Cowboy Bacon Cheeseburger

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Look at this beautiful burger and tell me your mouth isn’t watering! Sometimes you just need a really delicious fully loaded burger in your life. And if you have yet to try out what is called smashburgers, this is a great first try. This Cowboy Bacon Cheeseburger – or some might call it a Western Bacon Cheeseburger – is definitely what most would call a five napkin burger – because it’s messy but totally worth it!

Cowboy Bacon Cheeseburger
Cowboy Bacon Cheeseburger

Most of the time smashburgers are prepared on a flattop style griddle, but not everyone had access to that option. You can achieve the same great burgers on your stove with a nice wide flat pan. You have to make the burgers in batches, but they cook up so fast, there is little time for them to go cold. You also want to make sure you use a solid wide flat spatula to the do the pressing. If you do not have a spatula without slits, you can use a square of parchment on top the ball to help press it down evenly. Just use caution having your fingers that close to the hot pan.

Cowboy Bacon Cheeseburger

For the BBQ sauce – you could make you own, or use your favorite bottled sauce. Different varieties of sauce – sweet, smokey, vinegary – will give the burger a slightly different over all taste. I like to use a slightly sweet sauce for this burger to balance out the saltiness of the onion rings and the smokiness of the bacon. Speaking of the onion rings, you can use your favorite frozen onion rings for connivence – like I did with this burger. But if you have the extra you may want to take the extra step to make my Beer Battered Onion Rings. I have included the recipe below. It really is a simple recipe and you can make it at the same time as the burgers.

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Cowboy Bacon Cheeseburger

Double cheese and bacon smashed burgers piled high with onion rings and bbq sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword american cheese, bacon, bacon cheeseburger, bbq sauce, cheeseburger, smash burger
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 6


  • 13.5 oz Onion Rings fresh or frozen
  • 9 slices Bacon cut in half
  • 12 slice American Cheese
  • ½ cup Mayo
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce
  • 6 Burger Buns

For the patties

  • 2 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Paprika


  • Prepare onion rings as directed by package. If making fresh (recipe provided below), you can make them while cooking the burgers.
  • In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add bacon. Cook until crispy and remove to a paper towel covered plate and keep warm. Reserve at least two tablespoons of bacon grease in the pan.
  • Combine ingredients for patties and form into 12 equal balls. Place two to three balls into the hot pan (with bacon grease) and use a wide flat spatula to press each down into thin patties (¼ inch thick). Cook for 2 minutes then flip and press down again. Let cook for 1 minutes then top with each with a slice of cheese and let cook another minute. Stack two patties together. Repeat with remaining balls.
  • Build the burger – smear bottom bun with mayo. Add double cheeseburger, then 3-4 pieces of bacon. Top with 2-3 onion rings then drizzle with BBQ sauce. Place top bun and press down slightly to help hold it all together.

Beer Battered Onion Rings

Super crispy, super easy and the perfect side to a tasty burger!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword burger, onion rings, Side Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 Yellow Onion cut into rings no more than ½ in thick
  • cup Flour
  • 2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 12 oz Beer (Lager is best)
  • 4 cups Oil


  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Add oil to large wide pan (like a large saute pan). Bring oil up to 400 deg.
  • Mix flour, salt, paprika and baking soda together. Coat each onion ring in the flour and set aside.
  • Mix beer into flour mixture. It should be the consistency of pancake batter
  • Once oil is hot enough, dip a floured onion ring in the beer batter and coat completely. Gently drop into oil and let cook until brown then flip and cook until brown again. Remove to a cooking rack over paper towels. Serve immediately.

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8 thoughts on “Cowboy Bacon Cheeseburger

  1. EsmeSalon – I help Entrepreneurs | Innovators | Bloggers & Home Chefs, so please check around and let me know if I can assist in any way. We have a weekly InLinkz party, and it’s free to join, so I hope to meet you there!
    EsmeSalon says:

    Oh wow, super delicious, but I will have to split in the 2 or maybe three in order to try and eat it, but it does look outstanding.

  2. Donna Reidland – I'm a wife, mother, grandmother, writer, and Biblical counselor. I love sharing God's truth, hopefully in ways that will help you in your walk with God. I'm certified through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, but mostly I'm just a sister in Christ. To read more about me visit my "about me" page. My story may surprise you.
    Donna Reidland says:

    That’s enough to make your mouth water. The challenge would be getting your mouth around it! 🙂

  3. cgarrett08tx – TX – Christy has three children. She has over 25 years of parenting experience, including parenting as a young mom and a single parent. When she isn't writing, you can find her coloring, playing Candy Crush, and listening to Taylor Swift.
    Christy Garrett says:

    I love bbq burgers. I’ve never had one with onion rings so I’ll have to give these a try.

  4. yoongpauline – Welcome to Beautiful Voyager. I'm Pauline, author and owner of Beautiful Voyager, a food recipe and travel blog where I share my favourite recipes and travel stories.
    Beautiful Voyager says:

    Looks so delicious! Love home cooked cheesburger! Thanks so much for sharing and for posting on Fiesta Friday. Hope to see you again at the party.

  5. Just pinned your feature to our Features Board, for Full Plate Thursday. Thanks so much for sharing with us and come back to see us!
    Miz Helen

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