Onion Ring Topped BBQ Bacon Burger

Onion Ring Topped BBQ Bacon Burger Remember when I told you this story about how I gained the freshman 15 {and then like 7 more} because in college I was introduced to Sonic? I was a sucker for their corn dogs, cherry limeades and onion rings. I was never really a big fan of onion rings before Sonic. And then I moved 0.7 miles away from the blasted drive in….and the addiction started.

Since 2004, I’ve been a bit of an onion ring freak and will always favor them over fries.

Ok, technically that’s not true. 94% of the time I’ll choose them…which in my book might as well be 100%. So, fast forward 8ish years and I’m still daydreaming about onion rings. I’m really mature.

Well, fast forward 8 years and 1 day and guess what? Alexia Foods contacted me and asked me to be a Tastemaker Ambassador. I jumped at the chance because {1} I like Alexia products and buy them a lot {2} they sell onion rings {3} I like their onion rings. I make my decisions based on the important things in life. AS ALWAYS.

So, I made this recipe for Alexia and all my fellow onion ring lovers out there. Cheers to us, my peeps! May the world never get sick of these fried onion babies!

Here’s how you make these:

Onion Rings First thing you’re going to want to do is get some onion rings cooking. I used these panko breaded onion rings from Alexia because they get super crunchy in the oven and are done in 15 minutes. Aaaaand, they taste yummy on this burger.

Bacon You’ll also want to get some bacon cooking too. I only used 2 slices for our 2 burgers because these are thick cut slices. Feel free to pile on the bacon as you see fit.

Ingredients So while those two things are doing their thang, stir up the burger patty mixture. This is how I make 99.9% of all my burgers. I love adding onions and bbq sauce to my patties. I don’t know when or why I started making them this way, but there you have it.

Burger patties So you can form your meat mixture into two healthy sized burgers and get them into a skillet….or onto a grill. Whatevs. Just make sure you spray your cooking surface with nonstick spray.

Onion Rings 2 Your onion rings should be about done now. Pull those babies out and take a big whiff. Smells good, huh? I love hate onion rings. It was at this point where I stopped taking photos/lost all attention and ate 3/4 of these off the pan….and subsequently burned my fingers and mouth. Smooth Lauren, smooth.

Onion Ring Topped BBQ Bacon Burger 1 Anyways, I think you can figure out the rest. Take a bun, slap on some toppings, add a burger, more bbq sauce, the bacon and the onion rings and shovel this bad boy into your mouth.

Now, doesn’t that taste like heaven? Thought so.

Red Robin, you ain’t got nothin’ on me.

Just kidding. I have no idea what that means.

Anyways, make these tonight! This is one of the meals I rely on weekly because it is so darn easy and we all LOVE it….especially the onion ring part…but that was just a new addition for today because I love you all. A perfect weeknight meal for all you Moms trying to get back into the groove of back to school. Aaaaand, I knew you’d appreciate the insanity that this burger is. Here’s the printable:

Have a great Monday!

Onion Ring Topped BBQ Bacon Burgers

Yield: 2 burgers


1 13.5 oz. package frozen onion rings, such as Alexia brand
2 slices thick cut bacon
1/2 lb. ground beef {I used 90/10}
1/4 cup finely diced onion
1/4 cup BBQ sauce + more for the burgers
salt & pepper, to taste
2 hamburger buns
lettuce, tomato, pickles, etc.


Cook onion rings according to package directions. While those are in the oven, cook your bacon to desired doneness and drain on paper towels.

For the burger patties, in a small bowl, stir ground beef, onions, bbq sauce, salt and pepper together until combined. Divide into two equal patties. Spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray and cook patties on medium heat for approximately 7 minutes per side. Remove from pan.

To assemble burgers, place cooked patty onto hamburger buns and top with more bbq sauce, cooked bacon, onion rings and any other desired toppings. Serve immediately with any remaining onion rings and/or fries.

Disclosure: This recipe was developed on behalf of Alexia. I was given the onion rings from Alexia to develop this recipe. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. I honestly love onion rings. Including the ones from Alexia.

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32 Responses to “Onion Ring Topped BBQ Bacon Burger”

  1. #
    Blog is the New Black — September 10, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Never been to Sonic, but loving this idea! 😉


  2. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — September 10, 2012 at 2:20 am

    I’ll have to look for their onion rings next trip. This burger would be a big hit here!


