These are Man-Burgers! Bourbon Onion Marmalade topping with bacon and easy Bourbon BBQ sauce on meaty burgers. Just in time for Father’s Day and summer!
Forget about the pickles, onions, tomatoes and lettuce for a while. These 6 oz burgers are topped with bacon, melted Swiss cheese, pan fried mushrooms and laid on a bed of Bourbon onion ‘marmalade’ on a bun slathered with Bourbon BBQ sauce. You don’t need anything else with this smoky, meaty flavour combo.
I tried a few variations of these, which my husband was more than okay providing feedback on. The winning formula was to keep it simple and just cook the bacon in strips. A previous version had the bacon bits in the meat patty but they just got lost in the patty. Another kitchen boo boo was when I mistakenly used Irish whisky instead of bourbon! No comparison!
The burger has a mix of Italian pork sausage and beef that make them really juicy and tasty. You can use all beef or a commercial patty if you prefer.
You can make the bacon, onions and mushrooms ahead of time and just reheat before serving time. Or you can let them cook while the burgers are on the grill. The onions need a good 20 minutes to caramelize so make sure they are in the hot pan before you put the meat on the grill.
The Swiss cheese melted helps to hold the mushroom slices in place on the top of the burger. You could use any other mild cheese as well.
I like a crusty Kaiser roll to hold all this goodness together. Again – you can use your choice of roll.
I serve them with Sweet Potato fries on the side. I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of these burgers this summer!