Maple Cotton Candy Bacon Burger with Onion Rings

Maple Cotton Candy Bacon Burger with Onion Rings

Recipe Sponsored by BUBBA Burger

Something that has been in my recipe notes for a while is “make a burger with cotton candy on it”. The problem is, just slapping cotton candy on a burger is not a fun recipe. I needed a whole theme. Well when I was looking at cotton candy online, I noticed there was a maple flavor. That was the only inspiration I needed to take this half idea into the amazing maple cotton candy bacon burger!

The inspiration for this recipe

I was inspired by a cowboy burger. You know the one. Topped with onion rings, bacon, and bbq sauce. I basically just made a perfect cowboy burger and put some of that tasty sweet maple cotton candy on top!  It came out awesome and the bacon made the maple cotton candy an integral part of this burger and not just some gimmicky topping.

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Make the onion rings

First slice the onions into rings. I wanted them to be nice and chunky for this recipe

onion rings

The batter on these is flour, corn starch, beer, and vodka. The alcohol keeps them from forming too much gluten, so they are SUPER crispy.

fry the onion rings

Prep the Maple Cotton Candy Bacon Burger toppings

Make extra so you can snack, but don’t fill up on the onion rings and bacon. Trust me it’s worth it to save room for the incredible burger!

bacon and onion rings

Cook the buger

Once the rings and bacon are cooked, get that burger on the pan or grill!

the burger

Assemble the Maple Cotton Candy Bacon Burger

First toast the buns of course. Mayo and BBQ sauce on the bottom, then the burger, muenster cheese, bacon, and onion rings. All on a brioche bun.

building the Maple Cotton Candy Bacon Burger

Then the cotton candy, and pop on the top bun! So good!

Maple Cotton Candy Bacon Burger

Twists on the Maple Cotton Candy Bacon Burger

I think this burger is just perfect as is. If you can’t find maple cotton candy online, maybe another flavor will be good? I have seen bacon flavor before. You could also use plain cotton candy and drizzle some maple onto the bacon.

For more burger goodness, check out my corn tortilla smash burgers, or this fried dough burger!

Maple Cotton Candy Bacon Burger with Onion Rings

Inspired by a cowboy style burger with bbq sauce, bacon, and onion rings but with the added twist of maple flavored cotton candy.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
resting time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: burger
Servings: 4 burgers
Calories: 1440kcal


Onion Rings

  • 1 large onion cut into 1/2 inch rounds
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • salt and pepper
  • peanut oil
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup beer
  • 1/4 cup vodka


  • 8 slices bacon
  • 4 BUBBA Burgers
  • 8 slices Munster cheese
  • 4 brioche buns toasted
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup bbq sauce
  • 2 oz maple flavored cotton candy


Onion rings

  • *Onion ring recipe adapted from Serious Eats
  • Put the onion rings into the buttermilk and season with salt and pepper. Allow to rest for 2 hours
  • Preheat oil in a large cast iron pan to 350
  • put 1/2 cup of flour in a bowl and season with salt
  • Mix the rest of the flour with the cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, beer, and vodka.
  • Remove one onion ring from the buttermilk and dip in the flour, then in the batter. Allow the excess batter to fall from the onion, then drop it into the oil. Cook for about 2 minutes, flipping once, to brown. Remove from the oil to a drying rack and repeat until you do all the onions.


  • As you are finishing the last of the rings, start cooking the bacon in a large frying pan. Remove the bacon onto the drying rack with the onion rings.
  • Add the BUBBA Burgers to the pan with the bacon grease. Season with salt and pepper and cover and cook on medium heat until you see the juices pooling at the top of the burger, about 5-8 minutes.
  • Flip the burgers and top with the cheese. Cook until the cheese is melted and the burger has reached your desired internal temperature.
  • Put the bottom toasted buns down and top with some mayo and bbq sauce. Add the burgers next, then the bacon, then the onion rings. Finally add the cotton candy and top bun. Serve immediately!


Calories: 1440kcal | Carbohydrates: 105g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 84g | Saturated Fat: 37g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Monounsaturated Fat: 23g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 299mg | Sodium: 1626mg | Potassium: 694mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1452IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 610mg | Iron: 6mg

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