BBQ Burger Recipe

    4 Servings


  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whiskey
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, ribs and seeds removed and remainder diced
  • 1 egg
  • 8-10 crackers saltine crackers, crumbled
  • 6 ounces gouda cheese, smoked, coarsely chopped into about 12-16 pieces
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked, for topping


  1. Place onions, butter, and sugar in a medium-sized fry pan on low heat. Stir occasionally. (Tip: If you hear the onions begin to sizzle, turn the heat down.) Cook until soft and translucent in color (approx. 30 minutes).
  2. Meanwhile, place the ground beef, minced garlic, diced jalapeno, egg, and crumbled saltine crackers in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Gently stir ingredients until incorporated.Divide the hamburger mixture into 4 equal-sized portions. Using two hands, gently flatten one portion and then top with 1½ ounces smoked Gouda (about 3-4 small cubes). Carefully shape the mixture into a patty about ¾-1” thick.
  3. Repeat with remaining portions of hamburger mixture. (Tip: One of the keys to a delicious burger is to work the meat as little as possible when making the burgers. The more you handle the meat, the tougher your burger will be.)
  4. Using your thumb, make a small indention in the middle of each burger. This will yield a perfectly-shaped burger as it grills.
  5. Place the burgers on a grill over medium heat. Cook 3-5 minutes per side, depending on your preference. (Tip: Flip the burgers only once, and resist the urge to use your grill spatula as a press!)
  6. Once the burgers are almost done, transfer the onions from the fry pan into a small bowl. Add the whiskey and stir to incorporate.
  7. Build the burgers, topping with BBQ sauce, whiskey onions, and bacon.

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  • Remember to add in your favorite barbecue sauce for topping!
  • And your hamburger buns!

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Author: David Dial
Recipe Yields: 4 burgers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 burger
Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 254
Calories 547

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g
  Saturated Fat 10g
Sodium 734mg
Total Carbohydrate 8g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 2g
Protein 41g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.

This is a meat loaf, not a hamburger!!!


Cool burger recipe David. What could go wrong when a man combines meat, jalepenos, whiskey and bacon? Nothing at all....nothing at all. Have you ever tried making burgers with bison?