Grilled Pork Burgers with Bacon Onion Jam

Looking for a next level burger experience? Here it is.

Pork ribs

Cut: Ground Pork, Bacon
Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Number of Servings: 6




  • 1 lb (0.5 kg) lean ground pork
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) finely chopped red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) fine dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) EACH salt and ground black pepper
  • 6 hamburger buns, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL) crumbled blue cheese for garnish (optional)
  • Suggested toppings: Lettuce leaves, tomato slices, red onion slices, cooked bacon

Bacon Onion Jam:

  • 1-(12 oz/375 g) package bacon, coarsely chopped
  • 3 cups (375 mL) chopped red onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) apple juice
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) water
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) whisky
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) packed dark brown sugar
  • Dash ground cayenne pepper


For the burgers:

  1. In large bowl, gently combine ground pork with onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg, mustard, salt and pepper; do not overmix.
  2. Form into 6 patties.
  3. Preheat barbecue on high; reduce heat to medium. Grill patties 6-8 minutes per side or until instant-read thermometer registers 160°F (71 °C).
  4. Serve in buns with your favourite toppings and condiments. Or, top with Bacon Onion Jam (recipe below) and garnish with crumbled blue cheese if desired.

For the jam:

  • In large skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until fat is rendered and bacon is lightly browned, about 20 minutes.
  • Remove all but 1 Tbsp fat from skillet. Add onions, garlic and bay leaf. Cook and stir until onions are softened, 2-3 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients. Stir to combine until sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat. Simmer until liquid is syrupy, about 45 minutes. Stir occasionally, scraping up any browned bits from bottom of skillet.
  • Remove skillet from heat. Allow mixture to cool slightly.
  • Remove bay leaf. Transfer mixture to a food processor; pulse just until no large pieces of bacon or onion remain.

Note: Bacon onion jam can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Use as a condiment on hamburgers and grilled meats. It’s also a great accompaniment to a platter of assorted cheeses and livens up a cream cheese smothered bagel.

Makes: 1 1/2 - 2 cups (375 - 500 mL)


Nutritional Analysis



6 servings


per burger

Per Serving
Calories 660
Total Fat 31 g
Saturated Fat 14 g
Cholesterol 165 mg
Carbohydrates 68 g
Fiber 1 g
Sugars 11 g
Protein 24 g
Sodium 1040 mg
Potassium 288 mg