Cola Burgers

Cola Burgers are a twist on a traditional burger. A french dressing and cola basting sauce give your burger a perfectly grilled flavor!

I love grilling season and summer picnics. I’m notorious for making too much food.  Honestly though, I’d rather have too much food than run out of food, ya know?

We’ve had our share of burgers lately, mostly because of leftover burgers from parties. In fact, my son asked the other day when we were going to have a “real meal”.  That is…not burgers or hot dogs.

burger with a bite out of it

But when we have leftovers burgers like this? I’m not complaining.

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • a crazy twist on traditional burgers
  • cola & french dressing glaze
  • parmesan cheese & saltines (I know…strange but just trust me!)
  • basting sauce for burgers which gives them crispy edges and amazing flavor
  • tender and juicy

I found this recipe in a Taste of Home magazine years ago and make them all the time.  I think you’ll love them too!

What gives these burgers flavor?

Ok I’m going to tell you what flavors these beef burgers. Promise me you won’t cringe. I’ll admit, then flavors are crazy, but it 100% works.

  • cola
  • french dressing
  • parmesan cheese
  • saltines

I warned you. But now you have to try them!

ingredients for cola burgers

How to Make Cola Burgers

  • Preheat a grill until it reaches about 400 degrees. In a bowl, mix together the egg, ¼ cup of Coca-Cola, saltines, 2 tablespoons of French dressing, and Parmesan cheese. Mix in the ground beef.
  • Form into 6 patties.
  • Pour the remaining Coca-Cola and dressing into a small bowl, and mix well.
  • Grill burgers, brushing with the Coca-Cola during grilling. Grill for about 6 minutes on each side, or until they are cooked as you like them.

What internal temperature should burgers be? Burgers should be cooked to 165º Fahrenheit. Then let them rest for 5 minutes before serving.

**We LOVE our Thermoworks ThermaPen to quickly test burger temperatures. This probe thermometer is AMAZING.  Get it here.**

How do I keep burgers from sticking to the grill?

In order to keep your burgers from sticking to the grates, do not put them on the grill until it reaches at least 400 degrees. We always used foil and cooking spray until we tried this trick. It completely works for us!

hand holding a burger

How do I keep my burgers from falling apart?

The egg in this recipe acts as a binding agent to help keep the burgers together. There are a few other things you can do to make sure your burgers don’t fall apart.

  • Keep the ingredients cold.
  • Pack the burgers together tightly when forming.
  • Don’t flip the burgers until they’ve cooked at least 5 or 6 minutes. You should really only flip the burgers once during cooking.
cola burger cut in half

What to Serve with Burgers

These burgers pair well with classic picnic side dishes. And a Shirley Temple mocktail wouldn’t be a bad idea either!

burger on a plate with a bite out of it
burger on a plate with a bite out of it

Cola Burgers with Tangy Glaze

5 from 3 votes
Cola Burgers are a twist on a traditional burger. A french dressing and cola basting sauce give your burger a perfectly grilled flavor!
Servings 6
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup Coca-Cola (divided)
  • 1/2 cup crushed saltine crackers
  • 6 tablespoons French salad dressing (divided)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (80% lean)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat a grill until it reaches 400 degrees. In a bowl, mix together the egg, ¼ cup of Coca-Cola, saltines, 2 tablespoons of French dressing, and Parmesan cheese. Mix in the ground beef.
  • Form into 6 patties.
  • Pour the remaining cola and dressing into a small bowl, and mix well.
  • Grill burgers, brushing with the cola/dressing mixture during grilling.
  • Grill for about 6 minutes on each side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165º Fahrenheit.
  • Layer on buns with lettuce, cheese and tomatoes.

Video

Notes

I used 80/20 ground chuck for these burgers. Don’t put the hamburgers on the grill until it reaches about 400 degrees.
The calories shown are based on the recipe making 6 burgers, with 1 serving being 1 burger (no bun). Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 412kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 307mg | Potassium: 337mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2.8mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 412
Keyword picnic, summer

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AnnMarie
9 years ago

Hmmm, I may have to try this. Interesting combo of ingredients but I like that! Found you on Tuesday Trivia and following you via Pinterest! Would love for you to visit my blog sometime!

Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile
9 years ago

Okay, this burger looks good. Sounds different and I can’t wait to make it! Thank you for sharing at Tuesday Trivia. Pinning right now 🙂
Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

Heather Who Needs a Cape?
9 years ago

ooohhh coke in a burger? Going to have to try this!

Thanks for linking up at Super Sunday! Can’t wait to see what Super things you bring us next week! http://whoneedsacape.com/2013/06/super-sunday-party-1/

Lizy @ http://justdipitinchocolate.blogspot.com/
9 years ago

Hi Madie..Lizy here, wow I had to check out this recipe, I’ve never heard of cola burgers and the recipe is very interesting! Got to bookmark it to make them some day! I hear you when you talk about your son asking you for “real food’, mine did the same last week when I was in a “burger” roll…lol…thanks for sharing, I came over the Contessa’s Burger Bash!

Tumbleweed Contessa
9 years ago

What an interesting combination of ingredients and so so pretty. I never would have thought of adding french dressing but it makes perfect sense. Thanks for sharing this one too!

Kenny Odister
8 years ago

Its sad to say that where I live you can’t get a decent hamburger but this looks delicious I will have to try it this summer.

Cindy Eikenberg
8 years ago

Oh my, my hubby, the burger fanatic, is SO going to want us to try these! He’s standing behind me right now and I think he kind of wants to jump into the screen….wait, I think he’s drooling on my shoulder! 🙂 This looks seriously awesome and can’t wait to try it…..pinning and sharing! Have a happy Monday!

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
8 years ago

We have burgers about once a week during the Summer – I love finding new versions to try! 🙂

Lorraine Scott
6 years ago

These burgers look awesome, and I would love to try them. But I don’t grill. Is there a way to either pan fry them or do the in the oven?

sandy
5 years ago

I have been trying to sign up for your recipes but it does not seem to go through to you for some reason. Would you have any idea why?

Dawson
4 years ago

I made these just know, and honestly I don’t taste much of a difference from a regular burger, maybe I did something wrong but I followed the instructions.