These Hamburger Footballs will score big with hungry football fans at a tailgating event or Super Bowl party. They are easy to make and taste great.
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.
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 ½ milk
½ teaspoon salt
⅛ 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.
2 Wilton Mini Football Silicone Molds
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 meat 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, and add anything you like, such as lettuce and tomato. Set a 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.
If you want more tailgating or homegating party ideas for the college football season,
be sure to check out my Football Party Food ideas.