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Bacon Ring Burger with Mushrooms

Prep Time: 15 Min | Cook Time: 1 Hrs


  • 1
    ½ C. apple jelly
  • 2
    ½ C. balsamic vinegar
  • 3
    ¼ C. brown sugar
  • 4
    2 ½ Tsp. Original All-Purpose BBQ rub (reserve ½ Tsp.)
  • 5
    2½ lbs. ground beef
  • 6
    1 lb. bacon
  • 7
    ¾ lb. baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 8
    3 Tbsp. shallots or green onions, sliced
  • 9
    5 large sweet onion slices
  • 10
    1 Tbsp. butter
  • 11
    Provolone cheese, or preferred
  • 12
    Condiments of choice
  • 13
    Salt and pepper, to taste


Apple-Chipotle Sauce

1. Combine balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, ½ Tsp. rub and apple jelly in a small sauce pan on the stove.

2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool.

Bacon Ring Burgers

1. Coat the onion slices with apple chipotle sauce and  season with 1 Tbsp. Original All-Purpose BBQ rub, or your favorite rub, to taste. Wrap each onion slice with 3 strips of bacon and secure with toothpicks.

2. Place bacon-wrapped onion rings on the grill to smoke at 225°F for 1 hour. Remove onion rings from the grill and increase temperature to 350°F for burgers.

3. While onion rings are in the smoker, place ground beef in large bowl and season with pepper and 1 Tbsp. rub. Mix all ingredients by hand until just blended.

4. Form 1” thick patties and place on a wax paper lined tray. Place tray with patties in refrigerator and allow to chill for 10-15 minutes.

5. Sauté garlic, mushrooms and shallots in butter for 5-7 minutes, until just tender, and set aside.

6. Place burgers on the grill at 350°F for 6 minutes per side, with a quarter turn halfway through for good sear marks. Burgers are done when internal temperature reaches 165°F.

To serve, top burgers with cheese and bacon-wrapped onion ring. Fill with sautéed mushrooms and shallots, top with condiments of choice and enjoy!


Recipes developed in partnership with our friends, Ken & Patti Fisher at Date Night Doin’s. Visit their website at for BBQ and smoking recipes, videos, product reviews, and all things BBQ!

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