Tennessee Burger with Bourbon and BBQ Sauce

Total Time: 44 minutes

Servings: 6

Source: www.myrecipes.com

Tennessee Burger with Bourbon and BBQ Sauce

Ingredients

· 3 bacon slices· 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil· 3 cups vertically sliced red onion· 5 tablespoons bourbon, divided· 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar· 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided· 1/2 cup lower-sodium ketchup· 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard· 2 teaspoons honey· 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce· 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce· 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika· 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder· 1/4 teaspoon onion powder· 1 1/2 pounds 90% lean ground sirloin· Cooking spray· 6 (1 1/2-ounce) French bread hamburger buns· 6 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato

Instructions

Step 1Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan. Add oil and onion to drippings in pan; cook 15 minutes or until onion is browned and very tender, stirring occasionally. Add 3 tablespoons bourbon, vinegar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook 2 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates, stirring constantly. Remove mixture from pan. Cool 5 minutes. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons bourbon, ketchup, and next 7 ingre­dients (through onion powder) in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes or until sauce thickens. Remove from heat. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Coarsely chop 3/4 cup onion mixture; stir into beef. Divide beef mixture into 6 equal portions, gently shaping each portion into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Press a nickel-sized indentation in center of each patty. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place patties on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Spread each top and bottom bun half with 1 tablespoon sauce. Place patties on bottom halves; top each patty with 1 tomato slice. Divide remaining onion mixture evenly among servings. Top each serving with 1/2 bacon slice and top half of bun.