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Irish Pub Burgers

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These Irish Pub Burgers topped with crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, grilled onions and whiskey aioli are sure to become a family favorite!

A burger topped with grilled onions, bacon, and whiskey mayonnaise on a pretzel bun with a glass of whiskey in the background.

My dad was in town a couple of weeks ago and we ended up in an Irish pub for lunch. Not that I am complaining, it gives me great recipe ideas! These Irish Pub Burgers are inspired by the ones on the menu and you are going to love them!

What you will need to make this recipe

  • 85% ground chuck – half a pound per person per the menu description
  • Irish cheddar cheese – I went with regular sharp cheddar because that is all that was available
  • Grilled onions – thinly sliced yellow onion
  • Irish Whiskey aioli – Jameson mixed with mayonnaise and garlic, nice and simple
  • Irish rashers, aka thick cut bacon – again, I live in the desert not Europe
  • Hamburger bun of your choice – I used pretzel buns because they looked really pretty
Looking down on two Irish Pub Burgers served on pretzel buns with a glass of whiskey in the background.

How to make Irish Pub Burgers with Whiskey Aioli

To make the whiskey aioli/mayonnaise:

Mix mayonnaise, whiskey, garlic, salt, pepper and paprika together in a small bowl.

Mayonnaise, whiskey, garlic, salt, pepper and paprika in a small white bowl.

Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

To grill/caramelize the onions:

Heat one Tablespoon of oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced onion and cook, stirring occasionally until golden brown…about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Caramelized onions in a non-stick skillet.

Optional: I added one Tablespoon of butter half-way through for added flavor. 

To make the burgers:

Form ground beef into patties and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook over medium heat until no pink remains. Place cheese on top of burgers and allow to melt.

Two half-pound burgers topped with shredded, cheddar cheese in a skillet.

To assemble the burgers:

Place a cheeseburger patty on the bottom bun. Add the bacon and grilled onions. Drizzle with the whiskey aioli and top with bun.

Crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, grilled onions and whiskey aioli top these half pound beef patties on pretzel buns.

Lettuce and tomato are optional, lol. OMG, these burgers are amazing!!! They are HUGE, but totally amazing. These are the kind of burgers that you serve to impress your friends!!

Recipe Notes

  • Yes you can make the aioli without the whiskey! Substitute lemon juice for the whiskey.
  • You can use Homemade mayonnaise or store-bought.
  • Any type of burger bun will work, Homemade or store-bought.
  • I used one, small onion for two burgers. The smaller onions have smaller rings that are easier to eat.
  • This recipe is very easy to double or triple!
  • For a smokier flavor, use smoked paprika. For a spicier flavor, substitute cayenne pepper.

More delicious burger recipes:

Enjoy!!

A burger topped with grilled onions, bacon, and whiskey mayonnaise on a pretzel bun with a glass of whiskey in the background.

Irish Pub Burgers

These Irish Pub Burgers topped with crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, grilled onions and whiskey aioli are sure to become a family favorite!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Irish
Keyword: cheeseburger with whiskey aioli
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 1182kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

Whiskey Aioli

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise homemade or store-bought
  • 0.5 tablespoon Irish whiskey I used Jameson – substitute lemon juice if desired
  • 1 small clove garlic pressed or finely minced
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 0.13 teaspoon paprika 1/8th tsp. or add more to taste

Grilled Onions

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small sweet, yellow onion thinly sliced

Burgers

  • 1 pound ground beef I used 85% grass-fed
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 ounces cheddar cheese grated or sliced
  • 2 slices thick-cut bacon cooked and cut in half, or folded in half
  • 2 hamburger buns

Instructions

For the Aioli

  • Mix mayonnaise, whiskey, garlic, salt, pepper and paprika together in a small bowl. Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

For the Grilled Onions

  • Heat one tablespoon of oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced onion and cook, stirring occasionally until golden brown…about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Optional: I added one tablespoon of butter half-way through for added flavor. 

For the Burgers

  • Form ground beef into patties and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook over medium heat until no pink remains. Place cheese on top of burgers and allow to melt.
  • Place a cheeseburger patty on the bottom bun. Add the bacon and grilled onions. Drizzle with the whiskey aioli and top with bun.

Notes

  • Yes you can make the aioli without the whiskey! Substitute lemon juice for the whiskey.
  • You can use Homemade mayonnaise or store-bought.
  • Any type of burger bun will work, Homemade or store-bought.
  • I used one, small onion for two burgers. The smaller onions have smaller rings that are easier to eat.
  • This recipe is very easy to double or triple!
  • For a smokier flavor, use smoked paprika. For a spicier flavor, substitute cayenne pepper.

Nutrition

Calories: 1182kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 88g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Cholesterol: 220mg | Sodium: 884mg | Potassium: 963mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 346IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 353mg | Iron: 7mg

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