Bacon Cheddar Burgers with Red Onion Jam

Rich red Onion Jam adds complex and savory sweetness to burgers topped with sharp cheddar cheese and thick-cut bacon.


Onion Jam
  • 3 Tbsp. Olive Oil 
  • 2 Large Red Onions, halved and sliced thin 
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste 
  • 1 bay leaf 
  • 2 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar 
  • 2 Tbsp. Water 
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
Bacon Cheddar Burgers
  • 1 lb. 85% Lean Ground Beef Sirloin 
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste 
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce 
  • ½ C. Garlic Aioli 
  • 4 Canyon Bakehouse Burger Buns, toasted 
  • 8 oz. Sharp Cheddar Cheese, sliced 
  • 8 Slices Thick-Cut Bacon


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the onions. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium low.
  2. Season the onions with salt and pepper and add the bay leaf. Continue to cook until translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar and water.
  3. Once the liquid has reduced, add the sugar. Cook until the onions are glossy and deep in color, about 5 more minutes.
  4. Remove the onions from the heat and transfer to dish to cool.
  5. Season the ground beef with salt and pepper and add the Worcestershire sauce. Incorporate the mixture and form 4 patties.
  6. Clean the skillet. Add olive oil and place it over medium heat.
  7. Cook the burger patties on each side until tension can be felt in the center, 2-3 minutes. Immediately top each burger with a slice of cheese. Cover the skillet and remove it from the heat. Allow the cheese to melt for about 2 minutes.
  8. If desired, remove the bay leaf and chop the red onion jam in a food processor.
  9. Spread one side of each toasted bun with garlic aioli and the other with red onion jam. Assemble each cheddar burger with two strips of bacon.

Difficulty: Easy

Prep: 10 min

Cook: 25 min

Servings: 4