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Cola Burgers

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.
  • Makes
    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
  • Optional toppings: Lettuce leaves, sliced tomato, sliced red onion, pickles and sliced cheese


  • In a large bowl, combine 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 (mixture will be moist).
  • In a small bowl, combine remaining cola and salad dressing; set aside.
  • Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat for 3 minutes on each side. Brush with cola mixture. Continue grilling to desired doneness, 6-8 minutes, brushing and turning occasionally. For medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°. Serve on buns. Serve burgers with optional toppings as desired.
Editor's Note: Diet cola is not recommended for this recipe.
Nutrition Facts
1 burger: 461 calories, 24g fat (8g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 714mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 29g protein.

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  • Sherry Lyn
    Jan 4, 2020

    Our family and friends LOVE the cola burgers. Many compliments and many requests for the recipe. Always make them on the grill. YUMMY!!!

  • amygattuso
    Sep 22, 2019


  • Pam
    Aug 11, 2019

    Was curious when I saw the name so made Cola Burgers for a group of friends. EVERYONE raved about how moist and flavorful the burgers were No one believed me when I said they had cola and Catalina dressing in them but everyone also went home with a link to the recipe.

  • Cookiesnob
    Jul 27, 2019

    Tasty! We liked them. I broiled them in my oven and didn't brush them with extra French dressing.

  • Laurie
    Jul 16, 2019

    Super yummy I make quite often.

  • dollargirl
    Jul 10, 2017

    My kids love this recipe. I have sometimes substituted quick oats for the saltines and added a little more salt

  • gunslinger
    Sep 9, 2014

    Delicious flavor, held together well when cooked!

  • Marylat501
    Jul 13, 2014

    Loved them we used Root beer

  • galinthewoods
    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.

  • carharwal
    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!