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Whiskey Cheddar Burgers

This juicy cheeseburger has big flavors to satisfy even the heartiest appetites. It always impresses at our cookouts. —Amber Nicholson, Winooski, Vermont
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 8 onion rolls or hamburger buns, split
  • Optional: Lettuce leaves, sliced tomato, cheddar cheese slices and barbecue sauce

Directions

  • Combine the first 11 ingredients. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into eight 1/2-in.-thick patties.
  • On a greased grill, cook burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160°. Serve burgers on rolls with toppings as desired.
    Freeze option: Place patties on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet; wrap and freeze until firm. Remove from pan and transfer to an airtight container; return to freezer. To use, grill frozen patties as directed, increasing time as necessary for a thermometer to read 160°.
Nutrition Facts
1 burger: 370 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 654mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 26g protein.
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