TGI Friday’s Inspired Jack Daniel’s Bacon Cheeseburger

Jack Daniel's sticky, sweet & spicy sauce on a delicious bacon cheeseburger. Can it get any better?

I think TGI Friday’s is a restaurant we all have memories of as young adults. You probably had a date there, or watched games at the bar there. I went off to college and my friends introduced me to the world of TGI Friday’s, the only restaurant that would serve us alcoholic Cookies and Cream shakes when we were freshman. Looking back it is hard to believe I got all the way to college before discovering it, especially since it became a second home for our group of friends in pretty short order. Every time we went I would order something from the Jack Daniel’s menu. The sauce is sticky and sweet, but still a bit spicy. It works so well on ribs, chicken and shrimp but as a broke college kid, you have to go with the burger. Ten dollars instead of the twenty dollar ribs, it still had many of the same flavors. That sauce was addicting, we would dip everything in it. So as summer rolled around, and as many parents of small children can relate to, I wanted to recreate that meal at home instead of going out to get it.

Turns out the sauce is a huge hit on the internet and many copycat recipes exist. I tried 3 of them before deciding this one was the way to go. The sauce couldn’t really be any easier. Put the ingredients in a saucepan for 20 minutes on medium heat and you’re ready to go.Jack Daniel's sticky, sweet & spicy sauce on a delicious bacon cheeseburger. Can it get any better?It all happens as we are making the burger anyway. I always use fresh ground chuck from my butcher and season liberally on both sides with kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper. Then I cook it in a cast iron skillet. To be honest, I cook anything and everything I can in my cast iron cookware I love it so much.Jack Daniel's sticky, sweet & spicy sauce on a delicious bacon cheeseburger. Can it get any better?

Next cook up some bacon.Jack Daniel's sticky, sweet & spicy sauce on a delicious bacon cheeseburger. Can it get any better?I made the burgers with homemade Hawaiian buns (recipe coming soon) then added the burger and some sharp cheddar cheese (I’m a sucker for a sharp cheddar).Jack Daniel's sticky, sweet & spicy sauce on a delicious bacon cheeseburger. Can it get any better?
Then I topped it with the glorious sauce. That dippy, sticky, spicy and sweet sauce.Jack Daniel's sticky, sweet & spicy sauce on a delicious bacon cheeseburger. Can it get any better?Not sure there is anything left to say. Talking pretty much stopped once our mouths were full of burgers.

Jack Daniel's sticky, sweet & spicy sauce on a delicious bacon cheeseburger. Can it get any better?
4.67 from 6 votes

TGIFridays Inspired Jack Daniel's Bacon Cheeseburger

TGI Friday's Inspired Jack Daniels Sauce that is a perfect topper for ribs, chicken, shrimp or burgers. Also works great as a dipping sauce
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword burger, cheeseburger, copycat recipe, TGI Friday's Inspired Jack Daniels Bacon Cheeseburger
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 1185 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1/3 pound thick bacon
  • 4 thick slices of sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 Hawaiian Buns (white or wheat are fine too)
  • 1 1/3 pound fresh ground chuck
  • kosher salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup Jack Daniels
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tsp Better than Bouillon Beef Base (you can also use two beef bouillon cubes)
  • 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce


  1. Put all the sauce ingredients into a saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sauce coats the back of a spoon and stays in place if you run your finger through it, about 20 minutes.

  2. Shape the ground beef into patties weighing about 1/3 of a pound each.
  3. Season liberally with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
  4. Cook in a cast iron skillet, on high, 4 minutes on each side.

  5. Assemble burger and eat!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
TGIFridays Inspired Jack Daniel's Bacon Cheeseburger
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1185 Calories from Fat 423
% Daily Value*
Fat 47g72%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Cholesterol 143mg48%
Sodium 968mg42%
Potassium 883mg25%
Carbohydrates 137g46%
Sugar 118g131%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 158mg16%
Iron 5.1mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Jack Daniel's sticky, sweet & spicy sauce on a delicious bacon cheeseburger. Can it get any better?

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. Wow – that sauce is amazing!! My son raves about TGI’s JD sauce, can’t wait to find out what he thinks of it. Its delicious!! I did adapt it slightly and used less garlic and onion powder, I also used a famous yeast extract spread instead of beef as my guests don’t eat beef.

  2. I can not wait to try this! I’m still using your recipe for the Copycat Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp, so I know this one will be a hit too! You do not disappoint, so glad I’m an email subscriber. Thanks for sharing can’t wait to see what’s next.

  3. Way too much Jack Daniel’s. Didnt taste like the Restauran’ts version at all in my opinion. Myself and 3 other people only liked it after the taste was diluted from putting it on the burger (and only in a small amount). But tasting it separately, all 4 of us agreed, it was very over powering and strong. There was also a bit of grittiness. My guess it had too much brown sugar and not enough liquids to dissolve in. Looks great in picture but this nothing like the original in my opinion.

  4. Looks so yummy! But I’m wondering, can you use Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey with the same recipe or would I need to tweak it?

    1. Thanks! You should be able to use the honey whiskey without any other changes to the recipe. The whiskey cooks down enough that the flavor difference should be minimal.

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  6. Definitely pinning this to make this summer. It looks SOOOO good, I kinda want one right now!

  7. This looks so delicious! I love a good burger recipe. I will have to try this on the weekend for my BBQ.

  8. Everything is better with bacon, right? I love this time of year. It’s the perfect time for grilling and serving up burgers with family and friends.

  9. Oh man. This looks amazing. I haven’t had a nice juicy burger in so long. This makes me need one asap! It looks amazing!

  10. My husband is a huge fan of bacon cheddar cheeseburgers. We don’t eat at TGIFridays often because its a bit of a drive from home. This would solve that!

    1. Awesome! We have a Friday’s close to our house, I just can’t muster the energy to go out to it with the young kids!

  11. I haven’t been to TGI Fridays in ages but I always loved that jack daniels sauce! I totally want to try this!

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