Peanut Butter and Jelly Bacon Cheeseburger

I know what you are probably thinking right of the bat. Peanut butter and Jelly on a bacon cheeseburger, what are you nuts?! Maybe I am, and maybe I took a small risk at destroying a perfectly great smashed style burger, but stay me on this one. The thought of making this burger only came when I wanted to buy some grape jelly for my daughter. She is normally a red raspberry preserve type of gal, but I figured that I would change that up and have her try the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch throughout the week. I swear that was my only reasoning behind this idea, and after some thought, I figured that this peanut butter and jelly bacon cheeseburger would be off the charts, and no lie, it was.

Peanut butter and Jelly Bacon Cheeseburger Recipe

Another reason I wanted to give this a shot is because I haven’t had Nueske’s bacon in quiet some time, and I had a serious hankering for some amazing bacon. I swear that was it. Well, that, and if you have never tried peanut butter as a spread on your burger bun, well then, I’m sorry, you’re not living to your fullest. I knew that bacon and peanut butter were going to be just fine on the burger because I’ve made a peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwich in the past that was so incredibly delicious my mouth waters just thinking about it, but I was skeptical to have jelly and cheese on the same burger. Again, after a bit more thought, I realized that I loved having a jam and brie style cheese on crackers, so I just knew it was going to come out alright, and let me tell you, IT WAS AMAZING!

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb ground chuck
  • 1/2 tsp salt, to taste
  • 3 slices of Nueske’s bacon, or your favorite, cooked
  • 2 tbsp reserved bacon grease
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 sturdy hamburger bun, lightly toasted
  • 2 slices of medium cheddar cheese
  • 3 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp grape jelly

Start by gently forming your ground chuck into a ball. Season with half of the salt.

Heat a large cast iron skillet on medium to medium high heat. Add in the reserved bacon grease and let the come up to a light smoke.

Add the ball of ground chuck, salt side down, and let that get nice and hot, cooking for about 3 minutes, left alone.

During this time, spread the butter onto the bun, and toast on a skillet. Once toasted, remove and set it to the side.

After three minutes, use a large, sturdy burger spatula and smash it down. Literally smash it down, spreading it out if you have to, but try not breaking up the ground chuck. Let this cook for another minute or so, sprinkle with the remaining salt, then flip. You will end up with some great caramelization on the patty. Cook another few minutes, then top with the cooked bacon, and top that with the cheddar cheese. Lower the heat.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bacon Cheeseburger

While the steam and fat melt that cheese, spread the grape jelly on the bottom bun. Spread the peanut butter on the bottom of the top bun.

Use the spatula to remove the burger, gently tilting to remove any residual burger grease. Lay this onto the jelly, and top with the peanut butter bun. Gently push down so that the peanut butter begins to melt.

Take a picture, do whatever, but get excited. Get very excited, then take a bite. Again, call me crazy, but this burger had everything I ever wanted in a burger. You get that creamy, warm peanut butter that gets perfectly balanced by the smokey bacon and salty cheese, then kabaam! You get this awesome, perfect sweetness from the jelly. This has that sweet, savory, umami that one would only want, and expect in a great burger.

If you are looking for something new to try, give this one a shot, and let me know what you think. I hope you enjoy!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bacon Cheeseburger
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • ½ lb ground chuck
  • ½ tsp salt, to taste
  • 3 slices of Nueske's bacon, or your favorite, cooked
  • 2 tbsp reserved bacon grease
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 sturdy hamburger bun, lightly toasted
  • 2 slices of medium cheddar cheese
  • 3 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp grape jelly
Instructions
  1. Start by gently forming your ground chuck into a ball. Season with half of the salt.
  2. Heat a large cast iron skillet on medium to medium high heat. Add in the reserved bacon grease and let the come up to a light smoke.
  3. Add the ball of ground chuck, salt side down, and let that get nice and hot, cooking for about 3 minutes, left alone.
  4. During this time, spread the butter onto the bun, and toast on a skillet. Once toasted, remove and set it to the side.
  5. After three minutes, use a large, sturdy burger spatula and smash it down. Literally smash it down, spreading it out if you have to, but try not breaking up the ground chuck. Let this cook for another minute or so, sprinkle with the remaining salt, then flip. You will end up with some great caramelization on the patty. Cook another few minutes, then top with the cooked bacon, and top that with the cheddar cheese. Lower the heat.
  6. Peanut Butter and Jelly Bacon Cheeseburger
  7. While the steam and fat melt that cheese, spread the grape jelly on the bottom bun. Spread the peanut butter on the bottom of the top bun.
  8. Use the spatula to remove the burger, gently tilting to remove any residual burger grease. Lay this onto the jelly, and top with the peanut butter bun. Gently push down so that the peanut butter begins to melt.
  9. Take a picture, do whatever, but get excited. Get very excited, then take a bite. Again, call me crazy, but this burger had everything I ever wanted in a burger. You get that creamy, warm peanut butter that gets perfectly balanced by the smokey bacon and salty cheese, then kabaam! You get this awesome, perfect sweetness from the jelly. This has that sweet, savory, umami that one would only want, and expect in a great burger.

 

 

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

5 thoughts on “Peanut Butter and Jelly Bacon Cheeseburger

  1. First thought, eeww. But after reading your description, hmmm. I know I like bacon & PB so I might have to try this. My dad is legendary, at least in our family, for PB, bacon & green olive sandwiches . The man loves his salt. Thanks for a great blog, love it & the Wisconsin connection despite being from Chicago.

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