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Classic Cheeseburgers with Bacon-Onion Jam

Elevate the classic cheeseburger by topping it with a sweet-and-salty bacon-onion jam. Searing the burgers in a cast-iron skillet ensures a crisp, brown crust across the whole patty.

But don't relegate this bacon jam only to burgers-the serving options are endless. Besides slathering it on cheeseburgers, try serving it at a party on crostini. Or toss it with cooked pasta. And, it’s especially good on baked potatoes topped with a dollop of sour cream.

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Ingredients

FOR THE JAM, COOK:

MELT:

STIR IN:

FOR THE CHEESEBURGERS, COMBINE:

OFF HEAT, TOP:

Test Kitchen Tip

You can use any kind of bun you like — sesame seed, onion, kaiser, artisan, you name it. Just make sure it’s the freshest available.

Instructions

For the jam, cook bacon in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet until crisp; transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate and discard all but 1 Tbsp. drippings.

Melt butter with drippings in skillet over low heat. Add onions and thyme; cook, covered, until onions are translucent, 10 minutes.

Stir in brown sugar, broth, tomato paste, vinegar, and Worcestershire; cook until onions caramelize, 10–15 minutes more. Discard thyme, stir in bacon, season jam with salt and pepper, and transfer to a bowl. Wipe out skillet.

For the cheeseburgers, combine chuck, oil, salt, and pepper; shape into four 6-oz. patties.

Heat cast-iron skillet over medium-high for 2 minutes. Add patties and cook 3 minutes; flip and cook 3 minutes more.

Off heat, top burgers with Cheddar, cover skillet, and allow cheese to melt, 1–2 minutes.

Serve cheeseburgers on buns with jam.

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Adding olive oil to the ground chuck provides flavor and moisture and produces a tender burger.

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Shaping the meat in a round cutter is a quick and easy way to make uniform-sized patties.

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