Barbecued Burgers Recipe
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Barbecued Burgers Recipe

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I can't take all the credit for these winning burgers. My husband's uncle passed down the special barbecue sauce recipe. We love it on was only natural to try it on, and in, burgers. —Rhoda Troyer, Glenford, Ohio
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Grill: 15 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Grill: 15 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • SAUCE:
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 6 hamburger buns, split
  • Toppings of your choice

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 626 calories, 19g fat (7g saturated fat), 121mg cholesterol, 1146mg sodium, 86g carbohydrate (56g sugars, 2g fiber), 30g protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the first 10 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. Set aside 1 cup barbecue sauce to serve with burgers.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the egg, oats, 1/4 cup of the remaining barbecue sauce, onion salt, garlic salt, pepper and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into six patties.
  3. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 6-8 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160°, basting with 1/2 cup barbecue sauce during the last 5 minutes. Serve on buns with toppings of your choice and reserved barbecue sauce. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Barbecued Burgers in Backyard Living July/August 2004, p17

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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maryotx User ID: 6419717 264858
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2017

"Outstanding! Really, these are seriously good! Best burger I've ever made. I used 1 lb of 85% grass fed ground beef and followed recipe as written. I happen to love BBQ burgers, but have never seen my partner eat one, so I was skeptical she'd like it. Thankfully, she loved it and said it was the best burger she's ever had...and we eat a lot of burgers! She didn't add extra sauce, but I did.

The sauce is great...if you like Sweet Baby Ray's, you'll love this. If you like your BBQ sauce with a little kick, add some hot sauce or cayenne. 1 lb of meat made 6, 3-1/2 oz patties, about 5" round and 5/8" thick. We cooked 2 on our griddle and froze the rest for another time. Next time, I'll grill up 4 patties so we can have double meat for a heartier meal. If you like thicker burgers, you might want to make 4 with 1 lb meat. This is most definitely a keeper!"

DeannaConnan User ID: 4590526 263833
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2017

"This is by far my favorite hamburger ever. I love the bbq sauce as well and just make that sometimes."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 232465
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2015

"My husband made these for dinner tonight! They were great!"

krysfielder User ID: 5728656 232462
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2015

"I thought the sauce needed a little kick, but other than that it was delicious."

emilyditre User ID: 4336399 158295
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014


davinda User ID: 4455659 65246
Reviewed May. 27, 2014

"My son makes these at my request because they are awesome. The family raves over them too! It's a keeper!"

apathy311 User ID: 7646783 81638
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2014

"Grilled these on a Big Green Egg. They came out perfect! The sauce was delicious and blended perfectly with the hamburgers. My two burgers didn't even make it to a bun because they looked and smelled so good. Highly recommend these."

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 134758
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2013

"The sauce for these burgers was amazing! I made sure I saved some for future use. The sauce did make the burgers sweeter than we are used to so eating just one was enough. I will definitely be making these again!"

saralyn_06 User ID: 993350 149292
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2013

"Burgers are good. Sauce tastes like store bought...excellent!"

dktorts User ID: 2889877 207210
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2013

"Yummy & easy"

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