Burger of the Month: Bacon Cheeseburger with Garlic Aioli

This juicy bacon cheeseburger with roasted garlic aioli and caramelized onions is served on a Hawaiian roll bun for a mouth-watering restaurant style treat.

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A couple of years ago when Nicole and I were out in California for the first time, we stumbled across a burger that Nicole has dreamt about ever since. I’m pretty sure a juicy patty, caramelized onions, and bacon are all requirements for Nicole’s perfect burger. Add in some garlic aioli and put it on four King’s Hawaiian Rolls, and the Dog Haus Holy Aioli became unforgettable.

This bacon cheeseburger with garlic aioli is our recreation of the Holy Aioli burger. Making our favorite restaurant burgers at home is a great way to try out new recipes. Even though all the ingredients are laid out for us, we still need to determine our own way of making and assembling the burger. 

A copycat holy aioli burger with bacon, cheese, garlic aioli, and caramelized onions on a Hawaiian bun

We started by switching out the Hawaiian Rolls for the King’s Hawaiian hamburger buns to match the bun size to the patty. We have made plenty of burgers using four Hawaiian rolls, but without a super wide patty, the burger tends to get lost. 

While we were tempted to make our own garlic aioli, Stonewall Kitchen’s Roasted Garlic Aioli is just too good to not use. Then all it took was frying up some bacon, grilling our classic burger patties with melted American cheese, and caramelizing an onion to create our version of this delicious burger. 

The Dog Haus has been a part of many good memories for Nicole and I, the first capping off a day of exploring Pasadena. After walking around downtown, doing some shopping, and of course playing some games in Pasadena’s retro arcade, we needed to find a good place to eat. An outdoor patio with some cute string lights caught our eye, and we were set when we saw they served burgers and beer. The best part of all was when the burgers came out on Hawaiian rolls and changed our lives forever.

burger and fries from Dog Haus

Since that day in Pasadena, the Dog Haus has been our go to for road trips and late nights out. Whether it’s a midnight burger after a weekend in Joshua Tree, or a celebration meal after a mid-pandemic cross-country road trip, the Holy Aioli burger always hits the spot.

And we now have the luxury of enjoying the same wonderful flavors at home with this bacon cheeseburger with garlic aioli. Along with a semi-local Sierra Nevada Wild Little Thing sour ale and our go-to Alexia fries, this month we relived some great memories over a delicious dinner.

A bacon cheeseburger with roasted garlic aioli and caramelized onions on a Hawaiian bun cut in half

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Bacon Cheeseburger with Garlic Aioli

This juicy bacon cheeseburger with roasted garlic aioli and caramelized onions is served on a Hawaiian roll bun for a mouth-watering restaurant style treat.
Servings 2 burgers
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes



The Buns

  • 2 burger buns

The Toppings

  • 3 slices American cheese
  • 4 strips bacon
  • Beer Caramelized Onions (see ingredients below)
  • 4 tsp garlic aioli*

Beer Caramelized Onions

  • 1 medium white or yellow onion
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ¼ tsp granulated sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ cup beer


How To Make The Pasadena Burger

  • Begin by preparing the Beer Caramelized Onions (see directions below).
  • While the onions are cooking, fry up the bacon (see below).
  • Once the onions are almost done, grill the Classic Burger Patties until desired doneness and top them each with 1-1/2 slices of American cheese during the last 2-3 minutes of cooking.
  • Assemble your Pasadena Burgers: transfer patties to burger buns, top with 2 strips of bacon each and a pile of beer caramelized onions, then spread about 2 tsp garlic aioli on the inside of each top bun before closing.
  • Serve with your favorite side, a cold beer, and enjoy!

Beer Caramelized Onions

  • Peel onion and cut into strips.
  • Heat butter and oil in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering.
  • Add onion and turn heat to medium-low. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently until they begin to soften and change color.
  • Add sugar and salt, stirring well to coat onions evenly. Continue cooking for about 40-50 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding beer as needed when onions start to dry out.*


  • Fry bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crispy, flipping occasionally to ensure both sides are crispy.
  • Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain and set aside.


Classic Burger Patties: This is our original burger recipe and it’s delicious! But we totally get it if you have a different favorite burger or want to use a premade or frozen patty instead!
Garlic aioli: We used Stonewall Kitchen’s Roasted Garlic Aioli – it’s delicious and makes the perfect topping (and fry sauce) if you want an easy garlic aioli straight from the jar!
Preparing Beer Caramelized Onions: When you notice there isn’t enough liquid in the pan, add a little bit of beer to keep your onions from drying out. We tend to add about 1/4 cup of beer twice throughout the cooking process.
Serving suggestions: Alexia fries are our go-to side on burger nights – they’re just so delicious and super easy to throw in the air fryer. This burger tastes great with a classic house cut fry on the side, with some ketchup and garlic aioli for dipping!
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Author: Nicole
Calories: 809kcal
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, caramelized onions, cheese, garlic aioli, grilling, summer


Calories: 809kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 1227mg | Potassium: 571mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 439mg | Iron: 4mg

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