Bourbon Soaked Bacon Beast

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Ingredients (12)

  • 3 TBSP Maker’s Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Handmade Whisky
  • 2 pounds ground sirloin at least 20% fat
  • 1 TBSP brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 TBSP crushed garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 package of smoked Gouda cheese
  • 1 package of bacon
  • Pretzel Rolls
  • *Optional – pre-made or mix your own herbed butter (basil, oregano, chives & garlic)

Summary

If something is worth doing, it’s worth over doing and this burger is a prime example of going for the gold without having to go over the top. Happy Burgering.

Instructions

  1. 1First you fry the bacon. Don’t throw away the bacon grease yet. Once the bacon has cooled down, chop it up into small pieces.
  2. 2Hand mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  3. 3Get out a cookie sheet and spray it with a little non-stick cooking spray or spread a small layer of olive oil on it.
  4. 4Fashion half the meat into an even number of patties and place them on the cookie sheet.
  5. 5Place a good sized sprinkle of smoked Gouda on top of each patty.
  6. 6Cover each of them with the chopped bacon pieces
  7. 7Make another equal amount of patties and place one on top of each of the bacon-smoked Gouda topped patties
  8. 8*Optional – add 1 pat of herbed butter.
  9. 9Take each of the double patties and seal up the edges by gently pushing the sides of the burger together. When you are done, they will look like big fat burger patties and no one will see the surprise hiding inside.
  10. 10Place the burgers in the fridge for at least an hour. This will allow the patties to harden a little which will keep them held together.
  11. 11Preheat grill to medium.
  12. 12Shape mixture into ½” patties.
  13. 13Grill burgers about 5 minutes a side, keeping lid closed where possible.
  14. 14Butter potato rolls before lightly grilling them to toast.
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