Secret Recipe Club: Tomato Bacon Jam





For the August edition of Secret Recipe Club I was assigned the blog Feed Me Seymour - I had a WONDERFUL time browsing through Kim's lovely blog! SOOO many amazing recipes that I pinned to add to my menu plan in the very near future, including these Ham and Cheese Popovers, Gouda and Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese, Garlic Butter Mussels, and Creamy Chicken Soup.  Check out Kim's About Me page to find out more about this lovely, self-proclaimed "reformed kitchen failure" and her assertion that "You shouldn't need a culinary degree to make a tasty meal for your family." I totally agree - I love all the easy to read, understand, and duplicate "real good food" recipes Kim shares!

I ended up falling head over heels for the Tomato Bacon Jam, and we took this amazing recipe just a step further and turned it into an integral part of the Triple Bypass Bacon Burgers, recipe below.

Bacon Jam goes great on an ooey gooey grilled cheese too!!
Triple Bypass Bacon Burgers

Tomato Bacon Jam Ingredients (from Kim at Feed Me Seymour)
8-oz bacon
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 TBS white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground mustard
1 TBS apple cider vinegar

Burger Ingredients
1 pound ground beef
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup bacon bits (coarse chopped, cooked bacon)
4 slices of cheddar cheese
4 thick cut slices of bacon

Instructions
  1. Prepare Tomato Bacon Jam first:
    1. Fry the bacon in a skillet over medium high heat until crispy. Place cooked bacon on paper towels to absorb grease.
    2. Drain grease from skillet, reserving 2 TBS in the skillet. Saute onions in the remaining grease until translucent, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, crumble (or rough chop) the bacon when cool enough to handle. When onions are cooked, add the bacon to the skillet along with all remaining ingredients.
    3. Bring jam to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer and continue cooking for about 45 minutes, or until thickened. Cool in the pan and then move to a jar for storage.
  2. After jam has been prepared and has been set aside to cool, begin preparing the burgers.
    1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the ground beef, salt, black pepper, barbecue sauce, bacon bits, and garlic powder using your hands. Form the mixture into 4 patties and set them on a plate (you can cover and refrigerate until ready to use if necessary).
    2. Preheat your grill for medium heat.
    3. While grill is heating, cook the 4 thick cut slices of bacon to desired crispiness, and set aside to drain on paper towels when cooked through.
    4. Cook the burgers about 3 - 5 minutes per side, or until they reach desired doneness.
    5. On a bun, layer the burger, slice of cheese, cooked bacon, and coat the top (or bottom) bun with the Tomato Bacon Jam. Add additional toppings to your burger as desired (pickles, lettuce, tomato, onion, etc.)
    6. Enjoy.
    7. Schedule an appointment with your cardiologist.
Lindsey Rose is 11 months old!




Comments

  1. OMG. You slathered this on grilled cheese AND burgers?! You are brilliant. That sounds so awesome. I'm really glad you liked the recipe! :)

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    1. Thank you for sharing this one Kim - it was a HUGE hit at our house!!

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  2. Oh my goodness Rebekah, I totally want one of these cheeseburgers for breakfast now, it looks amazing! I love the idea of a tomato bacon jam, I'm drooling over the possibilities of what you could put it on! This would be so good stirred into a bowlful of zucchini noodles, which is a food I'm obsessed with right now, and cant get enough of.

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    1. Yumm - I bet it would be awesome mixed in with some zucchini noodles!!

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  3. I have just GOT to make this recipe! The looks of it has me really, really swooning! Pinning :)
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Renee - hope you get to try this one, my son was doing a lot of swooning while eating. :D

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  4. OMG! That is JUST my kinda recipe as I love bacon and tomatoes - and it looks so TASTY! What a FAB SRC pick Rebekah! Karen

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    1. Thank you Karen - we sure had fun with our SRC assignment this month! :)

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  5. Triple Bypass... oh, that is priceless!

    Tomato jam is one of the things on my list to try in the "near future", so I should go for it instead of just saving bookmarks and pinning posts ;-)

    Great choice for your assignment!

    hope you are having a great Reveal Day!

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    1. Thank you Sally! I am having a great reveal day - I hope you are too!! :) I had never tried a "savory" jam before - but it was sure fun to make and find ways to use! :D

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  6. Hahaha triple bypass burgers I love it! Great use for tomato bacon jam. I especially like the grilled cheese idea.

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    1. I work for a cardiologist, so I couldn't help the name. I could hear him disapproving in my head when we made these. :D

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  7. What an awesome topper for burgers!! The sweet of the tomato with the salty bacon... holy yum!! Love this!

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    1. This jam was definitely "made" for a burger topper - they went so great together!! My son's eyes were rolling back into his head when he was eating his. :)

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  8. We have more cherry tomatoes than we can use right now, so this jam would be the perfect way to use them up before they go bad. I also think the burger sounds delicious. I love step #7 in your instructions...too funny! Great pick this month :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! :) We had a great time with our selection for SRC this month!

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  9. Oh heavens, this sounds SO good, and it's definitely perfect for topping burgers. YUM yum yum yum!!

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    1. Thank you Amy - it went so perfectly on a burger! I love bacon and tomatoes on my cheeseburgers so this worked great for me! :)

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  10. Okay, I am actually drooling here....

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  11. That is one crazy burger. I bet it was SO tasty!

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    1. It was wonderful!! I loved watching my son's expressions when he was eating his - he definitely approved. :)

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  12. Bacon jam grilled cheese? Yes please!

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    1. I think they were made for each other. :D

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  13. Like everyone else - WOWWWWW!! I gotta make this jam - and the burger and the grilled cheese. Omg! Happy reveal day!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Sarah! I hope you get a chance to try it - goes SO good on a cheeseburger - yumm! :) My husband already asked me to make this again soon - we had to go get more bacon this weekend so we could! :)

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  14. That burger is absolutely stunning!!! Yowzer!!

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  15. I am drooling over that grilled cheese. So many possibilities. Happy Reveal Day!

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  16. Holy moly does that look good! Great SRC pick.

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  17. Did someone say bacon? Please pass the plate over - that burger looks amazing especially with the tomato bacon jam. Yum! Great SRC pick!

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