We bought a grill!  Prior to this purchase we had a Little Smoky charcoal grill that is about 1 foot tall and you have to basicaly kneel next to it to grill.  It holds approximately 1 & 1/2 burger patties.  I was so excited when the husband decided to buy a gas grill because we normally use a grill pan for “grilling” which does an okay job, but it’s not the same.  One of the first grilled meals I chose was a Beer Burger which I first called “Jamaican” because used Red Stripe [it was the only beer sold in a single bottle at the grocery store].  When I told the husband, he said to call them “Ja’makin” Beer Burgers like “you’re making” beer burgers, so there you go.  We are kind of special here. 


Have you ever had a food epiphany?  I have had a few since I really started cooking because there were several things I had never even tried before (I can be pretty darn picky).  But no food epiphany so far has rivaled the one I had when I ate this Beer Burger.  I am amazed at what beer can do to the flavor of a burger.  I hate beer, I really do.  But in a burger?!?  Holy wow it’s the best thing I’ve ever had.  I will never grill a beef burger without beer again!  Hooray Beer! <– Also husband’s input.

We made this with Baked Oven Fries and Grilled Zucchini Planks (recipe soon to follow).

“Ja’makin” Beer Burgers

Recipe #: 59

Saved Since: July 2009

Count: 15 down

Husband’s Rating: 4.5 out of 5

My Rating: 5 out of 5

Serves 2 to 3


  • 1 lb. ground beef (85/15)
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 c. beer (use Red Stripe for “Ja’makin” burgers 😉
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely chopped


  1. Heat your grill to medium-high.
  2. In a bowl combine beef, onion, beer, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and garlic.
  3. Form into 2 large or 3 medium patties.
  4. Cover and grill patties 12 to 15 minutes or until cooked to preferred doneness.
  5. Toast buns and add preferred toppings.

Source: as seen on Sweet Savory Southern, originally from Betty Crocker, Grilling Made Easy.