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Mom’s Favorite Olive Burgers

When she was in her 80s, my mom would reminisce about olive burgers at Coney Island. I used her instructions to make one and ended up pleasing both of us. —Lorraine Hickman, Lansing, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup sliced green olives with pimientos, drained
  • 1/4 cup Miracle Whip
  • 1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese, optional
  • Bibb lettuce leaves, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine beef, soy sauce, Worcestershire, garlic powder and onion powder, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into four 1/2-in.-thick patties, indenting the center slightly.
  • Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet; cook burgers over medium heat until a thermometer reads 160°, 4-6 minutes on each side.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine olives, Miracle Whip and mustard. Serve burgers on buns with olive mixture. If desired, top with feta cheese and lettuce.

Test Kitchen tips
  • For mayo purists, we know Miracle Whip just won't cut it, so feel free to swap one for the other.
  • Want even more olives? Finely chop 1/2 cup and add it to the beef mixture before forming into patties.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 burger with 2 tablespoons olive mixture: 425 calories, 24g fat (8g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 837mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein.
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    • Tamala
      Sep 10, 2020

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    • Dina
      Oct 27, 2019

      Delicious. The burgers were juicy and tasty. The olive dressing (used Hellmans not Miracle Whip) was awesome. My husband is not a dressing kind of guy. Usually prefers his burgers plain with ketchup and mustard. He LOVED the olive dressing. I love Feta so I mixed it into the olive mayo dressing and it worked!! Thank you for a yummy recipe...........

    • shortyblueyes
      May 6, 2019

      Delicious. I love the idea of seasoning the meat with soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce before cooking it; that's something I do, too. It just adds some oomph! This burger is great! Give it a try, you won't be disappointed. If you don't like olives, the basic burger recipe is good, swap out the toppings for your favorites.