Friday, May 16, 2014

Green Tomato Bacon Jam Burgers

A simple burger with a little something extra--green tomato bacon jam mixed into the beef makes each bite juicy and full of flavor

Green Tomato Bacon Jam Burgers | Farm Fresh Feasts

There's just something about the flavor of these burgers.  Mixing in the Green Tomato Bacon Jam adds such richness to the meat that they deserve their own post.  And if I get this up before Memorial Day?  Well, let's just say that I'm so happy to be enjoying these burgers hot off the grill that I can't wait longer to share with you all.

Green Tomato Bacon Jam Burgers | Farm Fresh Feasts

In a way I feel like I'm recycling a post here, which is I'm sure not cool for a relatively new blogger to do.  I did it for me, though--I didn't want to wade through my Green Tomato Bacon Jam recipe for the burger recipe, nor did I want others to do so.  Even if you don't make your own Green Tomato Bacon Jam--and I just made a batch the other day through the magic of canned green tomatoes since my own plants are 3 to 8 inches tall--I think the jam flavor is so terrific in the burgers I must share now so you can try this over the summer months.  [Can you buy green tomato bacon jam?]

Green Tomato Bacon Jam Burgers | Farm Fresh Feasts

Making your own Green Tomato Bacon Jam is easy--if you can chop or use a food processor, and stir a bunch of stuff together in a pot for an hour.  The ingredients are not hard to source, and it keeps in the fridge or the freezer--no scary canning required.

Green Tomato Bacon Jam Burgers | Farm Fresh Feasts

[I freely admit to continuing the brain washing I started last month about canning tomatoes and freezing assorted pizza toppings.]  Each time I open up my freezer or pantry during the winter and grab something yummy I put up over the summer, I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment.

I want you to feel that sense of accomplishment, too.

Green Tomato Bacon Jam Burgers | Farm Fresh Feasts



Green Tomato Bacon Jam Burgers | Farm Fresh Feasts

 Green Tomato Bacon Jam Burgers (makes 4)

1 pound ground beef (my round up post on 106 other uses for Ground Beef here)
¼ cup Green Tomato Bacon Jam (my recipe is here)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon seasoned salt or your favorite burger seasoning or salt and pepper, optional but good
4 hamburger buns--Sarah's recipe rocks

In a large bowl and with your hands, gently mix everything together. Make a large, even, circle and use your fingers to divide it into quarters. Set aside. Preheat grill to medium high. Grill burgers until well done with clear juices, about 8-10 minutes per side on my little grill.  Serve with your favorite sides.
I'm partial to Confetti Potato Salad.

Green Tomato Bacon Jam Burgers | Farm Fresh Feasts

This post is shared with the From the Farm Blog Hop and Fiesta Friday, Clever Chicks Blog Hop, Hot Fun in the SummertimeSimple Supper Tuesday, Tasty TuesdaysWhat's Cookin' Wednesday

20 comments:

  1. I like that sense of accomplishment as well, which I also attribute to you so thank you for that.
    I still find canning slightly scary, so the idea of freezing the jam sets my mind at ease. By the way, you're making me crave bacon. Hmm.
    Also, you're making me want to sing Naughty By Nature's Jamboree. You know I jam jam. :)

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    1. Meghan,
      I can see your epic canning post now--complete with tunes.
      My mom tells me I need to change the wording because canning is NOT scary, it is science, so I will.
      And she's right--it's not scary when you're actually doing it, and once you've cracked open your own canned jars you'll think nothing of it. But the idea of starting to boiling water bath process your own food is scary to contemplate if you've no experience--I'll own that one, mom. {Though my mom cans, so it's not like I didn't grow up hearing the ping and pop of lids}.
      Thanks!

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  2. Thank you for bringing some meat to the table... I was afraid I'd go into a sugar coma with all the delicious sweet treats our fellow guests are bringing today. I love the idea of this jam to kick up the burgers. Hubby would love grilling these. Nice to meet you! Happy Fiesta Friday!

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    1. Meghan,
      It would be a lie to say I'm all about the meat, but I am more about the vegetables than the sweet treats that's for sure. Unless I can, you know, stick beets in with the blueberry muffins (must edit those photos).
      It's nice to meet you--and thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Michelle,
      Thank you! It's always nice when something that tastes terrific also photographs well. Not like Hot Pink Mess--that was so good but the photos didn't do it justice. It seems like each month I'm happier and happier with my food photos (probably due to longer days) though I still always see room for improvement.

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  4. I am a burger freak and (this doesn't happen often!) I think I've found an original here!!!! Great idea to add the jam into the meat . . . . I add harissa or tomato paste & apple sauce (1 tbsp to 1 lb meat) and it gives such a wonderful umami undercurrent that you can't exactly identify.

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    1. Sue,
      Oh you are so sweet--thanks! Adding the GTBJ is just exactly that--there's just something, you can't precisely identify, though I like your description of an umami undercurrent. Better than an undertow--those I want to stay far away from my burgers!
      I think harissa or tomato paste would make lovely color in the burgers, too--that's a great idea.

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    2. I think I might borrow your idea for my submission to this year's LA Times Battle of the Burgers. I just love your blog by the way. Very funny "About" page with the photobombing dog and other creatures. I like your humor!!!

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  5. Hi there - I've come over from Fiesta Friday! I love the addition of the green tomato jam to the meat - your burger looks really delicious as does that potato salad!

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    1. Selma,
      Thank you for your comments on my potato salad! One of the first recipes I posted, and since it's a staple for our family it's one of the ones I get to photograph over and over until I get something I like.
      I'm so looking forward to the CSA farm share starting up next week so I can try a slightly different version--but I need radishes and I'm willing to wait for local.
      Thanks!

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  6. Yum! I never think to mix anything into my burgers, but this sounds amazing! And don't think of this as recycling a post, though there is nothing wrong with that. You are highlighting a favorite recipe that you really want people to try. I am the perfect example – I read your green tomato bacon jam post, but I never made it. Now I am even more determined to make it, and mix it into hamburgers.

    Thanks for the shoutout on the buns! :)
    Sarah

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    1. Sarah,
      Your buns deserve a shout out--the recipe is easy to follow with great results.
      I tell ya, I tried spreading the tops of the burgers with jam but it just didn't do it for me.
      Mixing it in, though--that's the ticket.
      Thanks!

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  7. That is one mighty fine lookin' burger. And that jam is pretty awesome too. Thanks for sharing with us at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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    1. Cindy,
      Thank you! I'm always pretty psyched when I can get a photo to turn out how the food actually looks.
      Thanks for hosting!

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  8. I want to come over to your house and eat these this weekend!!! OMG, they look and sound so amazing! I'm such a sucker for anything green tomatoes - part of why I don't have a tomato garden, besides the whole NYC apartment thing of course, but also because I would never see a red tomato; I would likely lack the self restraint to not pick them all at their peak of greenness. :)

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    1. Julie,
      I love a (red) tomato sandwich w/ mayo and salt and pepper and maybe bacon too--more than I love green tomatoes. Last summer I forced myself to eat a tomato sandwich at least once a week. Most of the time I wasn't really forcing myself, I realize, but towards late September I was kinda over the whole 'OMG a ripe tomato sandwich' thing. That's when I get into green tomatoes. I have no self restraint when it comes to berries.
      Thanks!

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  9. Delighted to be adding this to my Summer Celbrations board on Pinterst, Kirsten. It looks great; I've got to try my hand at bacon jam!

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  10. It might take a bit of hard work to make this recipe but it seems worth the work. Thanks for sharing.

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