Buffalo Trace Bourbon Patty Melt (Bourbon Whiskey Recipes)

Shannon Cairns

February 27, 2021


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No folks, this isn’t your average melt. This is a Buffalo Trace Bourbon Patty Melt, made with none other than real Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whiskey

Buffalo Trace Bourbon Patty Melt
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I stumbled upon this recipe on Facebook here … she made it with brown sugar and caramelized onions.  I didn’t think a patty melt could get any better, but oh, it did.

How To Make A Bourbon Patty Melt

Patty melts are super easy. Make them just like you would a hamburger, but with this delish twist!


4 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup bourbon

2 Vidalia onions, thinly sliced

1 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 pounds ground beef

4 tablespoons bourbon

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 1/4 teaspoon ground oregano

1 1/4 tsp table salt

1 tsp fresh ground black pepper

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

6 slices smoked Provolone cheese

sliced hamburger pickles to garnish


Melt the butter over medium heat

Add the 1/4 cup bourbon, onions, sugar, salt and pepper

Cook, stirring occasionally until the onions are carmelized. Empty into a bowl and set aside. Fry bacon to your desired doneness. Set aside.

Add ground beef to a large bowl with 4 tablespoons bourbon, Worcestershire sauce, cumin, oregano, and a dash of salt and pepper. Mix with your hands and form into 6-8 patties (depending on how big you like them)

In the same pan that you fried the bacon, heat the olive oil and bacon grease and cook the burgers until done to your liking and right before you’re done cooking, add cheese to the patties to melt

Top with bacon slices, caramelized onions and pickles

That’s it! Serve with sweet potato fries, regular french fries, or any other side of your choosing. Chips work too.

My recipe is also featured on Recipe Lion!

That got me thinking about all the other Buffalo Trace Bourbon recipes there were – and there are a lot! Check out my faves below, found on Pinterest.com mostly 😉  Follow me here!

Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whiskey Recipes 

… some are made with Buffalo Trace / Maker’s Mark Whisky and some are just straight up bourbon whiskey recipes … enjoy!

Braised Brisket with Bourbon-Peach Glaze Recipe

Easy Delicious Slow Cooker Honey Bourbon Meatballs

Brown Butter Bourbon Spice Cookies by Bake Your Day (seriously, how cute is that name?!)

Black Manhattan or Black Betty (made with bourbon or rye whiskey)

Kentucky Bourbon Balls

The Kickin Pumpkin – Bourbon and Pumpkin Beer Fall Cocktail (I guess this is what happens if bourbon and beer make a baby?)

Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Strong & Sweet: Easy Kentucky Bourbon Balls

Maker’s Mark Bourbon Chicken Wings

Easy Honey & Bourbon Barbecue bbq Sauce

Bourbon Apple Butter

Kentucky Bourbon Pie

Bourbon Graham Cracker Candy

Pork Chops with Mushroom Bourbon Sauce (my boyfriend would LOVE this!!)

Vintage Southern Bourbon Cake Recipe (I’m a sucker for vintage anything!)

Maker’s Mark Flourless Bourbon Whisky Brownies

Bourbon Cherry Coke (this one is made from Crown Royal)

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Cake with Caramel Glaze

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