Recipe: Bacon 'Jam' Burger

Our chef Nick continues the BBQ series with very special jimmy burgers!

Happy Tuesday everybody!

Ready to try a new way to sex up your burger?  Well step this very way.

We are making Bacon Jam, which is nothing at all like fruit jam, but has a similar process of manufacture.  It is very simple, but oh my, it does pep up the burger very nicely.  But first we need the burger.

Wash your hands, we are going to get messy.

For one individual burger you need a palm full of minced beef, of good quality.  Literally enough to fit in the palm of your hand.  Half an egg white and a quarter of a tea-cup of white breadcrumbs.  Add to this a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, a teaspoon of Dijon mustard.  Mix it well with your hands and roll it into a ball.  Then twist your palms in opposite directions to make the burger patty shape.  Set it aside in the fridge to grill later.

But the burger itself isn't the star of the show today.  Set up a sauce pan and the following ingredients:

  • Two white onions, peeled and finely diced
  • Five tablespoons of thick brown sugar
  • 150 grams of Pancetta or finely chopped bacon
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Maple syrup
  • Garlic puree

Take one sauce pan and add a little oil.  Put it on the heat. Start by gently frying off your onion, just enough so it goes golden brown.  Add all the sugar.  Stir it in until it melts.  Reduce heat to prevent burning.  Now add the bacon and stir it in well.  Once the bacon is visibly cooked, add two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar.

Next, add four tablespoons of maple syrup.  Slowly continue to cook the jam until it reduces.  Stir it well, or it will stick. Finally add half a teaspoon of garlic puree and stir in well. Continue to stir until the contents reduce to a sticky,  jam like consistency.

Grill your burger until it is brown on both sides.  Add cheese to the top if you like.  Add tomato or onion on top if you like.  toast your burger bun lightly and place on a plate.

Add the bacon jam to the base of the bun.  Place the burger over this and the cheese over the burger.  Melt the cheese under the grill and add the tomato if you like.

And that, dear readers, is your Bacon Jam burger.  Burger King missed a trick or two, don't you think?

Catcha laters, sweet potatoes.

Words & photos by chef Nick Gilmartin who can be contacted on @Nick1975 or find out more here.