Tailgate Burger Bar

Serves 8. Recipe is from The Southern Tailgating Cookbook: A Game-Day Guide for Lovers of Food, Football, & the South” by Taylor Mathis, who writes, “Burgers are a staple of tailgates everywhere. A homemade patty cooked up over a hot grill is hard to resist. Topping possibilities for burgers seem limitless, but there’s something said for keeping it simple. all you need is the Tailgate Burger, buttered buns, lettuce, tomato, cheese and maybe a pickle slice or two.”

11/4 lbs. ground sirloin

11/4 lbs. ground round

2 tbls. grated yellow onions

1 tsp. Worchestershire sauce

2 tsps. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/4 tsp. Tabasco sauce

4 tbls. unsalted butter, softened

8 buns

8 slices of your favorite cheese, optional

Lettuce, tomatoes and pickles for garnish

1. The night before the tailgate, place the ground sirloin and the ground round in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the onions, Worchestershire, salt , pepper and Tabasco. Using your hands, mix all the ingredients together and form the mixture into eight equally sized patties. Stack the patties with waxed paper in between each. Store in a sealable container and refrigerate. Transport to your tailgate in a cooler.

2. At the tailgate, grill the patties to desired doneness. While the paddies are cooking, spread an even layer of butter on the cut-side of each bun half. When there’s room on the grill, lay the buns down on the hot grill and toast them. Allow guests to assemble their burgers however they like best.