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Dad’s Cola Burgers

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, Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • 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
  • Optional toppings: Lettuce leaves and tomato and red onion slices


  • 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 1/4 cup cola and 3 tablespoons salad dressing.
  • Grill patties, covered, over medium heat 3 minutes per side. Brush with cola mixture. Grill, brushing and turning occasionally, until a thermometer reads 160°, 3-4 minutes longer. Serve on buns; if desired, top with lettuce, tomato and onion.
Nutrition Facts
1 burger: 419 calories, 20g fat (6g saturated fat), 103mg cholesterol, 698mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • brushstroke01
    Jun 4, 2019

    These were delicious, but you do have to keep a close watch on them so they don't burn. I used Catalina dressing, instead of French, and my family loved them. Will definitely make again.

  • jetluvs2cook
    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
    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.