I love to experiment and try different things and I was at the store recently and saw some cake molds and instantly thought about stuffing them with ground chuck. With this in mind, I headed to the butchers and they had ground brisket… My head exploded and I let my creative juices flow. This is how The Boss Burger came to existence. Now let’s get into the recipe!

The Boss Burger

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 4 lbs Ground brisket
  • 3 Whole Jalapeños seeded and diced 
  • 1 medium Whole yellow onion diced
  • 2 cups Shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 6 slices White American cheddar cheese
  • 2 lbs beef bacon (pork bacon is a great option too)
  • 2-3 tbsp of your favorite beef seasoning
  • ¼ cup of your favorite bbq sauce
  • 1 loaf Sourdough bread
Keyword best burger, boss burger, ground brisket, smoked brisket

Prep Instructions:

  1. Start off by prepping all of your ingredients. Now get yourself some 6” cake molds and place them to the side.
  2. Get a skillet over medium heat and add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter. Add the onions and jalapeños and cook for 5-6 mins. Place them in a bowl to the side.
  3. Now spray the cake molds with cooking spray (this keeps the beef and bacon from sticking) and lay down bacon from the center out, half inside and half hanging over the edge. Add a layer of your favorite bbq seasoning and then add the ground brisket, about 1/2” thick. Now add the onions, jalapeños, and pepper jack cheese and top with another layer of ground brisket, about 1/2” thick. Season the top with your favorite bbq seasoning and then wrap with the bacon. Repeat the process to the other two cake molds. I had three molds and it took up the whole 4 pounds of ground brisket.
  4. Place them on a wire cooking rack and then flip them. Lift up on the cake mold, gently, and it should slide right out.

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Have your smoker ready to roll at 275 degrees with some hickory smoke. Place the Boss Burgers on the smoker and let them go for about 30-45 mins and flip them. Before flipping, glaze with your favorite BBQ sauce. You want to flip them for an even cook. 
  2. When your Boss Burger reaches 160 degrees internally then you can sauce the top and add some cheese on top. Close the lid and let the cheese melt. About 4 mins or so.
  3. At this time put mayo on your bread and toast it on the grill. 
  4. Remove the Boss Burger at 165 internal and let rest on the rack for about 6 mins.
  5. Now assemble your burger. Add bbq sauce to both top and bottom buns and then the Boss Burger. I kept mine like this but feel free to explore other ways and have fun with it!
  6. Plate the burgers and serve. Warning, 1 can feed about 3 people!
  7. Enjoying Friends and Family!

Did you love this Boss Burger? Well, you’ll love my other beef recipes! Check them out in the link below!

Beef Recipes

Items used In This Recipe

Hasty-Bake Grill/Smoker

Meater Plus

Heat Resistant Gloves

Charcoal Chimney

Cake Molds

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