Roethlis-burger: Yet Another Pittsburgh Super Bowl Recipe

Only five more days to the big game! I think I’m set. I’ve even have a Hines Ward jersey which I will proudly wear come Sunday.

Until then, I will have to do with thinking about my hometown of Pittsburgh, and what the city can and does offer in regard to food traditions. This latest one isn’t as much of a tradition, as it is a recent novelty. This sandwich was started in 2004 when Peppi’s on the North Side decided to give name to one of their sandwiches when the then rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger broke in the NFL and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Roethlis-burger was born.

Since then, there have been other Roethlis-burger recipes, but this is the first. This is a sandwich that should only be attempted by professionals, as there are risks involved here. Be sure to be close to a heart monitor at the least, and an ICU if things really go bad.

It should be noted that I added my own touch here, a little something special, in honor of the big game. The use of pepperoncini is, I believe, still rooted in Pittsburgh sandwich traditions.

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork sausage
  • 1 Tablespoon Montreal steak seasoning (other similar steak seasonings will be okay)
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and sliced
  • 10 pepperoncini, destemmed and chopped
  • 6 eggs
  • 8 of American or Cheddar Cheese
  • 16 slices of tomato
  • lettuce
  • 8 Hoagie buns, or large hamburger buns, slightly toasted. (Portuguese Rolls are preferred, but others should be okay).

Combine 1 egg with the ground beef and ground pork sausage. Mix well with the steak seasoning, and make eight patties. These patties don’t have to be perfect, for reasons which will be made apparent. Set aside.

Cook the sliced onions until browned and softened, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat.

Place patties on a large skillet that has been placed on medium heat. Cook 5 minutes to a side, cooking the first side twice.

At the same time, take the remaining eggs and make scrambled eggs. Remove from heat when completed.

After cooking the first side of the burger for the second time, chopped the patties with your spatula, ensuring you have chunks and bits of hamburger. Separate the chopped meat into eight different piles. Top the piles with onions and pepperoncini and a slice of cheese. Heat until the cheese starts to melt.

To make the sandwich, place the scrambled eggs on the bottom half of the bun, and lettuce to the top. Place one cheese covered pile of hamburger onto the eggs, and top with two tomatoes. Cap the sandwich and serve immediately.

Then state “Yinz goin’ dahntahn to rut fer the Stillers?”

Serves 8