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.
I recommend making more of the onions than the recipe 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.

Campfire Burgers
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 burgers
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
For the Caramelized Onions
  1. Heat the oil in large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and sprinkle with salt.
  3. Toss to coat and cook for 20 minutes, stirring often, until the onions are brown and caramelized.
  4. Add the balsamic vinegar, stir, and cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat.
For the Campfire Sauce
  1. Whisk all ingredients until smooth.
For the burgers
  1. Fire up your grill for direct and indirect cooking.
  2. Place meat into a large bowl.
  3. Add all of the remaining ingredients except for the buns and mix well.
  4. Form into 4 equally-sized patties.
  5. Grill as desired.
  6. Assemble the burgers by adding cooked patties to the bun bottoms. Add onions and plenty of the Campfire sauce.
  7. Serve with plenty of napkins!

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