bacon burgers with bacon-balsamic-onion jam

When I saw this recipe about a week before Benjamin's 30th I knew it had to be cooked up for his birthday.  I figured it would be over the top, too bacon-y, and overall man food that wouldn't satisfy the ladies of the bunch.  I was wrong.  It was delicious, smokey, and an absolute special occasion burger.

Turns out that when you cut bacon into your ground beef it makes the burgers so delicious you'll be putting a price tag on them, wondering how much you'd pay if you were out.  In DC? Close to $15.  Do you do this too?  I love putting a price tag on a meal or a baked good when it seems that good.  When it's something that is restaurant worthy.

It's probably because I'm happy I didn't spend the money and just a tad proud of myself for making it at home.  Why eat out, right?

The burgers don't take much work and the jam can be made up to 2 days beforehand and reheated before serving.  Don't be overwhelmed by this recipe- just go ahead, make it, then feel impressed by yourself and your culinary prowess.

{Recipe thanks to Fine Cooking}

{Ingredients You'll Need for the Jam}

  • 4 thick slices applewood-smoked bacon, cut into small strips
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
{To Make the Jam}

1.  In a large skillet cook the bacon until it's browned but not yet crisp.  Remove it from the pan and put it on paper towels to dry.  You should have about 2-3 tablespoons of grease in your skillet.  If you have more than that you can pour some off.  Now add your onion to the pan and sauté, seasoning with salt and pepper. Cover it and allow it to cook for 2 minutes then uncover and add a splash of water to scrape up any brown bits.  Cover and continue to cook on medium, stirring occasionally, for 10 more minutes.  

2.  Add the vinegar to the pan, the mustard, and 1/3 cup water.  Add the bacon back in as well and simmer it uncovered until the mixture thickens, about 2-4 minutes more.

3.  Transfer the jam to a bowl and allow it to cool slightly.  You can also then refrigerate it for up to 2 days and reheat it before serving atop the burgers.  

{Ingredients for the Burgers}
  • 2 thick slices applewood-smoked bacon
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (85% lean)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • hamburger buns
1.  In a food processor mince the bacon then transfer it to a large bowl.  Now add in your beef, the sauce, and salt and pepper to taste.  Using your hands work it all together then form 4 patties.

2.  BBQ Tip!  Into each patty press your thumb into the center to create a deep impression.

3.  Prepare your grill and grill for about 4-5 minutes per side until done.  

4.  Place your burger on a bun, top with the warm jam, and enjoy!

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