Guinness Burgers & the blizzard of 2012

Well it has finally arrived…..the first winter storm.  Light snow started falling at 6:00 p.m.  It is now 8:35 p.m. and we have less than an inch on the ground.  The radar is showing a break coming and then rain.  That is not a good thing.  Rain turns to ice, and ice is not fun to drive on!  The heavy snow fall should be starting around midnight, so I will keep everyone posted.

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Tonight is the kind of night that requires the ultimate in comfort food, BURGERS!  Not just any burgers, we’re talking big, juicy, Guinness glaze covered burgers with onion rings and bacon!!!  I tortured everyone with the photo of this burger on facebook a couple of months back, now you get the recipe.  You’re welcome 🙂

Guinness Burgers


Okay I am not going to claim this burger is healthy in any way, because it is not.  Not by any stretch of the imagination, but boy is it good.  We no longer have a Bennigan’s in Cedar Rapids, so I had to find a way to recreate my favorite Guinness Burgers.  I have no idea where I found the recipe for the glaze.  I have used it several times in the past and everyone loves it.  I poured it over salmon and grilled shrimp at my St. Patrick’s Day party last year, it was gone in less than 5 minutes!  The recipe is so easy, anyone can make it.

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I have included the recipe for homemade hamburger buns.  This recipe comes from The King Arthur’s website, they are geniuses when it comes to bread recipes.  I have tried out several different hamburger bun recipes over the past couple of months, but I always come back to this one.

I am trying to not fry anything at home, so I chose to go with Alexis brand beer battered onion rings.  They are in the freezer section and all you have to do is bake them, super easy.

There are a lot of steps to prepare this burger, but each one is actually pretty easy.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Guinness Burgers

Serves 4
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Meal type Main Course
Sweet tangy glaze on a cheeseburger, topped with bacon and beer batter onion rings.


  • 1 1/2 Pounds grass-fed ground beef
  • sea salt & fresh ground pepper
  • beer batter onion rings (I used Alexia)
  • uncured bacon
  • Guinness glaze
  • fresh hamburger buns
  • cheddar cheese


Onion Rings
Bake onion rings, set aside.
Fry Bacon
Fry bacon, set aside.
Form Burger Patties
Form ground beef into 4 patties. Season with sea salt and fresh ground pepper.
Burger Patties Done
Fry patties in a large skillet until no longer pink.
Add Guinness Glaze
Ladle Guinness glaze over burger patties.
Add Cheese
Place a slice of cheese on top of patty, and let melt.
Toast Buns
Place cheese burger on a grilled hamburger bun.
Add Toppings
Top with bacon, onion rings, and more glaze (if desired).
Add lettuce and tomato if you must.


This is a sweet, flavorful, un-healthy burger.  But it is soooo worth it!


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