Sunday, June 9, 2013

Bacon burgers with Bacon-Onion-Balsamic Jam

Billie and I normally have a date night on Friday night. A couple weeks ago, we decided to stay home instead of going out. So I wanted to make our dinner feel extra special. And whoever said we would never use our fine china just doesn't know me. :) I mean, what goes better on fine china than a fat grass fed beef burger?? We nixed the bun and served the burger on a nice big piece of lettuce and topped with local herb goat cheese (a treat from the farmers market) and the bacon-onion-balsamic jam.

This recipe is copied from Fine Cooking:
Bacon Burgers with Bacon-Onion-Balsamic Jam
For the jam
  • 4 thick slices applewood-smoked bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1 large red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
For the burgers
  • 2 thick slices applewood-smoked bacon
  • 1-1/2 lb. ground beef (85% lean)
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
Make the Jam
In a heavy-duty 12-inch skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until lightly browned but not yet crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain. Pour off all but 2 to 3 Tbs. of bacon fat from the skillet.
Add the onion to the skillet, season with a little salt and pepper, cover the pan, and cook for 2 minutes. Uncover, add a splash of water, and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Cover, and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and beginning to color, about 10 minutes.
Add the vinegar, mustard, and 1/3 cup water. Return the bacon to the skillet and bring the mixture to a simmer. Simmer, uncovered, until the liquid has thickened and most of it has been absorbed, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool slightly. Cover with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature for up to 2 hours, or refrigerate for up to 2 days and gently reheat before serving.
Make the burgers
With a sharp knife or food processor, mince the bacon. Transfer to a large mixing bowl, and add the ground beef, Worcestershire, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Using a fork, gently toss until well mixed but not overworked. Form into 4 equal patties, each 3/4 to 1 inch thick. Press your thumb in the center of each patty to create a deep depression.
Making an indentation in the center of each burger keeps them from swelling up into mini basketballs on the grill.
Prepare a gas or charcoal grill fire for indirect cooking over medium-high heat (400°F to 450°F). Grill the burgers over direct heat until grill marks form, 4 to 5 minutes (move them to indirect heat if any flare-ups occur). Flip the burgers and cook for 4 to 5 minutes more for medium (a faintly pink center). For more well done, cook an additional minute.
Transfer the burgers to a plate and tent them with aluminum foil. Toast the cut sides of the buns on the grill until golden grill marks form,about 1 minute. Serve the burgers, topped with a rounded 1/4 cup of the jam.
Make Ahead Tips
The bacon-onion jam can be made a day or two ahead, refrigerated, and gently reheated before spooning it onto the burgers.

1 comment:

  1. That looks so good!!
    And you will never regret using your find china- don't wait until a holiday to pull it out :)