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Western BBQ Burger
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins

This Western BBQ Burger is a crispy beef patty on a bun topped with cheese, bacon, beer-battered onion rings, pulled pork, and BBQ sauce.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Western BBQ Burger
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 981 kcal
Author: Derek Wolf
  • 1-2 lbs Ground Beef
  • 6-8 slices Cheddar Cheese
  • 1.5 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1.5 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1.5 tbsp Garlic Powder
Beer Battered Onion Rings:
  • 2 whole White Onions
  • 2.5 cups Buttermilk
  • 2 cups White Flour
  • 12-16 oz Light Beer
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • Frying Oil
  • Pulled Pork reheated
  • 8-10 slices Bacon
  • Burger Buns toasted
  • Favorite BBQ Sauce
  1. Add to a large bowl the buttermilk with some ice. Take the stems off your onions and peel the skin. Slice into 1.5” thick rings making sure to separate them into individual onion rings. Place all the onion rings into the buttermilk, cover and place in the fridge for 30 minutes. Finally, form your ground beef into loose 2 oz balls and place in the fridge to set until ready to use.
  2. Preheat your fire to a medium high temperature (around 375-400F). Add a deep dish cast iron skillet or dutch oven over the fire with at least 2-3” of frying oil in the cast iron. Bring the oil up to 375F.
  3. In a bowl, add 1.5 cups of your flour along with the cornstarch, salt, pepper, garlic and paprika. Slowly add in your beer, while also mixing, until you have a smooth batter with the consistency like pancake batter. Add the rest of your flour to another separate bowl. Pull the onion rings out from the fridge. Begin by adding one onion ring to the flour and coat evenly. Next, add it to the beer batter and coat evenly. Take the battered onion ring and add it directly to the frying oil to cook for about 2 minutes per side or until golden brown. Repeat this process until all the onion rings are battered and fried. You can cook 3-5 onion rings at a time, but try not to overcrowd the skillet. Once the onion rings are done, place on a wire baking sheet with paper towels underneath.
  4. Reheat your fire to a medium high temperature (around 375-400F). Add a cast iron skillet or flat skillet oven over the fire.
  5. First, add your bacon to the skillet and cook until they are done to your liking. Once done, pull them off and set aside. Next, add your burger balls to the skillet, season with SPG and let crisp up for 30 seconds. Next, place the parchment over one ball and then firmly press with the spatula until the burger is “smashed” on the skillet. Repeat this for each burger and let cook for another 1-2 minutes. Carefully flip each burger over and then season the new side with salt, pepper and garlic. Top each burger with a slice of cheese and let melt for 1-2 minutes. Once melted, pull each burger off and rest.
  6. Now let’s start building the burger. Add some mayonnaise to the base burger bun and then add a single or double patty burger on top. Next, add the bacon slices, beer battered onion rings, a handful of warm pulled pork, drizzle of bbq sauce and then the top bun. Serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Western BBQ Burger
Amount Per Serving
Calories 981 Calories from Fat 495
% Daily Value*
Fat 55g85%
Saturated Fat 23g144%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 21g
Cholesterol 152mg51%
Sodium 5064mg220%
Potassium 931mg27%
Carbohydrates 72g24%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 45g90%
Vitamin A 1403IU28%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 428mg43%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not dietitians or nutritionist. Nutritional information on overthefirecooking.com comes from online calculators. While we attempt to make this information accurate, it should only been viewed as an estimate.