Bacon Tequila Jam Burger

Bacon Jalapeno Tequila Jam Burger with Fontina

I recently was sent some bacon by a company right here in Alabama called Bill-E’s Small Batch Bacon. It’s artisanal bacon that apparently songwriters have serenaded to.

When I received it, I had to sample it, of course, and because this bacon is so superior I had to make something superior.

Tequila Bacon Jam Burger

This burger exceeded my expectations.

This was beyond what I even set out to do.

One thing led to another, and before I knew it, I was making a bacon jalapeno tequila jam. I also made a homemade pretzel bun for this burger and melted lovely fontina cheese on top.

Fresh tomato and fresh Italian parsley rounded this badass burger out.

Tequila Bacon Burger

I can’t really describe to you just how delicious this is.

I actually had all kinds of plans for this bacon when I received it, but none of the ideas really blew me away. I tried a couple, and I wasn’t impressed at all.

So, I went with the advice of a close friend that said, “Do what you do best”.

I should have thought of that to begin with.

Here’s the thing.

Apparently, I’m a burger girl.

I have 30+ original burger recipes, most documented on this blog, and I had the fantastic opportunity to compete last year in the burger division at World Food Championships.

I absolutely LOVE coming up with new ways to transform the typical burger into something really special.


Let’s talk about this bacon.

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It’s not regular grocery store bacon.


This stuff is thick, fragrant, and the marbling is so perfect.

It worked so well with my bacon jalapeno tequila jam.

I can’t tell you exactly how I came up with this concoction – but it was spectacular.

Absolutely spectacular.

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The tequila gave this a slight edge, but wasn’t overwhelming at all. The maple aspect, the bacon, tequila… It all meshed together perfectly.

I added mayo to this burger mixture, because it makes it extra moist.

Don’t be afraid of it; the burger itself won’t have a mayonnaise taste.

Tequila Bacon Jam Burger

Go here to check out Bill-E’s Bacon.

Here’s your printable –

Tequila Bacon Jam Burger
Yield: 4 burgers

Bacon Jalapeno Tequila Jam Burger with Fontina

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes


  • This pretzel dough recipe
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 jalapenos, diced
  • 2 ounces quality tequila
  • 1/2 pound Bill-E's Bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons maple flavored butter
  • 1 pound ground round
  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 ripe tomato, sliced
  • Fresh Italian leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • Fontina cheese, sliced


  1. Make pretzel buns according to directions; but add chopped bacon to half of the dough* (you won't use all of this dough for the burger recipe)
  2. Make bacon jam by bringing olive oil over medium heat and adding garlic, salt, onion, jalapenos and tequila.
  3. Lower heat to medium low and saute until onions are translucent and garlic is fragrant.
  4. Add bacon and maple butter, stir and cover.
  5. Simmer for 5 minutes until slightly thickened, stirring, and turn heat off.
  6. Combine ground round, mayo and Worcestershire, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  7. Form into 4 burgers.
  8. Grill or pan fry to desired doneness, add cheese and leave over heat until it melts; remove.
  9. Build burger by adding parsley and a tomato slice on the bottom of a sliced pretzel bun, add burger, and top with bacon jam and pretzel bun top.


*If you want a quick version, you can find burger buns in the bakery section of your grocery store or Target, and feel free to use any burger bun for these; it will still be delicious!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1139Total Fat: 78gSaturated Fat: 29gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 42gCholesterol: 199mgSodium: 3433mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 56g

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  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Liz

    Hello. Incredibly impressive. A stunning burger with a homemade bun, an onion jam, a premium bacon and other goodness. Simply put, “WOW”.
    I learned of you through another website, then Pinterest and then this,
    & feel like a gold miner who just struck gold. I’ll be following on social media
    and look forward to what comes next.

  2. Melissa Griffiths

    This burger is SERIOUS! It looks delicious! And I love your tip about adding mayo to the burger- great idea! I wish you, burger girl, were my next-door neighbor so I could sample all your creations. 🙂

    1. Shea

      Thank you, Melissa!

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