Whiskey Barrel Burgers

Take a bite or slice these beef and pork burgers in half to discover a melty and delicious cheddar-whiskey filling.

Whiskey Burgers
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
45 mins
Grill Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • cup finely chopped green onions

  • cup whiskey

  • ¼ cup fine dry bread crumbs

  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt or garlic salt

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 pound ground pork

  • Cheddar-Whiskey Filling

  • 8 lettuce leaves

  • 8 red onion slices

  • 8 red and/or yellow tomato slices

  • 8 kaiser rolls or onion hamburger buns, split and toasted

  • ½ cup barbecue sauce

Cheddar-Whiskey Filling

  • 2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (8 ounces)

  • cup finely chopped green onions

  • 2 tablespoon whiskey

  • 1 ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


The day before:

  1. In a large bowl combine green onions, whiskey, bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, melted butter, garlic, seasoned salt, crushed red pepper, and black pepper. Add ground beef and ground pork; mix well. Shape meat mixture into sixteen 1/2-inch-thick patties.

  2. Place 1 tablespoon of the Cheddar-Whiskey Filling on the center of each of eight of the patties (reserve remaining filling). Top with the remaining eight patties; pinch edges together to seal. In a storage container layer patties between sheets of waxed paper; cover and chill overnight.

Tailgate day:

  1. Tote patties, the remaining filling, lettuce, red onion, and tomato in an insulated cooler with ice packs.

  2. At the tailgating site, prepare grill (with a cover). For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above pan. Place patties on grill rack over drip pan. Cover and grill for 10 minutes. Turn patties; cover and grill for 5 minutes. Top each patty with 1 tablespoon of the remaining filling. Cover and grill about 5 minutes more or until done (160°F). (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect grilling and grill as above.)

  3. Spread bottoms of rolls with barbecue sauce; top with burgers, lettuce, red onion, and tomato. Replace tops of rolls.

Cheddar-Whiskey Filling

  1. In a food processor combine shredded cheddar cheese (8 ounces), finely chopped green onions, whiskey, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic, minced. Cover and process until nearly smooth.

Must-have equipment:

Insulated cooler with ice packsOn-site grill (with a cover)Drip pan

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

702 Calories
41g Fat
42g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 702
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g 53%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 931mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 8.9mg 44%
Calcium 313mg 24%
Iron 4.3mg 24%
Potassium 580mg 12%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 84.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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