Cowboy Burger is a delicious burger that is easy to make. This burger is layered with burger patties, crispy onions, and amazing flavor.

Cowboy Burger on a plate layered lettuce, burger sauce, pickles, fried onion strips and burger with melted cheese
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We love making homemade burgers on our grill for our weekend BBQ’s. This Cowboy Burger is one if the best burger recipes and one you will enjoy many times.

It has many layers that makes it so full of flavor and taste amazing. The amazing burger sauce and crispy onion rings makes this a crowd favorite burger.

If you love to change up your burger recipes, check out this Peanut Butter Burger Recipe or this Grilled Turkey Burger.

What is a Cowboy Burger?

This Cowboy Burger has become a family favorite. It traditionally made with onion rings, ground beef patties, and a burger sauce. It is topped with a BBQ sauce and cheese slices.

We usually have to enjoy with a fork because of all the delicious layers.

Ingredients

Ingredients needed - Mayonnaise, BBQ Sauce, egg, milk, flour, salt, pepper, oil, ground beef, salt, pepper, cheese, pickle, buns, lettuce

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Variation Ideas

  • Seasoning – Feel free to change the seasoning to combine with the ground beef. We have added in chili powder for a bit of heat.
  • BBQ Sauce Top your burger with a tangy BBQ Sauce for added flavor.
  • Burger Toppings – Feel free to change the burger toppings. We have added slices tomato, add cheese, bacon, onion, jalapeno peppers and avocado.
  • Hamburger Buns – We love to serve with buns but you can also serve without a bun. With so many layers, you will need a fork to enjoy this burger.

How to Make a Cowboy Burger

For the Sauce: 

  • Step 1Mix Sauce Ingredients – Mix together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the Onions: 

  • Step 2 – Slice Onions – Slice the onion into strips.
  • Step 2 – Mix Milk and Eggs – In one bowl, whisk together the milk and eggs.  Set aside.
  • Step 3 – Mix in Flour – In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, salt and pepper.  
  • Step 4 – Dip Onion Strips – Dip the onion strips in the milk mixture and then coat them with the flour mixture.  Repeat the process one more time so that the onion strips are doubled battered.
  • Step 5 – Heat Oil – Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot until it reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Step 6 – Fry Onion – Fry the onion strips in the oil for 3-5 minutes until they are golden brown.  Remove from the oil and place on a plate lined with paper towels.

How to Cook the Burgers

  • Step 1 – Heat Grill – Preheat the grill over medium high heat (approximately 400 degrees F).
  • Step 2 – Oil Grill Grates – Rub the grill grates with oil.  
  • Step 3 – Divide Beef – Divide the beef into 4 even balls (approximately ½ pound each) and shape into patties.  
  • Step 5 – Place Patties – Place the patties on the grill. Season the patties with salt and pepper.
  • Step 6 – Cook Patties – Cook the patties for 3-5 minutes
Cooking Ground beef Burgers on the grill
  • Step 7 – Flip Burgers – Flip the burgers and cook until burgers are cooked through (3-4 more minutes). Place a slice of cheese onto each patty for the last minute of the cooking time.
Topping the ground beef burgers with slice cheese
  • Step 8 – Cook Pickles – Place the sliced pickles on the grill. Then cook for 2-3 minutes per side until they are grilled and browned.  
Pickle slices on the grill
  • Step 9 – Toast Buns – Add the buns to the Grill, cut-side down.  Cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute until they are golden brown.
  • Step 10 – Make Cowboy Burgers – Serve the patties on the buns topped with the grilled pickles, fried onions, lettuce, tomato and the sauce.  We have even added crispy bacon.
Topping burger with fried onions, pickles lettuce on a plate
  • Step 11 – Serve – Serve immediately and enjoy. 

Cowboy Burger Recipe Tips

  • Burger Sauce – Combine the sauce ingredients and allow it to chill. This helps to marinate the ingredients together.
  • Onion Strips – We love making the onion strips from scratch. This allows the burger to give it so much flavor.
  • Prepare Grill – Preheat the grill and oil the grill grates. This prevents the burgers from sticking to the grill. Cook the burgers on medium heat.
Cowboy Burger on a plate layered lettuce, burger sauce, pickles, fried onion strips and burger with melted cheese

How to Serve Cowboy Burgers

These Cowboy Burgers are delicious with these amazing side dishes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is on the Cowboy Burger?

The cowboy burger is topped with fried strips of burger, burger sauce, cheese, and lettuce. Feel to add any other favorite burger toppings.

How Long Does it Take to Cook Burger on Grill?

Cooking time will vary but cook burger patties for about 2-3 on each side or until fully cooked.

How to Store Leftover Cowboy Burgers

Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. For best results we recommend storing the ingredients separately.

Cowboy Burger on a plate layered lettuce, burger sauce, pickles, fried onion strips and burger with melted cheese

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Cowboy Burger

5 from 4 votes
Cowboy Burger Recipe is a delicious burger that is easy to make. This burger is layered with burger patties, crispy onion rings, and amazing flavor.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 1569

Ingredients

For the Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoon Barbecue Sauce

For the Onion Strips:

For the Burgers:

  • 2 pounds Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 Tablespoon Oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 4 Slices Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Dill Pickle sliced lengthwise into ¼ thick inch slices
  • 4 Hamburger Buns
  • 4 Lettuce Leaves
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Instructions

For the Sauce:

  • Mix together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the Onions:

  • Slice the onion into strips.
  • In one bowl, whisk together the milk and eggs.  Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, salt and pepper.
  • Dip the onion strips in the milk mixture and then coat them with the flour mixture.  Repeat the process one more time so that the onion strips are doubled battered.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot until it reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Fry the onion strips in the oil for 3-5 minutes until they are golden brown.  Remove from the oil and place on a plate lined with paper towels.

For the Burgers:

  • Preheat the grill over medium high heat (approximately 400 degrees F).
  • Rub the grill grates with oil.
  • Divide the beef into 4 even balls (approximately ½ pound each) and shape into patties.
  • Place the patties on the grill. Season the patties with salt and pepper.
  • Cook the patties for 3-5 minutes.
  • Flip the burgers and cook until burgers are cooked through (3-4 more minutes). Place a slice of cheese onto each patty for the last minute of the cooking time.
  • Place the sliced pickles on the grill and cook for 2-3 minutes per side until they are grilled and browned.
  • Add the buns to the Grill, cut-side down.  Cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute until they are golden brown.
  • Serve the patties on the buns topped with the grilled pickles, fried onions, lettuce and the sauce.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 1569kcal, Carbohydrates 54g, Protein 58g, Fat 124g, Saturated Fat 30g, Polyunsaturated Fat 47g, Monounsaturated Fat 37g, Trans Fat 3g, Cholesterol 231mg, Sodium 2663mg, Potassium 977mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 10g, Vitamin A 2178IU, Vitamin C 5mg, Calcium 330mg, Iron 8mg

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