Here’s a full recipe for the ultimate stuffed burger from John Offerdahl, the Gridiron Griller!  For eight years, this all-pro linebacker for the Miami Dolphins prowled the NFL’s gridiron, looking for football or foe to devour. Now he’s roaming South Florida’s backyards and tailgates seeking the next great recipe to tackle his taste buds and yours. His name is John Offerdahl and he is…the Gridiron Griller!

Check out John’s GridIron Griller website for lots of grilling fun, football and recipes.


John Offerdahl’s Ultimate Stuffed Inside Line Burger

  • Author: Robyn
  • Yield: serves 4 1x


The end of the season is once again upon us and calls for a showstopper to serve at your pre-game tailgate or backyard party.  This weekend, I’m bringing back an old favorite that will impress your guests’ eyes and delight their stomachs—the Ultimate Stuffed Inside LineBurger!  As a past Inside Linebacker for the Miami Dolphins, this recipe has special personal meaning.  You can assemble it in the morning and refrigerate it until grill time.  To serve, just cut it into wedges, bun and all, and add some simple sides like potato salad, pickles and chips.  The glaze on the outside of the meat seals in the juices and gives in a delicious, savory flavor.  It is symbolic in it’s alignment with the NFL (Never Forgotten LineBurger) and you’ll have repeat requests next year!




  • 2 lbs.   Ground Chuck or Sirloin
  • ¾ c      Taco Chips, finely crushed (7oz)
  • 1            Egg
  • 2 T        Mustard
  • ½ t       Garlic Salt
  • ¼ t       Pepper

Stuffed Inside

  • 8oz       Sliced Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (half on top & half on bottom)
  • 1           Ripe Tomato sliced and seasoned with Lemon Pepper
  • ½          Red Onion thinly sliced
  • ½ c       Dill or Sweet Pickle sliced
  • ¼ c       Black or Green Olives sliced


  • ¼ c       Melted Butter
  • 1 T        Chili Powder


Mix & flatten to 11” (bottom) & 9” (top) circles on wax paper. Layer ingredients on 11” (bottom) circle, with the cheese on both.

After ingredients are layered, gently take the top circle and place on top of the bottom circle.  Pinch and seal the edges carefully so that the ingredients will stay inside the LineBurger.


Heat the grill to medium temperature 350 degrees and oil the grate well.

Mix BASTE ingredients and brush onto the giant burger before placing on the grill and after halftime flip.


Grill 6-8 minutes on a side, turning and removing with a cookie sheet.  The seasoning and fresh ingredients really make it special.  You can cut it into wedges, and serve it alone or inside a bun.  Potato Salad is a nice complement.

The Gridiron Griller says…

“There’s nothing like getting stuffed by an NFL inside linebacker?…
then again, wouldn’t you rather get Stuffed with an Inside LineBurger?”