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Caramelized Onion BBQ Bacon Burger

GIF of barbecue bacon burger with caramelized onions

​Prep Time:

Idle Time:

Cook Time



15 Mins


15-20 Mins

Fruit Blend



  • 2 lbs ground beef

  • 1 red onion

  • brown sugar

  • sweet BBQ sauce (we used GMG Cattle Drive)

  • cheddar cheese

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tbsp onion powder

  • 1 tbsp garlic powder

  • 1 tbsp GMG beef rub

  • 2 tsp kosher salt

  • 2 tsp ground pepper

  • 1 lb bacon

Caramelized Onion BBQ Burger

High temperatures and sugar tend to make a crispy sweet glaze around anything you cook. This method for searing the onions at a high temperature adds the best flavor to any burger.


-Preheat the grill to 500 degrees.

-Put your ground beef, egg, and spices in a large bowl and mix it well.

-Pack together 3-5 thick hamburger patties tightly and set them aside.

Raw beef patties being prepared

-Cut your red onion into 4-5 thick slices and pull apart the onion slices into a few solid rings.

-Coat the onion rings with a light layer of your favorite BBQ sauce, then sprinkle brown sugar over the top and bottom.

Seasoning beef patties with brown sugar and bbq sauce

-Place the burger patties, bacon, and onion rings on your smoker and grill them hot and fast.

grilling burgers, onions, and bacon on pellet grill

-After your first flip on the burgers (7-10 minutes in,) place a generous amount of cheddar cheese on each patty. Be sure to flip the onions once as well.

-Place the probe in your thickest burger patty and pull at 135 degrees for medium rare.

-We made our burger with bacon, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, brown sugar caramelized onions, and a light layer of extra BBQ sauce.

finished burger with drink and knife




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