So excited to be a part of Girl Carnivore's #BurgerMonth event this year! It's a happy day when the snow has finally melted and I can get to the grill again. This year it seemed to take far longer than usual, so we've been enjoying it even more now that the weather has been cooperative.
*This is a sponsored post. I received products for use in the creation of my #BurgerMonth recipe. All opinions are my own.*
This burger is something that I've been working on for a while now. It started from a chicken sandwich that I get from a local restaurant chain that I cloned at home. I love the sauce and the flavors so much that I decided to try them on a burger.
My guys can be grouchy about burgers cooked inside, but they devoured these. The ridged pan allowed the meat to cook perfectly while keeping them juicy. I added the pepper jack cheese and popped them under the broiler to melt it. So good no matter how you top it, but personally, I like to go all in with lettuce, tomato, onion, bacon, ranch, the bbq sauce, plus the crispy jalapenos, covering all the flavor bases!
Fiery Cinnamon Whisky BBQ Burger
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups ketchup
- 1/2 cup cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
- 1 T worcestershire
- 2 t cayenne
- 1 1/2 t freshly ground black pepper
- 2 t minced garlic
- 1 T molasses
- 1 lb ground beef (I like 85% lean)
- 1 t steak seasoning or salt & pepper
- Cabot Pepperjack
- 3 to 4T Ranch dressing
- 8 slices cooked bacon
- French's Crispy Jalapeno Slices
- Seeded Hamburger Rolls
- Optional: Lettuce, Tomato, Onion
- For sauce: combine brown sugar, ketchup, cider vinegar, whiskey, worcestershire, cayenne, pepper, garlic and molasses in a large sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Move 1/4 cup sauce to small bowl for basting, reserve remaining sauce.
- Spray grill grates with cooking spray, or rub down with oil. Heat to high. Add steak seasoning to ground beef, mixing lightly. Divide into 4 patties. Reduce heat to medium-high, and grill patties with the lid down for 6 minutes. Flip gently, and brush the tops with 1 to 2 teaspoons of the reserved barbecue sauce. Close lid and cook for 4 minutes. Add 2 slices of cheese to each patty, close lid and cook an additional 2 to 4 minutes or until cheese is melted.
- Spread bottom buns with Ranch dressing, and add lettuce, tomato, and onion, if desired. Place burgers on buns. Top each with 2 slices bacon, 1 tablespoon reserved Cinnamon Whiskey Sauce, and crispy jalapenos. Add top bun and enjoy!
*Store remaining BBQ in a jar or squeeze bottle in refrigerator, it's great on chicken or pork too.
*Cook times are for medium to medium well burger, adjust times for your desired doneness.
*Burgers can also be cooked on an indoor grill or skillet, adjust cooking times as necessary.