Living in Paradise, aka South Florida, we’re lucky enough to be able to break out the grill for the big game. We know that the best game-time grub is burgers and dogs—along with all the fixins of course—and for Super Bowl XLVIII, we’ve got an even better combination: The Don, brought to you by none other than our hometown hero, Coach Don Shula.
As the founder of Shula’s Steak Houses, LLLP, which oversees 34 restaurants around the country, Coach Shula knows a thing or two about meat, and he’s teamed up with Shula’s executive chef, Peter Farrand, to share grilling tips, along with a touchdown-worthy recipe for a hotdog-topped burger called The Don. “The Super Bowl has evolved into a nationwide celebration over the years and we want to do our part to make every tailgate and house party a winner,” said Shula. To ensure Coach would approve of your burger, be sure to follow his grilling tips below.
- Experiment With Your Own Custom Blend: Add short rib, brisket, sirloin, etc. to a ground beef base for something extra special.
- Get The Temperature Just Right: Heating the grill to high before reducing to a medium cooking temperature provides the perfect amount of char and keeps the burger juicy and delicious.
- The Power Of One (Flip): Stop messing with it! Frequent flipping will cause your burger to lose essential juices/flavor.
- Don’t Neglect the Bun: For a perfectly crusty bun, prepare it on the grill or stove with a little butter on medium heat.
- Avoid Soggy Buns: Layer the bottom bun with lettuce or other greens before placing your burger on top. This acts as a barrier between a juicy burger and crusty bun.
- The Rule Of Thumb: Use your sense of touch to determine how well your burger is cooked. Instead of losing precious juices by slicing into the meat, press your finger into the center of the burger; the rarer it is, the more the meat will give.
- Get Creative: Bring out a surf and turf creation for a beach-loving crowd. Have some fun with the toppings! Case in point? The Don, served at Shula Burger, is a thick patty topped with a hot dog, pickles, American cheese, onion sauce, ketchup and yellow mustard.
BY JENNIFER KRAMER