Bacon Jam Smash Burger

Last month Chef Tom of All Things Barbecue was invited to the Food Network & Cooking Channel’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival in Miami to cook in both the Burger Bash and Beachside BBQ events. Today we share his Bacon Jam Smash Burger recipe, which was cooked for a crowd of 4000 at the Burger Bash! It’s a simple burger with HUGE flavor, and the Bacon Jam, which is the star of the show, is not only good on burgers, but so much more! Make sure to bookmark this recipe!

Bacon Jam Smash Burger


For the bacon jam:

For the secret sauce:


To make the bacon jam, cook the bacon over medium heat in a Lodge 12” Cast Iron Skillet, stirring frequently until lightly browned. Remove from the skillet using a slotted spoon. Drain bacon on paper towels. Add the sliced onions and Cattleman’s Grill 8 Second Ride Carne Asada Seasoning to the skillet. Cook until translucent, about 5-10 minutes. Add the garlic and brown sugar. Cook for one minute. Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer. Return the cooked bacon to the skillet. Cook over low heat until the mixture is syrupy. Transfer to a food processor and pulse to desired consistency. Cool and store in mason jars in the refrigerator.

Preheat your Yoder Smokers YS640 Pellet Grill to 450ºF, set up for direct grilling, with a Weber Griddle positioned over the firebox.

Spread the cut surfaces of the potato rolls with the mayonnaise. Place the buns cut side down on the griddle. Cook just until browned, and the rolls are soft. Remove from the grill.

Combine the ground ribeye and chuck and form into 6 (4 oz) balls. Place a ball of beef on the skillet. Place a square of parchment paper over the beef and press flat with a grill press. Leave the press for 5-10 seconds. Remove the press and parchment. Season with finely ground Cattleman’s Grill California Tri-tip Seasoning. Repeat with the remaining beef portions.

When the patties are browned, flip and immediately season, again, with the finely ground Cattleman’s Grill California Tri-tip Seasoning. Cook for about 2 minutes until the bottom just starts to brown. Cover the patty with a slice of cream havarti cheese. Let cheese melt. Remove from the griddle.

To make the secret sauce, combine the mayonnaise and Big Rick’s Chipotle Ketchup. Mix well.

To build the burgers, spread the bottom bun with about 1.5 tablespoons bacon jam. Top with the patty, then one tablespoon secret sauce and finally the top bun.

Yoder Smokers YS640 Pellet Grill


  1. matthew smith
    March 21, 2018

    I would like to try this with either dill havarti or assiago cheese

  2. Tom Valadez
    March 21, 2018

    Tom looks like a great burger I will have to try it. Does atbbq have the flat griddle that was used on the ys-640?

  3. Robert Lucerne
    April 16, 2018

    Awesome looking burger with the jam. We have a food trailer here in Tucson. We feature bacon. Do you mind if we try this out on our items?

    1. Josh Cary
      May 12, 2018

      Do it, just let us know how it goes!

  4. Doug S.
    June 24, 2018

    Wheat thin crackers + bacon jam + cream cheese + apricot-jalapeno jelly = nirvana!

  5. Josh Holland
    June 24, 2018

    I made it today and it turned out awesome. Had to sub a different spice cause cant get cattlemen’s in my area but still great all the same. 10/10

  6. Tony Petiprin
    July 14, 2018

    Loved the Bacon Jam. Had a bunch leftover. How long will it last in the fridge?


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