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May 8, 2020

Bourbon Bacon Cheeseburger

This bourbon bacon cheeseburger is big, juicy, and smothered in an amazing bourbon barbecue sauce.

This epic burger is part of a fantastic month-long event hosted by Girl Carnivore!

This bourbon bacon cheeseburger is big, juicy, and smothered in an amazing bourbon barbecue sauce.

This burger is a 1/3 pound ground chuck patty, grilled to medium, topped with 2 strips of thick cut bacon, smoked cheddar cheese, and an amazing homemade bourbon barbecue sauce.

With the beef, bacon, cheese, and sweet bourbon sauce, this burger doesn't need anything else.

How to make this bourbon bacon cheeseburger.

First, you will need to make the bourbon sauce. The recipe makes about 3 cups of sauce. This is more than you will need for these burgers, but you have no trouble using the rest of it any time you want to use barbecue sauce.

The sauce is sweet, spicy, and delicious.

bourbon barbecue sauce

Along with a 3/4 cup of bourbon, there are so many ingredients in this sauce, including soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, maple syrup, sesame oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic, minced onion, Tabasco, brown sugar, and granulated sugar.

The ingredient list is kind of big, but you probably have most of the ingredients on hand. Plus, the flavor combination is amazing.

To make it, you simmer all of the ingredients, along with a cup of water, stirring constantly. When it is fully simmering, you add a mixture of cornstarch, powdered sugar, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Keep stirring and simmering until the sauce thickens, about one minute.

Meanwhile fry the bacon until crispy and drain on paper towels.

To build this bourbon bacon cheeseburger:

After you've grilled the meat patties and while they are still on the griddle, top them with two bacon slices and a slice of smoked cheddar. Continue to grill until the cheese is fully melted.

Place the burger on a buttered and grilled sandwich bun.

Bourbon bacon cheeseburger

Next, smother the burger in the sweet and spicy bourbon sauce. Be generous. This burger is meant to be messy.

Plus, the sauce is crazy good.

Cheesy Bourbon bacon burger

Finally, place the other half of the grilled sandwich bun on top of the juicy burger and dig in.

Be sure to have plenty of napkins nearby. The juices might run down your arms to your elbows, but it's totally worth it.

Cheesy Bourbon bacon burger with an amazing sauce

I love a good burger, including this Frisco Burger, the Oklahoma Fried Onion Short Rib Burger, and this copycat Double-Double.

That's why I'm excited to participate in another Burger Month, hosted by Girl Carnivore. After the recipe, be sure to enter to win a great grilling prize package.

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Bourbon Bacon Cheeseburger

Bourbon Bacon Cheeseburger
Yield: 6 servings
This bourbon bacon cheeseburger is big, juicy, and smothered in an amazing bourbon barbecue sauce.


For the Bourbon Sauce
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup sesame oil
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
For the Burgers
  • 2 pounds ground chuck
  • Salt, pepper, and granulated garlic
  • 12 slices of thick cut bacon, cooked until crispy, and drained
  • 6 - 1 ounce slices smoked cheddar cheese
  • 6 hamburger buns, toasted and buttered
  • Bourbon barbecue sauce


To Make the Sauce
  1. Whisk together the cornstarch, powdered sugar, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside. 
  2. Pour the rest of the ingredients into a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. 
  3. Gradually pour in the cornstarch mixture, whisking constantly. Once everything is fully combined, simmer for an additional minute. 
  4. Remove from the heat. 
  5. Keep leftovers in the refrigerator. 
To Make the Cheeseburgers
  1. Shape the ground chuck into 6 patties and season them with salt, pepper, and granulated garlic.
  2. Grill the patties to medium, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. While they are still cooking, top each patty with two slices of bacon and a slice of cheese, and let the cheese melt. 
  3. Place the burgers on the bottom buns, and spoon a generous amount of the bourbon sauce. Top with the other half of the buns and serve. 
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This recipe was adapted from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives: The Funky Finds in Flavortown

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