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Whiskey Burgers

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These Whiskey Burgers are topped with melted cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, caramelized onions and mushrooms in a sweet and savory glaze. You definitely need these burgers in your life!!

Burger topped with melted cheddar cheese, onions, mushrooms and glaze with fries on the side.

Burgers are my favorite food group! I will always choose a burger with cheese and bacon, but the toppings change depending on my mood.

These burgers are topped with an amazing Whiskey Glaze, but Garlic Aioli, Guacamole, and Bourbon Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce are amazing as well!

Images updated June 24, 2021

Burger with sautéed onions and mushrooms, topped with glaze and waffle fries on the side.

What you will need:

  • ground beef – I used 80/20 ground chuck
  • cooked bacon
  • cheddar cheese – or your choice of cheese
  • thinly sliced sweet onion and mushrooms caramelized in a bit of olive oil
  • sweet and tangy whiskey glaze
  • lettuce and tomato
  • homemade hamburger buns or store-bought
Ground beef, onion, oil, mushrooms, cheese, glaze, bacon, and buns.

How to make Whiskey Burgers:

For the Burgers:

Form burgers into patties, season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until fully cooked.

Two burger patties in a cast iron skillet.

Place cheese slices on top of the burger patties, cover pan and allow cheese to melt. Set aside.

Cheddar cheese slices on top of two burger patties.

For the Onion-Mushroom Topping:

Sauté the onion slices in the oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes.

Sliced onions and oil in a skillet.

Add the mushroom slices and continue to cook until soft and caramelized.

Add the Whiskey Glaze to the pan and mix together.

Caramelized onions and mushrooms simmering in whiskey glaze.

To Assemble:

Toast the hamburger buns and place on a plate. Top with a cheeseburger, then the onion-mushroom mixture.

Lay two slices of bacon over the mushrooms and add the lettuce and tomato.

Add the top bun and serve.

Burger topped with melted cheddar cheese, onions, mushrooms and glaze with a metal bucket of fries on the side.

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Burger topped with melted cheddar cheese, onions, mushrooms and glaze with fries on the side.

Whiskey Burgers

Whiskey Burgers are topped with melted cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, caramelized onions and mushrooms in a sweet and savory glaze.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gourmet burger
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 902kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds ground beef 80/20 ground chuck
  • sea salt & fresh ground pepper
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese Swiss, or Provolone
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion sliced thin
  • 4 ounces sliced mushrooms or more if you love mushrooms
  • 8 slices cooked bacon
  • .33 cup Whiskey Glaze
  • lettuce and tomato slices
  • 4 hamburger buns

Instructions

For the Burgers:

  • Form burgers into patties, season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until fully cooked.
  • Place cheese slices on top of the burger patties, cover pan and allow cheese to melt. Set aside.

For the Onion-Mushroom Topping:

  • Saute the onion slices in the oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the mushroom slices and continue to cook until soft and caramelized.
  • Add the Whiskey Glaze to the pan and mix together.

To Assemble:

  • Toast the hamburger buns and place on a plate. Top with a cheeseburger, then the onion-mushroom mixture.
  • Lay two slices of bacon over the mushrooms, then add the lettuce and tomato.
  • Add the top bun and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 902kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 64g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 169mg | Sodium: 1788mg | Potassium: 823mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Vitamin C: 3.2mg | Calcium: 329mg | Iron: 5.7mg

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27 Comments

  1. Well, I think your food photos are actually really good. The final shots always look well lit, well composed, and most importantly: appetizing. I also like that you include progress shots–it’s a handy reference to have.

  2. I have no problem styling some foods like muffins or cookies, it’s the entrees that I seem to have trouble with…and burgers. They need to be oozing and juicy looking, which means I have to photograph them stat. I’m sure I will get better with time, but it can leave me flustered! Your burger looks incredible, the way I want mine to look in photos one day!

  3. Yum! My husband would die for this burger for sure! He had a burger blog before he joined forces with me. To say he is a burger fanatic would be an understatement. Getting that money shot truly is a challenge! Esp when you take all the step-by-step pictures like you do, it’s just a lot to think about. And I’m in my 30s and still a student so I def don’t have $$ to spend. What I can do is just keep practicing and not stress out too much if the photos don’t turn out the way I envisioned them. I think your photos are fantastic and they can only improve with time! Hope you have a lovely weekend, Lisa!

  4. I’m with ya on taking pictures of food like people would really eat it and not all magazine-like! Your burger looks great to me 🙂

  5. Oooooo… this looks mouth watering! I always have the hardest time trying to make my burger pics look appetizing. It seems unless you pile them with toppings they don’t look nearly as appealing, right? 😉
    And you probably already know how I feel about those snooty food photography sites. 😉 Although since I have been improving my food photog skills I am tempted to submit to Foodgawker again just to see… lol.

  6. I have never heard of that…but I just went over there and your pics are amazing! Your lighting is perfect! Really grabs my attn. I do the same thing when it comes to having to photographing the food…I stumble becz I just spent so much time taking pics of how to prepare the darn stuff…now I have to try to time (and limit) myself. I could seriously take f.o.r.e.v.e.r. And, it’s gets frustrating! Love this post!

  7. I just checked out YumGoggle. I signed up. I can totally relate to your frustrations with the other food sites. Just when I think I have it figured out, I don’t. I think a good food shot is one that zooms in on the food. Thanks for the mention of that site. 🙂

  8. Food shots are so hard! I recently bought the food photography book from Pinch of Yum and it is so helpful! Not quite done reading it yet but loving it so far.

  9. This burger looks so delicious! I’m am no good at food styling either (although I think you are better than you say). I’m usually in a hurry because I’m ready to eat and the sun is almost down! I keep saying I’m going to check out YumGoggle since you mentioned it a couple weeks ago but haven’t had a chance. Thanks for letting us know about it!

  10. haha.. I am so with you on martha stewart budget. I mean its cute, but I don’t have that kind of money. I have maybe 4-5 pieces for photos and thats it. You burgers look awesome and make me hungry for burgers!!! Thanks for sharing at Show Stopper Saturday Lisa! 🙂

  11. I think your photos are great! I’m definitely giving these burgers a try soon. I can’t snap decent pictures of pasta to save my life! They always look incredibly unappealing 🙁 I, too, am dreading the shorter days soon because the lighting becomes a nightmare to deal with. The things we do to make food look good haha.

    {I gave up on Foodgawker and Tastespotting – I have jumped on Yumgoggle, too, instead!}

  12. These photos are great, Lisa! You should definitely submit one to FG! I like how you styled the first one. See, you have props. And they look great!

    For me, I like to style my photos with props. But I’ve found that you can usually get stuff pretty cheap if you hit sales, Homegoods, Ross, Target, TJ Maxx or Marshalls. I have been hitting up Pier 1 as well and both times I spent less than $50! You don’t have to get stuff all at once. Build your collection slowly. 🙂

  13. Lisa, I know what you mean about food styling. I always have such a problem. I think your photos are fantastic and that they are styled great! One thing that I have found really helpful is to look at Food Gawker and other photo sites before I go to take pictures so I have an idea how other people have styled their pictures. This has really helped give me ideas for food styling.

    I think that these burgers look fantastic though and your pictures make me want to grab one and eat it!

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