Honey Bourbon BBQ Burgers Recipe

Honey Bourbon BBQ Burgers combine the best flavors of summer. Sweet and smoky honey BBQ sauce, a grilled burger topped with blue cheese, red onion, and a caramelized grilled pineapple slice.

Pineapple on a burger?  Yep.  Trust me, give it a try.  It gives the burger just a little sweetness that plays off the sharpness of the crispy red onion.

This burger definitely makes my top 5 list.

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Honey Bourbon BBQ Burger

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
cooling time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 burgers
Calories: 816kcal
One of my all-time favorite burgers. Sweet honey and smoky bourbon barbecue sauce on a burger topped with grilled pineapple and blue cheese.
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Honey Bourbon BBQ Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Bourbon
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 T worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 t molasses
  • 1 t Tabasco
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 2 t dry mustard
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 t onion powder


  • 2.5 lbs 80/20 ground beef
  • fresh ground pepper & fresh ground sea salt
  • 6 slices pineapple
  • 6 slices red onion
  • 1 oz olive oil
  • 6 oz Maytag Blue Cheese
  • 2 oz arugula
  • 6 rolls onion rolls


To Make the Honey Bourbon BBQ Sauce

  • Add Bourbon to a heavy saucepan and cook over medium heat until reduced by a third.
  • Add all remaining ingredients and mix to combine. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • The sauce will begin to thicken, continue cooking until you've achieved the desired consistency.
  • Remove from heat and use immediately. Allow to cool to room temperature before storing. Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator. Will keep for about 2 weeks.

Honey Bourbon BBQ Burgers

  • Heat a grill to medium high.
  • Form the ground beef into 6 patties.
  • Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
  • Brush burger patties, red onion and pineapple slices with a little olive oil.
  • Place patties, red onion and pineapple on grill.
  • Cook pineapple and onion until they begin to char and caramelize. Remove from grill and keep warm.
  • Cook burgers until desired level on doneness has been achieved.

To Assemble Burger

  • Slice rolls.
  • Place red onion slice on bottom half of roll.
  • Top with the burger patty.
  • Liberally brush burgers with Honey Bourbon BBQ sauce.
  • Top with grilled pineapple, then blue cheese.
  • Add a handful of arugula.
  • Top with other bun half.




Burger Temperature Guide

Burger Doneness            Internal Temp
Medium Rare                   125-130*F
Medium                            135-140*F
Medium Well                    145-160*F
Well Done                         > 160*F

Store BBQ sauce in an airtight container (preferably glass) until ready to use.
You can store this refrigerated for about 2 weeks.


Calories: 816kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 1334mg | Potassium: 1062mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 885IU | Vitamin C: 45.6mg | Calcium: 226mg | Iron: 5.6mg
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