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Maple Bourbon Bacon Burgers|the kitcheneer.com

Maple Bourbon Bacon Burger

  • Author: Amanda
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


The best fall Maple Bourbon Bacon Burger is a MUST for this season's menu! Juicy venison burgers are topped with caramelized apple onions, crispy bacon, and a maple bourbon BBQ sauce. It's the ultimate burger to grill out for the game, for a quick weeknight dinner, or just because you want a REALLY good burger! The perfect addition to your list of outdoor recipes! 



For the burgers

3 Venison Burger patties (I used The Honest Bison) or 1lb of 85% fat ground beef

Cooked bacon (not optional)

White cheddar slices (optional)

Brioche buns

For the SAUCE

2 tbs grassfed butter

1/2 cup tomato sauce

2 tbs apple cider vinegar

1 tbs dijon mustard

2 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp onion powder

1 tsp smoked paprika

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 tbs coconut sugar

1/4 cup of bourbon

1/4 cup of apple cider

For the caramelized onions

2 tbs grassfed butter

1 large sweet onion, sliced thin

3/4 cup apple cider

Buns, lettuce wraps, bed of greens (youre the boss!)


  1. Preheat the grill to 350F. Place premade patties on the grill to cook. (About 8-10 minutes. For venison I like to take it off the grill around 140F for a medium cook (pink in middle).
  2. While, the burgers cook, make the BBQ sauce by adding all sauce ingredients MINUS THE BOURBON in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat until it is simmering (about 5 minutes). Take pan off heat and stir in the bourbon. Simmer the sauce a little bit more to cook off the alcohol. (about 3 more minutes)
  3. Take burgers off the grill and add cheese (if using). Allow to rest while you caramelize the onions.
  4. Caramelize the onions on medium-high heat in a pan with the butter and apple cider. Key here is to use a large skillet to allow room for the onions caramelize properly and to stir frequently to prevent burning.
  5. Assemble the burgers and serve! I highly recommend making some crispy sweet potato fries as a side!


You may substitute these burgers for any you have available! But I HIGHLY recommend anything from The Honest Bison. You know I don't talk about brands unless I use and love them personally and I have been cooking with The Honest Bison meat selections for YEARS and the quality is UNREAL.


  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

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