For this Build Your Own Gourmet BBQ Burger Bar, break out the big plates for the smorgasbord of toppings—get the kids in on arranging the add-ons to create a feast for the eyes.
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2 lbs ground beef
1 Tbsp Head Country Championship Seasoning, Original, High Plains Heat, or Sweet & Spicy
Optional: 6 slices of your favorite cheese (cheddar, pepper jack, Swiss, etc.)
6 burger buns, toasted
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion, sliced
BLACK PEPPER BACON
1/2 lb sliced bacon
3/4 tsp black pepper
1 lb heirloom tomatoes
Freshly cracked black pepper
Coarse sea salt
1 pineapple, cut into thick rings
Serves 6. Prep time is 15 minutes, cook time is 30 minutes, for a total time of 45 minutes. See below for some of our favorite gourmet-burger creations.
Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Lightly oil the grill grates.
In a large bowl, combine ground beef and Head Country Bar-B-Q Championship Seasoning. Use your hands or a big spoon to bring the mixture together. Be sure to work the mixture only until just combined. If you overwork the combination, the patties will be tough.
Shape the beef into 6 patties.
Add the burgers to the preheated grill. Cook for 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. (For rare, cook for 3 minutes per side. For medium to medium well, cook for 5 to 6 minutes per side.) If you would like to use cheese on the burgers, add a cheese slice to each patty during the last minute of cooking.
While the burgers are cooking, assemble the burger bar with the gourmet toppings and classic toppings.
Remove burgers to a plate and serve.
BLACK PEPPER BACON
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and top with a baking rack. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
Add bacon in an even layer. Sprinkle it evenly with black pepper. Bake until crisp, about 10 to 15 minutes.
Thickly slice the tomatoes. Place on a serving plate, drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
In a skillet over medium heat, melt butter with oil. Once hot, add sliced onion. Season with salt and pepper. Cook down slowly, stirring occasionally, until well caramelized, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Grill pineapple on each side for about 4 to 5 minutes, until softened.
Gourmet Burger Creation: Bacon Cheddar BBQ Burger
Cheddar cheese + Head Country Original BBQ Sauce + black pepper bacon + caramelized onion
Gourmet Burger Creation: Hawaiian BBQ Burger
Pepper Jack cheese + Head Country Hot & Spicy BBQ Sauce + grilled pineapple + black pepper bacon
Gourmet Burger Creation: Gourmet BBQ Cheeseburger
Heirloom tomato + Head Country Sweet & Sticky BBQ Sauce + red onion + pickles
Pro tip: when assembling this burger, add the thick slice of heirloom tomato to the bottom toasted bun before adding the patty. It’ll make the burger more stable!
Head Country Bar-B-Q Sauces