Bacon marmalade? The menu at Jerome Bettis Grill 36 said “Bacon Marmalade!!” And it comes with a breakfast burger topped with mozzarella and an egg? Yes, please! Probably (if I were being accurate instead reporting what grabbed my eye and gravitated my entire head towards the Burger Section), it was a burger that came with the bacon marmalade, not the other way around.
The order went in. While I waited, I enjoyed quite a magnificent Bloody Mary…just to pass the time until brunch came, of course, and for no other reason. (wink)
And then that beautiful platter appeared. A gorgeous sunnyside up egg perched prettily atop an oozing mozzarella coverlet atop a beautifully done medium burger. The “atops” stopped there for me although it should have been open-face on a bun. Gluten issue again. Really, though, it didn’t need the bun.
And the bacon marmalade? The entire reason I ordered the burger? There it was in its own little cup waiting to be dipped into or slathered over the burger. All aquiver, I spooned into it. Sweet, salty, smoky, orange-y and slightly tart exploded all at once. Angels sang. A momentary out-of-body experience may have occurred. It. Was. Heavenly. The Bus KNOWS how to build a burger!
I began to plan how I would do it at home. Bacon marmalade? I’m sure it was jarred orange marmalade with finely processed crisp bacon and some other ingredients. A snap to duplicate, really.
The burger was a burger. Could I make it a better brunch dish? More breakfast-ish instead of lunch-ish? Well, sure. Instead of a beef burger, I went the breakfast sausage route, but made it just a little milder and a little lower in fat and calories by mixing sage sausage and ground chicken in equal parts. To echo the orange of the bacon marmalade, I added the zest and juice of an orange, a healthy amount of freshly ground black pepper and a little onion.
How was the finished dish? Mark and I like it better than the original…and that’s saying something! Hey, Bus, how about I make YOU a breakfast burger one of these days?! And a Bloody Mary. Just to pass the time while you’re waiting for the burger, of course.
Brunch Burger with BACON Marmalade!
- 1/4 cup orange marmalade
- 3 strips bacon, thick sliced, cooked crisp, chopped up finely in the food processor
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1/2 pound sausage meat, sage kind
- 1/2 pound ground chicken
- 1 orange, zested first and then juiced
- 1/2 medium onion, very finely minced
- freshly ground black pepper, lots
- 2 English muffins, toasted (gluten-free muffins to make this GF)
- 4 slices provolone cheese
- 4 eggs, fried sunnyside up or how you like them best
Marmalade: Melt the orange marmalade in a small pot. When smooth, add the rest of the ingredients and let come to room temp. Can be made ahead and refrigerated.
Burgers: Let the sausage and the ground chicken come almost to room temperature before starting this...it makes them easier to mix together thoroughly. In a large bowl, mix the sausage & chicken well. Add the orange zest and juice, the onion and the black pepper and mix well again. Form into 4 patties.
Heat a skillet and add a little butter. Fry the patties on both sides, cooking through completely. You don't want any raw chicken or sausage in the middle!
Assembly: Put an English muffin half on a plate. Top with the burger, a slice of cheese, a fried egg and drizzle bacon marmalade over the top of everything.