Score a tailgating touchdown

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Tickets? Check. Foam finger? Check. Favorite team jersey? Check. Tailgating food that scores with all your friends? You bet. Beef and tailgating are a winning team.


Bruschetta Burger

Makes 4 servings

Total recipe time: 30 to 35 minutes

1 pound ground beef

1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese

2 Tbsp. minced green onions

1 tsp. minced garlic

Salt and pepper

4 slices rustic crusty bread, cut 1/2 inch thick

Olive oil

Bruschetta Topping:

3/4 c. chopped red tomatoes

1/2 c. chopped yellow tomatoes

1 Tbsp. thinly sliced fresh basil

1/4 tsp. minced garlic

1/2 tsp. salt


Combine Bruschetta Topping ingredients in medium bowl; set aside. Combine ground beef, cheese, green onions and garlic in medium bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Lightly shape into four 1/2-inch thick patties.

Place patties in center of grid, over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, uncovered, 11 to 13 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, covered, 7 to 8 minutes) until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160°F, turning occasionally.

Meanwhile, brush both sides of bread slices with oil. About 3 minutes before burgers are done, place bread on grid. Grill until lightly toasted, turning once.

Season burgers with salt and pepper, as desired. Place 1 burger on each bread slice; top each with 1/4 c. Bruschetta Topping. Serve open-faced.

Cook’s Tip:  Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.

Cook’s Tip:  If using 95 percent lean ground beef, combine ground beef with 1/4 c. soft bread crumbs, 1 egg white and ingredients as directed in step 2.

Courtesy of The Beef Checkoff

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