Whiskey Cheddar Burgers

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


8 servings

Updated: Mar. 11, 2022
This juicy cheeseburger has big flavors to satisfy even the heartiest appetites. It always impresses at our cookouts. —Amber Nicholson, Winooski, Vermont
Whiskey Cheddar Burgers Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. Combine the first 11 ingredients. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into eight 1/2-in.-thick patties.
  2. 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.

Can you freeze Whiskey Cheddar Burgers?

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.