ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to make the Ultimate Dr. Pepper BBQ Burger

Updated on May 18, 2016

My best friend and I love to enter cooking contests - from the local state fair to the Sutter Home Build a Better Burger(c) contest. This recipe is one we perfected over an entire summer, using my personal favorite beverage: Dr. Pepper, a local soda legend!

After much research and lots of taste tests and informal focus groups with friends and family, the burger recipe below is what we actually entered in 2008. It didn't win, or even come close, but we still make this burger - and even some of the components, like the slaw - from time to time.

Hope you enjoy!

The Ultimate Dr. Pepper BBQ Burger with Sweet Slaw


10-2-4 Sauce

¼ cup finely chopped onion

2 cloves minced garlic

1 tbsp olive oil

2 cups Ketchup

1 ½ cups Dr Pepper

½ cup vinegar

¼ cup molasses

2 tablespoons soy sauce

½ tablespoon chili pepper flakes

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

BBQ Patties

1 pound ground chuck

1 tablespoon coarse salt (kosher or sea)

1 tablespoon Ancho chili powder

2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 ½ teaspoon ground cumin

Slaw (for 6 burgers)

3 cups shredded cabbage

2 cups shredded carrot

1/2 cup chopped bread and butter pickles

2 tablespoons sweet relish

2 tablespoons minced pickled jalepenos

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

2 teaspoons mayo

1 teaspoon course ground mustard

6 buttermilk hamburger buns

6 ounces of smoked mozzarella cheese

24 bread and butter pickle slices


Prepare a medium-hot fire on charcoal grill with cover, or preheat gas grill to med-high.

To make 10-2-4 Sauce, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil in med-large saucepan, then add ketchup, Dr. Pepper, vinegar, molasses, soy sauce, chili pepper flakes, salt and black pepper. Bring to boil, stirring frequently with whisk wire. Boil for 5 minutes then remove from grill and set aside.

To make the patties, combine ground chuck, coarse salt, ancho chili powder, sugar, black epper and cumin. Handling meat as little as possible, mix well. Divide mixture into six equal portions and form the portions into patties.

While the sauce is still warm, spoon one tablespoon of sauce over each patty, flip patties and spoon one tablespoon of sauce onto other side, so that both sides are coated in sauce.

To make the slaw, combine cabbage, carrot, bred and butter pickles, relish, jalapenos, cider vinegar, mayo and mustard in a bowl. Set aside.

Making sure grill is still med-hot, add patties to grill rack and cover with grill lid. Cook, turning once, until done to preference, 4-5 minutes on each side for medium. During the last few minutes of cooking, place the buns, cut side down, on the rack and toast lightly. Remove buns and set aside. During last minute of cooking, place one ounce of cheese on each patty.

To assemble the burgers, on each bun bottom, place a patty, a spoon of 10-2-4 sauce, 4 bread and butter pickle slices, and one-sixth of the slaw mixture. Add the bun tops and serve.

Tips from the Burger Master: Hubert Keller


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Brigitte Thompson profile image

      Brigitte Thompson 

      8 years ago from Austin, TX

      I love Dr. Pepper, and am going to try this recipe out. I am from Texas and was traveling to Buffalo NY. on a business trip. I stopped at a Denny's , and wanted to order a Dr. Pepper, waitress did not know what I was talking about. I soon found out that I could not find a place that carried Dr. Pepper. Talk about with drawls.

    • yenajeon profile image

      Yena Williams 

      8 years ago from California

      Wow amazing! I'm totally in the mood for BBQ right now!

    • The Rope profile image

      The Rope 

      8 years ago from SE US

      I love using soda in meat recipes! Never thought about the molasses though. Sounds like a terrific burger!

    • Meghan Fitz profile imageAUTHOR

      Meghan Fitz 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thanks lisa and Michael! Let me know what you think when you try it!!

    • Michael Shane profile image

      Michael Shane 

      8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Definitely will try, thanks for the recipe...

    • lisaluv9784 profile image


      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      My mouth is watering just reading this! I think this is one recipe that I will have to try.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)