Both my dad and my husband (father to our 2-year-old daughter) are meat-and-potato guys at heart. This is not to say they don’t love fresh vegetables and seafood and fruit. But if I’m planning a Father’s Day menu that I know they will love, it’s going to include meat. And potatoes. And ideally a summery day and a smoking grill. Rather than sticking to the same old burgers and potato salad, I thought I’d give each of them a little smoke and spice. This menu might appear to be classic, but each of these recipes has a little twist: deviled eggs with a hint of lemon, spicy beer cocktails, grilled potato salad with bacon, chili burgers with avocado, and even homemade burger buns. Finish the meal off with creamy orange-vanilla ice cream pops that the kiddos will also love.

Photos: Wendy Goodfriend

Deviled Eggs with Lemon and Herbs. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Deviled Eggs with Lemon and Herbs
Chili burgers with Chipotle Mayo, Pepper Jack cheese, Roasted Green Chiles, and Avocado. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Chili burgers with Chipotle Mayo, Pepper Jack cheese, Roasted Green Chiles, and Avocado
DIY Burger Buns fresh out of the oven. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Homemade DIY Burger Buns
Grilled Potato Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Grilled Potato Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette
Dreamy, Creamy, Orange and Vanilla Creamsicles. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Dreamy, Creamy, Orange and Vanilla Creamsicles
Toasting with Micheladas - The Perfect Beer Cocktail. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Spicy Micheladas
Father’s Day Menu: Classic Summer BBQ with a Twist 16 June,2015Kim Laidlaw


Kim Laidlaw

Kim Laidlaw is a cookbook author, editor, food writer, producer, project manager, and baker who has been in the kitchen covered in flour since she was big enough to stir the biscuit dough. She has over 16 years of experience in book and online publishing, and a lifetime of experience in the kitchen.

Her first cookbook, Home Baked Comfort, was published in 2011; her second cookbook, Baby & Toddler On the Go, was published in April 2013; and her third cookbook, Williams-Sonoma Dessert of the Day, was published in October 2013.

She was the first blogger on KQED’s Bay Area Bites blog, which launched in 2005, and previously worked as a professional baker at La Farine French Bakery in Oakland, CA. She lives in Petaluma with her husband and their child, whom she cooks for everyday. Find out more at


Wendy Goodfriend

I am the Senior Interactive Producer for KQED Food. I have designed and produced food-related websites and blogs for KQED including Bay Area Bites; Check, Please! Bay Area;  Taste This; Jacques Pepin's websites; Weir Cooking in the City and KQED Food. When I am not creating and managing food websites I am taking photos and video of Bay Area Life and designing online navigation systems. My professional education and training includes: clinical psychology, photography, commercial cooking, web design, information architecture and UX. You can find me engaged in social media on Twitter @bayareabites and on Facebook at Bay Area Bites. I can also be found photoblogging at look2remember.

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