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It’s no secret that I enjoy a good burger…I mean we spent our whole week in Vegas trying to find the perfect burger. So when Kita (Girl Carnivore and Pass the Sushi) asked if I wanted to participate in Burger Month I was all over it. I have been dying to recreate the unusual but incredibly delicious burger we had a Michael Mina’s Restaurant PUB 1842. On the menu it’s called a Peanut Butter Crunch Burger…but it’s so much more. So I used the full title…it’s a mouthful but so is the burger, which is a good thing.

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So let’s talk about this burger. It may scare you a little when you know the ingredients. I raised an eyebrow as well but liked all the things that were in it, I just never imagined they would all taste so good together. And boy DO THEY. I already love a peanut butter bacon burger, so peanut butter and bacon jam…sign me up. I love potato chips. And I like some pimento cheese. It’s seriously a home run. You could easily make full size burgers out of these but I hadn’t really seen anyone do sliders for burger month and thought what the heck. If you don’t make the burger at least do yourself a favor and make the Bourbon Bacon Jam and just eat that with oh….everything!
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Peanut Butter Bourbon Bacon Jam Pimento Cheese Potato Chip Sliders

Ingredients

  • For the sliders:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 mini slider buns
  • 1 cup Crunchy natural peanut butter
  • 8 large potato chips
  • For the Pimento Cheese:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. onion powder
  • 1 (4 oz.) jar pimentos, drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • For the Bourbon Bacon Jam:
  • 1 pound smoked bacon
  • 1 large sweet onion (such as Walla Walla or Maui)
  • 2 TBSP minced garlic
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. For the burgers:
  2. Form your slider patties so that they are thin, no more than 1/4-inch thick. Lightly season them with salt and pepper.
  3. Place a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the pan with salt as it heats.
  4. Add the sliders to the pan quickly once it is very hot, but not smoking. Depending on their size, you can fit about three or four sliders in the pan at once. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan.
  5. Brown the meat for about 20 to 30 seconds.
  6. Flip the sliders and cook for one to two minutes more, depending on your desired level of doness, I like mine still a touch pink inside.
  7. Remove the cooked slider patties from the pan and transfer them to buns. Pour off any excess fat from the pan, then repeat steps three through five with the remaining patties.
  8. For the Pimento Cheese:
  9. Place the Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, onion powder, and pimento into the large bowl of a stand mixer.
  10. Using paddle attachment beat the mixture on medium speed until thoroughly combined.
  11. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  12. For the Bourbon Bacon Jam:
  13. Cut bacon into 1 inch pieces.
  14. Cook the bacon in a large saucepan (I used my Le Creuset) and cook down until the bacon is crisp and fat is rendered.
  15. Remove bacon and set aside on a paper towel to remove some of the oil.
  16. Discard all but 1 TBSP bacon fat (and by discard I mean add to your bacon fat jar that hopefully you keep to cook with).
  17. Add the onions and cook until tender and become translucent in color.
  18. Add the bacon back along with the remaining ingredients and reduce to a low simmer.
  19. Let the ingredients cook down until they for a syrup or jam like consistency, this will take about an hour or so.
  20. To assemble the sliders:
  21. Place a burger on the bottom portion of the bun.
  22. While warm, add about 2 TBSP of Pimento cheese to the hot burger so that it will melt a little.
  23. Spread peanut butter on the top bun.
  24. Add bacon jam to the top of the Pimento cheese.
  25. Top with a large potato chip.
  26. Put the peanut butter slathered bun on top of the chip and smoosh down a little to get it to all come together.
  27. Eat and enjoy.
  28. You will have left over Bourbon Bacon Jam and you will have leftover Pimento Cheese…lucky you. Eat it.
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Comments

  1. I love a french onion burger with caramelized onions, gruyere, and dijon mustard!

  2. Megan P. says:

    I happen to have bacon jam… this could be a fabulous use for it!

  3. I basically make a meatloaf burger–and top it, with, among other things, a blend of ketchup and balsamic vinegar!

  4. I recently discovered the whole pb-bacon-burger thing . . .and it was fantabulous. And now this?? Whoa. This may send my tastebuds to new levels of nirvana! Thank you for the recipe!

  5. Looks awesome!

  6. I will be making that jam.

  7. tiffany says:

    Mine isn’t that fancy. I like to make an “Asian” style burger, with hoisin sauce, garlic and ginger mixed into the hamburger. Then top it with a grilled piece of pineapple.

