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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Smoky Bar-B-Q Burgers

Disclosure: This post is part of my relationship with the Stubb's Insiders Program.  
Product and compensation have been provided, but all opinions are my own. 
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smoky bar-b-q burgers (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

The Fourth of July is fast approaching {like 4 days away!} and everyone has barbecue on their minds. From potato salads to brats to freshly cut watermelon and berry pies, this is the day we celebrate our Independence with fresh, fun food.

This is the second recipe I have developed for the Stubb's Insider Program {be sure to visit my Sweet Heat Chicken Asian Slaw recipe here}.

I love, love, love when a Stubb's box arrives on my doorstep!  My kids think it's Christmas, and frankly so do I.  In this package I received: Sticky Sweet Bar-B-Q Sauce, Spicy Bar-B-Q Sauce, Bar-B-Q Spice Rub and their Pork Spice Rub.

Decisions, decisions.

smoky bar-b-q burgers (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Like all of their products, their sauces and rubs are gluten-free, made with real ingredients and contain no artificial preservatives, flavors, colors, MSG or high fructose corn syrup.  And not to get too political, but their sauces are enrolled in the Non-GMO Project and are in the process of receiving non-GMO verification.  I love this about them.  It is definitely hard to find a bottled barbecue sauce without all of these.  Kudos to them!

In the end, I decided to use their Bar-B-Q Spice Rub in my burger mix and their Sticky Sweet Bar-B-Q Sauce in my burger sauce.

You guys, I almost died when I took the first bite.

Then my husband almost died when he took his first bite.

Our kids were almost orphans.

smoky bar-b-q burgers (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Between the juicy burger, the creamy sweet sauce and the caramelized onions.....whoa.  That is really all I can say.

And heck, I'm not even a huge onion fan!  But trust me, when you caramelize them, they become sticky and sweet and just the ultimate burger topper.

Plus, here is the big secret.

I cooked these burgers in the oven.  IN THE OVEN PEOPLE.  I love my grill, but golly it was so much fun cooking these burgers on broil in the oven.  Four minutes a side and they were done!  So easy.

Smoky Bar-B-Q Burgers

1 lb. ground beef
1/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese
2 T. worcestershire sauce
1 T. Stubb's Bar-B-Q Spice Rub
2 T. oil
1 white onion, thinly sliced
1/2 t. balsamic vinegar
1/2 c. mayo
1/2 c. Sticky Sweet Bar-B-Q Sauce

1.  In a bowl combine the mayo and barbecue sauce.  Set aside.
2.  Heat the oil in a skillet to medium-high heat.
3.  Thinly slice the onion and place in the skillet.  Generously add salt and pepper.  Cook, stirring often, for 20 minutes or until golden brown and caramelized.  Add in the balsamic vinegar the last minute of cooking.  Remove from the heat and set aside.
4.  To prepare burgers, add ground beef, shredded cheese, worcestershire, spice rub, salt and pepper to a bowl.  Gently mix and pat into four hamburger patties.
5.  Line a rimmed baking sheet or broiler pan with foil.  Turn the oven broiler on to HIGH and place your top oven rack on the highest rack.
6.  Place the burgers on the pan.  Cook one side for 4 minutes, flip and cook the other side for another 4 minutes, or until each side is a deep golden brown.  Do not leave the oven while these are cooking!
7.  To assemble, spread the mayo/bbq spread on both sides of the hamburger bun and top the burger with the caramelized onions.  

smoky bar-b-q burgers (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

What is on your ideal burger?

This post was sponsored by Stubb's, as part of the Stubb's Insider Program.  All opinions are my own.

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