Western BBQ Burgers

There are few things in life that are better than a great burger. OK, maybe there are more than a few, but it really can't be all that many. This is especially true when you top the burger with a slice of cheddar, some grilled onions (as in actually on the grill), and some tangy BBQ sauce. We're talkin' about some serious USDA grade-A all-American fire-grilled good eats!

Let's break it down!

3 lbs Ground beef, 80/20
6 Buns
6 slices Medium cheddar cheese
1 large Sweet onion, sliced to 1/3" (six slices)
1/4 cup Water, ice cold
1 1/2 Tbsp Your favorite BBQ rub (or 2 tsp seasoned salt)
2 Tbsp Soy sauce
6 Tbsp Your favorite BBQ sauce
Kosher salt
Black pepper
Canola or vegetable oil

Put the beef, BBQ seasoning, soy sauce and water in a large mixing bowl.

Use your hands to mix the ingredients very well. Yes, it's messy.

Divide the meat into six equal portions and form them into evenly-sized patties 1/2" thick patties (about six inches in diameter).

Sprinkle both sides of each patty with pepper.

Use your index finger to put a hole in the center of each patty and set them aside.

Western BBQ Burgers

Season both sides of each onion slice lightly with salt and pepper, being careful to leave the rings intact.

Lightly oil both side of each onion slice.

Start your grill and prepare for direct and indirect cooking (heat to one side) over a medium-hot fire (375-400º).

Grill the onions over direct heat for about two minutes per side, then move them to the cooler side of the grill.

Western BBQ Burgers

Lightly oil both sides of each burger.

Grill the burgers over direct heat for three minutes.

Western BBQ Burgers

Flip the burgers and cook them another three minutes.

Western BBQ Burgers

Move the burgers to the cooler side of the grill and top each with a slice of cheese and a grilled onion slice.

Toast the buns over direct heat.

Top each burger with a healthy drizzle of barbecue sauce.

Serve and enjoy!

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Anonymous Brian Meagher said...
Hey John, you forgot to put BBQ sauce on mine!

Great, simple recipe for a classic burger. I've never heard of the ice cold water in the mix. What's that do for the meat?
Anonymous Sandra said...
There were yummy! And so moist! That is what I noticed the most. Thank you honey, for grilling up some yummy burgers even after cooking for 40 hungry mom's. You rock my socks! xoxox
Blogger Heather said...
These look great! I am adding them to this week's menu. Thanks, Patio Daddio!
Blogger Unknown said...
The water is a trick that I learned from Adam Perry Lang. It really helps keep the burgers super moist.
Blogger Memória said...
I'm not a fan of onions, but I'll take the rest! These burgers look AMAZING!
Blogger Tupper Cooks! said...
Wicked burgers-wicked!
Blogger Diane said...
Tell me about poking a hole in the burger. Curious!
Blogger Unknown said...
Di - The hole keeps the burger from getting really thick and ball-like in the center. -John
Blogger Kay said...
Just ate one of the best burgers to come off our grill. It was amazing and I don't usually like burgers. Thanks for a great recipe!
Blogger Unknown said...
Kay - Wow, that's high praise from a restaurateur! I am very happy that the recipe worked well for you. I love happy eaters! -John
Blogger Chris said...
My burgers cook so much better since I learned the finger poke technique. Might have picked it up from you on the forum, can't remember, but they stay nice and burger shaped. They used to ball up like a hockey puck when they cooked.
Blogger test it comm said...
Those burgers look so good!
Anonymous Anonymous said...
I like the hamburge you have on the computer i going to try to make them for my family when i get a chance.
Anonymous Anonymous said...
You ca use a shot glass in the center of the meat I pick this years ago from a recipe on the net.

great burgers even greater are the onions, "I love Onions" you spiced them up a little with your favorite chili Sauce.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I replaced the onions with Bacon. Not a fan of onions but a huge fan of bacon. Burgers tasted great. Thank for the recipe.
Blogger kady said...
Made the burger mix for these today (left off the onions & BBQ this time, for the picky people) for Mother's Day lunch at our house. Everyone raved about the flavor & the tenderness of the meat. Thanks for a go-to burger recipe!

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