I had a thing for rodeo cheeseburgers from Burger King when I was a teenager. I loved the addition of bbq sauce and onion rings to the burger. The fried rings gave a crisp, sweet onion flavor that just tasted delicious paired with bbq sauce. So…The rodeo cheeseburger isn’t always on the BK menu and I don’t really dine there very often anyway. In order to satisfy the rodeo urge, I make my own version at home. Complete with homemade rolls.
In general, I like making my own burger rolls. I never seem to find ones I like from any of the markets I shop at. Making my own saves money, they’re tasty and they freeze well. I also like topping my rolls with poppy or sesame seeds. The texture the seeds bring is perfect with the soft roll.
To make this burger an authentic rodeo cheeseburger, you’ll need bbq sauce and fried onion rings. I top each burger with 1 homemade, medium-sized, beer battered onion ring. The ring ends up being just slightly smaller than the burger, so you get a taste of onion ring in every bite. It’s crispy and crunchy in texture and sweet and salty in flavor. They are a breeze to fry and are a little unexpected, it’s a fun way to add onions to a burger.
My bbq sauce is a little sweet with a slightly spicy undertone. The sauce drips down into the onion ring and onto the burger. The roll is soft yet sturdy, so it holds up well to the ring and sauce. The star ingredients are rich – but not overwhelming. You can still taste the beef and the cheese on the burger too. Everything works together really well.
Bacon is a totally optional – but completely delicious – addition. I hope you enjoy my upgraded and homemade version of the rodeo cheeseburger!