Candied Bacon Maple Cheddar Burger

Candied Bacon Maple Burger.. one of the best burgers I've ever had!!

Candied Bacon Maple Cheddar Burgers are perfect for summer BBQs, potlucks or just a delicious dinner with the family! Topped with caramelized onions, homemade maple barbecue sauce and candied bacon, these burgers are totally irresistible!

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?


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.

Candied Bacon Cheddar Maple easy and everything can be done ahead of time!

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.

And since Jessica happens to be a fan of trashed up burgers I decided that was what she and her belly nugget needed.

How to Make these Amazing Grilled Burgers

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.

Candied Bacon Cheddar Maple Burger.. such a delicious hamburger!!

Please make these, you’ll just love them!!


Candied Bacon Maple Cheddar Burger

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 8 burgers 1x
  • Category Category: Dinner
  • Method Method: Grill
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American


Candied Bacon Maple Cheddar Burgers are perfect for summer BBQs, potlucks or just a delicious dinner with the family! Topped with caramelized onions, homemade maple barbecue sauce and candied bacon, these burgers are totally irresistible!


Candied Bacon

  • 1 lb thick cut applewood smoked bacon
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Caramelized onions

  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced thinly

Maple BBQ sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 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


  1. Prepare the candied bacon first.
  2. 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).
  3. Whisk together light brown sugar and pepper in a small bowl
  4. Line bacon on rack. Spread sugar mixture evenly over bacon.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning pan once throughout baking.
  6. When done, remove pan from oven and allow bacon to cool on rack.

Caramelized Onions

  1. 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.

Maple BBQ sauce

  1. 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.


  1. Mix meat and salt and pepper in a bowl. Divide mixture into 8 equal portions and form into patties.
  2. Grill burgers for 4-5 minutes on each side.
  3. 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.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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November 25, 2020 12:28 am

That really looks delicious and amazing. I also make a burger with grilled chicken on an electric smoker. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Scarlet | Family Focus Blog
March 24, 2020 3:21 pm

You had me at candied bacon! This burger recipe sounds so good with cheddar and maple! Yum-o.

November 18, 2019 9:58 am

Hi, I just made these and they are very good! I’ll defiantly be making them again!

December 19, 2014 11:09 am

this looks delicious! maple, bacon, and cheddar – all my favorite things!

November 7, 2014 2:32 pm

Just mouth watering! Love the flavors!

November 5, 2014 5:44 pm

Oh goodness I need this in my life. SO INCREDIBLE.

November 5, 2014 4:42 pm

Dang girl. I want this RIGHT NOW!!

November 5, 2014 12:15 am

YES. Put this burger in my mouth.

November 4, 2014 10:57 pm

This looks so amazing!!!

November 4, 2014 10:14 pm

oh em gee. I die. This burger looks amazing!!!!!!!!!! And YAY for Jessica and her belly nugget. I’m sure her baby will have the most amazing trashed up homemade baby food meals ever!!

November 4, 2014 10:04 pm

And by love I mean LIVE. Oopsies.

November 4, 2014 10:03 pm

Maybe this is my “I love in indonesia and can’t find a good burger to save my life” brain talking, but THIS LOOKS OUT OF CONTROL YUMMY! I seriously can’t think of anything I’d rather have right now. So. Damn. Good. Keep it coming!

November 4, 2014 8:58 pm

Wow, this just INSTANTLY replaced my pizza cravings with a need for a burger. Talk about food porn, you nailed the theme for this shower!

November 4, 2014 5:18 pm

This may be the best burger on the internet.

November 4, 2014 4:38 pm

Whoa. These photos! Stellar! We so appreciate you joining the virtual baby shower. Thank you!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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