Bourbon BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger

Bourbon BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger.

BBQ Bourbon Bacon Burger

There is just something about a big FAT juicy (sorry I hate that word too, but if the shoe fits) cheeseburger that gets me going. Now that I’m all grown up I need a little more something something to my cheeseburgers though. Know what I’m sayin’? You can’t ever go wrong slapping on a few slices of perfectly cooked bacon so that’s a given.

You also need to give a little thought to the bun. No plain jane sesame seed buns for me. No sir ree. I’m a brioche or pretzel bun every single timer. If I’m going to indulge in carbs, I’m going all the way.
BBQ Bourbon Bacon Burger

And you can’t have a cheeseburger without the CHEESE. Wisconsin cheese is where all the cheesy goodness is. I am a cheese head through and through. Thank goodness I’m not lactose intolerant I would literally cry. Roll up in the fetal position and cry. I eat cheese erry single day. It is indeed one of life greatest pleasures. In my little bitty opinion. And for a melty good time I lean towards HAVARTI. Which I also can not say without a pretentious accent. Havarti darling, pass me the havarti.

Also pass me the bourbon. The Bourbon bar-b-que sauce is finger licking good. You’re going to want to slather this on all the things. It takes regular bar-b-que sauce to the bar for a very good time. Your burger will thank you for this.

All of that combined: Pretzel bun, Wisconsin Havarti Cheese, Grade A Beef, Crispy Bacon and a Bourbon Bar-B-Que sauce that will have you questioning why you ever gravitated to normal bar-b-que sauce make for one heck of a good burger. You might want to grab extra napkins, just a thought.

BBQ Bourbon Bacon Burger

For our favorite tailgating tips head over to The Cheese & Burger Society’s website for the BOURBON BBQ BENCHWARMER BURGER.





Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Wisconsin Cheese. I was compensated for my time. Opinions are my own.


Yield: 4 servings

Bourbon BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger

Bourbon BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger


  • 1cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • For Cheeseburgers:
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon, halved
  • 2 pounds ground beef, divided into 4 equal patties
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 4-thick slices Wisconsin Havarti cheese
  • For Assembly:
  • 4 pretzel buns, split and toasted
  • Caramelized onions or store-bought crispy onions, optional


  1. For BBQ Sauce: Place all ingredients in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally.
  2. Reduce to simmer and cook 8-10 minutes, until thickened. Remove and let cool. (Sauce can be made in advance and refrigerated until ready to use.)
  3. For Burgers: Fry bacon until crispy in large skillet. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate to drain. Set aside.
  4. Heat grill over medium-high heat. Season beef patties with salt and pepper. Place grill pan on grill and add burgers.
  5. Cook until desired doneness, between 3 and 5 minutes per side.
  6. Top each burger with a cheese slice during last minutes of cooking so cheese melts.
  7. To Assemble: Place cheeseburger on each toasted pretzel bun bottom.
  8. Top with two bacon pieces and generous amount of bourbon BBQ sauce.
  9. Finish with caramelized or crispy onions if desired.


  1. 1

    These look so good, and I’m so hungry right now! Yummy!

  2. 2

    I love burgers and these look extra tasty!

  3. 3
    John E /

    I’m going to make these this weekend. They look amazing!

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