A while ago I saw a recipe for bacon jam on Food52. It just looked too good not to try it out. And OMG is it good. You can eat it with toast or about anything else (I also like to top a soft boiled egg with it). I decided to stuff some hamburger sliders with it. It’s a nice, salty and sweet surprise to find once you take a bite of what it looks like a normal mini burger. And now that summer weather is coming our way and BBQ season is starting, this is a nice dish to have in mind for entertaining friends.
This recipe makes 8 sliders.
Ingredients for the bacon jam:
300gr of smoked bacon slices, diced
2 medium white onions, diced
½ teaspoon of paprika powder
4 cloves of garlic, minced
3 tablespoons of maple syrup
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
¾ cup of Guinness beer
Ingredients for the burger:
500gr of minced beef
1 white onion, grated
2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon of dried oregano
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 egg yolk
Toppings for the burger:
For the bacon jam:
Cook the bacon pieces in a pan until they are crispy. This will take about 8 minutes. Reserve only 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat to cook the onions.
Cook the onions over medium heat in the bacon fat until they become translucent, about 8 to 10 minutes. Then add the paprika powder, garlic and maple syrup. Add the sugar and stir, until it dissolves. Then add the vinegar and beer. Bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium. Add the bacon and allow it to simmer for about 15 minutes, until the liquid has started to reduce and thicken.
Turn off the heat and allow it to cool down in the pan. Once it has cooled down, place it in the blender and blend to your desired consistency. I like it with still a bite to it. You can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month, even though I doubt it will last that long. It’s too good not to finish it in a few days.
For the burgers:
Pour the olive oil into a pan over medium heat. Add the grated onions, oregano and balsamic vinegar. Cook until the liquid starts to reduce, about 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper. Set aside.
Place the minced beef in a large bowl. Add salt, pepper and the egg yolk. Then add the onion mixture and mix it well. Form mini burger patties with your hands. Grab some of the minced meat mixture, make a ball with your hands and then flatten it. Place about one teaspoon of the bacon jam in the middle and then form the meat mixture into a ball again. Repeat until all your patties are formed. This will make about 8 mini patties.
Pour a bit of olive oil on a pan over medium-high heat. Cook the sliders for about 4 minutes on each side for medium rare, or more time if you prefer them well done. Serve the patties with the buns and top with some gorgonzola, avocado and ketchup.
I also made the mini hamburger buns from scratch, just click here to check out the recipe.