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.

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Yield: 4 servings

Bourbon BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger

Bourbon BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

3 Comments

  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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