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Whiskey Burger

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Once you make these Whiskey Burgers, you might never make plain hamburgers again.

I am talking game-changing burger here.

These Whiskey Burgers are hamburger patties that are soaked in whiskey and garlic. Yes, I said soaked in whiskey. I have you’re attention now, right?

We get our hamburgers from a butcher and they’re huge, each one is about 6 1/2 oz. – so almost half pound burgers. Usually we just salt and pepper them and throw them right on the grill.

But I’m always looking for a way to add booze to whatever I’m cooking…and this is the perfect way to do it.


Start by making the toppings for the Whiskey Burgers.

Bacon and caramelized onions, I told you I’m not kidding around with this burger.

Cook up 4 slices of bacon in a large skillet and set on some paper towels to drain but reserve a couple tablespoons of the bacon grease for the onions.

Slice up 2 large vidalia onions and put them in the same skillet you cooked the bacon in along with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of the reserved bacon fat.

The onions take a while to cook down and get sweet, about 30-40 minutes over low heat.

While the onions are cooking you can marinate the burgers. Get a shallow dish and pour in 1/4 cup of whiskey and 3 chopped garlic cloves. Set your raw hamburger patties in the whiskey for 15 minutes, then flip over for another 15.


burgers marinating


30 minutes per side is all you need to get that whiskey flavor inside your burgers.

5 minutes on the grill per side over a medium-high flame and they come out medium to medium-rare. Adjust the grill time depending on how big your burgers are and what temperature you like them cooked at. Anything above medium is forbidden at my house…but it’s up to you.

Each burger gets 2 slices of cheese during the last minute of grilling. Don’t skimp and just add one. Two.

Once the cheese is melted put the burgers on a platter and start assembling.

Add a large spoonful of your bacon-caramelized onions in top of the cheese and then top with a slice of bacon broken in half.

Nothing else is required. Except maybe a shot of whiskey on the side.


  • (4) 6-6½ oz. hamburger patties
  • ¼ c. whiskey
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 strips of bacon
  • 8 thick-sliced pieces of yellow American cheese
  • 2 large vidalia onions, peeled, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 T. reserved bacon fat
  • 1 t. salt
  • 4 hamburger buns
  1. Place the bacon in a large skillet and cook until crisp. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to cool. Reserve 2 T. of the bacon fat.
  2. Discard the remaining bacon fat and wipe out the skillet.
  3. Add the olive oil and the 2 T. of bacon fat to the same skillet, then add the onions, cooking over low heat. Add the salt and cook, turning the onions often for 30-40 minutes until they are brown and caramelized. Set aside to cool.
  4. While the onions are cooking, add the whiskey and chopped garlic to a shallow dish. Put in the hamburger patties and let marinate for 15 minutes. Then flip and marinate another 15 on the other side.
  5. Grill the burgers over medium-high heat for 5 minutes per side for a medium/medium rare burger. If you aren’t using 6 or 6½ oz. hamburgers you might want to cook the hamburgers less if you’re looking for a medium rare burger.
  6. The last minute of grilling, add two slices of cheese to each burger and close the lid to melt the cheese.
  7. Remove the hamburgers to a platter.
  8. Place each hamburger on a bottom bun, then top with a large spoonful of caramelized onions and then one strip of bacon broken in half.
  9. Top each burger with the top bun and serve.

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