Bacon Burger with Bacon Onion Balsamic Jam

08 May 2014 | By

Bacon Burger with Balsamic Onion Jam

Hamburgers have come a long way from the days of  backyard grilling to endless gourmet  possibilities in restaurants.  Now you can create your own delicious versions with this Bacon Burger topped with a Bacon Onion Balsamic Jam.





2 thick slices smoked bacon, finely diced

1 1/4 pounds ground beef (lean)

1/2 teaspoon worcestershire  sauce

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

4 hamburger buns

White Cheddar cheese slices

Balsamic Jam Topping:

4 thick slices smoked bacon, cut into 1/2 inch wide pieces

1 large red onion, thinly sliced

Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper for seasoning

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/3 cup water


Start by making the  jam mixture.  Heat a large sauce pan over medium heat.  Add bacon and cook until browned but not crispy.  Remove the bacon and drain it on a paper towel.  Drain off all but 3 tablespoons of the bacon grease and then stir in onions, 1/4 teaspoon salt and dash of pepper.  Cover the pan to cook the onions for around two minutes.  Uncover the pan and add a splash of water.  Scrape the bits off the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Cover the pan and cook onions for another 10 minutes, stir occasionally  until soft and lightly browned.  Stir in balsamic vinegar, mustard and water.  Add the bacon and bring mixture to a simmer.  Simmer uncovered until sauce  thickens and is almost completely absorbed for about 4 minutes.  Cool and set aside until ready to use.

For the burgers mix the finely diced bacon with the ground beef, worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl until well blended.  Shape the burger mix into four equal size patties about one inch thick.  Cook the burgers on a pre-heated grill on medium heat about 4-5 minutes per side.  When you flip the burgers add the cheese slice and cook to desired doneness.  Remove and set aside to rest for 5 minutes.  Place a patty on each bun and top with balsamic jam.  No other condiments are needed just a few of your favorite  sides will do.

Note:  Balsamic Jam can be made a day ahead.  Buns can also be  light toasted on the grill for added texture and flavor.

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