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Juicy Lucy Burgers with Bacon & BBQ Onions

Have you tried a Juicy Lucy burger? They are absolutely delicious! This copycat recipe uses the cheesy stuffed burger concept (the Juicy Lucy base) and adds a little Gil’s Gourmet flair. The BBQ onion condiment is a tasty combination of tender-sautéed onions, broth (or beer or wine), and our Chipotle Roasted Garlic Grille Sauce for a sweet, tangy and mouthwatering topping. We also use our zesty Cowboy Rub to season the burger patties, infusing the ground meat with spicy chili peppers, mustard seeds, cumin, and salt.

Serves 4


BBQ Onions:

1 large yellow onion, peeled and sliced

1/4 cup vegetable broth, beer, or red wine

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef

4 slices American cheese

2 teaspoons Big Sur Cowboy Rub

8 slices bacon, cooked and drained

1/3 cup sliced dill pickles or Gil’s Southwest Pickle Chips

4 burger buns, split and toasted

Optional Burger Toppings:

Lettuce leaves, sliced tomatoes, or sliced red onions


Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the onions, and cook until tender and lightly caramelized, about 8-10 minutes. Once tender, deglaze the pan with broth (or beer, or wine), bring to a simmer, and continue to cook until the liquid has mostly evaporated. Add the grille sauce to the skillet and stir to combine with the onions. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Preheat a gas grill to medium-high heat or prep charcoals for a charcoal grill. Lightly brush the grill grates with olive oil to keep the burger from sticking. While the grill is preheating, divide the ground beef into 4 even portions. Divide those portion in half and flatten each into a thin patty (for a total of 8 thin patties). Fold the cheese slices into quarters (creating a small little square of cheese) and place in the center of one of the patties. Place another patty portion on top, covering the cheese, and pinch the edges of the burger to seal. Once all the burger patties have been stuffed, generously season with cowboy rub, and place on the grill. Grill for 5 minutes per side or until cook through. Divide BBQ onions, grilled burgers, and cooked bacon slices between toasted buns and serve with optional burger toppings on the side.

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