Ultimate Burger Recipes for Your Tailgate

Whether you're heading out to the parking lot or simply popping a squat on your own couch at home, turn the usual Sunday game this fall into something a little more special with one of our tailgating burger recipes!

Tailgating parties have taken over! Nowadays, there are some places where the actual tailgate celebration in the parking lot has surpassed the game in the stadium it precedes. 

Today, tailgates are a far cry from what they once were, which was guzzling a six-pack of beers behind the car. They're the ultimate outdoor parties complete with signature drinks and outrageous BBQ recipes, and in some cases, TVs, couches, rugs - basically, an outdoor living room.

In honor of these ultimate football parties, we've rounded up our ultimate burger recipes. They're the types of burgers that require a little bit more work, but they make every bite you take as exciting as the game.


  • You've topped your burger with bacon strips, but have you ever tried wrapping your burger in them? This ultimate bacon burger recipe comes complete with homemade thousand island dressing.

  • Stuffed with cheese, topped with cheese and all piled onto a cheesy bun, this ultimate tailgating burger recipe is a 3 cheese wonder we're loving!

  • A smokey spice infused burger topped with caramelized onions and peppers, all sanwiched between two toasted buns, is the making of one ultimate taligating bite. Bring a some south-of-the-border flair to your tailgate with this fajita burger recipe .

  • Want a burger recipe that's got a real kick? Look no further than this jalapeno burger - it's packs some heat, with a hint of sweet thanks to the pineapple pepper topping.

  • Onion rings are often ordered as a side pairing to burgers, but we're topping our next ultimate burger recipe with them. Crispy fried onions paired with chipotle peppers atop this burger makes for a real big bite.

  • Grilled cheese sandwiches just got a whole lot meatier! Skip the bun, add some more cheese and cook up this grilled cheese burger .

  • No one ever said you had to mix up a beef-only burger. While we've made chicken and turkey burgers plenty of times, it's this venison and blue cheese pairing that makes it into our ultimate burger recipe round up.

  • Get inspired by different cuisines when mixing up an ultimate burger, too. We stuffed a pita with a lamb burger and topped in this Mediterranean burger recipe .

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