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Whiskey Bourbon BBQ Cheeseburger

Difficulty 3/5
Prep time 20 mins

Cook time 45 mins
Serves 4-6

Hardwood Hickory

Layer on the flavor with this booze-infused burger. Beef patties are sprinkled with brown sugar, hot sauce, and whiskey, cooked over hickory hardwood, then topped with crispy Traeger bacon, melty cheddar, and red onions.


3 LBS Ground Beef

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

Hot Sauce To Taste

1/2 Cup Whiskey Bourbon

Traeger Rub As Needed

1 LB Bacon

4 Slices Cheddar Cheese

1 Red Onion, Sliced

4 Large Hamburger Buns


In a medium bowl, combine ground beef and Traeger Rub and mix well using caution not to overwork or allow the beef to get too warm.

Divide the ground beef in quarters and put each quarter in a 6” cake ring. Press down and form the beef into a patty.

With a skewer, poke about 40 holes about ¾” of the way through each patty. Spread brown sugar all over the top of the patties then drizzle with hot sauce. Pour whisky over each burger, transfer to the fridge and let sit for about a half hour.

When ready to cook, set temperature to 225˚F and preheat, lid closed for 10-15 minutes.

Remove burgers from the cake rings. When the grill is to temp, place bacon and burgers directly on the grill grate and cook until burgers internal temperature reaches 165 °F. In the last ten minutes of cooking, top with cheddar cheese to melt.

Remove burgers and bacon from the grill and build your burger to your liking. Enjoy!

*Cook times will vary depending on set and ambient temperatures.

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