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Epic Burger With 14 Ingredient Bacon Jam

4.75 from 4 votes
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Protein: Beef
Cut: Burger Patties, Ground Beef
Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 4 ea ButcherBox Burger Patties or Ground Beef molded into patties
  • 2 Tbsp ghee
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

Bacon Jam

  • 1 pack ButcherBox Bacon roughly chopped
  • 1 small onion small dice
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ c bourbon
  • 3 Tbsp cold brew coffee
  • 3 Tbsp Guinness
  • 3 Tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ c maple syrup
  • ¼ c ketchup

Onion Rings

  • 1 ea red onion sliced and separated
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp chipotle powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 c cornstarch
  • 2 c peanut oil

Truffle Mayo

  • ½ c mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp truffle puree (or truffle oil)
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper


  • 4 ea sharp yellow cheddar thick slice
  • 4 leaves lettuce bibb, romaine or iceberg - whatever you like best
  • 1 ea tomato sliced
  • 4 ea sesame hamburger buns


Bacon Jam

  • Place bacon in a cold Dutch oven on medium heat. Cook bacon until crispy, then drain half of the bacon fat (don't discard the fat save it for a later use). Keep the other half in the pan with the bacon.
  • Add onions and saute until translucent. Add brown sugar, garlic and dried spices, stir until sugar melts.
  • Add all liquid ingredients excluding ketchup. Simmer on medium heat and reduce by half.
  • Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Place mixture in a food processor with ketchup and blend to a chunky jam texture. Refrigerate for up to 30 days or freeze up to 6 months.

Onion Rings

  • Soak red onion slices in buttermilk for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oil in a heavy bottom stock pot to 350℉. Remember to be careful whenever frying. If you have a tabletop fryer this is the time to use it!
  • Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Remove raw onion rings from buttermilk and discard buttermilk. Toss raw onion rings in cornstarch mixture. Do this process in 2-3 rounds to ensure each ring gets a good coating.
  • Gently place rings in hot oil and fry until light golden brown. Let rest on paper towel to soak up any excess oil.

Truffle Mayo

  • Mix all ingredients together, then refrigerate until needed.

Burgers and Fixin's

  • Bring burgers to room temperature and season both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Preheat a cast-iron skillet on medium heat. Add ghee. Once ghee is hot sear burgers for 3 minutes on one side. Flip burgers, place cheddar on burgers and sear other side for 3 more minutes or until desired doneness.
  • Spread truffle mayo liberally on both sides of bun. Place lettuce leaf down first (this protects the bun from burger juices), followed by tomato.
  • Place burger on top of tomato followed by a healthy spoonful of bacon jam. Top with onion rings and close that baby up and enjoy!
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