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Burger with Bourbon Sauce

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Here is one of the most exciting recipes ever! It’s a stunning burger with bourbon sauce, a gooey, beefy, salty and sweet delicious that will put any other burgers to their knees.

I love making burgers and this version is definitely one of my favourites of all. Although this is not an Italian recipe, burgers are loved all over the world and that’s no different in Italy.

burger with bourbon sauce on a plate

This is such a unique way to spend all of your leftover booze you may have sitting at home, it doesn’t even have to be the most expensive Whiskey on your bar, as it will get reduced in a delicious sweet sauce.

You can definitely call this a gourmet beef burger recipe, that’s why we included crispy bacon that goes into the whiskey sauce!

Does whiskey go well with burgers?

Whiskey goes perfectly in sauces but it may also be poured into the beef patties, to give aroma and flavour.

It doesn’t contain any alcohol in a bourbon burger as it evaporates during cooking. Only the fragrance and acidity will remain.

What can you put in a beef burger?

Here are some unusual suggestions of toppings you can put on your burger for an innovative and unique recipe:

  • Red Onion Pickle
  • Sauteed jalapeño peppers
  • Caramelized onions
  • Blue cheese
  • Grilled pineapple
  • Fried egg
  • Tomato or mango chutney
  • Guacamole and tortillas chips

Tips to season and cook beef burger patties

It seems easy to make burger patties but there are a few tips you can try to enhance the flavours of the meat.

Firstly, the most important is to salt the patties just before grilling. Then you have to preheat a heavy-bottomed skillet, preferably a cast iron pan. You want to seal the meat and let the inside juicy and soft. Don’t forget to add some freshly cracked black pepper, too.

The best ground beef to make a burger patties is a 15 to 20% fat ground beef. If using lean ground beef, add extra oil to the pan before grilling.

Cooking Time

  • Cooking: 10 minutes
  • Preparation: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 20 minutes

Servings

  • 2 servings

Equipment

  • Cast Iron skillet

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Ingredients list

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup bacon, chopped
  • 12 ounces ground beef
  • 1 cup of mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup lettuce, shredded
  • 2 burger buns
  • Salt and pepper to taste

ingredients to make a burger with bourbon sauce

How to make Burger with Bourbon Sauce

  1. To a medium saucepan, add the sugar, cayenne pepper and water, mix with your finger before turning the heat on, and bring to a gentle boil until large bubbles have risen for 2 minutes. Pour the bourbon whiskey and mix. Simmer for a further 2 minutes, then add the butter until it melts. Reserve the sauce in a bowl. 
  2. Add salt and pepper to the ground beef to taste and mix well. Make the burger patties of 6 ounces each. Press with your finger on the middle of the patties to make a small hole. It will help the cooking process.
  3. In a cast-iron skillet at medium heat, add the bacon and grill until crispy for 5 minutes. Remove and add it to the bourbon whiskey sauce
  4. In the same skillet without cleaning, grill the burgers for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Add the cheese on top, cover the pan with a lid and let the cheese melts. Remove from the pan and leave on a plate to rest for a few minutes.
  5. Slice the buns and slightly toast them in the skillet.
  6. Assemble topping the bun with the burger, pour the sauce over it and top with lettuce.
  7. We suggest making our Red Onion Pickle to top your burger!

What to serve with

The best accompaniments for a burger are:

  • French fries
  • Pale Ale or Indian Ale beer
  • Wine
  • Milkshakes

Storage

Burgers are always best eaten fresh out of the grill, we suggest making only enough for the number of people you have.

However, you can make the patties and freeze it before cooking, it will last up to 3 months.

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burger with bourbon sauce

Burger with Bourbon Sauce

Here is one of the most exciting recipes ever! It’s a stunning burger with bourbon sauce, a gooey, beefy, salty and sweet delicious that will put any other burgers to their knees.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course dinner, Main Course, sandwich
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • Cast Iron Skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 14 cup bacon chopped
  • 12 ounces ground beef
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded or sliced
  • 1 cup lettuce shredded
  • 2 burger buns
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • To a medium saucepan, add the sugar, cayenne pepper and water, mix with your finger before turning the heat on, and bring to a gentle boil until large bubbles have risen for 2 minutes. Pour the bourbon whiskey and mix. Simmer for a further 2 minutes, then add the butter until it melts. Reserve the sauce in a bowl. 
  • Add salt and pepper to the ground beef to taste and mix well. Make the burger patties of 6 ounces each.
  • In a cast-iron skillet at medium heat, add the bacon and grill until crispy for 5 minutes. Remove and add it to the bourbon whiskey sauce
  • In the same skillet without cleaning, grill the burgers for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Add the cheese on top, cover the pan with a lid and let the cheese melts. Remove from the pan and leave on a plate to rest for a few minutes.
  • Slice the buns and lightly toast them in the skillet.
  • Assemble topping the bun with the burger, pour the sauce over it and top with lettuce.
  • We suggest making our Red Onion Pickle to top your burger!

Notes

Tips to cook burger:
It seems easy to make burger patties but there are a few tips you can try to enhance the flavours of the meat.
Firstly, the most important is to salt the patty just before grilling. Then you have to preheat a heavy-bottomed skillet, preferably a cast iron pan. You want to seal the meat and let the inside juicy and soft. Don’t forget to add some freshly cracked black pepper, too.
The best ground beef to make a burger patty is a 15 to 20% fat ground beef. If using lean ground beef, add extra oil to the pan before grilling.
Storage: Burgers are always best eaten fresh out of the grill, we suggest making only enough for the number of people you have.
However, you can make the patties and freeze it before cooking, it will last up to 3 months.
Keyword alcohol, bourbon, burger, dinner, hamburger, main course, salty, sandwich, sauce, sweet, whiskey

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