Taste of the Tailgate: How to Create Your Own Reuben Burger
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Taste of the Tailgate: How to Create Your Own Reuben Burger

May 08, 2018

Chef Lisa, with Hy-Vee, teaches us how to put a grilling spin on the classic Nebraska Reuben. As it warms up outside, bring the heat to your grill with this summer twist on a state favorite!

After a long wait for winter to be over, spring weather is here and it's time to break out the grill! Tailgate Team members don’t have to wait as they are always ready to tailgate and win! Visit tasteofthetailgate.com to sign up for free and receive information about upcoming sweepstakes and giveaways. 


  •  2 lbs lean ground beef
  • Pickling spices and fennel seeds, ground together
  • Corned beef
  • Swiss cheese
  • Marble rye bread or pumpernickel bread
  • Thousand Island dressing
  • Sauerkraut 
  • Pickles


  • Start by your washing hands, assembling your ingredients and utensils and preparing a clean workspace.
  • Prepare the beef patties by combining the ground beef with pickling spices and fennel seeds, using your hands mix the ingredients together.
  • Form 3/4-inch patties, approximately 8 ounces each.
  • From there, place your patties on the grill at medium heat and cook for 13 to 15 minutes, flipping patties halfway through. (Always wash your hands with soap and water after working with raw meat.)
  • When there are 2 minutes of grill time left, top each patty with Swiss cheese and corned beef. 
  • To toast your bread, marble rye or pumpernickel, place two slices for each burger on the grill.
  • Using a meat thermometer check the temperature of the burgers. When they have reached 160° F and the bread is lightly toasted, remove both from the grill.
  • Spread Thousand Island dressing on half on the bread slices.
  • Place burger patties on the other half of the bread slices and top with sauerkraut and pickles.
  • Put the bread slices with Thousand Island dressing on the burger and enjoy!

For more great recipes and grilling tips, visit tasteofthetailgate.com.

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