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Score a Tailgating Touchdown with Beef

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Bruschetta Burger

(Family Features) - 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. In fact, for a tailgating party with friends, burgers are the preferred food of choice, according to a survey by Pelegrin Research Group on behalf of the Beef Checkoff. 

And we know that the grill is king of the grid-iron with 61% of people saying they prefer to cook beef outside on the grill.* So when the time comes to bring friends and family together for the big game, you'll have the best hand-off of the day with a parking lot-friendly Bruschetta Burger.

Charge ahead. Score a touchdown for your tailgating team with a burger fit for champions.


*IPSOS Public Affairs on behalf of The Beef Checkoff Program, July 2010

Bruschetta Burger

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced green onions
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 slices rustic crusty bread, cut 1/2 inch thick
  • Olive oil
Bruschetta Topping
  • 3/4 cup chopped red tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper

    1. Combine Bruschetta Topping ingredients in medium bowl; set aside.
    2. Combine ground beef, cheese, green onions and garlic in medium bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Lightly shape into four 1/2-inch thick patties.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. Season burgers with salt and pepper, as desired. Place 1 burger on each bread slice; top each with 1/4 cup Bruschetta Topping. Serve open-faced.

Total Time
30 to 35 minutes

Makes 4 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
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 cup soft bread crumbs, 1 egg white and ingredients as directed in step 2.
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SOURCE: The Beef Checkoff

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