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Sep 30

TGR Grillin’ with Chef Jon

Posted by: Nate Lowe | Leave a Comment (1)
Category: Tailgatin' Recipes

That is the question in relation to this week’s recipe from Chef Jon. No, I’m not referring to your actual father, nor your baby’s daddy. I’m also not referring to Chef Jon as your daddy. Not only would that be just inappropriate, but you would probably no longer have any interest in his recipes any longer. Instead, I’m referring to Chef’s Daddy Burgers.

“For those who personally know me, I have been making this recipe for at least once a month for the past several years.  It was introduced to me as a child by one of my parents’ friends.  His name was also John, so we called them ‘Big John’s Daddy Burgers.’  It started out pretty much like a meatloaf patty grilled on the BBQ pit.  Slowly over the time I added a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  In college, I realized how great they were with beer and as an excellent remedy for hangovers.

“Just recently, I have discovered the importance of the role of condiments that are served with the burger. My personal preference is to melt Velveeta slices over it with King’s Hawaiian Rolls.  Another suggestion is to try it with your favorite BBQ sauce instead of ketchup, finished with lettuce, tomato, and onion.  This is a definite must try recipe while the weather is nice.  Have fun.”


  • 1 onion, chopped small
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 each green bell pepper, chopped small
  • 2 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup crackers (Ritz), crumbled
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 2 pounds ground beef chuck
  • 1-12 ounce can beer

In a large bowl, add the onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, bell pepper, egg, salt, pepper, crackers, and hot sauce. Mix well. Add the beef and combine with your hands or a wooden spoon until evenly distributed. Form into desired size patties. Place the patties on the grill and cook 5 minutes; turn over. Cook until desired doneness. The beer in this recipe is for pure enjoyment; oh yeah, if the grill starts to flame up on the burgers douse it with a little beer to put the fire out.  This will also create steam and flavor the burgers slightly. Makes 8-10 servings.


Send us a photo of your Daddy Burger and we’ll post it. Happy eatin’! Go Cats!

R.A.Pedigo said on 10/1/2010 9:18 AM

I would pay for one right now.