🍔🥓 Bourbon Bacon Jam Juicy Lucy 🍔🥓

Elevate your burger game with this decadent Bourbon Bacon Jam Juicy Lucy! Featuring a juicy cheese-stuffed burger patty topped with rich and flavorful bourbon bacon jam, this recipe is perfect for gourmet burger lovers.

📋 Ingredients:

For the Bourbon Bacon Jam:

  • 🥓 1 lb bacon, chopped
  • 🧅 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 🌿 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 🥄 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 🥤 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 🍯 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 🥤 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 🌿 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For the Juicy Lucy Burgers:

  • 🥩 1 1/2 lbs ground beef (80/20 mix)
  • 🧀 4 oz cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 🧂 1 teaspoon salt
  • 🌿 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 🥤 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

For Assembling:

  • 🍞 4 burger buns
  • 🥬 Lettuce leaves
  • 🍅 Tomato slices
  • 🥒 Pickle slices

📝 Directions:

1️⃣ Make the Bourbon Bacon Jam:

  • In a large skillet, cook the chopped bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Pour off most of the bacon fat, leaving about 1 tablespoon in the skillet.
  • Add the chopped onion to the skillet and cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the minced garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Add the brown sugar, bourbon, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and black pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Return the bacon to the skillet and reduce the heat to low. Simmer the mixture, stirring occasionally, until it thickens and becomes jam-like, about 30-40 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Transfer to a food processor and pulse a few times if you prefer a smoother consistency.

2️⃣ Prepare the Juicy Lucy Burgers:

  • In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, salt, black pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix until just combined, being careful not to overwork the meat.
  • Divide the beef mixture into 8 equal portions. Flatten each portion into a thin patty.
  • Place a few cubes of cheddar cheese in the center of 4 patties. Top with the remaining patties and pinch the edges together to seal, making sure the cheese is fully enclosed.

3️⃣ Cook the Burgers:

  • Preheat a grill or skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the burgers for about 5-6 minutes per side, or until they reach your desired level of doneness and the cheese inside is melted.
  • During the last minute of cooking, toast the burger buns on the grill or in the skillet.

4️⃣ Assemble the Burgers:

  • Place a lettuce leaf on the bottom half of each bun. Top with a Juicy Lucy burger patty.
  • Spoon a generous amount of bourbon bacon jam over each patty.
  • Add tomato slices and pickle slices, if desired.
  • Cover with the top half of the bun.

5️⃣ Serve:

  • Serve the Bourbon Bacon Jam Juicy Lucy burgers hot and enjoy this gourmet treat!

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Servings: 4 servings

Calories: 800 kcal per serving

💡 Notes:

  • The bourbon bacon jam can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Feel free to experiment with different cheeses for the Juicy Lucy filling, such as pepper jack or blue cheese.
  • These burgers pair wonderfully with sweet potato fries or a fresh green salad.