Carnival Cruise Line has worked alongside Guy Fieri for over eight years, debuting on Carnival Liberty with speciality dining venue, Guy’s Burger Joint.

Since then the award-winning television personality, restauranteur and author has introduced his hand-crafted burgers and barbeque delights to many cruisers.

Guy Fieri’s restaurants on-board Carnival Cruise Line’s ships now include Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse, Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que and the one that started it all off – Guy’s Burger Joint.

One of the favoured dishes is the Ringer Burger. A delicious combination of beef burger, sweet onion, cheddar cheese and a large crispy onion ring, smothered in barbeque sauce and speciality Fieri-concocted garlic ‘Donkey Sauce’.

We’ve put a British spin on this fantastic burger, so you can recreate it at home!


Makes: 1 burger | Total time: 15 minutes | Difficulty: 2/5


  • 140g ground beef
  • Quarter of a white onion (thinly sliced)
  • Handful of shredded lettuce
  • 1 slice of cheddar cheese
  • 1 slice of beef tomato
  • Three small slices of gherkin
  • 2 tbsp Donkey Sauce (see recipe below)
  • 1 large crispy onion ring
  • 1 tbsp of your favourite bourbon BBQ sauce
  • Sea salt (for seasoning)
  • 1 soft hamburger bun (split in half)
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
  • ¼ tsp garlic paste

For the ‘Donkey Sauce’ (makes 60ml)

  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • ½ clove of roasted garlic
  • ½ tsp English mustard
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper

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Making the burger

  1. Heat a flat-top grill or cast-iron pan to a very high heat. Form the ground beef into a tight ball and season with salt.
  2. Place hamburger ball onto the grill and sear for 45 seconds, then flatten with a heavy spatula to about 1/3-inch thickness.
  3. Cook for 90 seconds to develop a crust on the first side of the bottom, then flip over for one minute to develop another crust. Then, add cheese slice on top.
  4. Combine the garlic and melted butter. Brush the inside of the bun halves with the mixture and toast on the grill to 3-4 seconds until golden and crisp. Flip buns over and lightly toast for 3-4 seconds.

Making the ‘Donkey Sauce’

  1. Combine all of the ingredients together in a bowl and mix well.

Putting it all together

  1. Smear the ‘Donkey Sauce’ on the sliced sides of both bun halves.
  2. Layer the base with pickle slices and the burger.
  3. Top with crispy onion ring, BBQ sauce, sliced onions, tomato and lettuce.
  4. Place the bun on top and dig in!
Emma Smith
Emma has more than seven years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for nearly five years. She loves learning about new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Princess Cruises, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Avalon Waterways and Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in her diary for 2024! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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