#HotSummerEats ~ Smoky Date Bacon Cheeseburger

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Today I am sharing with you a divinely saucy, cheesy, bacony, oniony burger infused with the smoky sweet flavor of Not Ketchup Smoky Date Sauce. This stuff just works beautifully with ground beef.

Pile your favorite burger bun (I am recently obsessed with the Hawaiian bread style burger buns) high with a 1/3 lb ground beef patty, generously seasoned with Not Ketchup sauce and grilled to perfection, covered in melted gooey cheese, then topped with a generous helping of deliciously creamy caramelized onion, crisp bacon, and don't forget some of the Smoky Date Mayo sauce! Yumm!!

Smoky Date Bacon Cheeseburger


For the burger:
1 lb ground chuck
1/4 cup Not Ketchup Smoky Date sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

For the sauce:
2 TBS mayonnaise
1 - 2 TBS Not Ketchup Smoky Date sauce

Caramelized Onion:
1 large Vidalia onion, chopped
1 TBS butter
1 TBS olive oil

Other Ingredients:
3 slices provolone cheese
3 strips thick cut bacon, cooked to desired crispiness
Optional: Lettuce, Tomato, Sliced Avocado, etc.
3 hamburger buns

  1. Combine burger ingredients in a medium sized bowl until well combined. Form into 3 large patties, place on a plate, cover and refrigerate until ready to grill.
  2. Meanwhile, dice the onion thinly. Heat the 1 TBS butter and 1 TBS olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Saute the onions in the butter and olive oil for 20 - 30 minutes, adjusting heat as needed so that the onions get very tender but also caramelize and get some nice color on them.
  3. When onions are almost done, preheat your grill and cook your burgers to desired doneness (about 5 - 8 minutes total over medium to medium-high heat). Meanwhile, prepare the bacon and other topping ingredients. 
  4. Combine the mayonnaise and Smoky Date sauce in a small resealable tupperware container and refrigerate until needed.
  5. When burgers are cooked, turn heat off and cover with a slice of cheese and allow to melt.
  6. Place a burger bun on a plate, and smear desired amount of Smoky Date Mayo on top and / or bottom bun (about 1/2 - 1 TBS). Top bottom bun with burger patty, top with bacon and caramelized onion and any other desired toppings. Top with remaining bun, serve immediately and enjoy!
Disclaimer - Thank you to #HotSummerEats sponsors BenBella Vegan, Caribeque, Casabella, Gourmet Garden, Intensity Academy, Not Ketchup, Out of the Weeds. Pirate Jonny's, Quirk Books, Spicely Organics, T.Lish , and Voodoo Cheffor for providing prizes as well as samples and product to use for#HotSummerEats. No additional compensation was provided. All opinions stated are my own. 


  1. i love the sound of a sweet/smoky burger! yum!

  2. Smoky Date mayo is about to become a staple in my refrigerator. Brilliant! These burgers look so delicious - thank you for finding a terrific use for your Smoky Date Not Ketchup. :)

    1. Thank you for sharing your amazing products with me once again!! We are such big fans of Not Ketchup!

  3. Great minds think alike! I am loving the burger you came up with! Bacon, caramelized onion, & smokey date sound like a match made in heaven!

    1. Can't have Hot Summer Eats without a good burger, or two, or three, right?! :D

  4. Yes, please. I want one for dinner tonight on the patio.

    1. That sounds like the perfect way to end the day!

  5. Okay, I'm inspired! I would never have thought to mix Not Ketchup and mayo. Nice!! Thanks for sharing this. Now, when can you come over and make this for me?!

    1. It is such a great, flavorful, condiment idea! Perfect sandwich spread. :)

  6. I LOVED the smokey date sauce. Thank goodness I have some left because I may need to make this too.

  7. Burgers scream summer to me! Your looks so good- I bet the sauce with the grill flavors are awesome.

  8. I like that you put the NK in the burger, too. Looks delicious.

  9. I just shared your recipe with hubby, we both agree this has to be so delicious! I love that you added the sauce in two different places, perfect way to grab all the fabulous flavors from the sauce. Yum, Hugs, Terra


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