Bacon Cheeseburger with Balsamic Onion Bacon Jam

Bacon Cheeseburger with Balsamic Onion Jam

The cheeseburger looks a bit gray in this picture but it looked better on the plate.  I had a half a package of bacon to use leftover from the other night.  I hate having food spoil especially bits and ends of jars and things I buy to make a recipe.  I try to group several recipes together that use some of the same ingredients so I can get rid of everything.

I found a recipe for Bacon Burgers with Bacon Onion Balsamic Jam at Smells Like  It sounded amazing.  I love onions, cheese, Balsamic vinegar and bacon so what could be better?


This was so yummy.  Even my daughter, who is a self-proclaimed onion hater, loved the Balsamic Onion Bacon Jam.  I had to stop her from eating them all right out of the pan with a spoon.  They were really, really good.

A strong balsamic taste with the sweet, salty taste from the onions and bacon.  I will definitely be making this again!


  • 8 slices of bacon
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese, for burgers
  • 1 large sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup water


  1. To make the topping:  Heat a large saute pan (that has a cover) over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook, stirring occasionally until browned and crispy.  Remove the bacon from the pan and let it drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
  2. Drain off all but 3-4 tablespoons of the bacon grease and then stir in the onions, about a pinch of salt and pepper. Let the onions cook slowly until they are well browned but not burnt.  Do not cook too quickly or they will not be as sweet.  After about 15-20 minutes of cooking scrape the bits off of the bottom of the pan with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  3. After the onions have cooked stir in the balsamic vinegar, mustard, water and 3 pieces of the cooked bacon, crumbled into small pieces.  Then bring the mixture to a simmer. Simmer until the sauce thickens and is almost completely absorbed, about 3-5 minutes.  At this point, the topping can be covered. If using immediately, set it aside in a bowl until ready to use.
  4. To make the burgers use your hands to lightly mix the remaining 5 slices of bacon crumbled with the ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and ground pepper in a bowl until the ingredients are well mixed.
  5. Shape the burger mixture into four equal-sized patties, about 1/2 inch thick, slightly thinner at the center than the edges. Cook the burgers on a grill pre-heated to medium, about 4-5 minutes per side. Add cheese if desired once burgers are cooked.
  6. Once burgers have finished cooking let them rest for 5 minutes before adding the topping, placing on the buns, and serving.

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