Smoky BBQ Cheddar Burger

Smoky BBQ Cheddar Burger combines a grilled beef patty with smoked cheddar, smoky pulled pork  in a homemade chipotle barbecue sauce and creamy coleslaw.
Smoky BBQ Cheddar Burger

Smoky BBQ Cheddar Burger

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Smoky BBQ Cheddar Burger recipe disclaimer: Burger Month is hosted by Girl Carnivore, but all opinions and burger recipe deliciousness are, of course,  my own.

Smoky BBQ Cheddar Burger

Smoky BBQ Cheddar Burger is my recipe of the day  with  Burger  Month. For this burger  I wanted to  make something out on the grill with lots of smoky flavor, tons of  smoked cheese and topped with pulled pork.

I am a huge fan of barbecue whether I  smoke my own meats or in a more  perfect  world, go out for a drive to  my  favorite bbj joint (Eli Leisring’s place). Sometimes  people might see me  post about it on Facebook or Instagram when I am out and about and don’t  feel  like cooking. I am really fond of his rib tips.

At home  I  might make a pulled pork  from a Boston Butt. It makes a ton  so there  will be leftover, which I use to top  my burger. If  you aren’t a pitmaster,  you can feel  free to buy some pulled pork in tubs at the  grocery store.

I made my  own  sauce for this, which  is primo. But you can use bottled sauce  too. I recommend learning  how  to  make your  own  sauce from the ground  up.  It  gives  you so much more  control.

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Smoky BBQ Cheddar Burger

Smoky BBQ Cheddar Burger

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Main Course, Sandwiches
Cuisine American
Servings 3


  • BBQ Grill


Smoky Chipotle BBQ Sauce: (one pint)

  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 8 ounces lager beer
  • 2 ounce jar diced pimiento peppers
  • 1/2 cup canned chipotle chile peppers with adobo sauce
  • 15 ounces canned tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter to reduce foaming

Creamy Slaw: (one quart)

  • 1/2 head green cabbage finely shredded
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper


  • 1 pound ground beef chuck
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue rub
  • 4 ounces smoked cheddar cheese sliced
  • 8 ounces pulled pork
  • 3 sandwich buns


Barbecue Sauce:

  • Place onion, garlic, beer, pimientos and chipotle peppers in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until onions are soft.
  • Puree mixture until smooth.
  • Place puree in a pan with the remaining sauce ingredients and simmer until thick and reduced to 2 cups, stirring occasionally.

Creamy Slaw:

  • Combine ingredients and chill for at least one hour.


  • Mix bbq rub into beef and divide into three portions, shaping each into a patty.
  • Grill over moderate heat until centers reach 160F on an instant read thermometer.
  • Top with cheese and warm until cheese melts.
  • Serve burgers on toasted sandwich buns topped with warmed pulled pork tossed with chipotle bbq sauce and topped with coleslaw as desired.
  • Store unused portions of slaw and sauce in fridge. Sauce can be frozen or keeps about one week,


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