Super Bowl Party Foods – Football Shaped Burger Recipe and a Giveaway

Whether you will be cheering for the San Francisco 49ers or the Baltimore Ravens during your 2013 Super Bowl party, you’ll surely be eating snacks, so why not make some hearty football shaped hamburgers served on football shaped buns. You will certainly score big points with your party guests if you serve these juicy little burgers along with any of these other Super Bowl party foods I’ve created. 

If you are hosting a large crowd at your Super Bowl party, you’ll need lots of snacks. To help you out, former NFL running back LaDainian
Tomlinson and his wife Torsha have teamed up with Kellogg’s to create
some snack recipe ideas and party planning tips that will help turn your game day bash into the
most valuable party in
the neighborhood. They also have generously offered a wonderful prize pack to one of my lucky readers. Check out their recipes and party tips:

Advance the ball: As guests arrive, start
with dry mixes to prime their beverage selection. Move on to
refrigerated dips when all “players” are on the field – this way the dip
doesn’t sit out too long and everyone gets
their fair share.
Go no-huddle: Set up the beverages along the sidelines of the room to avoid a buildup around the drink cooler.
Prevent pile-ups: Divvy up each appetizer on the line of scrimmage with several separate bowls and place them in different areas around the house.
Keep a clear field: Place messier dips over hardwood floors and easy-to-clean areas to avoid dripping on the carpets and couches – a major penalty.
Call audibles: As quarterback of the party, don’t be afraid to switch up your strategy on game day to keep the partygoers happy.
The giveaway information can be found at the end of this recipe post and is sponsored by Kellogg’s. 

Football Shaped Hamburgers on Football Shaped Buns (makes 12)


Football Shaped Buns-
olive oil or vegetable oil
12 frozen yeast dinner roll dough balls

Football Shaped Hamburgers- 
1 slice white bread, crust removed 
1 1/2 milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 pound ground sirloin (sirloin will hold it’s shape better than other types of ground beef)

mayonnaise for decorating
optional hamburger toppings: lettuce, tomato, cheese, ketchup, mustard, etc. 
pastry brush
plastic wrap
non-stick skillet
optional: meat thermometer
disposable pastry bag, optionally fitted with a small round decorating tip
          or just use a zip top bag with a small hole cut off one tip

Football Shaped Buns:
Lightly brush olive oil in the football cavities of the mold. Set one dough ball in each cavity.
Lightly brush one side of a piece of plastic wrap with olive oil. Set the plastic wrap over the mold. Allow the dough to double in size, preferably in a warm spot in your kitchen. This will take between 2 and 4 hours, depending on the dough you use and the temperature in your kitchen. Preheat your oven to the temperature listed on the package of yeast rolls and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. 


Remove the football shaped buns from the mold and allow to cool completely. 
You can make these up to two days ahead of your party. Store them in an airtight container. 
Football Shaped Hamburgers:
Before you make the football shaped hamburgers, wash the mold, dry it, and brush oil on it again. 
Reduce the temperature of your oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. 
Break the slice of white bread into small pieces. Place in a mixing bowl. Pour milk over bread and mash with a fork until it forms a paste. Stir in salt, pepper, garlic, and ketchup. Add ground sirloin and stir, just to combine.

Evenly divide the meat between the twelve football shaped cavities in the silicone molds. Bake for 12 minutes until the meet just begins to brown (see picture on right.) This will ensure the hamburgers cook evenly and hold their shape nicely. 

During the last few minutes, brush some olive oil on a non-stick skillet and set it over medium high heat. When the burgers come out of the oven, immediately turn the mold upside down directly over the skillet, allowing the burgers to fall out onto the hot pan. Be sure not to crowd the pan. I cooked 6 burgers at a time. Brown the burgers on both sides cooking to the desired temperature – medium (140-145 degrees) or medium well (150-155 degrees). The burgers will be juicy either way. 

Remove burgers from skillet. Pipe football laces on each patty. Cut football shaped buns in half, add anything you like, such as lettuce and tomato. Set football shaped burger on top and serve hot. 

If you want to serve these at your Super Bowl Party, but don’t want to be in the kitchen cooking, then make them before your guests arrive and keep them warm in a chafing dish. If you add some beef stock to the bottom of the chafing dish, the moisture will keep them nice and juicy for hours. I did this for a party not too long ago and it worked out great. 

Items used to create this project that are available on (commission earned for sales)


Sponsored by Kellogg’s
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-Kellogg’s recipe book
-Cheez-It snack bowl
-Kellogg’s cutting board
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-LaDainian Thomas autographed football
-Cheez-Its and Crispix cereal
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You can tell me if you like to host parties, any kind of parties,
and if you’ve ever had a Super Bowl party and do you plan to host one this year. 

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  1. Anonymous says

  2. says

    I thank you for the opportunity to enter the contest :) I don't normally do Superbowl, or Grey Cup parties anymore, but still like the food!! A favourite finger-food around here is home made hotwings!

  3. Anonymous says

    Yes we always have a small gathering for superbowl as my husband is a football fanatic!!! LOL
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

  4. Terri says

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      Hi Lorenda, your secret is out! I agree, even though I don't have kids of my own other than the exchange students we host, I adore planning kids parties and love having lots of kids at our Halloween party every year. It's so fun to plan games and fun activities for kids.

  5. Salina Chavez says

    I have had Super Bowl parties for several years,haven't had one in the last 2 years. Won't be hosting one this year either so maybe next year I'll get back on track, because I love cooking and hosting.

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  8. Allison says

    What a great blog. Love to make cute and creative treats for friends and co-workers. You have given me some great ideas!

  9. Donna says

    I love hosting parties, my favorite thing is making the food.
    Have had several super bowl parties.
    Not able to have one this year.. work at a hosptial in the pharmacy and I have to work that weekend.

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Donna Smith (see e-mail)

  10. says

    The bun trick is ingenious!! I was wondering how you did that – amazing! We have super bowl parties every year but it's just the kids who come because we couldn't afford to invite anyone else. With 2 sons, 1 son-in-law, and one grandest-son (and a husband) – I'm cooking all day as it is! Thanks for doing the giveaway – I already follow you on all those media choices because I am mesmerized by your Epicurean Artistry!

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  13. says

    I love to host get togethers – especially birthdays and other kids' shindigs. I hosted Super Bowl in the past, but don't (yet) have plans to this year.

  14. ELISABETH. elisa2newyork (FRANCE) says

    Bonjour! Waouhhhh Fantastique et très bon. Merci beaucoup d'idées pour le super bowl party foods.
    Depuis la France, mon fils et moi même nous somme passionnés et impatients de suivre le Super Bowl à la télévision.
    Mon fils Nelson joue bien le football Américain en France, depuis 3 mois en équipe cadets, chez Les Diables Bleus (Blue Devils), c'est une très bonne équipe.
    Le club des Diables Bleus, cherche des sponsors, le club a besoin de sponsors pour vivre et montrer le football Américains en France.
    Sponsors Américains où autres venez investirent pour Les Diables Bleus. Merci. (Contact: [email protected])

  15. Pamela Porosky says

    We always go by friends for the Superbowl. You have given me some good ideas on what I could bring along. Thanks

  16. says

    How fun are these!? Love this; what a great Super Bowl party idea! You are a featured favorite this week on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! Can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!
    Mackenzie :)

  17. says

    I thank you for the opportunity to enter the contest :) I don't normally do Superbowl, or Grey Cup parties anymore, but still like the food!! A favourite finger-food around here is home made hotwings! Thanks for snice post.

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