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A burger with bacon, a hotdog, lettuce, and onion.

These All American Grilled Burgers are the ultimate grilled summer burgers. After all, there's nothing more American than hot dogs, hamburgers, bacon, cheese and homemade honey barbecue sauce, all on a toasted bun. Get ready for a festive summer full of barbecues.

A hamburger with cheese, lettuce, onion and sliced ​​hot dog, on a sesame seed bun.  The text is read "All-American grilled burgers".A hamburger with cheese, lettuce, onion and sliced ​​hot dog, on a sesame seed bun.  The text is read "All-American grilled burgers".

All-American grilled burgers

Just in time for Independence Day, I've created a truly American, one-of-a-kind burger. Grill these bad boys on my Weber Genesis II and believe me when I say they are chock full of tons of meat and great flavor. I start with 1/3 pound beef patties perfectly grilled and cooked to juicy perfection. Next, I add my Signature Sweet Rub to the sliced ​​bacon and grill it until it's lightly caramelized and wonderfully crispy. Then, I top them with some grilled beef hot dogs for the ultimate all-American grilled burger.

And just when you think these burgers can't get any more amazing, I give them a drizzle of my homemade honey barbecue sauce. This sweet, sticky sauce adds a welcome pop of flavor to all that tasty grilled meat. Stack them with your favorite toppings, grab some napkins, and get ready to eat.

Honey BBQ Burger Sauce

The secret weapon for these iconic burgers comes in the form of my Honey BBQ Sauce. This sauce adds a spicy, sticky and sweet touch to your burgers, making them unforgettable. Here's what you'll need to make it happen:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
Sauce ingredients in white bowls and stacks on black cutting board.Sauce ingredients in white bowls and stacks on black cutting board.

How long to grill burgers

Tender, juicy burgers won't take long to grill. I estimate grilling them for about 5-7 minutes per side. You want to give them enough time to develop that nice flame-kissed exterior and retain that robust flavor on the inside. Temperature is key as cooking times vary depending on the size of the patties, grill surfaces and more. For these reasons, make sure you always have a reliable food thermometer (like mine) on hand Thermapen ONE) and refer to the temperature guide below for your desired doneness level.

  • Rare – 125 degrees F
  • With Rare – 135 degrees F
  • medium – 145 degrees F
  • Med Good – 155 degrees F
  • Well done – 165 degrees F

Please note that while the temperatures above are traditional doneness levels, the recommends the FDA cook ground beef to 160 degrees F.

Hamburger patties seasoned with Beef Rub on cutting board.Hamburger patties seasoned with Beef Rub on cutting board.

How to make grilled burgers

These aren't just burgers, they're America in a bun. And you're just a few simple steps away from biting into them:

  1. Preheat the grill. Set the grill to medium-high for dual-zone cooking.
  2. Prepare the meats. First, shape the ground beef into about ⅓ pound patties and season with a little of my Signature Beef Rub. Next, cut the bacon in half with a sharp knife and sprinkle with my Sweet Rub (or you can make your own using this recipe). Finally, cut the hotdogs in half lengthwise, but don't cut all the way through.
  3. Make honey barbecue sauce. Combine all the ingredients for your sauce in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Grilled meats. While the sauce is simmering, place the burgers and hot dogs on the direct-heat side of the grill and the bacon on the indirect-heat side. Let your burgers rest for 5-7 minutes on each side, turning them as little as possible. At the same time, let the bacon cook on the indirect heat, turning it from time to time to obtain even cooking. Cook the hotdogs together with the meatballs over direct heat, leaving them for 3-5 minutes on each side.
  5. Remove the sauce and toast the buns. Place the sandwiches face down on the direct heat of the grill and toast them. Remove the sauce from the heat, pour some over the meatballs and then add the cheese. Close the lid for 1-2 minutes, giving the buns time to toast and the cheese to melt.
  6. Assemble the burgers. Pull everything out and place the cheese balls on the toasted buns. Next, add 4 slices of halved bacon, then top with a sliced ​​hot dog. Drizzle with even more sauce, add toppings, and devour these delicious burgers.
Hamburger patties and hotdogs sliced ​​on grills.Hamburger patties and hotdogs sliced ​​on grills.

