Wine Wednesday: End of Summer Bourbon Burgers and sauce

Can’t believe that Summer is quickly fading away…. No more barbeque…no more beach…no more summer travel. Sigh!! Wait – did I say no more burgers – never!! If you love bourbon, you can and will love this burger. I prefer a good bourbon and Coke when I’m hanging out with the guys. By taking bourbon from the glass to your food, will surely create a well-balanced experience. You can incorporate as much or as little of the sauce as you want but remember….THIS IS NOT CHILD FRIENDLY!!! It’s a little smoky, a little spicy, a little messy – but you will be licking your fingers so no worries.

Bourbon burger and sauce recipe

Serves 3-4


For the bourbon burgers

  • 1 pound 85 percent lean ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons bourbon
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 slices cheddar cheese
  • 3 slices baked bacon, cut in half
  • 1/2 sweet onion, sliced into rings
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3-4 buns
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 4 large lettuce leaves

For the bourbon sauce

  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup


  1. Preheat your grill to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the meat, bourbon, garlic powder, salt and Worcestershire sauce. Mix using your hands. Form 3 to 4 large patties, and indent the centers using your thumb.
  3. Place the patties on a well-oiled grilled, and cook for 15 minutes or until done.
  4. In a large sauté pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Stir in the onions, and cook until tender. While the onions and the patties are cooking, get the ingredients for the bourbon sauce ready.
  5. To a small pot over low-medium heat, add all the ingredients for the bourbon sauce. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, and then remove from heat.
  6. To make the burgers, layer the bottom bun with lettuce, tomato, patty, cheese, onions, bacon, bourbon sauce and then the top of the bun.


You can also try this grilled salmon recipe using a delicious bourbon-soy marinade.


  • 4 (6 ounce) salmon fillets
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed


  1. Combine the marinade ingredients in a large plastic bag with a seal-able top.
  2. Add the salmon, seal the bag, and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, turning the bag once.
  3. Remove the salmon from the bag and discard the marinade.
  4. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Grill the salmon for 5 minutes on each side, or until it flakes when a fork is inserted.

No matter which you choose, enjoy these last days of summer nights, wine on the deck, kids in the pool and fireflies at night. Happy Wine Wednesday!


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