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.
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.
- french dressing
- parmesan cheese
I warned you. But now you have to try them!
How to Make Cola Burgers
- Preheat a grill until it reaches about 400 degrees. In a bowl, mix together the egg, 1/4 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.
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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!
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.
What to Serve with Burgers
These burgers pair well with classic picnic side dishes:
Cola Burgers with Tangy Glaze
- 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)
- Preheat a grill until it reaches 400 degrees. In a bowl, mix together the egg, 1/4 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.