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!
Homemade Rodeo Cheeseburgers
1 lb ground beef
4 burger rolls
4 slices American cheese
4 medium sized onion rings (recipe below)
1 cup bbq sauce (recipe below)
2 tablespoons butter
salt + pepper
4 slices bacon, optional
Heat oil to 350 F to fry onion rings and begin making bbq sauce, both recipes are below.
Slice and butter burger rolls. Heat up a griddle pan and grill rolls until toasted with crisp edges. Remove from heat and set aside.
Cook the bacon if using.
Season burgers on both sides with salt and pepper. Over medium-high heat, cook burgers for 4-5 minutes on one side, flip, add american cheese, and cook for an addition 3-4 minutes, or until burger is your desired temperature.
After you get your burgers going, dredge, batter and fry your onion rings. Drain on a paper towel and season with salt. Set aside until the burgers are done.
When the burgers are ready, place on rolls and top with an onion ring and 1-2 tablespoons of bbq sauce. Serve with additional bbq sauce on the side.
1 large sweet onion, cut into rings
2 cups flour, divided in half
1 12 ounce beer
2 cups buttermilk
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
2 teapoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
vegetable oil, for frying
Cut onions 1/2 inch thick. Soak in buttermilk and hot sauce for 30 minutes.
Heat oil to 350 F.
Combine 1 cup flour, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, salt and pepper in a bowl. Whisk to combine.
Mix the other cup of flour with the 12 ounces of beer. Set aside.
Remove the onion rings from the buttermilk and place in the flour mixture. Shake any excess flour and dip in the beer batter. Shake off any excess batter and fry for 4-6 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel, salt immediately.
Don’t overcrowd the pan. These will stay crispy and hot for awhile after cooking, take your time. Any extra are great as a side dish!
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoons hot sauce
1 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon grey poupon
dash onion powder
dash red pepper flakes
Yields: 1 cup
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and remove from heat. Allow to cool for a few minutes before using.