Tips for the best grilled burgers

Grilling the best burger is a simple and straightforward process, but I have a few tricks up my sleeve to ensure you get the best burgers every time.

  • Season the meat. I like to use good, flavorful seasonings on my meat before grilling it. For my burgers, my signature beef seasoning is my favorite every time. This seasoning pairs perfectly with the robust flavor. If you don't have any fancy seasonings on hand, good old salt and pepper can go a long way.
  • Select a good ground beef. For good, juicy burgers, I recommend choosing meat with a meat-to-fat ratio of 85/15 or 80/20. Buy ground meat or beef.
  • Don't overwork the meat. Don't overwork the meat when forming your meatballs. Form a ball and flatten it, then place it on the grill.
  • Turn sparingly. Once your meatballs are on the grill, don't mess around with them too much. Try turning them just once. And NEVER press them with a spatula while cooking.

More grilled hamburger recipes

If grilled burgers are your favorite summer barbecue, then I've got plenty of other options for you to sink your teeth into next. This post highlights some of my burger creations, but here are some of my most popular burger recipes to help you find your next favorite:

All-American grilled hamburger on black serving plate.All-American grilled hamburger on black serving plate.

All American Grilled Burger Recipe

I created this recipe with you in mind, the backyard griller. The Hey Grill Hey team and I are in the business of helping you make better barbecue, feed the people you love, and become a backyard barbecue hero. You can find more of my smoking and grilling recipes in the Hey Grill Hey app.

If you want even more BBQ inspiration, be sure to follow my social media channels at Youtube, InstagramIt's mine Facebook page.

  • Preheat the grill. Set the grill to medium-high for dual-zone cooking.
  • Prepare the meats. First, shape the ground beef into about ⅓ pound patties and season with a little of my Signature Beef Rub. Next, cut the bacon in half with a sharp knife and sprinkle with my Sweet Rub (or you can make your own using this recipe). Finally, cut the hotdogs in half lengthwise, but don't cut all the way through.

    2 pounds ground beef, 2 tablespoons Hey Grill Hey Signature Beef Rub, 12 slices of bacon, 1 tablespoon Hey Grill Hey Signature Sweet Rub, 1 pack of hot dogs

  • Make honey barbecue sauce. Combine all the ingredients for your sauce in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

    1 cup ketchup, ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • Grilled meats. While the sauce is simmering, place the burgers and hot dogs on the direct-heat side of the grill and the bacon on the indirect-heat side. Let your burgers rest for 5-7 minutes on each side, turning them as little as possible. At the same time, let the bacon cook on the indirect heat, turning it from time to time to obtain even cooking. Cook the hotdogs together with the meatballs over direct heat, leaving them for 3-5 minutes on each side.

  • Remove the sauce and toast the buns. Place the sandwiches face down on the direct heat of the grill and toast them. Remove the sauce from the heat, pour some over the meatballs and then add the cheese. Close the lid for 1-2 minutes, giving the buns time to toast and the cheese to melt.

    6 slices Colby-Jack cheese, 1 pack of hamburger buns

  • Assemble the burgers. Pull everything out and place the cheese balls on the toasted buns. Next, add 4 slices of halved bacon, then top with a sliced ​​hot dog. Drizzle with even more sauce, add toppings, and devour these delicious burgers.

Calories: 972kcal | Carbohydrates: 64G | Protein: 44G | Fat: 59G | Saturated fats: 24G | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 1593mg | Potassium: 772mg | Fiber: 2G | Sugar: 36G | Vitamin A: 665UI | C vitamin: 2.4mg | Soccer: 337mg | Iron: 5.6mg

Nutrition information is calculated automatically, so should only be used as an approximation.

**We originally published this post in July 2019, but recently updated it with additional information and helpful tips. However, the recipe remains the same.

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