# A July 4th cookout is a lot more expensive than it was in 2019

## Five years of inflation have pushed up the cost of burgers by 50%

If you are shopping for July 4th cookout supplies you’ve already noticed that prices are a bit higher than last year. But how about five years ago?

Our partners at Datasembly, a company that tracks thousands of grocery prices in real-time, have provided a year-by-year price comparison, starting in 2019. That was before the COVID-19 pandemic and before inflation began to take off.

For example, 1.3 pounds of ground chuck for burgers costs \$8.45 today. But in 2019 you could buy those burgers for \$5.62. Doing the math, those hamburgers have increased in price by 50% – or an average of 10% per year.

But that’s not the only cookout staple that’s gotten more expensive. Fifty seven-inch disposable plates, which cost \$2.76 in 2019 today costs \$4.97, an increase of 98%.

How about a 12-pack of soda? In 2019 you could buy it for \$5.17. Now? \$9.18, an increase of 77.5%.

A package of 16 beef hot dogs cost \$7.62 five years ago but now sells for \$10.30, a 35% increase. Fortunately, a few things on the menu haven’t gone up as much.

A 14 oz. jar of mustard cost \$1.97 in 2019 but will only set you back \$2.12 today, an increase of only 7.6% A package of 30 plastic cups costs 10% more than five years ago.

While it’s true that inflation has slowed, it doesn’t mean that prices have gone down. Check out the complete five-year price comparison in the chart below.

### Five-year price comparison

 Item Description 2024 2023 2022 2021 2020 2019 Ground Beef Chuck Burgers 1.33 lbs (4 ct) 8.45 7.32 \$6.98 7.68 5.62 Beef hot dogs, 16 ct 10.3 9.42 9.71 8.63 6.98 7.62 Hamburger buns 8 ct \$3.22 3.22 2.89 3.29 2.56 \$2.59 Hot dog buns 8 ct \$3.28 3.27 \$2.89 3.33 2.56 2.61 Baked beans, 16oz \$2.38 \$2.29 \$2.28 \$1.79 \$1.75 \$1.71 Soda, 12 pack \$9.18 \$8.12 \$6.77 \$5.53 \$5.34 \$5.17 Disposable plates, 7 inch 50 ct \$4.97 \$4.39 \$3.34 \$3.74 \$2.48 \$2.76 Sweet relish, 12.7oz bottle \$3.53 \$2.51 \$2.28 \$2.28 Tomato ketchup 20oz \$3.87 \$3.82 \$2.91 \$2.61 \$2.54 Yellow mustard, 14 oz \$2.12 \$2.12 \$2.59 \$2.21 \$1.96 \$1.97 Mayonnaise, 12oz \$4.86 \$4.84 \$3.46 \$3.30 \$2.90 \$2.83 American Cheese - 24ct \$5.64 \$5.44 \$5.47 \$6.39 \$4.80 \$4.90 Plastic cups, 30 ct \$5.71 \$5.64 \$4.87 \$4.03 \$3.68 \$5.19

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