May 10, 2018

Bacon Jam Burger

If you're looking for the best cheeseburger recipe in town, look no further than your own kitchen! My Bacon Jam Burger is the best cheeseburger I've ever had! The combination of sweet and salty bacon jam, melted Gruyere cheese, and ooey gooey egg drool a top a juicy burger is pure burger perfection!
Bacon Jam Burger with poached egg spilling yolk down front of burger

Bacon Jam Burger

My Bacon Jam Burger is topped with a generous amount of my homemade Bacon Jam Recipe. Bacon Jam is a sweet, savory, & smoky spread that enhances the flavor of just about anything. Bacon Jam is an easy way to take a normal, everyday burger and transform it into a gourmet burger even the pickiest of burger lovers will enjoy!

I realize it is a big statement to call my Bacon Jam Burger THE BEST CHEESEBURGER recipe, but for me, this bacon jam burger tops the list of my all time best cheeseburgers. So far anyway, I will always reserve my right to change my mind.

Anyone who knows me will not be surprised I declared my bacon jam burger to be the best cheeseburger ever. Since first making bacon jam, I put it on everything and rave about it to anyone who'll listen. I've experimented with different bacon jam flavors like my Cranberry Bacon Jam Crostini, and have even switched out the sherry vinegar with other flavors such as bourbon, which is also a winner. I don't think you can wrong with bacon jam!

Seeing as we're all different, I do realize you might disagree with me. That's totally cool, and actually, I'd LOVE to hear what your BEST CHEESEBURGER of all time is. Please let me know in the comments below. I'd love to give it a try!
Bacon Jam Burger with poached egg spilling yolk down front of burger

Bacon Jam Burger Recipe Tips

  • Keep bacon jam on hand. That way it will be ready to go when you want to make these Bacon Jam Burgers.
  • If you don't have bacon jam on hand, no worries. Just whip some up before you start the burgers. Once you get down to the step where you add the bacon and water and let the mixture simmer, then you can start your burgers. OR you can make up the bacon jam and then cook your burgers in the same skillet you made the bacon jam for even more added flavor!
  • All my beef lovers already know this, but definitely use Certified Angus Beef ® brand for best results. Certified Angus Beef ® brand defines the standard by which all beef is measured. The brand adheres to stringent quality standards to ensure the beef is perfectly marbled, incredibly juicy, amazingly tender and packed with flavor. Only the best cuts of choice and prime make the cut. It truly is the best Angus beef!
  • Grill or pan searing? Really, this is up to you. For me it just depends on the weather. I do love a grilled burger, but here in sunny Florida where it's hotter'n a blister bug in a pepper patch I don't generally grill in the summertime. There is something about standing over a fire in 9 million degree heat that turns me off and makes me lose my appetite. Go figure. I do LOVE a pan seared burger, though, so don't feel too sorry for me. Pan searing your burgers in a screaming hot, heavy, cast iron skillet adds a beautiful crust on the outside of the burger. That crust is loaded with flavor, y'all! It is not a sacrifice to have to pan sear your burgers if you do it right and develop that lovely crust on both sides.
  • Lightly toast the buns. Don't forget that step. Unless you go without the buns for a low carb (ish) version of my Bacon Jam Burger. This burger is still really, really good even without the buns!
  • When the burgers are resting, poach the eggs. You want to wait until you are ready to assemble and serve the burgers to poach the eggs. If the eggs are left to rest too long after cooking, they will generally overcook in that time and you won't get that amazing, ooey gooey egg drool which is essential to enjoying the BEST CHEESEBURGER! Learn how to poach eggs perfectly every time in my recipe for a Poached Egg on Toast Breakfast (see recipe notes)
Bacon Jam Burger assembled with lettuce, melted Gruyere cheese, bacon jam, and a poached egg on top

