Kicking off the fall season with these amazing Maple Bourbon Bacon Burgers! These juicy simple burgers are going to be your new go to outdoor recipe and to continue grilling all year long! I even used pre-made burger patties (no brainer) and made the BEST smoky, sweet, tangy BBQ sauce with maple and bourbon. PLUS BACON. Need I say more?
This post is sponsored by my friends at The Honest Bison.
It's finally September. Which mean's it's officially my favorite time of the year! I think September-December is the best. Cooler weather, falling leaves, bonfires, cozy sweaters, and comfort foods. It's seriously the BEST. Perfect time for incorporating outdoor recipes!
But I still love to grill all year round. Which is why when The Honest Bison and I were talking about recipes...this bourbon bacon burger came to mind.
Y'all, I am not going to lie. I was on the fence when I started working with venison and elk cuts. Like eyebrow raised and not sure if it was going to be gamey.
I have been proven WRONG. Especially with these venison burgers. They were actually pretty marbled for a usually very lean cut. And they came out sooo juicy and full of flavor.
My kind of burger.
The Juicy details on these Maple Bourbon Bacon Burgers
Since the burgers were pre-made, I decided to spice things up with a fall-inspired BBQ sauce.
Guys, the sauce is UNREAL. It incorporates everything fall. Maple syrup, smoky spices (reminds me of cool camping nights), bourbon, and apple cider. I am not even a bourbon drinker and I LOVE this sauce. I want to marry it, bathe in it, and drink it. It brings these burgers to a whole new level.
The next is my take on "autumnizing" the caramelization process of onions. I used the method of making french onions soup- the onions are slowly caramelized in some sugar and butter. I swapped the sugar here for apple cider! Then the sugars in the juice are absorbed into the sweet onion and the salt from the butter equals a very very deep golden onion but with the sweet spice of cider.
The rest is pretty straight forward of adding melty cheese, crispy bacon, and spooning that sauce on these bacon bourbon burgers.
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