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Beer Burgers ~ let’s makeover those leftover burgers!


Beer burgers are an easy make-ahead meal or use it to jazz up leftover burgers on the grill.  This sauce transforms regular burgers into something really amazing.

Guys.  Moving.  Need I say more?  And this was my first move with kids and it honestly took it out of me more than I thought.  We even hired movers for some of the bigger pieces, and still.  Wowza.  I still don’t think I’m fully recovered. And I’m pretty sure some of the movers quit the industry after our move.  Highlights included a piece of furniture getting stuck on the stairs and one mover having to slither down the stairs like a snake through a gap to try to push it up.  Afterwards, the supervisor just massaged his eyeballs and muttered, “I’m going on break.”  But we’re moved!  So that’s a win.  And I’m ready to get back into the swing of regular life.  It’s funny how routines can become kind of ho-hum, and then when you get out of them, and you’re grateful to go back!

Beer Burgers ~ a late summer dinner hero

So don’t @ me, but there comes a time every summer where I’m not quite as thrilled by grilled food as I once was.  Like the thought of burgers on the grill elicits more of a “meh, okay” than a “yeah!”  Like I mentioned here, I’m not really a great summer cook.  I’ll soup and casserole it up all day long, but I run out of steam quickly with summer recipes.  Beer Burgers are a great way to dress up leftover burgers on the grill for a second round, or it’s a great meal to make up the night before so it’s ready to roll when you walk in the door.

So the secret to Beer Burgers isn’t a marinade per se, because the meat is already cooked, but it’s not really a straight up sauce either — it’s … a soaking sauce?  Hmm, so I get why the term “soaking sauce” never caught on, but for lack of a better term, soaking sauce it is.  Start with already cooked burgers — grilled, pan-fried, whatever works for you.  Mix up your soaking sauce ingredients …

Beer burgers - fancy up those leftover burgers!

Pour it over cooked burgers and that’s it!  Let it sit overnight and warm the burger patties up when you’re ready.  I typically just pop them in the microwave, but you could definitely do a stovetop warm up if that’s your style. Beer Burgers - makeover those leftover burgers!

The great thing about a soaking sauce vs. a marinade is that it’s only touched cooked meat, so totally fine to spoon up the extra sauce over the burgers.  And trust me, you’re gonna want to spoon up the extra sauce!  Bonus here, the soaking sauce makes these burgers so incredibly juicy and flavorful.  Before this recipe, I never thought of burgers as a make ahead meal, because typically sitting in the fridge does not do them any favors.  Problem solved here.  The soaking sauce makes them even more delicious than they would be alone.
Beer burgers - fancy up leftover burgers!

If you’ve tried this recipe, I’d love to hear in the comments?  Or any suggestions for a better name than “soaking sauce”?  I hope this isn’t one of those times where I’ve missed the most obvious choice :).

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Beer Burgers
Serves 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
  1. 2 T grated onion
  2. 1/2 c. beer
  3. 1/2 c. ketchup
  4. 2 T vinegar
  5. 2 T sugar
  6. 2 T Worcestershire sauce
  7. 6 cooked hamburger patties
  1. Mix up all the ingredients except for the burgers
  2. Pour the sauce over the burgers and cover it
  3. Place in the fridge overnight
  4. Warm up in the microwave or in a pan
  1. Make sure to note that this isn't a marinade -- you'll use this on already cooked patties
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Beer bugers - transform your leftover burgers!

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  1. #1 – YES ON THE MOVING THING. I feel like I still am not back in my routine yet and we moved 3 weeks ago. If I have to walk into Lowe’s one more time…

    #2 – I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels that way about grilled food now…I used to love it, especially burgers. Now I’m like, meh, I’ll take fish instead. Or steak…because #adulting 😀

    Hope your unpacking goes quickly and easily! I can’t imagine moving with kiddo’s in tow – my cat was enough for me.

    1. I’m glad to have someone who understands! Like it totally threw me for a loop — so glad I’m not alone! so true on the Lowe’s thing — it’s like how do we have so much stuff yet need to buy so much stuff for this place?? Hope your unpacking goes well too! We’ll both get there, right?!?

      1. For sure! The only part I haven’t minded is we’ve been to Target at least as many times getting sheets and curtains and fun things! 😀

  2. Moving is hard!! This is such an awesome recipe because I’m such a one and done chief. I could grill burgers one night for dinner, let the leftovers soak in the sauce a few days, and then have this prepped and ready to go for another night in the week!!

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