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Beer Can Burgers Recipe

Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
1.25 hrs
Makes 4 burgers
In this Recipe

Have you seen the beer can burger recipe where you push a beer can into a ground beef patty, fill the resulting “cup” with veggies, wrap bacon around the outside, top with cheese and bake? We tried making them and have a tested recipe and tips for you! The recipe is below, but here are the tips. First, use at least a half pound of ground beef per patty! Second, form the “cup” up around the beer can. Third, use thick sliced cheese on top! Our recipe uses green peppers, onions and cheddar cheese, but you can add any toppings or fillings you like! Try mushrooms and swiss cheese, or BBQ sauce with red onions and cheddar cheese, or jalapeno peppers, salsa and pepper jack cheese! Let us know if you try making beer can burgers and what fillings you’ve added! Can’t wait to hear what you come up with!


  • 2 lb(s) Leahy’s Angus Ground Beef
  • 8 slice(s) Leahy’s Thickly Sliced Bacon
  • 4 slice(s) Medium Cheddar Cheese (sliced thick)
  • .5 Onion (chopped)
  • .5 Green Pepper (chopped)
  • LGCM Ultimate Stead and Roast Seasoning (or similar burger seasoning)
  • can(s) Beer (for making burgers)


  1. Portion the ground beef into half pound sizes and roll into balls. Press the beer can into the middle of each ball and push down. Form the ground beef up around the beer can so that there is a hole in the middle of each ball with walls of ground beef surrounding the entire outside. Wash off beer can then drink beer.

  2. Fill the pockets in the beef with chopped onion and green pepper. Wrap two slices of bacon around the outside of the burger, adhering with toothpicks if necessary. Generously season the top of each burger with Steak and Roast Rub.

  3. Place the burgers on a baking tray lined in aluminum foil and cook for 45 minutes at 350ºF. Either use a grill set up for indirect cooking (you can add smoke!) or an oven for inside cooking.

  4. After 15 minutes of baking, add a slice of thick cut cheese on top of each burger to melt over the burger as it is baking.

  5. Burgers are done once they hit a temperature of 165ºF and bacon is crispy. Remove from heat and serve on a hearty bun with french fries and your other favorite burger sides. Enjoy!

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