This Candied Bacon Cheddar Maple Burger is out of control delicious!!
Yep, it’s a long title…I know. Candied Bacon Cheddar Maple Burger…
Actually it’s a Candied Bacon Burger with Sharp Cheddar, Caramelized Onions and Maple BBQ sauce. So in all honesty I saved you a few words.
Dare I call this a “trashed up” burger?
There are a lot of players in this guy, but trust me, they’re a solid team working together for burger domination.
And I say trashed up in the most loving way possible…Kind of like those super rich celebrities who always try to look dirty.
The Johnny Depp Burger?
The Kesha Burger?
The JAMES FRANCO BURGER?
Anyway, you get the idea…we’ve got all the makings of a high class sammy here…caramelized onions, Maple BBQ sauce, candied bacon, toasted bun…
But we ain’t foolin’ anyone with all the drippy sauce, melted cheese and well…candied bacon.
Trashy and wonderful.
All this said I am posting this recipe today in celebration of my internet friend, Jessica from How Sweet It Is!! She ’bout to burth a baby y’all.
The whole process is super simple…AND can all totally be done ahead of time, so when you’re ready to grill your burgers they can be assembled super easily.
To make your candied bacon just spread some light brown sugar and black pepper all over some thick cut Applewood bacon…
Bake it for about 20-25 minutes and it will look like this. So wonderful.
Then make some easy BBQ sauce using real maple syrup.
Trust me, homemade BBQ sauce is simple simple simple.
THEN caramelize some onions..which basically means cook some onions low and slow with a pinch of sugar and pat of butter. Oh and I might have added a splash of that maple syrup too…just cuz.
When you’re ready to grill your burgers, just go for it, cooking them to your desired liking. Then assemble the burgers on a toasted bun, which is totally optional but not really optional at all.
Please make these, you’ll just love them!!
- 1 lb thick cut applewood smoked bacon
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 large yellow onion, sliced thinly
- 1 cup ketchup
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup real maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1½ tsp hot sauce ( I used Chipotle Tabasco)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 lbs ground beef ( I like to use 80/20 in burgers)
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 8 slices sharp cheddar cheese
- 8 buns, toasted if desired
- Prepare the candied bacon first.
- Preheat oven to 375°. Line a large baking sheet (with sides) with foil. Place a baking rack on top of the foil (I actually used a cooling rack).
- Whisk together light brown sugar and pepper in a small bowl
- Line bacon on rack. Spread sugar mixture evenly over bacon.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning pan once throughout baking.
- When done, remove pan from oven and allow bacon to cool on rack.
- Heat butter in medium skillet over medium low heat. Add onions, salt and sugar and cook for 20-25 minutes until onions are golden brown and soft.
- Mix all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and allow sauce to cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring frequently. Allow to cool.
- Mix meat and salt and pepper in a bowl. Divide mixture into 8 equal portions and form into patties.
- Grill burgers for 4-5 minutes on each side.
- Immediately top with a slice of cheese and allow to melt. Remove burger from grill and assemble, but topping with BBQ sauce, caramelized onions and candied bacon.
Now for the fun part!!
A bunch of other amazing bloggers have made Jessica baby shower goodies too! Hop over and check out all the trashy deliciousness!! There are SO many crazy amazing recipes here, have fun looking through them all!!
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- Gimme Some Oven – Asian Broccoli Salad with Peanut Sauce
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- Dine & Dish – Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail
- Food For My Family – Cranberry Orange Dark and Stormy Cocktail
- Minimalist Baker – Bourbon Pumpkin Milkshakes
- Stylish, Stealthy & (sometimes) Healthy – Apple Cider Shandy
- A Spicy Perspective – Preggy Punch Mocktail
- Girl vs. Dough – Boozy Maple Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake
- Honestly Yum – Maple Bacon Pisco Sour
- Cookin Canuck – Pink Grapefruit Margaritas
- A Thought For Food – Mezcal Citrico Cocktail
- A House in the Hills – Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer
- The Novice Chef – Ginger Bourbon Apple Cider
- Bran Appetit – Citrus Cider Punch Floats
trashed up burgers
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- The Little Kitchen – Salmon BLT Sliders with an Avocado Aioli & Brie
- Daisy At Home – Balsamic Beef Burger with Mac and Cheese
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- Climbing Grier Mountain – Trashed-Up Steak Burger with Chicken Fried Bacon & Dijon Gravy
- Dessert For Two – Bleu Cheese Burgers + Sweet Potato Fries
- Country Clever – Fig Rosemary Roast Chicken Brie Brussels Sprout Panini
- Foodie Crush – The Best Cheeseburger Soup
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- Simple Bites – Lemon Layer Cake
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