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Cola Burgers Recipe

Cola Burgers Recipe

A friend who's an excellent cook shared this hamburger recipe with me, and it has since become a family favorite. The unusual combination of cola and French salad dressing added to the ground beef gives it fabulous flavor. The mixture is also used as a basting sauce on the moist burgers. -Melva Baumer, Millmont, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup cola, divided
  • 1/2 cup crushed saltines (about 15)
  • 6 tablespoons French salad dressing, divided
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 6 hamburger buns, split


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the egg, 1/4 cup cola, cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons salad dressing, Parmesan cheese and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into six 3/4-in. thick patties (the mixture will be moist).
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine the remaining cola and salad dressing; set aside.
  • 3. Grill patties, uncovered, over medium-hot heat for 3 minutes on each side. Brush with cola mixture. Grill 8-10 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer reads 160°, basting and turning occasionally. Serve on buns. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 461 calories, 24g fat (8g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 714mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 29g protein

Reviews for Cola Burgers

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Reviewed Sep. 9, 2014

"Delicious flavor, held together well when cooked!"

Reviewed Jul. 13, 2014

"Loved them we used Root beer"

Reviewed Jul. 13, 2014

"I pan fried these on the stove and found that the added salad dressing really makes the fat build up and I had to drain them twice before I brushed with the sauce. They are probably better grilled, but will watch for flare-ups. Good flavor, though."

Reviewed Mar. 7, 2013

"I make these burgers all the time - my picky grandkids really love these burgers and they don't taste like left over hamburger the next day - I double the recipe for special occassions like birthdays and family gatherings - I make ahead, freeze and we take them camping - always a hit!"

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2012

"burgers are fantastic. they don't crack or seperate when cooked"

Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

"A favorite in our house. We don't always do the basting the recipe calls for and it's still delicious."

Reviewed May. 29, 2010

"No one said this was an original recipe. The fact that you had to tsk tsk....tsk, tsk! Hope the (1) person that gave the bad review submits one of their recipes so we can give such a long baaad review. A simple "my family didn't care for it" would have sufficed. Shame on you for your un-kindness."

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2010

"I can't begin to tell you how many times I have shared this recipe. My kids & husband love them. Super in the summertime on the grill."

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2009

"made this for Halloween BBQ served 35. No one asked for the recipe. That is a big clue to me to never do that again. Just had people say, what is in that?? Husband said, Yuck! My guess too sweet of meat for our taste. I didn't even like it at all. Lots of half eaten burgers thrown away. Bummer."

Reviewed Jan. 27, 2009

"who would have thought cola and french dressing would make such a wonderfully tender fantastic burger, we will have them frequently."

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2009

"Fantastic burgers! I didn't want to stand outside in the cold so I fried them; turning and basting. My family wants more of these."

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2008

"Melva, It doesn't matter where a recipe comes from. What matters is, it's good, and it get shared. We're having them tonight! Thank you for the recipe. Proofredhead"

Reviewed May. 25, 2008

"And your point is...?"

Reviewed May. 14, 2008

"I saw this recipe in one of those little paperback cookbooks that you get in the grocery store line. tsk tsk"

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.