SOURCE: Ntl Cattlemen's Beef Association

September 13, 2010 08:00 ET

Score a Tailgating Touchdown With Beef

MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - September 13, 2010) -  (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.1 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.

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

Bruschetta Burger  
Makes 4 servings  
Total Recipe Time: 30 to 35 minutes  
  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

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 cup 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 cup soft bread crumbs, 1 egg white and ingredients as directed in step 2.

Courtesy of The Beef Checkoff