Bourbon Bacon Burger

This bourbon bacon burger might just be the best burger ever! You cook the bacon AND the burger in the air fryer for a no-muss no-fuss meal.

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Bourbon Bacon Burger

  • Prep Time: 10 m
  • Cook Time: 25 m
  • Total Time: 35 m
  • Servings:


  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 strips maple bacon cut in half
  • ¾ pound ground beef 80% lean
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 slices Colby Jack cheese or Monterey Jack
  • 2 Kaiser rolls
  • lettuce and tomato for serving
  • Zesty Burger Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • ¼ teaspoon ground paprika
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Pre-heat the air fryer to 390ºF and pour a little water into the bottom of the air fryer drawer. (This will help prevent the grease that drips into the bottom drawer from burning and smoking.)
  2. Combine the bourbon and brown sugar in a small bowl. Place the bacon strips in the air fryer basket and brush with the brown sugar mixture. Air-fry at 390ºF for 4 minutes. Flip the bacon over, brush with more brown sugar and air-fry at 390ºF for an additional 4 minutes until crispy.
  3. While the bacon is cooking, make the burger patties. Combine the ground beef, onion, BBQ sauce, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix together thoroughly with your hands and shape the meat into 2 patties.
  4. Transfer the burger patties to the air fryer basket and air-fry the burgers at 370ºF for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on how you like your burger cooked (15 minutes for rare to medium-rare; 20 minutes for well-done). Flip the burgers over halfway through the cooking process.
  5. While the burgers are air-frying, make the burger sauce by combining the BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, paprika and freshly ground black pepper to taste in a bowl.
  6. When the burgers are cooked to your liking, top each patty with a slice of Colby Jack cheese and air-fry for an additional minute, just to melt the cheese. (You might want to pin the cheese slice to the burger with a toothpick to prevent it from blowing off in your air fryer.) Spread the sauce on the inside of the Kaiser rolls, place the burgers on the rolls, top with the bourbon bacon, lettuce and tomato and enjoy!
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  1. 5 stars
    God Bless the BLUE JEAN CHEF !!! — you are amazing and make me want to be a better cook in the kitchen !! – you and your family are truly gifted in the joy that a good meal and drink brings to a gathering – even if only around the breakfast table or sitting in a lawn chair with a snack – your gift of cooking and that you share is truly wonderful. Thank you so much !!! I am giving your cookbooks as gifts throughout the year for various occasions. Thank you again – from a big fan and tv viewer when you are on

  2. 5 stars
    I made these burgers for the first time tonight, they are amazing! easy to make and easy clean-up. Trying out a bunch of new recipes this year and this one will surely be made again!! Thanks for your amazing recipes!!

  3. Thank you so much for this recipe!!! I’ve been trying to find one for me to make for my family after I had one of these burgers at a restaurant several years ago that’s no longer in business! It’s been a hit ever since! I will have this recipe on hand at all times!! Love it!

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