Bacon cheeseburgers are one of the most popular burger combinations around. How about adding a slightly sweet blueberry jam to this iconic burger to “take it up a notch” as they say. It’s an easy addition and it adds the sweet-savory flavor that is so remarkable in food pairings. Perfect for 4th of July or Summer BBQs!
Best Additions or Substitutions
Cheeseburgers are easy to customize and can adapt to the tastes of the crowd at a Summer barbecue or gathering. Simply lay out an array of different accompaniments and let people assemble their own burger.
Here are some popular additions or substitutions for customizing a blueberry-bacon-cheeseburger:
- Replace lettuce with spicy arugula
- Replace gouda cheese with blue cheese
- Replace blueberry jam with this recipe for blueberry BBQ sauce
- Add a basil aioli instead of mayo (see notes in recipe card for directions)
- Toast the buns with a bit of oil if you want extra crunch
- Use red onions for added color
Step #1: Cook the bacon to your preferred crispiness
Step #2: Grill or pan-fry the burgers (see cooking tips for best burgers below)
Step #3: While burgers are cooking make a blueberry compote if you are not using pre-made blueberry jam
Step #4: Assemble the burgers with blueberry jam and your preferred burger accompaniments
Best Method for Cooking Burgers Indoors
While grilling is a popular method for burgers in the Summertime, our weather in Minnesota doesn’t always cooperate when I want a good burger. I tend to opt for cooking burgers in a grill pan or skillet on the stove, so I can enjoy them quickly and without a lot of grill prep.
There are a few keys to making the juiciest, tastiest burgers in a skillet however. Here are the tips to consider for a 5-star burger:
- Get chuck that has at least 20% fat; lean burgers are just not optimal for flavor
- 1 pound of burger will make about 3 good sized patties (1/2-inch-thick and 4 1/2 inches in diameter) that fit in standard grocery store buns
- Heat a cast iron pan up before placing the burgers in it.
- Cook over medium high heat at the beginning to get a good sear and then lower the heat a bit to cook it through
- If your sear is good but the inside of the burger is not getting done, lower the heat a bit more and place a cover on the skillet
- If you want perfectly melted cheese on your burger, wait until they are 90% done, place the cheese on top and cover the skillet with a see-through cover if possible. Watch for the cheese to melt to your desired consistency and then remove burgers and let them rest about 3-5 minutes
- For patties that are loosely packed and 1/2-inch-thick, cook about 4 minutes on one side, and then flip and cook 3 minutes on the other side. This will be medium-rare.
Blueberry Bacon Cheeseburgers
- 5 Ounces bacon strips cut in half
- 1 Pound chuck ground beef
- 2 ½ Ounces cheese I used gouda
- 2 Slices crisp lettuce
- 1 Tablespoon mayonnaise optional
- ½ onion red if you have it
- ⅓ Cup blueberry jam or homemade blueberry compote
- 3 hamburger buns
- Cut bacon strips in half and cook in a large skillet over medium high heat until done to your preference (crispy or softer).5 Ounces bacon
- Form ground beef into 3 1/2-inch patties about 4 1/2 inches in diameter. Sprinkle with salt and use your thumb to add a small indent in the middle of the patty to help keep it from shrinking.Heat a bit of oil in a cast iron skillet and when it is hot add your patties to the skillet.Sear on one side about 4 minutes, or until browned. Flip and cook on the other side about 3 minutes for medium rare.When the burgers are almost done to your preference, add the cheese on top and cover the pan, cooking a little longer until the cheese is melted (about 1-2 minutes)1 Pound chuck ground beef, 2 1/2 Ounces cheese
- While the burgers are cooking, lay out your accompaniments and toast the buns. Assemble the burgers: Spread the toasted buns liberally with mayonnaise. Place lettuce on top of the mayo, followed by the cheeseburger, a few spoonfuls of blueberry sauce, 3 1/2 slices of bacon, and a slice of red onion.a big pinch of arugula. Repeat with the remaining burgers.2 Slices crisp lettuce, 1/2 onion, 1/3 Cup blueberry jam, 3 hamburger buns, 1 Tablespoon mayonnaise