Dad’s Cola Burgers Recipe
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Dad’s Cola Burgers Recipe

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Before you hand out the drinks, save a little soda to make these burgers. Cola helps soften the texture and kick up the flavor. Used in the meat mixture and brushed on during cooking, it takes this football favorite to another level. —Emily Nelson, Packers Women's Association, Green Bay, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/2 cup crushed saltines (about 15 crackers)
  • 1/2 cup (nondiet) cola, divided
  • 6 tablespoons French salad dressing, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 6 hamburger buns, split
  • Lettuce leaves and tomato and red onion slices, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 burger: 419 calories, 20g fat (6g saturated fat), 103mg cholesterol, 698mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.


  1. Combine saltine crumbs, 1/4 cup cola, 3 tablespoons salad dressing, egg, Parmesan cheese and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add beef; mix well. Shape into six 3/4-in.-thick patties (the mixture will be moist); sprinkle with remaining salt. Combine remaining cola and salad dressing.
  2. Grill patties, covered, over medium heat 3 minutes per side. Brush with cola mixture. Grill, brushing and turning occasionally, until a thermometer reads 160°, about 3-4 minutes longer. Serve on buns; if desired, top with lettuce, tomato and onion. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Dad’s Cola Burgers in Taste of Home September/October 2016, p59

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jetluvs2cook User ID: 1675049 254378
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2016

"very good flavor!! I would recommend eating these as an open face sandwich or with no bun because the hamburgers are soft (like meat loaf texture) and they were hard to eat on a bun. also keep a close watch on them so that they don't burn! there is sugar in them from the cola and french dressing and sugar burns easily! :) still a great tasting burger tho!"

amsm User ID: 8302234 253124
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2016

"These burgers were easy to prepare and grill. They have a great moist texture. I was expecting more of a unique flavor with the dressing and cola, but they tasted pretty much like a regular burger."

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