Turn up the Heat at your Next Tailgate! Will it Grill? :: Tailgate Edition

Patrick is grilling up Tennessee burgers, pimento cheese, sweet potato steak fries and so many more football favorites! Follow along with his recipes as he begs the question, will it grill? Find all the ingredients you need at Food City!

Jalapeno Burger with Grilled Jalapeno Poppers

  • Buns
  • 2 Jalapeno Burger Patties
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika or paprika
  • 6 jalapeno peppers
  • 12 slices of bacon

Grill burgers to desired doneness and allow to rest.

For Jalapenos:

Preheat grill to medium heat.

Combine cream cheese, jack cheese, and seasonings in bowl and mix until smooth. Cut jalapenos in half lengthwise. Spoon or pipe cheese mixture into jalapeno halves, then wrap jalapeno with one strip of bacon. Make sure all cheese is covered.

Grill over indirect heat for 8-10 minutes, turning once and moving closer to heat, or until bacon is cooked through.


Tennessee Burger with Smoked “Pimento” Cheese Dip

  • Buns
  • 2 Tennessee Burger patties
  • 1 large red pepper or 2 small to medium
  • ½ Cup each shredded sharp cheddar, gouda, monterey and pepper jack
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise


Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Place whole pepper on direct heat, and grill 8-10 minutes, turning every 2 until charred and cooked through. Remove from heat and place in a heat-proof bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to cool.

Reduce grill to medium heat and oil grates.

Combine cheese, cayenne, garlic, paprika, salt, pepper, and mayonnaise in a bowl and mix well. Once red peppers are cool, remove from bowl and remove the outer skin with your fingers. Scrape out seeds and dice finely. Should yield 1/3 cup per pepper. Combine diced pepper with cheese mixture and transfer into a heat proof baking dish.

Cook burgers to desired doneness. Place cheese mixture dish on grill and close lid, allowing to bake while burgers cook.


Black and Blue Burgers with Grilled Sweet Potato Steak Fries

  • Buns
  • 2 Black and Blue Burger patties
  • 2 sweet potatoes, cut into large wedges
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Bay seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat grill to medium heat

Toss potato wedges in oil to coat evenly and season with bay seasoning. Toss and season lightly with salt and pepper.

Oil grill grates and arrange potato slices over indirect heat. Add burgers and grill to desired doneness. Allow potatoes to cook 3-5 minutes per side, flipping after dark grill marks form. Be careful not to overcook as the sugar in the potatoes will cause them to burn, but it’s ok if they get a little crispy.

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