over to grill our food.

Photo by Kenny Eliason on Unsplash
Photo by Kenny Eliason on Unsplash
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Which Cities Actually Did Well?

Like many New Yorkers do, head to Florida:

- Florida cities like Melbourne (No. 1), Orlando (No. 5), and Fort Myers (No. 7) grill to the top of their ranking with the biggest interest in grilling.

We didn't even do well in the price department either:

- Meat prices are lowest in Texas cities like McAllen (No. 193), Temple (No. 116), and Beaumont (No. 80). McAllen claims the cheapest ground beef at $4.69 per pound, and Beaumont chomps down on the most affordable T-bone steaks, $12.56 on average.

What Are People Grilling On?

While New York state is headed toward a gas appliance ban in new builds, this does not include grilling equipment. Most people will fire up one of the big 3 this summer- gas, electric, or charcoal grills. Studies show most people use gas grills, but residents of certain HOAs may need to opt for new equipment to keep their homes insured.

23 Delicious New York State Burger Challenges

Have you ever wanted to compete in a food eating challenge or competition? You should consider taking on one of these 23 burger challenges.

Gallery Credit: Dave Wheeler

8 New York Restaurants Make List Of Food Networks Best Burgers In The Country

In a recent list of the "100 Best Burgers In America" from Food Network, New York made the list 8 times. The list from Food Network highlights over 105 restaurants from across America where you can find the best burgers. To have 8 slots is pretty cool.

Here's a look at those 8:

Gallery Credit: Dave Wheeler

 

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