Bobby Flay’s Cheyenne Burger

Cheyenne Burger

This month’s Burger Club Challenge is to make and rate one of  Bobby Flay’s burger recipes. Bobby is a burger lover with a chain of Burger Palace restaurants and a Burgers, Fries and Shakes Cookbook. I searched through Bobby’s burger recipes on Food Network and while there were many that I think my family would love, I decided his Cheyenne Burger would be perfect for my family of meat lovers.

The Cheyenne burger is basically a BBQ bacon cheeseburger with the addition of onion rings. Bobby gives his recipe for Shoestring Onion Rings and BBQ sauce for the Cheyenne burger, but I needed a quicker option. So I substituted our favorite store bought BBQ sauce, KC Masterpiece, and instead of making onion rings, I substituted Durkee French Fried Onions that I crisped up in the oven while I was toasting the burger buns.


I am giving this burger a 3.5 Star rating. We loved it, and I did make it again. (I lost the pictures of the first burgers when my hard drive crashed last week.) The only reason I didn’t give it a 4 star rating is because I missed having at least all little veggies on my burger. One change I made the second time around was to not put the BBQ sauce on the burger while it’s on the grill, I think it’s better to add it to the top and bottom bun. I like a really saucy, messy burger.

The ratings are based on a four-star rating:
1 Star = Didn’t like and wouldn’t make again.
2 Stars = Liked but wouldn’t make again.
3 Stars = Liked and will make again.
4 Stars = Loved! Will make often.


Bobby Flay’s Cheyenne Burger


  • 2 pounds ground chuck (80/20 percent) or ground turkey (90/10 percent)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 slices smoked sharp Cheddar
  • 1/4 cup BBQ Sauce
  • 8 slices cooked bacon
  • Durkee French Fried Onions, toasted
  • 4 burger buns, toasted


Preheat grill to high.

Divide the meat into 6 equal portions. Form each portion loosely into a 3/4-inch burger and make a deep depression in the center with your thumb. Brush each burger with oil and season with salt and pepper on both sides.

Place the burger directly on the grill, until slightly charred on both sides and cooked to desired doneness. Add 2 slices of cheese to each burger during the last minute of cooking. Close the lid to melt the cheese.

Place a tablespoon of BBQ sauce on the top and bottom of the toasted buns. Place the burgers onto the buns. Top each with bacon, onion rings, and top bun.


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  1. Cristie says

    This sounds like a winner to me as well. I love your rating system. We have a family reunion next week, this is now high on the list for Saturday's menu. Lunch was great, so sorry to have missed everyone in the evening :(

  2. Foodessa says

    Barbara…I've heard the name Bobby Flay…however, I had no idea what he inspired other people about.
    You seemed to have made a great effort at this burger challenge.
    What I like most are your very candid opinions about the turn out…Thanks ;o)

    Have a great weekend,

  3. Jamie says

    I love BBQ sauce on burgers and what a great addition with those french fried onions. I'm glad I read about the burger club on your blog. It was fun to participate this week.

  4. Megan says

    I can see you got your new camera. Your new pictures are so much better than your old ones. Aren't you glad you spent all that money. 😉 lol

  5. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says

    Wow 3.5 stars out of 4 stars is pretty good mum! It really sounds great. Have you tried beetroot in burgers? I think that's an Australian thing but it's really good (I promise!) 😛 xxx

  6. Mimi says

    Love the idea of using french fried onions. We have burger night coming up and this sound like a perfect fit for us.

  7. Megan says

    Thanks for the heads up on the linking,Im just not with it lately. I've been on vacation up until the day before I went back to school (work) and there's lots of drama going on there. Great way to start the new school year.

    Your burger sounds delish. Someone else said the BBQ sauce really makes this burger. Now I'm wanting to try this too!
    Did you get your new camara??? I did. :)

  8. Kim says

    Great idea with the french fried onions. Messy burgers are definitely the best and I can see this one being a hit with my family too. You mentioned missing fresh veggies on your burger- I wonder what this would be like with coleslaw on top?

  9. Reeni says

    The messier the burger the better the experience! What a tasty burger Barbara! I was eying this one – it would be a big hit in my family too. Thanks for linking it to Burger Club!

  10. Mags says

    I'd eat anything from Bobby Flay. I'd even go as far as licking the BBQ sauce off his face. (Did I say that out loud?)

    Your burger looks delicious Barbara!

  11. Faith says

    What a delicious burger! I love your alterations, especially using the French Fried Onions. I always have so much of them leftover after Thanksgiving and I always wonder what to do with them — next time I'll make these burgers! :)

  12. Bridgett says

    Wow, you should open your own burger hut! You would have no problem making profits with this on the menu. Looks fantastic.

  13. Cristina says

    Barbara – it looks like a burger both me and hubby would enjoy. I'm with you about the veggies though. I'd probably be tempted to add some cool and crisp to it. 😉