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Cowboy Burgers

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These flame grilled Cowboy Burgers are basted with tangy barbecue sauce, then topped with melted cheese, crispy onions rings and a toasted bun for the perfect summer burgers!

A cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato, onion rings, barbecue sauce and a toasted bun.

What you will need:

Ground chuck patties and your favorite barbecue sauce for basting and serving. Cheddar cheese slices and crispy onion rings (homemade or baked from frozen), and toasted hamburger buns.

I am still not sure how Cowboy Burgers got their name, but they sure are delicious!! I can see cowboys on a cattle ranch firing up the grill to make dinner, but onion rings would probably not have been added. Bacon would make more sense than onion rings, but I don’t like combining the two…I like them to be the star of their own burgers!

A cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato, onion rings, barbecue sauce and a toasted bun with a steak knife sticking out the top surrounded by potato chips.

Have I mentioned yet how delicious these Cowboy Burgers are? I should also point out how simple they are to make.

How to Make Cowboy Burgers on the Grill:

Preheat grill to medium-high. Divide ground chuck into 4) four ounce portions. Flatten and form into patties making an indentation in the center of each.

Brush or spray both sides of each patty with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.

Four raw burger patties, a cup of barbecue sauce, and slices of cheddar cheese on a baking sheet.

Place burgers over direct heat on the grill. Cook for 4 minutes with the lid closed, then flip and brush with barbecue sauce. Grill for an additional 3 minutes, brushing with additional barbecue sauce.

Four burgers on the grill with flames below.

Top each burger with a slice of cheese, close the lid and grill for one minute or until the cheese is melted.

Four burger patties on the grill topped with a slice of cheddar cheese.

Toast hamburger buns on the grill, then brush with barbecue sauce.

 A split hamburger bun on the grill.

Top each burger with 3 onion rings, lettuce, and tomato.

A cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato, onion rings, barbecue sauce and a toasted bun with a steak knife sticking out the top.

I like mayonnaise on mine too, it’s hiding under the lettuce.

Recipe Notes & Tips:

  • I use sharp cheddar cheese because it is lactose-free, but feel free to use whatever cheese your family prefers.
  • I line a baking sheet with 2 sheets of foil so I can carry out all of the ingredients together {patties, sauce, cheese, spatula}. Remove the first layer of foil after you have moved the raw patties to the grill, then you have somewhere to place your cooked patties when they are done.
  • If you only need two burgers, or prefer restaurant sized half pound burgers, make two patties and cook for additional time.
  • If you need more burgers for a crown, simply multiply the ingredients by the total that you need.
  • Preheat the oven and bake your onion rings before you start forming your patties. {I used Alexia brand onion rings}
  • If you would like to make Crispy Onion Rings from scratch, these ones are amazing!

Recipes to create the perfect Cowboy Burgers:

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A cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato, onion rings, barbecue sauce and a toasted bun.

Cowboy Burgers

These flame grilled Cowboy Burgers are basted with tangy barbecue sauce, then topped with melted cheese, crispy onions rings and a toasted bun for the perfect summer burger!
5 from 1 vote
Print Rate
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled cheeseburgers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 368kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chuck (80/20)
  • olive oil
  • sea salt & ground black pepper
  • 0.5 cup barbecue sauce (I used Bourbon Brown Sugar)
  • 12 onion rings (I used Alexa brand)

Instructions

  • Preheat grill to medium-high.
  • Divide ground chuck into 4) four ounce portions. Flatten and form into patties making an indentation in the center of each.
  • Brush or spray both sides of each patty with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Place burgers over direct heat on the grill. Cook for 4 minutes with the lid closed, then flip and brush with barbecue sauce. Grill for an additional 3 minutes, brushing with additional barbecue sauce.
  • Top each burger with a slice of cheese, close the lid and grill for one minute or until the cheese is melted.
  • Toast hamburger buns on the grill, then brush with barbecue sauce.
  • Top each burger with 3 onion rings, lettuce, and tomato.

Notes

  • I use sharp cheddar cheese because it is lactose-free, but feel free to use whatever cheese your family prefers.
  • I line a baking sheet with 2 sheets of foil so I can carry out all of the ingredients together {patties, sauce, cheese, spatula}. Remove the first layer of foil after you have moved the raw patties to the grill, then you have somewhere to place your cooked patties when they are done.
  • If you only need two burgers, or prefer restaurant sized half pound burgers, make two patties and cook for additional time.
  • If you need more burgers for a crown, simply multiply the ingredients by the total that you need.
  • Preheat the oven and bake your onion rings before you start forming your patties. {I used Alexia brand onion rings from the freezer section}
  • If you would like to make Crispy Onion Rings from scratch, these ones are amazing!
  • My favorite Bourbon and Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce recipe
  • My favorite Homemade Hamburger Buns recipe

Nutrition

Calories: 368kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 468mg | Potassium: 389mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2.4mg

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One Comment

  1. Wow, these burgers are awesome. I love that you have homemade buns, onion rings, and barbecue sauce recipes linked! I’m not sure that I have seen that much made from scratch for a long time. Shared and pinned. Thank you for sharing at Sugar and Spice link party.

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