  3. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 10, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Congrats!! That’s so exciting!! I’m excited to see what cool stuff you get to taste in the future!!


  4. #
    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty — September 10, 2012 at 5:58 am

    I love Alexia onion rings! Though I never thought to top a burger with one at home. *Forehead smack*. Doing this soon, very very soon.


  5. #
    Cookbook Queen — September 10, 2012 at 6:02 am

    These look like one of the best burgers ever. I need this in my life!!


  6. #
    Deborah — September 10, 2012 at 6:23 am

    I have a Sonic just down the street from me now. SO dangerous! And so are these burgers – they look amazing!!


  7. #
    Stephanie — September 10, 2012 at 7:05 am

    I haven’t been to Sonic in ages! For some reason, I only have Sonic when I’m in Houston and nowhere else..


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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — September 10, 2012 at 7:05 am

    My mouth is watering! Totally need this burger. It reminds me of the bacon western cheeseburgers I oft dream of from Carl’s Jr. Delish!


  9. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — September 10, 2012 at 7:06 am

    This is totally something I’d eat! Love it!


  10. #
    Angie — September 10, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I give you 5 stars for presentation alone…you make everything look delectable!!!


  11. #
    aimeeberrett — September 10, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Onion rings, bbq sauce and bacon are the perfect additions to any burger. In fact, my favorite burger. And this looks absolutely amazing!!!!!! Mmm. I want it right now.


  12. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — September 10, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I have those very onion rings in my freezer! Now to get the rest of the ingredients after being gone for over a month…


  13. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — September 10, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Those onion rings look SO crispy! Drooling at my desk right now 😛


  14. #
    Amy d. — September 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Every time I eat onion rings, I think about that summer we somehow got it in our heads that they were low-fat, and we’d go to the sonic by your sisters house sometimes twice a day to eat our “health food.”. Ah . . . Those were simple times . . . .


  15. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — September 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    i’m drooling hardcore right now.


  16. #
    Tracy — September 10, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    This looks AMAZING! Perfect game-day food, too. Yum!!


  17. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 10, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    We have a slight onion ring addiction here as well. These burgers look perfect!


  18. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 10, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Sonic is the devil! There’s such awesome crap there – greasy as hell – but it’s pretty damn awesome. Anyway, this burger is awesome. I love a burger with onion rings!


  19. #
    Anna @ hiddenponies — September 10, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Onion rings make burgers so much better. Also, you always have the best picture fonts, I love them!


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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — September 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Why on Earth have I never thought to put onion rings on a burger!!!?? Awesome idea!


  21. #
    Susana — September 10, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Love burgers.. This looks delicious!


  22. #
    Shaina — September 11, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Gorgeous burger, Lauren. My family always puts tots on our burgers, but I love onion rings, too.


  23. #
    brandi — September 11, 2012 at 5:54 am

    onion rings on burgers is one of my favorite things!! so, so good


  24. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — September 11, 2012 at 8:21 am

    This is an all-out delicious looking burger! I love onion rings and have always enjoyed those crispy critters on my burger. PLUS bacon, PLUS pickles…you know your burgers, lady! Despite how thick the burger is, I’d make every attempt to fit the thing in my mouth…might have to squish it down a bit. 😉


  25. #
    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — September 11, 2012 at 10:54 am

    This burger looks INTENSELY delish – I love all the flavors and textures going on! And congrats on your partnership with Alexia, Lauren!! Our family LOVES their onion rings and frozen fries!!


  26. #
    improvisingfood — September 13, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Love onion rings, im going to try this one!


  27. #
    Natalie — September 13, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Oh man. My favorite thing at Sonic was their Bacon Burger Toaster -thingy. It had onion rings. I always thought their onion rings smelled like the fair. Mmm. And their tator tots (along with Yoplait whips) were the cravings from pregnancy #1. Love the burger, hon. :)


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    Debra — September 26, 2012 at 11:03 am



  29. #
    Meredith — May 28, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    The hubster and I made this recipe over the Memorial Day holiday. It was so good! I love the Alexia brand, and their onion rings are so tasty!


  30. #
    Joy — April 13, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    this looks SO good. putting it on my list if the rain every stops in KY and I can grill. I’m an onion ring fanatic. in fact, my daughter & I make it a mission every time we go on vacation to find the best rings that town has to offer. I’ve never met a frozen onion ring I like so I will have to give these a try.



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