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Whiskey Cheddar Burgers Recipe
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Whiskey Cheddar Burgers Recipe

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This juicy burger has big flavors to satisfy even the heartiest appetites. It always impresses at our cookouts. —Amber Nicholson, Winooski, Vermont
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/4 cup whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 8 onion rolls or hamburger buns, split
  • Optional toppings: lettuce leaves, sliced tomato, cheddar cheese slices and barbecue sauce


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 11 ingredients. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into eight 1/2-in.-thick patties.
  2. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, rub on grill rack to coat lightly. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160°. Serve burgers on rolls with toppings as desired.
    Freeze option: Place patties on a plastic wrap-lined baking sheet; wrap and freeze until firm. Remove from pan and transfer to a resealable plastic freezer bag; return to freezer. To use, grill frozen patties as directed, increasing time as necessary for a thermometer to read 160°.
    Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Whiskey Cheddar Burgers in Simple & Delicious August/September 2014

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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