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Caramelized Onions and Bacon Whiskey Sauce Burger

I’ve found a new passion in life. And its whiskey sauce burgers! It makes for an amazing burger that is definitely something you may need a fork and knife for…

Since I’ve upgraded my grill, I’ve been on a grilling kick, and this recipe is definitely a product of that. I wanted to make a delicious burger that as just sinful and gluttonous and I think this whiskey sauce burger turned out to be!

I cooked up some bacon and caramelized onion on the side burner of my grill. While the burgers were cooking I added some Whiskey, Worcestershire, black pepper and some brown sugar, then let that cook down.

The whiskey sauce tops on this burgers and soaks into the bun making it SO delicious. It’s got sweet and savory covered and takes your burger to the next level!

For the burger itself, I suggest keeping it simple, seasoning your patty with a little salt and pepper, and let the grill do its thing. With this bacon and caramelized onion whiskey sauce slathered all over it, you’re not going to have any issues in the flavor department!

Caramelized Onions and Bacon Whiskey Sauce Burger

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Whiskey Sauce

  • 8 strips bacon cut into pieces
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion
  • 1/2 ounce whiskey
  • 1/2 cup golden brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp black pepper

For the Burger

  • 1 lb 80/20 ground beef a heavy pound if you want bigger burgers
  • 2 slices cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


For the Whiskey Sauce

  • In a skillet on medium heat, cook down your bacon; about 10 minutes. Set bacon aside.
  • in the same skillet, brown your onions for about 5 minutes, then add brown sugar. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add whiskey, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper. Let this cook down for about 2-3 minutes. simmer on the side burner while the burgers are cooking.

For the burger

  • Form about quarter lb patties (I prefer third pound) season each side with salt and pepper.
  • With your grill heated to about 450F, place your burgers on the grill and cook for about 3-4 minutes.
  • flip and place off heat. Cook for another 5-6 minutes with cheese melting on top.
  • Place burgers on burns with lettuce, and top with that whiskey sauce. Enjoy!

Derek Campanile
Derek Campanile
I'm an IT professional by day. Home cook for the family by night. Follow my blog for easy to make recipes, how-to's and ideas to gather the family at the dinner table!


  1. Julie Albert says:

    OMG this burger looks scrumptious!!
    We like to add Sriracha in ours: http://www.bitememore.com/feedme/468/grilled-asian-turkey-burger-with-peanut-slaw-recipe
    Let us know if you like it 🙂

  2. Constance says:

    Please excuse me for I moment while I swoon! My heavens this looks amazing. I could just take the skillet of onions with a fork, but then the burger! Dad gum that’s serious. Now I’m hungry.

  3. Searchingforspice says:

    What an amazing sauce for a burger! I imagine it would be great with a nice steak too. I am looking forward to some outdoor cooking now that the weather is getting better and you can never go wrong with burgers!

  4. TheFoodOlic says:

    What a decadent burger!! I love a good drunken version, it sounds dreamy! Let me say you’ll grilling abilities are top notch!

  5. Sarah James says:

    Oh my, what a delicious burger! I love the sound of a bacon and whiskey sauce, a real treat.

  6. Jeni says:

    Ok, I’m a pescetarian, but even I think this looks delicious! And that whiskey sauce! I could do that for a veggie burger 😉

  7. OK…you can’t get a burger like this unless you make it yourself. I LOVE grilling season and burgers, so this is a winner for sure. Can’t wait to give it a try.

  8. Azlin Bloor says:

    Oh boy, this is just soooo amazing sounding and looking. I love caramelised onions on everything and with the other flavours here – heaven!


    OMG! This looks incredible!!!! I rarely make burgers anymore, my boyfriend doesn’t eat beef, so I have to do it when he’s out of town. This just got put #1 on the next burger list!!

  10. Jay Maragh says:

    Made this the other day. Prob the best home made burger to date. I sous vide the burgers then threw them on a the grill for aesthetics.

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