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Hearty Country Burgers

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Grill: 20 min.


4 servings

When I plan a casual country cookout, I invite these dressed-up burgers to the table. Bacon, lettuce, tomato and cheese toppings and a touch of sauce really boost the flavor. And the mildly seasoned meat turns out nice and juicy.
Hearty Country Burgers Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 teaspoon lime juice, divided
  • 2 tablespoons cola, divided
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 4 bacon strips, halved and cooked
  • 4 hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 1 slice onion, separated into rings


  1. In a small skillet, saute the garlic in oil for 1 minute or until golden. Stir in 1/3 cup lime juice, 1 tablespoon cola, orange juice and soy sauce. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 5-6 minutes or until slightly thickened. Set aside for basting.
  2. Crumble beef into a large bowl. Sprinkle with garlic powder and remaining lime juice and cola; mix well. Shape into four 3/4-in.-thick patties.
  3. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 8-9 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160°, basting occasionally with sauce. During the last 2 minutes, top burgers with cheese and bacon. Serve on buns with lettuce, tomato and onion.

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