Bacon Jam Mozza Burger

Bacon Jam Mozza Burger

Did someone say bacon? Yes indeed, and you won’t want to let Father’s Day go by without firing up the grill for this amazing Bacon Jam Mozza Burger. Thick ground beef chuck patties topped with mozzarella and plenty of sweet and smoky bacon jam. Trust me, dad will be happy!

So let’s talk meat shall we?  Even though the bacon jam in this recipe makes a statement, it’s the beef that’s gonna make or break your burger experience. We’ve all eaten the pre made frozen hamburger patties and we’ve all made hamburgers from regular ground beef, but let me tell you, there’s a better way to go.  

Ground chuck my friends is the meat of choice for your beef burger.  Specifically, ground  chuck with a 20% fat ratio. This is a highly recommended ratio because it lends to a nice juicy burger without being overly fatty, which isn’t required with ground chuck because you can cook it to your liking of medium, medium rare…..not the well cooked mandatory standard for frozen patties or burgers made from regular ground beef that need to be cooked to a minimum of 160℉ for food safe reasons. Most butcher shops will carry ground chuck or will be super happy to grind it for you.  Even in my small community, where it is hard to find fresh bean sprouts, I was able to source ground chuck at Sylvan Quality Meats.  A simple call ahead landed me several pounds of ground chuck at an 80/20 ratio, neatly packed in 1 pound pouches.   

So back to the burger….probably the two most significant differences between burgers made with ground beef and those made with ground chuck is flavour and tenderness.  Ground chuck yields a beefier taste and is tender due to the fat ratio and the fact that you can cook it similar to a steak, medium rare, medium etc.  This ability to serve the burger with a little pink in the centre lends to a more tender burger.   You could say beef steak rules apply in this case.  Plus, there’s no filler, additives, or excess salt, just good quality beef with tasty toppings.  What’s not to love about that? Enjoy!

Recipe source for Bacon Jam Mozza Burger has been inspired by: Epicurious Whiskey Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam Mozza Burger
Print Recipe
    Servings Prep Time
    4 people 30 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    60 minutes 3 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    4 people 30 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    60 minutes 3 minutes
    Bacon Jam Mozza Burger
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      4 people 30 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      60 minutes 3 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      4 people 30 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      60 minutes 3 minutes
      Ingredients
      Bacon Jam
      Servings: people
      Instructions
      Bacon Jam
      1. Chop bacon into 1/4" dice. Heat a large sauce pot or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add diced bacon and cook uncovered until crisp and rendered, stirring often. Scoop out bacon onto a paper towel lined plate, leaving behind approximately 2 tbsp of bacon fat.
      2. Reduce heat to medium and add chopped onion. Cook uncovered until softened and starting to caramelize, approximately 10 minutes. Add garlic and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add remaining ingredients including cooked bacon and heat to a simmer. Reduce heat and cook for approximately 30 minutes until mixture is "jammy"
      3. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. If you like a chunkier texture, serve bacon jam as is. If you prefer a jammier texture, add 1/2 the bacon jam to a food processor and pulse several times to break down bacon. Stir together with unprocessed half and serve. Yields an approximate 1 1/4 cups of bacon jam and will keep refrigerated in a sealed container for up to one week. Rewarm gently prior to use once it has been chilled.
      Burgers
      1. Preheat grill to medium high.
      2. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Weight ground chuck into 6 ounce portions. Form each portion into 4 1/2"-4 3/4"patties using a press or your hands, making sure not to overwork the meat. Using your thumb, make an indent in the centre of each pattie. Place formed patties onto parchment lined tray and lightly brush both sides with oil. Sprinkle both sides generously with kosher salt and cracked black pepper.
      3. Place patties onto grill and cook for approximately 4-5 minutes per side for medium or 140-145℉. Flip patties only once. Remove from heat onto a plate and top with cheese. Cover loosely with foil and allow to rest for about 3 minutes, giving the meat time to rest and the cheese time to melt.
      4. While burgers are resting, toast buns and warm bacon jam. Assemble burgers with bacon jam and other toppings as desired and serve immediately.

      Italian Turkey Burgers with Basil Mayonnaise

      Italian Turkey Burgers with Basil Mayonnaise

      Are you compelled to treat the special father in your life to a BBQ this weekend? Get your grill on for these flavourful and juicy Italian Turkey Burgers with Basil Mayonnaise. Not only is a BBQ synonymous with summer, it also resonates fun, sunshine, time with family and community spirit. These wonderful burgers will be sure to impress yet leave you time to spend with friends and family.

      In this recipe the Italian sausage adds some much needed fat to the lean ground turkey, giving the burger more flavour and moisture. The sausage by its own nature also brings spices such as fennel, garlic, and oregano to the mixture. The basil mayonnaise adds a refreshing creaminess to the burger and creates a wonderful combination.

      Be sure to mix thoroughly so the Italian sausage is evenly distributed, however you still need to take care not to over mix. By making a shallow indentation in the center of each patty it will help prevent it from shrinking too much and leave a uniformly round patty. thekitchn.com has a great blog demonstrating patty forming and whether or not the indentation actually matters.

      Make the most of your sunny weekend and treat dad to the BBQ he deserves with Italian Turkey Burgers with Basil Mayonnaise.

       

       

      Italian Turkey Burgers with Basil Mayonnaise
      Italian Turkey Burger with Basil Mayonnaise
      Print Recipe
      A flavourful and juicy turkey burger topped with a refreshing basil mayonnaise.
        Servings Prep Time
        6 people 15 minutes
        Cook Time
        10 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        6 people 15 minutes
        Cook Time
        10 minutes
        Italian Turkey Burgers with Basil Mayonnaise
        Italian Turkey Burger with Basil Mayonnaise
        Print Recipe
        A flavourful and juicy turkey burger topped with a refreshing basil mayonnaise.
          Servings Prep Time
          6 people 15 minutes
          Cook Time
          10 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          6 people 15 minutes
          Cook Time
          10 minutes
          Ingredients
          Italian Turkey Burgers
          Basil Mayonnaise
          Servings: people
          Instructions
          Italian Turkey Burgers
          1. In a small bowl whisk together egg, onion powder, garlic powder, dry mustard, pepper and salt. Set aside.
          2. In a medium size bowl gently mix together ground turkey, Italian sausage, onion, red pepper and parsley. Add egg mixture and breadcrumbs and mix with hands until well combined.
          3. Form into approximately 4- 41/2 ounce patties 1/2 inch thick, making an indent in the center of each patty.
          4. Preheat grill to medium high. Lightly brush each patty with oil and grill for approximately 5 minutes per side or until 170℉ is reached. Remove from grill and serve with Basil Mayonnaise.
          Basil Mayonnaise
          1. In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use.
          Recipe Notes

          Recipe Source:  Compelled To Cook