How To Make the Best Cheeseburger

  • Use a cut of beef with a nice amount of fat. I use Certified Angus Beef ® brand ground chuck. Ground chuck has 20% fat and will make a juicier burger patty. The BEST CHEESEBURGER must be juicy!
  • Don't go crazy adding lots of different flavor to the beef. Our toppings will create a nice flavor profile for this bacon jam burger, so you want to season the beef liberally with salt and pepper on both sides of the patty before you grill or pan sear the patties.
  • When forming your patties, divide 1 1/2 pounds of beef into 4 equal pieces. Shape the patties slightly wider than the bun and put a shallow indent in the center of each patty. This will help keep the patties flat and they should fit your bun perfectly without having a domed shape which can make them difficult to eat.
  • Soft bread for the win when it comes to the best cheeseburger in my book. Whole grain bread, while it's better for your health, just doesn't make the best cheeseburger ever.
  • When grilling or pan searing your burger patties, give them time to develop that crust on each side. Place the patty in the skillet or on the grill and let it sear. Don't mess with it. I flip my burgers once when pan searing. When grilling I let it sear the grill marks in one direction and then turn to get the perfect grill marks the other direction. Then I flip and repeat the process of getting those perfect grill marks. The more sear you can get on the burger patty the better!
  • Toppings are a personal thing when it comes to the best cheeseburger ever, but for me it's all about the mixture of flavors like the sweet and savory bacon jam mixed with the smoky Gruyere cheese topped off with the rich, creamy goodness of a perfectly poached egg. It's simple, yet complex at the same time. There aren't a ton of toppings, but the toppings work together to create the maximum flavor for the best cheeseburger recipe ever! Just look at it! It's a thing of beauty.
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Yield: 4 Servings

Bacon Jam Burger

If you're looking for the best cheeseburger recipe in town, look no further than your own kitchen! My Bacon Jam Burger is the best cheeseburger I've ever had! The combination of sweet and salty bacon jam, melted Gruyere cheese, and ooey gooey egg drool a top a juicy burger is pure burger perfection!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 10 MINStotal time: 20 mins


  • 1 1/2 pounds Certified Angus Beef ® brand ground chuck
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 8-12 thin slices smoky Gruyere cheese
  • 1/2 to 1 cup Bacon Jam
  • 4 Poached eggs
  • Green leaf lettuce
  • 4 Burger buns


  1. Prepare the bacon jam first if you don't have some already made. See note 1 below for my recipe
  2. Heat a cast iron skillet over mid high heat or prepare the grill if grilling the burgers. Also, set a medium saucepan of water over medium heat on the stove top. Allow this to gently come to a boil while you are cooking the burgers. This will be the water you poach the eggs in when the burgers are resting.
  3. Divide 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck into 4 equal patties and season each patty on both sides with salt and pepper to your liking. 
  4. Melt 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter in the hot skillet and add the burger patties. Allow to sear 3-5 minutes until a nice crust forms on the burger patty. Flip the burger patty over and sear the other side for 3-5 minutes to form a nice crust. Reduce the heat to medium and top each bun with 2-3 slices of smoky Gruyere cheese. Add an ice cube to the skillet and cover. The steam will melt the cheese quickly and nicely. As soon as the cheese is melted to your liking, remove the burgers from the skillet and let rest while you prepare the poached eggs. See note 2 below to learn how to prepare poached eggs.
  5. While the eggs are poaching, toast the buns in the same skillet you used to make the burgers. Carefully wipe the skillet clean using tongs and a paper towel. Leave a little bit of fat behind in the skillet and place the buns in the skillet with the inside of the bun down. Toast lightly and remove from the skillet to a serving plate.
  6. Top each of the bottom buns with some green leaf lettuce, a burger patty, a heaping spoonful of bacon jam (more or less to your liking), a poached egg, and the top bun. Serve and enjoy!


1. Click here for my Bacon Jam Recipe
2. To learn how to perfectly poach eggs visit my Poached Egg on Toast Breakfast recipe for a tutorial and tips.
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  1. This is a gorgeous burger! It's making me want to eat this for breakfast what a beautiful photo bravo ! Marion this is amazing!

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