Caramelized Onion BBQ Bacon Burger

The “humble” hamburger has its origins in the original Hamburg Steak. This was a mix of shredded low-grade beef and local seasoning, hailing from Hamburg, Germany.

Supposedly it was first sold and eaten in the 18th century. Several centuries later, it traveled to the United States and is now the unofficial national food of America.

We think the burger is one of the tastiest things invented, and if you don’t agree, you soon will after tasting this
Caramelized Onion BBQ Bacon Burger.


2 lbs ground beef
1 red onion
brown sugar
sweet BBQ sauce
cheddar cheese
1 egg
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp GMG beef rub
2 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp ground pepper
1 lb bacon

Caramelized Onion BBQ Burger

High temperatures and sugar tend to make a crispy sweet glaze around anything you cook. This method for searing the onions at a high temperature adds the best flavor to any burger.


  • Preheat the grill to 500 degrees.
  • Put your ground beef, egg, and spices in a large bowl and mix it well.
  • Pack together 3-5 thick hamburger patties tightly and set them aside.
  • Cut your red onion into 4-5 thick slices and pull apart the onion slices into a few solid rings.
  • Coat the onion rings with a light layer of your favorite BBQ sauce, then sprinkle brown sugar over the top and bottom.
  • Place the burger patties, bacon, and onion rings on your smoker and grill them hot and fast.
  • After your first flip on the burgers (7-10 minutes in,) place a generous amount of cheddar cheese on each patty. Be sure to flip the onions once as well.
  • Place the probe in your thickest burger patty and pull at 135 degrees for medium rare.

We made our burger with bacon, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, brown sugar caramelized onions, and a light layer of extra BBQ sauce.

Recipe and photo from Green Mountain Grills.