Believe it or not, some burgers are meant to be eaten with a knife and fork. One of my favorites is that way - this one! It's a grilled burger served open-faced and slathered with a good helping of chili that's homemade especially for this application. It takes a little effort to put it all together, but nothing about it is difficult...and it is soooo worth it! Serve with an ice-cold beer and a little greenery on the side.
Okay, here's the tailgating plan. Make this big pot of chili one night late in the week, then let it sit in the fridge until game day. The flavors will mesh together like linemen on a perfectly-called draw play, and you'll be the one hearing the fans' cheers.