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Incredible Cowboy Burger piled high with bacon and crispy onion rings on a sesame seed bun on a slate and wood cutting board. Slices of tomatoes and onion rings can be seen to the left.

Cowboy Burger

These zesty burgers are seasoned with spicy shredded cheese and our signature Cowboy Steak Rub, then slathered with tangy BBQ sauce and grilled to perfection, topped with more cheese and piled high with bacon and onion rings.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cowboy burger
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 burgers
Calories 664kcal
Author Ang Paris


  • 1 lb ground beef I use 85% or 90% lean
  • 1/2 cup Cabot Firey Jack Cheese Shreds
  • 2 tablespoons Cowboy Steak Rub
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 4 burger buns
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • lettuce
  • tomatoes, sliced
  • 8 strips cooked bacon
  • frozen onion rings


  • Start by frying the bacon until crispy, then set aside on paper towels.

  • Preheat the grill to medium-high.
  • Add 1/2 cup Cabot Shredded Fiery Jack or Pepper Jack cheese to the ground beef. Do not over mix.

  • Divide the ground beef into 4 equal portions and form into patties.
  • Then, sprinkle the Cowboy Steak Rub on both sides of the burgers, about 1/4 teaspoon per side.

  • After that, sprinkle the burgers with 1 tablespoon Worcestershire on each side.
  • Place the burgers on the grill and brush with the BBQ sauce. Cook for 4 minutes.
  • Flip the burger and brush the other side with BBQ sauce. Cook for 2-3 minutes for medium.
  • Meanwhile, start cooking your onion rings. I love my air fryer for this.
  • Add the slices of cheese on top of the burgers. Close the lid and let them the cheese melt, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from the grill onto buns. Top with shredded firey jack cheese, onion rings, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and additional BBQ sauce.


Cowboy Steak Rub Recipe

Get the full recipe for Cowboy Steak Rub here.

Cooking Tip:

Cooking hamburgers at moderate temperatures not only helps to reduce shrinkage but also retains juices and flavor better.

How long should I cook my burgers?

  • Rare: 6 minutes
  • Medium rare: 7 minutes
  • Medium: 8 minutes
  • Medium-well: 9 minutes
  • Well-done: 11 minutes


Calories: 664kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 1190mg | Potassium: 620mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 360IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 318mg | Iron: 4.7mg