Beef and football season

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Football season is finally here! Football fans can really score when serving beef. Whether you’re filling the stadium parking lot with the aromas of charcoal-grilled burgers, steaks and marinated kabobs or tempting guests around your TV with delicious appetizers, beef is the perfect way to power-up for the big game.

Here are a few helpful tailgating tips when grilling with beef:

·Grilling is a low-fat and healthy way to cook. There are a variety of beef cuts that meet government guidelines for “lean,” including favorites like sirloin, t-bone steak and 95 percent lean ground beef.

·Plan your menu and do the prep work a day or two before the game. Keep the menu simple and pack prepared food in disposable containers.

·Create a check list prior to packing.

·Be sure to pack all cooking utensils needed, especially an instant-read meat thermometer; it’s the best way to determine doneness of burgers and steaks.

·Plan to arrive at the game early. Food should be ready 1 hours before the game starts. This will allow time to eat, clean up, and extinguish fires before leaving to watch the


·Line your portable grill with aluminum foil for easy clean-up and disposal of used charcoal.

·Grill over medium heat. This ensures even cooking and flavorful, juicy meat.

·Keep raw meat separate from other foods. Never place cooked meat on platters that held raw meat. Be sure to use clean platters and utensils when serving.

·Remember disposable trash bags for clean-up.

Have fun cheering on your favorite team and try this Spicy Cheeseburger Slider recipe. It’s sure to be a football fan’s favorite.

For more healthy beef recipes and information contact Holly Swee, RD, LN, Director of Nutrition & Consumer Information for the South Dakota Beef Industry Council at 605-224-4722 or visit

Spicy cheeseburger sliders

Total Recipe Time: 25 to 30 minutes

Makes 8 sliders


1 pound Ground Beef (96% lean)

9 small whole wheat hamburger buns, split, divided

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chili powder

2 slices pepper Jack cheese, cut in quarters


Barbecue sauce, lettuce, tomato slices, pickles (optional)


1. Tear one hamburger bun into pieces. Place in food processor or blender container. Cover; pulse on and off, to form fine crumbs.

2. Combine bread crumbs, beef, garlic and chili powder in medium bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Lightly shape into eight 1/2-inch thick mini patties.

3. Place patties on grill over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 8 to 9 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 9 to 10 minutes) until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160 F, turning occasionally. Evenly top with cheese during last minute of grilling.

4. Place burgers on bottoms of remaining eight buns. Top with desired Toppings. Close sandwiches.

Test Kitchen Tips

Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.

*Recipe courtesy of the Beef Checkoff Program