Barbecue Bacon Cheeseburgers

This Barbecue Bacon Cheeseburgers recipe is packed full of flavor and loaded with cheese, bacon and onion rings. It’s an easy burger recipe your family will love!

Being a food blogger is a rough job, ya know?  Last weekend I needed to get a few burger recipes ready to share with you all.  A lot of times when we grill out, our burgers are very basic. We went all out on the burgers we had last week.

I mean Mexican burgers AND Lasagna burgers.

They were so good.

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Barbecue Bacon Cheeseburger

This Barbecue Bacon Cheeseburgers recipe is inspired by my favorite dinner at several different restaurants.  I crave big, juicy burgers, and barbecue bacon burgers are my dinner of choice many times we eat out.  The homemade version didn’t disappoint!

What is the best beef for burgers?

We like to choose about an 85% lean ground chuck. You can use a leaner cut of ground beef, but the burgers might be drier. Ground chuck gives great flavor. You can also use ground sirloin!

A sandwich sitting on top of a pile of fries

What is the best way to season a burger?

Although the burger looks complex, it is really very simple.  We used pantry staples of chili powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Worcestershire sauce enhances the flavor of beef. And brown sugar adds a touch of sweetness. Don’t skip that step…it really makes a difference!

How to Make Barbecue Bacon Cheeseburgers

  • In a large bowl, gently mix ground beef with seasonings and Worchestire sauce. Be careful not to overmix. Overmixing can cause the burger to be tough instead of tender. uncooked hamburger patties
  • Form 4 large patties with the ground beef. We like BIG burgers. If you’d like smaller ones or are making sliders, just form more patties!
  • Preheat the grill to at least 400º Fahrenheit. Once grill has preheated cook burgers 4-5 minutes per side, or until the burgers reach 160º Fahrenheit.

Do you grill burgers with the lid open or closed?

We like to leave the grill lid closed as much as possible. This just makes the oven have a more uniform heat which will help the burgers cook more evenly.

How do you keep burgers from sticking to the grill?

Remember that the easiest way to keep burgers from sticking to the grill is by heating the grill to over 400 degrees before you throw the patties on.  We started doing this a couple years ago and no longer have to use aluminum foil.  No more meat sticking to the grill. You get those gorgeous grill lines on your meat and delicious flavor!

A sandwich sitting on top of a wooden cutting board, with cheese

How do you know when burgers are done?

The best way to tell if a burger is done is to test the burger temperature. The internal temperature should be cooked to eat least medium doneness or 160° Fahrenheit.

Barbecue Burger Toppings

Here’s what we like to load on our burgers:

  • cheddar cheese
  • bacon
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • barbecue sauce
  • french fried onions.  I took a shortcut and used store-bought fried onions, but if you have the time, make these homemade crispy onion strings by Liz at Love Grows Wild.  They’re amazing! (To save a few calories, use freshly sliced red onions.)

bacon cheeseburger without top bun

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hamburger with cheese, bacon and barbecue sauce

Barbecue Bacon Cheeseburgers

5 from 6 votes
This Barbecue Bacon Cheeseburgers recipe is packed full of flavor and is one of the juiciest hamburgers I've had yet. I love the french fried onions on top!
Servings 4
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients
 

For the burgers:

  • 1 ½ pounds ground chuck
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons Worchestire sauce

Optional Toppings:

  • 4-8 slices cheddar cheese
  • sliced tomatoes
  • french fried onions (or sliced red onions)
  • cooked bacon slices
  • ¼ cup BBQ sauce
  • lettuce
  • 4 burger buns

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, gently mix ground beef with seasonings and Worchestire sauce. Be careful not to overmix.
  • Form 4 large patties with the ground beef and set to the side.
  • Preheat the grill to at least 400º Fahrenheit. Once grill has preheated cook burgers 4-5 minutes per side, or until your desired level of “done”.
  • Once burgers are just about done, top burgers with 1-2 slices of cheese. Continue to cook to allow cheese to melt.
  • To assemble burgers, add lettuce to the top of the bottom bun, then a burger, then onions, tomatoes and bacon. Spread about a tablespoon of BBQ sauce over the bottom of the top bun.
  • Close the burgers and serve.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the burgers only (no toppings), with the recipe making 4 large burgers and 1 serving being 1 burger. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 507mg | Potassium: 360mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2.7mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 313
Keyword best burger recipe, how to grill burgers, how to season burgers

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Joanna
2 years ago

5 stars
These burgers were awesome! Came out so juicy and the flavor of the meat was a but spicy but perfect. The bbq sauce and bacon on top were do die for. I used primal kitchen bbq sauce since it is my favorite dressing/sauce brand.

Melinda
2 years ago

5 stars
Hi, before the actual instructions of the recipe you say something about putting mayo and bbq sauce in the patties when you make them. But that isn’t listed in ingredients or instructions. Can you please clarify this for me?
Thanks,
Melinda

Aaliyah Brooks
4 months ago

5 stars
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