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These Spicy Cheeseburger Sliders can please everyone from football fans to family members. (Photo courtesy of the S.D. Beef Recipe Checkoff)

Spicy Cheeseburger Sliders add heat to football games

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Spicy Cheeseburger Sliders add heat to football games
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

By Holly Swee

SD Beef Industry Council

Football season is here!

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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, Tbone 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 1/2 hours before the game starts. This will allow time to eat, clean up, and extinguish fires before leaving to watch the game.

• 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 Sliders recipe. It’s sure to be a football fan’s favorite.

Spicey Cheeseburger Sliders

Total Recipe Time: 25 to 30 minutes

Makes 8 sliders

INGREDIENTS

1 pound ground beef (96 percent 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

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

INSTRUCTIONS

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. (Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.) Evenly top with cheese during last minute of grilling.

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

*Recipe courtesy of the Beef Checkoff Program

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 www.sdbeef.org.

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