Get ready for the BEST Bacon Cheeseburgers! These juicy cheeseburgers are topped with maple-coated bacon, buttermilk-fried onion rings, and barbecue sauce.
I’m a huge fan of cooking outdoors on our charcoal grill! This summer the boys helped my husband fix our grilling area that overlooks the horse pasture. Kingsford® Original Charcoal makes meals and charcoal grilling easy – especially on game day or for our backyard gatherings! I love grilling outside and watching the horses graze. Some other great recipes for the grill are – Best Steak Marinade, Easy Barbecue Ribs, Best Marinade for Chicken, and Grilled Pork Chops.
Since 1920, Kingsford® Original Charcoal has been the gold standard of grilling and proudly manufactured in the USA. Grilling on charcoal is so easy and provides such an authentic grilling taste. Plus, I love how the neighborhood smells when we cook on our charcoal grill! Filling the neighborhood with tasty aromas of goodness! Kingsford Charcoal is our go-to brand when hosting large gatherings during the tailgating season. It’s a brand we trust and can count on for high-quality.
This charcoal for grilling has more edges and surface area that enable it to catch the flame quickly. In addition, with grooves that provide air channels for fast heating and ensure even burning.
How to prepare your Charcoal Grill:
Step 1: Be sure your grill and grates are clean. Use a scrubbing pad to clean off stuck-on grease.
Step 2: Pile the coals into a neat mound. Add lighter fluid to the mound of coals and light immediately.
Step 3: Let the coals burn off the lighter fluid, which leaves only Kingsford charcoal flavor. The edges of the coals will be turn gray. Once the coals are mostly covered in gray ash they are ready to spread out and use. This process should take about 15 minutes.
Kingsford Charcoal makes game-day entertaining so easy! They offer everything we need for the best grilling recipes. Be sure and try some of my other great recipes for game day- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, Easy Beef Tips, Citrus Marinated Flank Steak, and Mexican Shredded Chicken.
Kingsford make meals and charcoal grilling easy – especially on game day or for large family gatherings. I love a brand that I can rely on for providing a high-quality product. I made maple coated bacon to top these easy Bacon Cheeseburgers. (Directions for maple coated bacon is below)
I made homemade Buttermilk onion rings to top these delicious grilled Bacon cheeseburgers! They are the perfect addition to these juicy cheeseburgers and really simple to make.
How to make Buttermilk Fried Onion Rings:
Step 1: Whisk together full-fat buttermilk and eggs in a large bowl.
Step 2: Slice yellow or sweet onions into thin slices. Separate onion slices and soak in buttermilk/egg mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour and up to 24 hours.
Step 3: Mix flour, cornstarch, and spices in a large pie plate or baking dish. Gently shake off excess buttermilk mixture and coat onion rings with dry coating.
Step 4: Preheat the corn or canola oil in a large cast iron skillet to 375 degrees F. Use a digital thermometer to accurately measure the temperature.
Step 5: Working in small batches, fry the onion rings for about 2 minutes or until they are lightly golden brown. Carefully remove the onion rings with a stainless steel strainer or a large slotted spoon.
Step 6: Let onion rings drain on a half sheet pan lined with clean dry paper towels.
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Buttermilk Fried Onion Rings
- 4 large Yellow or Sweet Onions sliced thinly
- 2 cups full-fat buttermilk
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ cups cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
Maple Coated Bacon
- 1 (16-ounce) package of bacon
- 1-2 teaspoons pure granulated maple sugar
- 8 hamburger patties
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 8 slices cheddar or gouda cheese
- 8 hamburger buns
- Barbecue sauce for topping
Buttermilk Fried Onion Rings
- Whisk together full-fat buttermilk and eggs in a large bowl.
- Slice yellow or sweet onions into thin slices. Separate onion slices and soak in buttermilk/egg mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour and up to 24 hours.
- Mix flour, cornstarch, and spices in a large pie plate or baking dish. Gently shake off excess buttermilk mixture and coat onion rings with dry coating.
- Preheat the corn or canola oil in a large cast iron skillet to 375 degrees Use a digital thermometer to accurately measure the temperature.
- Working in small batches, fry the onion rings for about 2 minutes or until they are lightly golden brown. Carefully remove the onion rings with a stainless steel strainer or a large slotted spoon.
- Let onion rings drain on a half sheet pan lined with clean dry paper towels.
Maple Coated Bacon
- Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper. Carefully line bacon slices on the sheet pan, overlapping just a touch.
- Sprinkle lightly with pure granulated maple sugar.
- Bake in a preheated 400 degree F oven for 20-22 minutes, or until to your desired doneness.
- Remove the hot sheet pan carefully from the oven. Use tongs to remove the bacon slices and place on a plate lined with clean paper towels to drain the fat. Let cool slightly.
- Preheat your charcoal grill.
- Carefully oil the grates of your grill. Wad up paper towels and tip them into corn or canola oil. Use tongs to hold the paper towels while thoroughly coating the grates with cooking oil.
- Sear the burgers directly over the preheated coals until nice grill marks are on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Flip the burgers only once. Use a long-handled metal spatula to flip the burgers.
- Once seared, move the burgers so they are not directly over the coals. Cover the grill and let the burgers cook until they are to your desired doneness. Use a meat thermometer to properly check the internal temperature.
- Add cheese and cover the grill to let it melt. Toast the buns on the grill if desired. Watch the buns carefully, as they can quickly burn.
- Remove the cheeseburgers from the grill and top with buttermilk fried onion rings, maple coated bacon, and drizzle with a little barbecue sauce. Enjoy immediately.
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