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Grounding the Rams (Lambs) - A Bronco Tailgate Theme

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Who better for a Captain of the Tailgating post than the Kaptain?

While I don't have a whole lot of experience with the Tailgate thing, I do possess the ability to lay out a succulent spread of appetizing edibles. Not to mention some awesome knife skills.

If you're going to the game at INVESCO this Sunday and are planning to Tailgate, perhaps you would like to go with a theme for your Back Bumper Banquet. Since the Denver Broncos are hosting the St. Louis Rams, why not prepare something to represent the Gateway City boys? No, you don't have to go overboard and prepare a Haggis to appease the football gods. The Broncos will take care of that.

Tailgating is all about low maintenance, because spending time sharing a beverage and some laughs with a few friends is more important than being a celebrity chef. So if you don't have a designated culinary artist with you, you want something quick and easy to get your sustenance.

Since I have only been to St. Louis once, and that only in passing, I was curious to find out what the city's regional cuisine was like. I know the outlying vicinity is famous for those White Castle "belly bombers," also known as "sliders" or "murder burgers" by the consequences they have after consumption. And it is generally known that Anheuser-Busch has its Headquarters in St. Louis. I found out that toasted ravioli, from the Cunetto House of Pasta is a famous food of the area. Imo's Pizza, a thin crusted pie topped with Provel (not Provolone) cheese, is another. Pork Steaks and Barbecue are a better solution, since they can be thrown on an open-air griddle in the stadium parking lot, but my suggested theme for this game is Lamb Burgers.

The Tailgating experience relies upon the use of a grill, and when you think of grilling or barbecuing, you generally think of meat. Preferably over an open flame. It is only fitting that the mauling our team is about to give it's visitors to the east, be depicted by ground meat. Rams are sheep and Lambs are sheep. Ergo, the theme for this Tailgate.

Lamb Burgers

Prep Time: 20 minutes, plus 2 hours marination
Cook Time: 18 min
Yield: 4 servings

  • 1 lb. Ground Lamb
  • 1 lb. of Ground Chuck
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 spears fresh rosemary, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 ounces grated Cheddar, smoked if preferred
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Burger trimmings


The morning of the game, mix the first 6 ingredients in a bowl to distribute the flavor (make sure the meat is defrosted). Place in a Tupperware container in the refrigerator uncovered, for 2 hours. Slice up the tomatoes, onions, pickles, etc. that you like on your burger and package that up along with any condiments. Remember, Tupperware and Aluminum Foil are a Tailgaters good friends.


For Tailgating, I prefer using propane, but to each his (or her) own. Fire up your grill and unpack the cooler. You have time to enjoy the first beverage while the Ol' Barbie heats up.

While the coals are heating, shape the meat into 4 patties that are 6 ounces in weight and 3/4-inch thick. Sprinkle each patty on both sides with the salt and pepper. Place on the grill and do not move for 2 minutes. Enjoy another beverage and impress your buddies by naming all fifteen Broncos Ring of Famers. Alphabetically. Flip the burgers every 2 minutes until they reach an internal temperature of 135 degrees on an instant-read thermometer (Okay, don't use a thermometer, but don't blame me if your meat is still bleating). Watch for hot spots and move the burgers if flare-ups occur (Spray bottles are another Tailgating necessity). Resist the urge to smash down on the patties. Crack another brewski, or better yet, a Captain and Coke.

Remove the burgers from the heat to a plate and prepare the buns by placing them on the grill, cut side down for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove and place them cut side up on a platter. Divide the cheese evenly between the top buns, set the meat patty on top of the cheese. Coat the cut side of each bottom bun with your preferred condiments and set atop the meat. Allow each burger to sit upside down for a minute before flipping and consuming. By now you are primed and ready for some football.

Now if you're not a partaker of ovine, I have an outrageous alternative that originates from the neighborhood of the Gateway Arch. It's called the "Slinger." It comes in two sizes and wolfing one down will force you to fall back and punt.

The regular Slinger consists of two eggs, hash browns, a hamburger patty, Cheddar cheese, and a chopped onion, all smothered in chili. And if that isn’t enough, you can try the Super Slinger, which has all of the above with a beef burrito or tamale on top. Fair warning though, if you opt for this entree, you'd better stay home because you won't make any friends with the neighboring fans at the game. And bring the Pepto.

Oh and one more thing,

Go Broncos!