  8. I had a peanut butter burger in Vancouver that was incredible. This is like 5 steps above it.

  9. Beef patty with fresh mozzarella, balsamic glazed tomato, arugula with a garlic basil aioli.

  10. OMG OMG OMG – these look absolutely insane. Can’t wait to try!!!

  11. nothing new or exciting bacon cheese and bbq sauce

  12. I had a killer burger called Oh Cheezus with 6 cheeses on it. So, so, SO good!

  13. At first glance I thought this was going to be a PB+J burger which would have blew my mind enough (I’ve had a pb burger and loved it), but this bacon jam burger is even better! I am a little iffy when it comes to pimentos but I bet in this combo I’d enjoy them.

  14. I’m going to be totally honest here. I started breathing heavily when I saw the picture. It may have gotten even louder when I saw what the recipe was. I only recently discovered my happy place with burgers – which is lots of sauce and moist or texturally interesting toppings – after thinking I disliked them my whole life, when I had been eating them with a measly amount of ketchup (as in about 1/4 of what I would want) and not putting cheese on them. I’ve even made a burger with bacon jam before – it also had homemade barbecue sauce and smoked provolone on it, and, yes, it was to die for, and, yes, you should totally try it. :) Burger parmagiana is good too, with herbs and parmesan/asiago in the patty, topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella. (Okay, sorry, I’ll stop shoving my favorite burgers in your face now.)

    But back on topic…bacon jam. Bourbon. Peanut butter. Potato chips. On. A. Burger. This belongs in my life, and I thank you for embarking on this Burger Month Mission to put it there. :D

  15. Peabody says:

    I have a feeling bacon jam is the new cream cheese frosting…you can put it on everything and it makes it good. :-)

  16. Peabody says:

    Yeah I’m wondering about doing a PB and J burger now.

  17. OMG, this looks/sounds so good. I love burgers, but I really love me a burger with interesting toppings. I love peanut butter and bacon together too. Have you ever added bacon to a PB&J? So good. Grill it and it’s perfect. Can’t wait to make this bacon jam and grill up some sliders!

  18. Honestly I love burgers. all kinds, veggie, beef, chicken, turkey, small,big, huge. Give me a burger and I am a happy lady. :) This burger looks divine. I most certainly will be making this for my family.

  19. Bacon and Boursin cheese make for an epic burger!

  20. Cheeseburger with coleslaw and a layer of tator tots.

  21. Heather says:

    Yum. Not sure on the peanut butter part. But I am game to try it.

  22. My favorite homemade burger is ground bison with mayo spiked with wasabi on a wheat roll.

  23. Erin M. says:

    I’ve never tired pimento cheese before but it looks like something that I would not be able to stop eating! I’m not a huge burger person, (I know) but I love pickles, cheese, mayo, tomato, lettuce and lots of onions on mine

  24. Ok, call it a sin, but I have never had a peanut butter burger. Let alone a peanut butter bacon burger… I love everything about all of these flavors (pimento cheese included). This sounds like a damned fine burger. One I am going to have to try when you know who isn’t in the house ;D

  25. Vegetarian here! My epic burger is a portabello mushroom with bleu cheese, caramelized onions,and homemade aioli on a homemade brioche bun. Not super creative, but super yummy.

  26. Amber W says:

    I absolutely LOVE PB on a burger. We’ve added PB, bacon, jalapenos, pepper jack cheese and I usually put it on a pretzel roll- O.M.G. delish

  27. I made a grilled pineapple salsa one time that was amazing – but this look even more amazing! I need to make this jam for my hubby’s birthday!

  28. Helen in CA says:

    Gonna have to make this. Sadly, DH can’t have it w/PB (allergy, so no peanuts in this house). But the rest? YES!

  29. It looks awesome. You must be rich!. I love it.

  30. Love potato chips on burgers. What a seriously fun and unique combination for a burger. Sounds incredible!

  31. This makes the third time today that I have returned to this post to gaze at these photographs. Peanut butter on burgers always seems a little too rich for me, but this recipe has convinced me to try again. Thanks for the great post!

  32. I am so so so in to this. I want to eat this exactly right now. I adore crazy burgers. Good idea making them sliders. A whole burger would probably kill me.

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