Bacon Stuffed Cheeseburgers with Bourbon BBQ Sauce


Bacon Stuffed Cheeseburgers with Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Servings 4 Servings


  • Burgers:
  • pounds ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 strips bacon, diced
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar
  • 4 burger buns
  • lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles, for garnish
  • Bourbon BBQ Sauce:
  • ¾ cup bourbon
  • 1 cup cold water, divided
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 small garlic cloves, finely chopped


  • Sauce:
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the ¾ cup water, salt, soy sauce, maple syrup, BBQ sauce, brown sugar, Dijon, garlic, and bourbon. Simmer for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a glass measuring cup or small bowl, mix the cornstarch with ¼ cup of water until smooth. Slowly add the corn starch slurry, whisking vigorously as you go. Bring to a boil and quickly reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Burgers:
  • Ina medium a skillet over medium heat, fry bacon until crispy. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Carefully remove some of the bacon fat and leave 1 tablespoon in the pan.
  • Using the same skillet with the bacon fat, sauté the onions for 3-4 minutes until translucent. Add garlic and making sure not to burn, cook 20-30 seconds. Remove pan from heat and set aside.
  • In a bowl combine beef, barbecue sauce, salt, and pepper, being careful not to over mix. Add a spoonful of bacon-cheese mixture and place in the center of the 4 patties. Top each with another thin patty and seal the edges.
  • Sear burgers in the same pan used for the bacon with 1 or 2 teaspoons of the bacon grease or on a hot grill pan over medium-high heat, flipping once until desired doneness is reached, approximately 4 minutes each side for medium. Serve in buns with sauce and garnishes. Enjoy!