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Wood Grilled Burger with Bacon Jam

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Ingredients

2 pounds ground beef

Salt and pepper

4 buns, preferably homemade

½ cup pimento cheese

4 tablespoons bacon jam*

1 large tomato, cut into 4 equal-size slices

Butter lettuce leaves, washed with stems removed

*Bacon Jam

2 pounds bacon, diced

1 pound brown sugar

1 cup sherry vinegar

1 ½ tablespoons thyme

1 ½ tablespoons fresh sage

½ tablespoon chili flakes

Directions

  1. Form ground beef into 4 equal-size patties. Season with salt and pepper. Place burgers on a high temperature grill and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. These will be medium.
  2. Remove from grill and rest for 1-2 minutes.
  3. To plate, top each burger with 2 tablespoons pimento cheese. On each bottom bun, spread 1 tablespoon of bacon jam. Place burger on top of bottom bun. Top burger with sliced tomato, butter lettuce, and finish with top of bun.

Bacon Jam

  1. Render bacon, but do not crisp.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to pan and reduce by 1/3. Slightly cool to room temperature then purée until smooth in a blender, adding water if needed.
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