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3 Race Day Recipes to Kickoff The Racing Season at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Apr 23, 2016 03:05PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Mini Garlic Cheeseburgers Courtesy

This month kicks off the Charlotte Motor Speedway racing season. Whether you are entertaining guests at home or tailgating at the Speedway, these delicious and simple recipes are sure to entice. 

Mini Garlic Cheeseburgers

Sliders are always a hit on any given Game Day. Below you’ll find an easy way to make delectable mini garlic cheeseburgers for a crowd.


  • 2 lbs of ground beef
  • 1 tbsp dried minced onions
  • 1 tbsp of minced fresh garlic
  • 2 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • 12 dinner rolls (or potato rolls)
  • 6 slices of Colby and Monterrey Jack Cheese
  • 4 tbsp of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp of minced fresh garlic


  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, minced garlic, dried minced onions, and Worcestershire sauce.
  2. Divide meat into 12 even portions.
  3. Roll each portion into a ball.
  4. Between two pieces of plastic wrap, flatten each portion with a rolling pin until about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. You want the burgers just slightly larger than your dinner rolls as they will shrink to the perfect “bun size” as they cook.
  5. In a preheated nonstick pan, cook burgers on medium-high heat. Once one side begins to brown, flip the burger with a spatula and continue cooking until cooked all the way through. Cooking times will vary. Burgers will be done meat is no longer pink in the center.
    OR, if you are tailgating …
    These mini burgers can also be cooked on an outdoor or indoor grill. 
  6. Once burgers are cooked, slice dinner rolls in half and place one burger patty inside.
  7. Take one cheese slice and fold in half, place half a slice of cheese on each burger before place the dinner roll top back onto the burger.
  8. Combine melted butter and teaspoon of garlic. After placing all of the assembled mini burgers onto a baking sheet, brush the tops of the dinner rolls with the garlic butter mixture. Cover baking tray with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated 350°F oven for 5 minutes until rolls are soft and cheese is melted.
  9. Serve burgers with your favorite toppings (examples: mustard, ketchup, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.)
Recipe and images courtesy

Spicy Queso Dip

A good dip should always be a staple for any party or tailgate. This simple and delicious spicy queso dip fits the bill!
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 (16-oz.) package pepper Jack pasteurized prepared cheese product, cubed
  • 1 (10-oz.) can diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Tortilla chips

  1. Cook onion in hot oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 8 minutes or until tender. Add garlic, and cook 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  2. Combine cheese, tomatoes, and onion mixture in a large microwave-safe glass bowl. 
  3. Microwave at HIGH 5 minutes, stirring every 2 1/2 minutes. 
  4. Stir in cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips.
Note: Recipe listed was made with Velveeta Pepper Jack.

Recipe and image courtesy

Buffalo Drumsticks

Chicken drumstick are an easy and satisfying classic for any Game Day party. 

  • 8 drumsticks
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Spicy Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon BBQ sauce

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. 
  2. Rinse and pat dry the drumsticks. 
  3. Mix the oil, chili powder, garlic powder, and some salt and pepper in a medium bowl or resealable plastic bag. Toss the drumsticks in the seasoned oil to coat well.  
  4. Bake the drumsticks on a wire rack placed on a baking sheet (so air circulates around chicken) until very tender and the skin is crisp, 50 minutes.
  5. For the spicy sauce, mix together the butter, hot sauce and BBQ sauce in a large bowl.
  6. Toss the drumsticks in the spicy sauce until well coated.
  7. Toss the drumsticks in the spicy sauce until well coated. Place the drumsticks back on the rack and continue baking an additional 10 to 15 minutes.
Cook's Note: For an alternate milder sauce, whisk together 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 1 teaspoon hot sauce, juice and zest of 1 lime, 1 clove of garlic, minced and some salt and pepper.

Recipe and image courtesy of Melissa d'Arabian from

What is your staple Race Day recipe? Did you see our 2016 Racing Guide for some great Race events to see? 

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