Ah, the weather is warm again…which means the return of the summer grilling season! (Of course, if you live in the South, then your grilling season started back in February.)
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been grilling anything and everything lately. Burgers, ribs, hotdogs, pizza dough, steaks; you name it, it’s been on my grill lately. This week, I decided to mix it up a bit and make some Smokey Whiskey BBQ Burgers, and let me tell you… they were delicious!
If you’re a fan of putting BBQ sauce on your burger, then this Smokey Whiskey BBQ Burger is for you! Seriously.
My wife loves BBQ sauce on her burgers, and she couldn’t stop raving about what a difference the caramelized onions made. And the secret ingredient? A generous splash of whiskey right at the end. (Be careful to remove the pan from the heat entirely and let the caramelized onions cool slightly before adding the whiskey! The vapors from the alcohol can ignite, and flambéed onions are not what we’re going for with this burger.)
The proper way to caramelize onions is to cook them on low heat with a bit of butter for a long time (at least 30 minutes). If you hear them begin to sizzle, then turn the heat down! A little chef’s secret is to add a pinch of sugar to the onions once they are in the pan. The sugar helps kick start the caramelization process.
I also included two other special ingredients in these burgers: diced jalapenos and chunks of smoked Gouda. Before you start telling me that jalapenos are too hot, hear me out! I removed all of the seeds and stems from one medium jalapeno, and then I diced the remainder and mixed it in with the meat.
The burgers had a hint of the jalapeno flavor with none of the intense spiciness that is often associated with jalapenos. And the chunks of smoked Gouda mixed into the burgers created little pockets of cheesy deliciousness.
So this weekend, pull out the grill and make a round of these Smokey Whiskey BBQ Burgers. Your friends and neighbors will thank you!
And if you’re really craving that BBQ flavor this weekend, check out these oven-baked New Orleans Style BBQ Chicken Wings Recipe!