Bacon Cheddar Burger

The Ultimate Bacon Cheddar Burger is here!  Jazzed up with Cowboy Rub, thick cuts of peppered bacon, aged cheddar and crispy onion rings, your summer grill has never had it so good.

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A delicious bacon cheddar burger stacked with fried onion rings

How to Perfectly Grill A Burger

It has taken me quite some time (and a whole lot of practice) to be able to confidently grill up a burger. There are a hundred and one ways to grill a burger but, I find that it’s more important to focus on what NOT to do.

By following these three simple rules you can guarantee a tender, juicy result.

Don’t Over-Handle the Meat

Use gentle hands to create the meat mixture; avoid further mixing after the ingredients are well-combined. If you over-work the meat the resulting burger will be tough.

Flip the Burger Just Once

While on the grill, a burger only needs to be flipped once. To achieve medium-rare, cook for 3 minutes on each side. Add a minute to each side for the next level of doneness. Attempting to flip more than once will prevent the meat from cooking evenly and developing color.

Don’t Flatten

No matter what, do not use the spatula to flatten the patty while cooking. Doing so will only release juices and dry out the burger.

If you’re concerned about a domed top on your patty, simply use your thumb to imprint the middle of the meat before grilling. In one easy move you ensure an even, flat yet still juicy patty.

Voila! You now have the tools to be a grill master just like moi!

Close up of a ready to devour cheddar bacon burger with onion rings in the background


Here’s what you’ll need to make the magic happen:

Cowboy Rub

Cowboy Rub contains spices such as ground garlic, various peppers, coffee, cocoa powder and a hint of hickory smoke.

Aged-Cheddar Cheese

After grilling the patties to perfection, I added a slice of aged cheddar cheese to each patty. The flavor was so rich and smooth and melted like a dream.

Peppered Bacon

For the bacon, I went with thick cut black pepper slices; the ground pepper adds a delightful bite. To evenly cook them, I put them in the oven instead of cooking them in a skillet.

Onion Rings

I went for the win by topping the burgers with my favorite crispy fried onion rings. With a hint of cornmeal and a spicy note of paprika and cayenne, these are golden brown, crunchy and absolutely sensational.

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Ultimate Bacon Cheddar Burger | Grandbaby Cakes

Ultimate Bacon Cheddar Burger

The Ultimate Pub Bacon Cheddar Burger is here! Jazzed up with McCormick Grill Mates Cowboy Rub, thick cuts of bacon, aged cheddar and crispy onion rings, your summer grill has never had it so good.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4 burgers


  • 8 slices thick cut black pepper bacon
  • 8 ground sirloin burger patties
  • McCormick Grill Mates Cowboy Rub
  • 8 slices aged cheddar cheese
  • 16 crispy fried onion rings
  • 4 toasted pretzel roll buns
  • Optional: Lettuce and tomato for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and also preheat your grill to medium high heat.
  • On a parchment lined baking sheet, evenly lay bacon slices on the surface.
  • Bake bacon for 15-20 minutes until deep brown and evenly crispy. Remove from oven and pat bacon on paper towels to remove bacon fat. Break each slice in half.
  • Season all sides of patties with Cowboy Rub and pat into the surface of the meat.
  • Grill all burgers on both sides until reaching desired doneness.
  • Add a slice of cheese on each individual burger patty, allow to melt then remove patties from grill.
  • To assemble, (optional) place lettuce and tomato on each bun bottom.
  • Place two patties on top of lettuce and tomato then add four bacon halves to each burger.
  • Lastly add two onion rings on top of bacon and finish with top bun on each burger and serve.


Feel free to change the cheeses you use and even the type of bacon and onion rings.  Sauteed onions would work wonderfully with this recipe too!


Calories: 1012kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 68g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Cholesterol: 202mg | Sodium: 770mg | Potassium: 1376mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 575IU | Vitamin C: 32.6mg | Calcium: 521mg | Iron: 5.8mg
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5 from 2 votes

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