Burgers are an Independence Day mainstay, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. Opt for burgers with a brazen rub that creates a caramelized outer layer. And trust me — your guests are going to drool over this amazing cowboy burger.


McCormick Executive Chef Kevan Vetter recommends you pick a flavor combo that packs a real punch for the rub, then build out the burger with toppings and condiments to match that taste. For example, use Smoky Montreal Steak Seasoning, chili powder and brown sugar to make a sweet and smoky rub, then top with a rich BBQ mayonnaise, melty cheddar, grilled pickle slices and crispy onion straws.

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BBQ Mayonnaise:

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Stubbs Original Bar-B-Q Sauce

Crispy Onion Straws:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon McCormick Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 medium onion, very thinly sliced and separated into rings
  • vegetable oil, for frying

Cowboy Burgers:

  • 4 teaspoons McCormick Grill Mates Smoky Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick Chili Powder
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground beef
  • 4 slices mild Cheddar cheese
  • 1 dill pickle, sliced lengthwise 1/4-inch thick
  • 4 Kaiser rolls
  • 4 lettuce leaves

Cowboy Burger Square


For the BBQ Mayonnaise, mix mayonnaise and Bar-B-Q Sauce in small bowl until well blended. Cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

For the Onions, mix flour, salt and pepper in large resealable plastic bag. Add onion; toss to coat well. Pour oil into deep fryer, large heavy skillet or saucepan, filling no more than 1/3 full. Heat oil on medium-high heat. Carefully add onion rings to hot oil. Fry 4 to 5 minutes, turning once to brown evenly, until onions rings are golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Set aside.

For the Burgers, mix Seasoning, chili powder and brown sugar in small bowl. Shape ground beef into 4 patties. Coat surface of each patty evenly with the rub mixture. Grill over medium heat 4 to 6 minutes per side or until burgers are cooked through (internal temperature of 160∫F). Add cheese slices to burgers 1 minute before cooking is completed. Grill pickle slices 2 to 3 minutes per side or until grill marks appear. Toast rolls on the grill, open-side down, about 30 seconds, if desired.

Serve burgers on rolls topped with grilled pickles, Crispy Onion Straws and lettuce. Serve with BBQ Mayonnaise.

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