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Candied bacon maple cheddar burger on a wooden board next to curly fries.

Candied Bacon Maple Cheddar Burger

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


This Candied Bacon Maple Cheddar Burger is perfect for summer BBQs! The ultimate bacon cheeseburger, topped with caramelized onions, homemade maple barbecue sauce, and candied bacon.



Candied Bacon

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

Caramelized onions

  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced thinly

Maple BBQ sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce ( I used Chipotle Tabasco)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  • 2 pounds ground beef ( I like to use 80/20 in burgers)
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 8 slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 buns, toasted if desired


  1. Candied Bacon: 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 the rack. Spread the sugar mixture evenly over the bacon.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning the pan once throughout the baking time.
  6. When done, remove the pan from the oven and allow the bacon to cool on the rack.
  7. Caramelized Onions: Heat butter in a medium skillet over medium-low heat. Add onions, salt, and sugar and cook for 20-25 minutes until the onions are golden brown and soft.
  8. Maple BBQ Sauce: Mix all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and allow the sauce to cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring frequently. Allow to cool.
  9. Burgers: Mix meat and salt and pepper in a bowl. Divide mixture into 8 equal portions and form into patties.
  10. Grill burgers for 4-5 minutes on each side.
  11. Immediately top with a slice of cheese and allow to melt. Remove the burgers from the grill and assemble, topping with BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, and candied bacon.


Great to prep ahead! 


  • Serving Size: 1 Burger
  • Calories: 530
  • Sugar: 32.6 g
  • Sodium: 1528.6 mg
  • Fat: 21.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 50 g
  • Protein: 33.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 95.5 mg
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