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Bourbon flavoured hamburger on a Kaiser bun stacked with caramelized onions, mushrooms, melted cheese and bacon.

Double Bourbon Bacon Burgers

Caramelized onion, melted cheese, mushrooms & bacon... does a burger get any better?
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 19 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 54 minutes
Servings 4 6 oz Burgers
Calories 900kcal


Burger Patties

  • 16 oz lean ground beef
  • 8 oz Italian sausage casing removed
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp salt

Bourbon Onion Marmalade

  • 4 small vidalia onions sliced thinly
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp bourbon

Pan Fried Mushrooms

  • 1 cup cremini mushroom slices
  • 1 Tbsp butter

Bourbon BBQ Sauce

  • 4 Tbsps commercial BBQ sauce
  • 1 Tbsp bourbon


  • 4 slices bacon cut crossways in half.
  • 4 oz Swiss cheese grated
  • 4 Kaiser rolls


  • Heat BBQ grill to high and then reduce heat to medium high.
  • Mix loose sausage evenly into beef and mix in spices. Divide into 4 equal portions and form into patties.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan and add onions slices. Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes. Add the brown sugar and thyme cook another 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium/low and add the thyme and red wine and cook another 5 minutes. Add the bourbon and cook another 5 minutes. Watch onions do not burn. Reduce heat if necessary.
  • In a separate pan, melt butter and cook mushroom slices over medium heat about 10 minutes.
  • In separate pan fry bacon until crisp over medium heat. Transfer to a paper towel to drain.
  • Mix bourbon into the commercial sauce in a serving dish.
  • Grill burgers over medium heat about 9 minutes per side. Do not move them unless you need to due to flare ups. Turn only once and grill another 9 minutes. Remove from grill to a clean platter. Sprinkle the Swiss cheese on top of the patty and allow the residual heat to melt it while the patties are resting. Cover platter loosely with another platter or foil. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Lightly toast Kaisers on the grill while the meat is resting.
  • Quickly reheat bacon onion mix and mushrooms if necessary so they are warm when you build the burgers.
  • Spread one side of the roll with the Bourbon BBQ sauce. Spread a layer of the Bourbon Onion Marmalade on bottom of the roll. Place the burger and top it with mushrooms and 2 bacon pieces.


Calories: 900kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 1711mg | Potassium: 1184mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 384IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 425mg | Iron: 6mg