Whiskey Burger

Hi, I’m Lisa from Cooking with Curls and I am so excited to be here! I would like to give a HUGE thank you to Julie for allowing me to take over her blog for the day 🙂

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So just who am I? I am a stay at home mom with two amazing kids. We are originally from California, and moved to Iowa 14 years ago. I felt like I had entered the Twilight Zone! With no family or friends around, I needed to find ways to occupy my time. Whenever I am upset or bored, I start cooking, or cleaning, but cooking is much more fun. As a result, I have finally found my passion….. a love of cooking!

I started my blog last November and I have loved every minute of it. When you come visit me, you will find recipes that include family favorites like Guinness Barbecue Ribs, restaurant re-creations like Combination Yakisoba, and a lot of cakes baked with alcohol like Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Cakes. I think I’m starting to see a theme.

All of my recipes are made from scratch, with lactose-free / dairy-free options, and have easy to follow instructions with step-by-step photos!

Okay, enough about me…..let’s talk Whiskey Burgers! When I first found out that I would be sharing a recipe with Julie’s lovely followers, I started thinking up recipes. Then I came back over to Julie’s site to make sure that she had not thought of them first…..well she had! Hmmmm, think harder!!! Then I saw a commercial for a whiskey burger, from an establishment that I do not frequent. But it looked good, and who doesn’t like some whiskey added to their food?

Don’t be scared, the alcohol cooks down and you are left with a thick, sweet glaze that is amazing on this burger! Then I added caramelized onions and mushrooms, and of course some thick melted cheese and fresh homemade hamburger buns! Are you hungry yet? How about some pictures to seal the deal…..

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and a quick collage of the steps…..

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It looks like it’s time for the recipe, and for me to leave. Thanks again Julie, I had a blast 🙂


5 from 1 vote

Whiskey Burger

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Author Lisa Johnson {Cooking with Curls}


  • 1 1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 12 ounces Jack Daniel's whiskey or good-quality whiskey of your choice
  • 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef
  • 4 slices of provolone or Swiss cheese regular or dairy-free
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion sliced thin
  • 4 ounces sliced mushrooms or more if you love mushrooms
  • 8 slices of un-cured bacon cooked
  • Lettuce and tomato slices
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 hamburger buns toasted


  1. Place the brown sugar, honey, garlic powder, onion powder, Worcestershire, and whiskey in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer for 25 minutes, or until sauce has reduced by half. Do not let it boil the entire time, you will end up with whiskey caramel!
  3. Saute onions in 1 Tablespoon of olive oil for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the sliced mushrooms and continue to cook until soft and caramelized.
  5. Add some sauce to the pan (if desired) and mix together with the onions and mushrooms.
  6. Form burgers into patties, season with salt and pepper, and cook over medium heat until thoroughly cooked.
  7. Place cheese slices on patties and cover to melt the cheese.
  8. Place cheeseburger on bottom bun,
  9. Top with the caramelized onion and mushroom mixture.
  10. Top with 2 slices of bacon.
  11. Top with lettuce, tomato slice, and top bun.
  12. Serve with your favorite side dish.

Recipe Notes

Store left over sauce in a sealed container in the refrigerator. It is also delicious on chicken.



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