Imagine sinking your teeth into a juicy burger topped with sticky bacon jam, creamy Gruyere cheese, and a pillowy soft toasted bun. That my friends, is Summer Nirvana! If you want the ultimate gourmet burger, this Bacon Jam Burger with Gruyere Cheese needs to be on your summer cookout menu!
As anyone who knows me can testify, I tackle homemade burgers with a level of seriousness most akin to a pilot landing a plane in the middle of a snowstorm. Everything needs to be perfect. Previously, I’ve even gone so far as to cook burgers everyday for 6 months straight in my quest to craft the perfect gourmet burger.
You know what I learned? The bun is paramount. The wrong bun can destroy the ideal texture and mouthfeel you are trying to achieve with each juicy bite. Particularly a bun that is overly bulky and dense. This is why it is always important to lightly toast hamburger buns. The heat lightens the feel of the bun in your mouth, allowing the burger and toppings to shine, while the toasted sliced interior adds a pleasingly crisp texture.
I’ll admit, in the past I have obsessively researched what other burger aficionados found to be the perfect hamburger bun. (Yes, I am aware I get a little overly infatuated with foods I’m passionate about) You know what name kept popping up time and time again? Martin’s Sandwich Potato Rolls.
And you know what? They were right!
Martin’s Sandwich Potato Rolls make exceptional hamburger buns, particularly for quarter pound burgers. Since they are potato rolls, the bun is perfectly soft and moist, which stands up well to being lightly toasted. Additionally, their bakery doesn’t cut corners on the ingredients, using real milk, butter, and sugar rather than products such as whey, corn syrup, and hydrogenated shortening. It is the perfect bun to highlight the flavors of this Bacon Jam Burger with Gruyere Cheese!
I also love to support family owned companies when possible. Their dedication to quality can be seen by not only what goes into their products, but also by what doesn’t. They have removed all artificial dyes and ADA from their product ingredients, and their products are non-GMO. In total, this adds up to a bun I am excited to serve to family and friends this summer, and a company I’m happy to support!
This Bacon Jam Burger with Gruyere Cheese is ideal for your summer cookout, or as a special treat for your family. The smoky and sweet flavor of bacon jam will be appreciated by the most refined foodie to your pickiest child!
The bacon jam I use for this burger is my Apricot Bacon Jam recipe. It perfectly balances the sweetness of apricots with the smoky bacon, while apple cider vinegar rounds out the acidity. I highly recommend it for this Bacon Jam Burger with Gruyere Cheese, or just enjoy it slathered on toast and crackers!
- 8 Martin's Sandwich Potato Rolls
- 2 tbsp butter divided
- 2 lbs Ground Chuck divided into 8 patties
- 8 slices Gruyere Cheese
- One recipe Bacon Jam
- 8 leaves Green Leaf Lettuce
- Sliced Red Onions
- Salt and Pepper
Working in batches, melt ~1/2 tbsp butter in a skillet on medium heat and add buns, sliced side down to lightly toast. Remove from skillet when the sliced interior is golden brown and lightly toasted. Add more butter as needed as you toast the remainder of the buns.
Flatten ground chuck into round patties an inch larger than the size of the bun, as they will shrink when cooked. Salt and pepper each side and add to a separate skillet on medium high heat and cook until the top begins to turn a dark red, flip and top with cheese. Continue to cook until the burger is cooked through.
Warm bacon jam in microwave or in small saucepan.
Place slice of lettuce on bottom bun, topped with slices of onion, then add burger patty and top with two tablespoons of bacon jam and cover with the upper bun.
Bacon Jam Recipe: http://www.foxvalleyfoodie.com/apricot-bacon-jam/
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