Whiskey Burger

Once you make a Whiskey Burger, you might never make plain hamburgers again. There’s a secret to making these burgers so awesome, and it’s all about the prep time!

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I am talking game-changing burger here.

These Whiskey Burgers are hamburger patties that are soaked in whiskey and garlic. Yes, I said soaked in whiskey. I have you’re attention now, right?

We get our hamburgers from a butcher and they’re huge, each one is about 6 1/2 oz. – so almost half pound burgers. Usually we just salt and pepper them and throw them right on the grill.

But I’m always looking for a way to add booze to whatever I’m cooking…and this is the perfect way to do it.

Start by making the toppings for the Whiskey Burgers.

Bacon and caramelized onions, I told you I’m not kidding around with this burger.

Cook up 4 slices of bacon in a large skillet and set on some paper towels to drain but reserve a couple tablespoons of the bacon grease for the onions.

Slice up 2 large onions and put them in the same skillet you cooked the bacon in along with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of the reserved bacon fat.

The onions take a while to cook down and get sweet, about 30-40 minutes over low heat.

While the onions are cooking you can marinate the burgers. Get a shallow dish and pour in 1/4 cup of whiskey and 3 chopped garlic cloves. Set your raw hamburger patties in the whiskey for 15 minutes, then flip over for another 15.


burgers marinating


30 minutes per side is all you need to get that whiskey flavor inside your burgers.

5 minutes on the grill per side over a medium-high flame and they come out medium to medium-rare. Adjust the grill time depending on how big your burgers are and what temperature you like them cooked at. Anything above medium is forbidden at my house…but it’s up to you.

Each burger gets 2 slices of cheese during the last minute of grilling. Don’t skimp and just add one. Two.

Once the cheese is melted put the burgers on a platter and start assembling.

Add a large spoonful of your bacon-caramelized onions in top of the cheese and then top with a slice of bacon broken in half.

Nothing else is required. Except maybe a shot of whiskey on the side.


whiskey burger

A fun thing we do is to make a Whiskey Burger with all different types of whiskey that we like to drink and see which one flavors our burger best!



  • (4) 6-6 1/2 oz. hamburger patties
  • 1/4 c. whiskey
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 strips of bacon
  • 8 thick-sliced pieces of yellow American cheese
  • 2 large vidalia onions, peeled, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 T. reserved bacon fat
  • 1 t. salt
  • 4 hamburger buns


  1. Place the bacon in a large skillet and cook until crisp. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to cool. Reserve 2 T. of the bacon fat.
  2. Discard the remaining bacon fat and wipe out the skillet.
  3. Add the olive oil and the 2 T. of bacon fat to the same skillet, then add the onions, cooking over low heat. Add the salt and cook, turning the onions often for 30-40 minutes until they are brown and caramelized. Set aside to cool.
  4. While the onions are cooking, add the whiskey and chopped garlic to a shallow dish. Put in the hamburger patties and let marinate for 15 minutes. Then flip and marinate another 15 on the other side.
  5. Grill the burgers over medium-high heat for 5 minutes per side for a medium/medium rare burger. If you aren’t using 6 or 6 1/2 oz. hamburgers you might want to cook the hamburgers less if you’re looking for a medium rare burger.
  6. The last minute of grilling, add two slices of cheese to each burger and close the lid to melt the cheese.
  7. Remove the hamburgers to a platter.
  8. Place each hamburger on a bottom bun, then top with a large spoonful of caramelized onions and then one strip of bacon broken in half.
  9. Top each burger with the top bun and serve.

38 Responses

  1. Woah! These look like the perfect burgers for gameday. I love a god bacon cheeseburger, and I love whisky…so it does without saying that I would love these burgers! Pinning so I can come back to it later!

  2. These burgers look awesome dude! Sounds like some high end gourmet man food… my type of eats! So glad it looks like you’ve connected with David and Matt. They are both great guys. You should check out Mike @ The Iron You as well. Us dude food bloggers gotta stick together! haha

  3. Hi there from the Netherlands! 🙂 I made this recipe yesterday for our recurring ‘burger night’ at home (every other Friday) and it was awesome! Never thought of soaking burgers in a mixture of garlic and whisky before grilling, but it worked out wonderful. It’s a keeper 🙂
    Love and -xxx-

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  12. Miriam

    Dying to make these, but kinda nervous about the flare from the alcohol? I will be trying these as sliders for a large group – so with the grill loaded up I am a bit in panic mode. Did you have any issue with this?

    cannot wait to devour one of these!

    1. There really shouldn’t be any flare from the alcohol but you can also pat the burgers dry with a paper towel before you throw them on the grill so it won’t be an issue at all. Sliders sound great!

      1. Miriam

        Thanks for the reply Dan! Will try that.

        Memorial Day weekend can’t come soon enough…we are a burger clan, so these will be a hit, I’m sure!

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  17. “Nothing else is required. Except maybe a shot of whiskey on the side.” – Agreed – as long as it’s not the same whiskey the burgers were in. 😛 I’m adding this to my list of recipes to try. Sounds delicious!

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