Burgers across America

NFL stars share their best burger recipes

Ever wondered what your favorite football stars grill up during the game? Ball Park teamed up with three American legends to get their favorite burger recipes. And SheKnows is sharing them with you!

These three burger recipes aren't just amazing because they taste good. They're also quick and easy thanks to the use of microwavable burger patties.

These burgers go from freezer to plate in under five minutes. Check out the recipes, then watch the videos of the stars themselves making their custom creation courtesy of Ball Park.

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The prime burger recipe by Deion SandersThe prime burger recipe by Deion Sanders

Serves 4

Football Hall-of-Famer Deion "Prime Time" Sanders played many positions in the NFL, primarily cornerback. He also played on several NFL teams (and a Major League Baseball team or four!). But he's best known for his Super Bowl wins with the 49ers and the Cowboys. Here's his recipe for bringing a little taste of Dallas to your life.


  • 4 sesame seed buns
  • 2 ounces (about 24) banana pepper rings
  • 4 microwavable burger patties (like Ball Park Flame Grilled Beef Patties), cooked according to package directions
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 1 recipe Deion's "secret sauce" (recipe below, doubled if necessary)


  1. Place one-half ounce of banana peppers (about four rings) on the bottom half of each bun.
  2. Top each with a burger patty and one-quarter cup of lettuce.
  3. Spread the top half of the bun with Deion's "secret sauce" and place on top.

Deion's "secret sauce" recipe

Yields 2 tablespoons

Deion's given us permission to publish his secret sauce recipe so long as SheKnows readers swear an oath of silence. We assured him you could be trusted!


  • 1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise


  1. In a small bowl, mix seasoning with mayonnaise.
  2. Refrigerate any leftovers.

The spicy Taylor burger recipe by Jason Taylor

The spicy Taylor burger recipe by Jason Taylor

Serves 4

Retired Miami Dolphins defensive end and linebacker Jason Taylor has 139.5 sacks under his pads and is the all-time leader in touchdowns on fumble returns. He showed us how to make this Miami-inspired burger with a hint of Latin spice and some tropical fruit using his favorite appliance — the microwave.


  • 4 plain buns
  • 4 rings pineapple
  • 1 ounce jalapeños (about 20)
  • 4 microwavable burger patties (like Ball Park Flame Grilled Beef Patties), cooked according to package directions
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese


  1. Place one ring of pineapple on the bottom half of each bun, then top with about five jalapeños.
  2. Place one patty on each, then top with a slice of mozzarella and the top of the bun.

The sizzling Siragusa burger recipe by Tony Siragusa

The sizzling Siragusa burger recipe by Tony Siragusa

Serves 4

Tony "Goose" Siragusa played 12 seasons as a defensive tackle for the Colts and the Ravens and is currently a sideline analyst for Fox Network's NFL broadcasts. SheKnows readers may also know him from his hosting gig on the DIY Network's Man Caves or as Frankie Cortese from The Sopranos. But he's also a restaurateur with business partner Michael Romanelli, with whom he owns the chain Tiff's. Check out his Italian-inspired burger.


  • 4 microwavable burger patties (like Ball Park Flame Grilled Beef Patties), cooked according to package directions
  • 4 Italian buns, toasted
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons marinara or pasta sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 ounces mozzarella
  • 6-8 pieces rigatoni, boiled (leftover pasta is fine)


  1. Place one patty on each bottom bun.
  2. Top each patty with sauce, garlic and mozzarella.
  3. Arrange the rigatoni around the burger in a pinwheel shape.
  4. Top with the top bun and serve.

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Comments on "Favorite burger recipes from football legends"

Ashley October 29, 2012 | 2:29 PM

Deion's secret sauce sounds SO good! Can't wait to try it!

Katie October 28, 2012 | 12:21 PM

The spicy burger sounds amazing! I love making anything and everything spicy, so this is definitely something I will have to try out!

Laurel October 26, 2012 | 4:42 PM

I love getting new and interesting recipes, especially from people you know can and like to eat! I am not sure about adding pasta and marinara to a burger, but I don't think I'd hate it!

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