Bacon Bourbon BBQ Burgers Recipe

whiskeyandwings June 12, 2017 0
Bacon Bourbon BBQ Burgers Recipe


  • 16 ounces grass fed beef or organic short rib blend ground beef
  • kosher salt
  • 6 slices thick cut bacon, cooked
  • 2 teaspoons grapeseed oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 ounces extra sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 2 eggs fried (optional)
  • 2 pretzel buns, toasted


  1. Very gently form the burgers into 2 – 8 ounces patties, careful not to pack the meat too tightly. Season generously on both sides with kosher salt. Let sit for 15 minutes.
  2. While the burgers are resting, in a small saucepan over medium heat add the grapeseed oil and diced onion. Saute until the onion begins to sweat and become translucent.
  3. Stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, salt and cayenne pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Mix in the bourbon and cook for an addition minute or two. Remove from heat.
  4. Cook the burgers on a grill or in a cast iron skillet with a small amount of oil according to your preferred preference.
  5. In the last minute, add 1 ounce of shredded cheese to the top of each burger. If using a grill, cover to melt the cheese. If cooking in a skillet tent with some foil.
  6. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes.
  7. While the burger is resting fry the eggs.
  8. To build the burger:
  9. Place the bottom of the pretzel bun on a plate and top with the cheese burger, add a tablespoon or two of BBQ sauce, 3 pieces of bacon broken in half and if using top with the fried egg, add the top bun.

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