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The Big Fat Fatty Burger

The Big Fat Fatty burger is so much more than just a burger. It is layers of cheese, bacon, jalapenos, onions, and BBQ sauce, slow-smoked to tender, juicy perfection.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 20 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Barbecue
Keyword: BBQ Fatty Burger
Servings: 8 people


  • 1 pound bacon (10 slices)
  • 2 pounds ground beef sirloin 80/20
  • ½ pound cooked bacon crumbled
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar shredded
  • ¼ cup red onion diced
  • ¼ cup pickled jalapenos
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce your favorite kind
  • 3 Tablespoons Homemade Sweet Rub https://heygrillhey.com/best-sweet-rub-grilled-pork-chicken/
  • 8 burger buns
  • assorted burger toppings


  • Preheat. Preheat your smoker or indirect grill to 275 degrees F. I used a mix of oak and cherry wood for smoke.
  • Make the bacon weave. Lay a large piece of plastic wrap on a flat surface. Weave the bacon so that the pieces overlap in a 5 by 5 pattern. Season the bacon with about 1 Tablespoon of your sweet rub,
  • Add the beef. Gently press the ground beef into an even layer on top of the bacon weave, leaving about an inch of the bacon exposed around the edges.
  • Add remaining ingredients. Sprinkle the cheese across the top of the ground beef. Top with the red onion, cooked bacon, and pickled jalapenos. Sprinkle on a little more sweet rub and drizzle on some of the BBQ sauce.
  • Roll the BBQ fatty. Carefully lift one side of the plastic wrap and begin rolling your fatty. Tuck in the filling as you roll and overlap the ends of the bacon. Twist the ends of the plastic wrap to tighten the fatty together.
  • Refrigerate. As an optional step, you can refrigerate the fatty for an hour to firm up before smoking.
  • Smoke. Carefully remove the plastic wrap, season the fatty on all sides with additional sweet rib, and place on the smoker. Smoke for 2 hours at 275 degrees F with the lid closed, or until the temperature reads 155 degrees F with an internal thermometer.
  • Sauce. Brush the fatty with the remaining BBQ sauce. Increase your grill temperature to about 325 degrees F and grill for 10-15 more minutes or until the sauce is set and the meat temperature reads 165 degrees F.
  • Assemble. Remove the fatty to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes while you prep your buns. Load them up with lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, pickles (or more pickled jalapenos) and additional BBQ sauce. Slice the fatty into 8 large slices and place one on each bun. Serve immediately and stock your table with napkins.


Calories: 885kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 62g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 26g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 1497mg | Potassium: 725mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 432IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 266mg | Iron: 6mg