If you are looking for the most epic recipe to make Bacon Jam Burgers, well you have come to the right place!

I’ve been a big fan of Bacon Jam ever since I was introduced to the recipe about 6 years ago at a Smithfield Pork Event, hosted right in Historic Smithfield, VA (also known as the unofficial Pork Capital of the World). I’ve always loved to have it on hand to put out on a nice appetizer platter paired with cream cheese, or slathered on biscuits!

bacon jam burgers

All bacon jam burgers start by first making this epic Bacon Jam Recipe!


But, Bacon Jam has taken on a new meaning for me once I put it on a burger because it just made the burger so “extra”.

I first did this in my Red, White and Blue Burgers because pairing Bacon Jam with Blue Cheese and a slather of BBQ sauce is such an amazing combo that you almost can’t even fathom how good it all is together.


bacon jam bugers

Here’s a pic from my Magazine photo shoot where we made a ton of burgers for the Burger spread in the magazine.


And then, recently, I started getting the burger at the restaurant near my house and you have the option to customize with toppings and they happen to have Bacon Jam on the menu. After reordering this Burger Creation solely based on the addition of the Bacon Jam on the cheeseburger, I realized that the Bacon Jam Burger really needed a recipe of its own on my site that gives the Bacon Jam on the burger all the credit it rightfully deserves!

bacon jam burgers

And that is how the GrillGirl version of Bacon Jam Burgers was born. And let’s be honest, Burgers are my all time hangover craving and every time I had to get a burger at this restaurant it was because I needed it to function that day. And nothing makes a hangover better than Bacon Jam Burgers. Not to discredit my hangover burger, which is totally amazing, but I’d equally love a Bacon Jam Burger if I am hungover, not hungover, or any time really because they’re just that DAMN GOOD!

So, make this epic Bacon Onion Jam Recipe, the slather it on everything, but most importantly on Grilled Wagyu Beef Burgers, and leave me a comment below telling me if you think it’s the best burger you’ve had in a long time. I’m here for your comments! Enjoy the bacon-ey goodness of this burger! 


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bacon onion jam

Epic Bacon Jam

  • Author: Robyn
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: a pint jar's worth


This Bacon Onion Jam recipe, hailing from the Historic Smithfield Inn, will upgrade your cheese platter, burgers, and biscuits!


  • 12 oz (1 packet) sliced bacon
  • 1 medium sized onion, chopped
  • 2 cloved garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup breffed coffee
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 dash curry
  • 1 dash nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 tbsp bourbon (optional)



Cut the bacon in small pieces and then cook until the fat is rendered and the bacon is getting crispy- about 20 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon, and discard all of the fat except 1 tbsp of the bacon fat. Cook the onion and garlic until translucent, scraping up crispy bits.

Next, remove the onion mix and add to a crockpot. Add the remaining ingredients and let simmer for 2-3 hours on high, or until the mixture is thick and bubbly.

Pulse the mix in a food processor or with a hand blender until a smooth consistent paste like texture. Spoon into a cute jar and keep in the fridge for up to a week.

If you want to make some to give away, double this recipe.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2-3 hours
  • Category: Bacon Onion Jam
  • Method: Crock pot, simmer
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
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Bacon Jam Burgers

Bacon Jam Burgers

  • Author: Robyn
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 burgers 1x


Bacon Jam Burgers are reputably one of best things in life. It all starts with the best bacon jam recipe on the web, slathered over a juicy AF grilled burger.


  • 16 oz, 1 lb 80/20 ground beef – I prefer Snake River Farms Wagyu
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • dash Worchestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

Secret Sauce:

For the Secret Sauce

  • ½ cup mayo
  • 2 tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 tbsp. mustard
  • 1 tbsp. pickle relish (either sweet or dill is okay)
  • 1 dash onion powder
  • 1 dash smoked paprika

Muenster Cheese

Arugula, Tomatos



Directions: In order to make make Bacon Jam Burgers, make Bacon Jam ahead of time and have ready to slather on burgers.

Combine all the burger ingredients and form into 4 patties. Heat your grill to 400 degrees and grill until your desired doneness, adding the cheese after flipping over- I like mine cooked medium about 145 degrees but the USDA recommends to 160 (which in my opinion is overcooked).

Combine Secret sauce ingredients next. Slather buns with secret sauce, then add the burgers, then add a heaping tablespoonful of Bacon Jam onto the patty.

Add tomato and arugula and then add your top bun. Prepare for the best burger of your life!


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  • Prep Time: 15 minuntes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Bacon Jam Burgers, Burger Recipes
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American

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