Campfire Burgers

Wow, talk about a burger that just rocketed to the top of our favorite-to-make list. These campfire burgers are just packed with flavor, inside and out. The patties are not boring, combining ground beef with cheese, bacon, Worcestershire and just a hint of smokiness. And then there’s the caramelized onions. Caramelized onions are a wonderful thing but adding balsamic vinegar to them makes them spectacular. And finally, a lightly smoky creamy sauce to top it all off.
Campfire BurgersI recommend making more of the onions than the recipe for these campfire burgers calls for. On the off-chance that you have leftover onions they are also fantastic on grilled hot dogs. I also recommend making more of the sauce. It’s great to have on hand for, well, hot dogs again, but also po boy sandwiches or even as a dipping sauce for chicken nuggets.

Also try my chili crunch burgers.

Campfire Burgers

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 burgers

Ingredients

For the Caramelized Onions

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion sliced thin
  • Pinch of Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

For the Campfire Sauce

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon liquid smoke

For the burgers

  • 1 pound ground beef I prefer 85/15 beef/fat mix
  • 1/4 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 slices cooked bacon crumbled
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns

Instructions

For the Caramelized Onions

  • Heat the oil in large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the onions and sprinkle with salt.
  • Toss to coat and cook for 20 minutes, stirring often, until the onions are brown and caramelized.
  • Add the balsamic vinegar, stir, and cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat.

For the Campfire Sauce

  • Whisk all ingredients until smooth.

For the burgers

  • Fire up your grill for direct and indirect cooking.
  • Place meat into a large bowl.
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients except for the buns and mix well.
  • Form into 4 equally-sized patties.
  • Grill as desired.
  • Assemble the burgers by adding cooked patties to the bun bottoms. Add onions and plenty of the Campfire sauce.
  • Serve with plenty of napkins!

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