BBQ Bacon Burger Recipe

Published on April 6th 2024 by Sarah Leadon.
Last updated on May 23rd 2024
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Introducing our sensational BBQ Bacon Burger—the burger to end all burgers! Imagine juicy grilled patties adorned with cheddar cheese and crispy bacon, nestled between gluten-free buns and slathered with sweet BBQ sauce. 

For that extra kick, we top it off with more BBQ sauce and crispy fried onions. It's a flavor-packed feast that'll leave you craving more with every bite! 

If you want more tasty burgers to add to your recipe collection, try our Lamb Burgers or Chimichurri Burgers.

Can you cook raw bacon in a burger?

Absolutely! Cooking raw bacon in a burger is totally doable. The key is to ensure both the bacon and the burger patty are thoroughly cooked. 

To achieve this, it's best to partially cook the bacon before incorporating it into the burger mixture. This approach not only guarantees food safety but also helps retain the burger's juiciness. 

So go ahead and indulge in the savory goodness of a bacon-infused burger, knowing you've got all the tips to make it just right!

Can you cook hamburger and bacon in the same pan?

Indeed, cooking hamburgers and bacon in the same pan is convenient and adds a delightful depth of flavor to your dish. 

Ensure your pan is spacious enough to allow ample room between the meat and bacon slices. This space ensures they cook evenly and develop that coveted rich brown crust and crispy texture rather than steaming. 

So simplify your cooking process and enhance your flavors by combining these classic favorites in one pan!

Is it better to cook bacon fast or slow?

Certainly, the secret to perfect bacon is cooking it low and slowly. This gentle approach allows the fat to render slowly, resulting in beautifully crispy and irresistibly flavorful bacon. Rushing the process at high temperatures risks uneven cooking or, worse, burnt bacon. 

By taking your time and savoring the cooking process, you'll ensure each slice of bacon is a delectable delight. So embrace the slow-cooking method and indulge in the ultimate bacon experience!

Does adding water to bacon make it crispy?

Yes, adding water to bacon can indeed enhance its crispiness. As the water heats up and eventually boils, it renders the fat from the bacon. Moreover, the presence of water minimizes splattering, ensuring a cleaner cooking process. 

Once the water evaporates, the bacon is left to crisp up beautifully, resulting in that irresistible texture we all love. So, next time you're craving perfectly crispy bacon, consider trying this method for a delightful culinary experience!

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
33 mins
4 persons


Crispy Fried Onions:
  • 1 cup Buttermilk

  • 1 large Egg

  • 1 medium Yellow Onion thinly sliced

  • 1 cup Canola Oil

  • 1/2 cup Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt

  • 1/2 cup Gluten-Free Panko Breadcrumbs

  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder

BBQ Bacon Burger:
  • 8 slices of Bacon

  • 1 tablespoon Canola Oil

  • 1 1/2 lbs. Ground Beef

  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt

  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

  • 4 slices Sharp Cheddar Cheese

  • 1/2 cup Barbecue Sauce

  • 4 Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns

  • 1 cup Lettuce


Crispy Fried Onions:

Whisk the buttermilk and egg in a medium bowl until combined.

Whisk the buttermilk and egg.

Add the onions to the buttermilk mixture and toss to combine. Make sure the onions are fully submerged in the buttermilk. Let them sit for 20–60 minutes, tossing them occasionally.

Add the onions to the buttermilk mixture and toss to combine.

Place the canola oil in a Dutch oven or deep skillet, set it over medium-high heat, and let it heat to 375 °F.

Whisk the gluten-free all-purpose flour, salt, gluten-free panko breadcrumbs, black pepper, and garlic powder in a medium bowl.

Whisk the dry ingredients.

Take some of the onions out of the buttermilk mixture, add them to the gluten-free flour mixture, and toss to combine. Shake off the excess gluten-free flour and breadcrumbs, and carefully fully lower the onions into the hot oil using a pair of tongs. Cook the onions until golden brown, then remove the oil and place them onto a paper towel to drain the oil.

Toss the onions to the buttermilk mixture.
BBQ Bacon Burger:

Place a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Place the bacon slices in the skillet and cook them until they reach your desired level of crispiness.

Fry the bacon.

Remove the bacon slices from the skillet. Place the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate.

Put the fried bacon slices on a paper towel.

Place the ground beef in a medium bowl, add the kosher salt, garlic powder, and black pepper, and mix to combine.

Combine the salt, garlic powder, black pepper and beef.

Divide the ground beef into four portions, shape them into burger patties, and place them on a plate.

Divide into 4 portions.

Add canola oil to the skillet and set to medium-high heat. Add two burgers to the grill pan and cook them for 4–5 minutes until browned.

Cook 2 burgers to the grill pan

Flip the burgers over. Cook them for 3–4 minutes. Add one slice of cheddar cheese on top of each burger and cook them for 1 minute until it starts to melt. Remove the burgers from the grill pan, and place the burgers onto a plate.

Add 1 slice of cheese on top of each burger and cook them until it starts to melt.

Repeat steps 7 and 8 to cook the remaining burgers.

Repeat the steps to cook the remaining burgers.

Toast the gluten-free hamburger buns if desired, then place them onto 4 plates.

Toast buns if desired. Add 1 tbsp of bbq sauce to each bottom bun

Add 1 tablespoon of BBQ sauce to each bottom bun, then top with lettuce, burgers, bacon, and onions. Spread the remaining BBQ sauce on the remaining burger buns and place them on top of the burger.

Assemble the burger.
Sarah Leadon

Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

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Sarah Leadon

Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

More posts by Sarah Leadon