Bourbon BBQ Sauce Cheeseburgers

Sometimes you just need a good ol’ fashioned messy, sauce dripping, 10 napkin required kind of cheeseburger. And that is what this one is. And, friends, it is glorious. Sweet and smoky Bourbon BBQ Sauce, melted cheese, succulent burger and crisp, creamy coleslaw. It would be the perfect addition to your upcoming Memorial Day celebrations.

I can’t believe that it is almost Memorial Day which means that it is almost time to meet our Little Dude. That’s right. We are getting down to the wire. I know, I  haven’t given a pregnancy update in a while. I’m 31 weeks today. Things are going pretty well. He’s a very active little guy, a lot more active then Kellan was. I feel like he’s a bit bigger too. I was even told at my 20 week ultrasound that he was in the 85th percentile! He makes me crave things like tomato sandwiches, strawberries and all things with mayo, just like his brother did. And if this little guy decides to be early like his big brother was then he could be here in 6 short weeks.

6. Weeks.

It’s a little shocking to think that it could be so soon. And while I’m not 100% sure I’m ready to chase around a 2 1/2 year old and care for a newborn right at this moment, I’m so ready to meet him and kiss his little baby toes. And I cannot wait to see Kellan with his little baby brother. He has 3 baby girl cousins right now and he is so good with them. Giving them kisses and hugs. Telling them not to be sad when they cry. It is pretty darn cute if you ask me.  I just know that he is going to be the best big brother.

But alas, we still have a few more weeks until we get to meet our new little guy. Until then, I’m going to rest up, nest and probably eat a few of these burgers, baby boy seems to like it when I do judging by the kicks :)

Bourbon BBQ Sauce Cheeseburgers Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:

BBQ Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Coleslaw Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups shredded cabbage

Hamburger Ingredients:

  • 1 pound 80/20 ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Bourbon BBQ sauce, divided
  • 4 slices medium cheddar cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns



Combine all of the ingredients for the BBQ sauce together in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce has reduced and thickened. Remove from heat and set aside.


Whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, Dijon mustard, black pepper and salt together in a bowl. Mix in cabbage and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.


Combine ground beef, onions, seasoning salt, pepper and 1/4 cup BBQ sauce together. Mix well. Divide into 4 equal parts. To form the burger patties roll each part into a ball and gently flatten. You want them to be larger than the hamburger buns at this point because they will shrink while cooking.


Heat grill to medium. Cook burgers 3 - 5 minutes on each side until cooked through. Brush burgers with remaining 1/4 cup BBQ sauce. Place cheddar cheese slices on top. Close grill lid and cook just until the cheese slightly melts, about 1 minute. Remove burgers from grill. Place on hamburger buns. Top with coleslaw. Serve.



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