Bacon brunch burger

Brunch Burger with Bacon Jam

Ingredients

Burgers:
  • 2 pounds ground chuck
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4-6 buns (depending on the size of your burgers), toasted
  • Cheddar cheese slices
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups arugula
  • Fried eggs (enough for each burger to be topped with one)
Bacon jam:
  • 1 pound bacon, chopped
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard
Roasted Tomato Ketchup:
  • 3 cups assorted cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

To Make the Bacon Jam:

Cook the bacon in a large skillet until it is browned and crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Discard all of the drippings except a tablespoon or so. Sauté the onion and garlic over medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Return the bacon to the pan and add the remaining ingredients. Cook it over medium heat for about 30 minutes or until a thick, jam-like consistency is reached.

To Make the Roasted Tomato Ketchup:

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with foil. Place all of the ingredients on the pan and toss them together. Roast the mixture in the oven for about 25 minutes or until the skins of the tomatoes have burst and most of the liquid has cooked off. Remove them from the oven and let the mixture cool slightly. Place them in a food processor and process until smooth.

To Make the Burgers:

Mix the ground chuck with salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Form the meat into patties to fit the buns you have chosen.

Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Place the burgers on the pan and cook them for about 4 minutes (this is also a good time to fry your eggs!). Flip the burgers continuing to cook for 3-5 more minutes, depending on how done you prefer your burgers. Lower the heat and top the burgers with the cheddar cheese. Cover the pan with the lid cooking for an additional minute to allow the cheese to melt.

To Assemble the Burgers:

Spread a generous amount of the roasted tomato ketchup on the bottom portion of all the buns. Top them with some arugula, a few slices of red onion and the burger. Place the fried eggs on top of the burgers. Spread the top portion of the buns with a few tablespoons of the bacon jam and place them on top of the fried eggs. Then…go for it!

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