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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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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