End of Summer BBQ Burger

As kids go back to school and summer starts to come to an end, there are still some meals we as dads just aren’t willing to give up quite yet. Not until it starts snowing (and even then I’m sure some of you are out with your jacket standing over a hot charcoal grill!). Feast your eyes on the End of Summer BBQ Burger, surely to make a hit with your kids or family at a September BBQ. 

This burger looks like one you’ve had before, but there are some secret ingredients packed in such as bacon drippings and red pepper flakes that makes this one killer burger any time of the year!  Learn how to make this awesome burger from Dad Cooking Blogger, CookLikeADad. 


Prep Time: 15 min. / Cook Time: 30 min.


Ingredients (for 2 Burgers):


  • 6 Slices of Bacon
  • 1 Tbsp. Bacon Drippings
  • 1 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1 Cup Dry Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. Red Pepper Flakes
  • Pinch Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Colby Jack Cheese
  • 2 Slices Colby Jack Cheese
  • 4 Thin Tomato Slices
  • 4 Slices Avocado
  • 2 Hamburger Buns






  1. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning until evenly browned but not totally crisp, about 8 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Retain 1 tablespoon bacon drippings.
  2. Mix ground beef, bread crumbs, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and retained bacon drippings in a bowl until thoroughly combined; divide meat mixture into 4 equal portions. Form each portion into a large patty, making them as thin as possible. Sprinkle shredded Colby-Jack cheese onto 2 of the patties, leaving an edge about 3/4 inch wide uncovered. Place second patty onto the cheese and press the edges of the patties together to create 2 cheese-stuffed burgers. Place stuffed patties into freezer to chill slightly, about 10 minutes.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.
  4. Spray the grill grate with cooking spray and place burgers onto grill; turn heat to low, place lid over grill, and cook until outsides of burgers are lightly charred and cheese has melted, about 10 minutes per side. Maintain grill temperature at about 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Use a spray bottle of water to control flames; flames should just lightly contact the bottoms of the burgers to create a slight char. After the first flip, place 3 partially-cooked bacon slices onto each burger.
  5. About 2 minutes before burgers are done, place a Colby-Jack cheese slice onto each burger; top with tomato and avocado slices and transfer burgers to plate to rest for 1 or 2 minutes. Serve burgers on hamburger buns.


Watch your kids eyes widen as you serve them this killer burger with all the fixin’s. Nothing seems to bring family together like BBQ and the all-American tradition of hamburgers. Serve with oven-baked French fries or potato salad. Enjoy those final warm nights eating outside with your kids! Winter’s coming!


***Credit: www.allrecipes.com


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