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Western Barbecue Burgers


Western Barbecue Burger with bacon and grilled onions.   Western Barbecue Burges are basted with Kraft Barbecue Sauce while they grill for a delicious, smokey flavor. They are topped with American cheese, barbecue grilled onions, and crispy bacon for an out of this world burger experience that will make you brave even the coldest winter weather to use your grill. These Western Barbecue Burgers would be perfect to serve for the big game. For a limited time, from Jan 19 to Jan 30, you can enter to win an Evergriller Grill ‘N’ Flip Mitt and a year’s supply of Kraft Barbecue Sauce. The winner will be selected randomly at the close of the giveaway. (See entry link below.) Kraft Barbecue Sauce and EVergriller Grill "n" Flip No matter what the weather conditions, you’re ready to fire up the grill with your Evergriller Grill ‘N’ Flip Mitt in hand. It is a specially designed fire-resistant glove that does double duty, protecting you from the heat of the grill and the wintry weather. It has an opening at the top of the mitt that allows you to insert a variety of grilling tools and grip them firmly while you work towards the perfect char on your meat. Western Barbecue Burger with grilled onions and bacon.   This month, Kraft Barbecue Sauce is celebrating the launch of a revamped line of sauces that includes 8 flavors: Original, Hickory Smoke, Sweet Honey, Mesquite Smoke, Sweet Brown Sugar, Sweet & Spicy, Spicy Honey, and Thick & Spicy. No one was more excited than my daughter that we received 3 flavors of the new sauces to try. In fact, by the time I went to make these burgers, she had emptied a whole bottle and we hadn’t even had them a week. If there were an award for world’s biggest barbecue sauce fan, she would be in the running. Western Barbecue Burger   She puts it on everything: baked potatoes, sandwiches, veggie burgers, nachos, she won’t eat pizza unless it has barbecue sauce on it instead of tomato sauce, and she has me hooked on dipping my french fries into barbecue sauce. Western Barbecue Burger   We love the bold flavors of Kraft Barbecue Sauce. The new sauces contain high quality ingredients like tomatoes, sweet molasses, cider vinegar, and cane sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup. I was in the mood for some burgers so I mixed some Kraft Barbecue Sauce into 2 pounds of ground chuck along with garlic powder, salt and pepper. I formed it into 6 1/3 pound patties. My husband likes to man the grill so he had the task of trying out the Evergriller Grill ‘N’ Flip Mitt. It worked like a charm and he stayed toasty warm while grilling and basting the burgers and onions. The burgers were a big hit piled high with lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, and bacon. Plus a little extra barbecue sauce for good measure.

Western Barbecue Burger with grilled onions, barbecue sauce, and bacon.   If you love barbecue sauce even half as much as my daughter, be sure to enter to win the year supply of Kraft Barbecue Sauce along with the Evergriller Grill ‘N’ Flip Mitt.

That’s a whole year of delicious grilled foods your family could be eating. And as we’ve learned from my daughter, you can put barbecue sauce on just about anything. Be sure to take a peek at the Kraft Barbecue Sauce recipes for loads more grilling ideas. Western Barbecue Burger with grilled onions, barbecue sauce, and bacon.

Western Barbecue Burger with bacon and grilled onions.

Western Barbecue Burgers

Western Barbecue Burgers are basted with barbecue sauce and topped with American cheese, grilled onions and bacon.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 12 minutes
TOTAL: 27 minutes


  • 2 pounds ground chuck
  • 1/4 cup Kraft Barbecue Sauce, any flavor
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup Kraft Barbecue Sauce for basting
  • 2 sweet or yellow onions, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • Olive Oil
  • 6 slices American cheese
  • 12 slices bacon, cooked
  • 6 buns
  • 6 lettuce leaves
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • pickle slices


  • Combine ground beef, 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix well. Shape into 6 patties. Refrigerate until grill is ready.
  • Heat gas grill to medium-high. Lightly coat onion slices with oil and salt and pepper. (Note: You can stick a wooden skewer through each onion slice to hold it together. Wooden skewers should be soaked in water beforehand.)
  • Grill onion slices over direct heat for 3 minutes per side. Then move them to one side of grill and turn heat to low on that side. Baste them with barbecue sauce and remove them from grill when they are soft and charred.
  • Lightly sprinkle burger patties with salt and pepper and place on the grill for 3 to 5 minutes. Flip over and continue to grill for about 3 minutes. Baste the tops with barbecue sauce. Top each burger with a slice of American cheese just before removing from grill. (Internal temperature should be 160 degrees.)
  • Place lettuce and tomato slices on buns, top with burgers, onions, bacon, and more barbecue sauce.


Calories: 629kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and provided product samples by Kraft Foods, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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16 thoughts on “Western Barbecue Burgers”

  1. This was an amazing burger! I made one accidental, but well worth it change, I only used 1 pound Angus burger instead of 2 pounds and kept the rest of the ingredient amounts as is. So flavorful, my whole family was craving more! Also I grilled up pinapple to add to the burger! Yum!!

  2. It didn’t stay together well… Had to make a burger crumble, good flavor though. What’s the secret to it staying together?

  3. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    Seriously a burger is all I am craving right now.. the images of this western barbecue burger is just incredible! All that delicious sticky barbecue sauce is especially making my mouth water.

  4. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    I’ve been dreaming about burgers since I saw this on Instagram… Kraft’s Brown Sugar BBQ sauce is my favorite! And now I’m wishing for summer… Lol

  5. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel

    Wow, this seriously looks like the PERFECT burger! What gorgeous pictures too…. you’re making me hungry!

  6. Sarah@Whole and Heavenly Oven

    Oh. my. gawd. Christin! This has got to be the most stunningly gorgeous burger I’ve ever seen! Seriously, I just want to take a big ‘ol bite outta my screen. My superbowl Sunday needs this!!

  7. Wow, this looks incredible, Christin! My husband grills all year long (even in the snow haha) would be over the moon for this ultimate burger! Those barbecue sauces sound delicious too!

  8. Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    A burger doesn’t get any better than this. I used Kraft barbecue sauce and it is pretty dang tasty!

  9. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Now this is a burger! Love it, Christin! Barbecue sauce is my favorite to add onto burgers, I’m definitely checking this recipe out. Pinned!

  10. Christina Heggins | A Soulful Twist

    I’m such a burger kind of girl, I could wrap this up in a big piece of lettuce and each two of them!

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