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Blueberry Bacon Cheeseburger: Level Up Your Summer Gatherings

Bacon cheeseburgers are one of the most popular burger combinations around. How about adding a slightly sweet blueberry jam to this iconic burger to “take it up a notch” as they say. It’s an easy addition and it adds the sweet-savory flavor that is so remarkable in food. Perfect for 4th of July or Summer BBQs!

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Blueberry bacon cheeseburger with a toothpick on top and a red wood  background.
Blueberry bacon cheeseburger

Best Additions or Substitutions

Cheeseburgers are easy to customize and can adapt to the tastes of the crowd at a Summer barbecue or gathering. Simply lay out an array of different accompaniments and let people assemble their own burger.

Here are some popular additions or substitutions for customizing a blueberry-bacon-cheeseburger:

  • Replace lettuce with spicy arugula
  • Replace gouda cheese with blue cheese
  • Replace blueberry jam with blueberry BBQ sauce
  • Add a basil aioli instead of mayo (see notes in recipe card for directions)
  • Toast the buns with a bit of oil if you want extra crunch
  • Use red onions for added color
Ingredients for blueberry bacon cheeseburgers: ground beef, bacon, cheese, buns, blueberry jam, purple onion, lettuce.
Ingredients for bacon blueberry cheeseburger

Illustrated Step-by-Step:

Step #1: Cook the bacon to your preferred crispiness

8 half-strips of bacon frying in cast iron skillet.
Bacon frying in cast iron skillet
7 half-strips of crispy bacon on a paper towel
5 ounces of crispy bacon

Step #2: Grill or pan-fry the burgers (see cooking tips for best burgers below)

3 hamburger patties from one pound of ground beef, with indentation in middle of patties.
Hamburger patties with indentation in middle
Two 1/2 pound burger patties cooking in cast iron skillet.
1/2 pound burger patties in skillet

Step #3: While burgers are cooking make a blueberry compote if you are not using pre-made blueberry jam

Stainless steel pot of blueberry compote with a spoon turned sideways and compote dripping off of it.
Pot of thickened blueberry compote

Step #4: Assemble the burgers with blueberry jam and your preferred burger accompaniments

  Blueberry bacon cheeseburger with wood pick on top and glass of beer in background.
Blueberry bacon cheeseburger with a beer

Best Method for Cooking Burgers Indoors

While grilling is a popular method for burgers in the Summertime, our weather in Minnesota doesn’t always cooperate when I want a good burger. I tend to opt for cooking burgers in a grill pan or skillet on the stove, so I can enjoy them quickly and without a lot of grill prep.

There are a few keys to making the juiciest, tastiest burgers in a skillet however. Here are the tips to consider for a 5-star burger:

  • Get chuck that has at least 20% fat; lean burgers are just not optimal for flavor
  • 1 pound of burger will make about 3 good sized patties (1/2-inch-thick and 4 1/2 inches in diameter) that fit in standard grocery store buns
  • Heat a cast iron pan up before placing the burgers in it.
  • Cook over medium high heat at the beginning to get a good sear and then lower the heat a bit to cook it through
  • If your sear is good but the inside of the burger is not getting done, lower the heat a bit more and place a cover on the skillet
  • If you want perfectly melted cheese on your burger, wait until they are 90% done, place the cheese on top and cover the skillet with a see-through cover if possible. Watch for the cheese to melt to your desired consistency and then remove burgers and let them rest about 3-5 minutes
  • For patties that are loosely packed and 1/2-inch-thick, cook about 4 minutes on one side, and then flip and cook 3 minutes on the other side. This will be medium-rare.

Recipe for Blueberry Bacon Cheeseburgers

Blueberry bacon cheeseburger with wood pick on top and glass of beer in background.
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Blueberry Bacon Cheeseburgers

Add some blueberry jam or compote to your bacon cheeseburgers for a perfect Summer gathering and a real flavor enhancement. Allows the sweet and savory flavors to shine.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 942kcal



  • 5 Ounces bacon strips cut in half
  • 1 Pound chuck ground beef
  • 2 1/2 Ounces cheese I used gouda
  • 2 Slices crisp lettuce
  • 1 Tablespoon mayonnaise optional
  • 1/2 onion red if you have it
  • 1/3 Cup blueberry jam or homemade blueberry compote
  • 3 hamburger buns


  • Cut bacon strips in half and cook in a large skillet over medium high heat until done to your preference (crispy or softer).
    5 Ounces bacon
  • Form ground beef into 3 1/2-inch patties about 4 1/2 inches in diameter. Sprinkle with salt and use your thumb to add a small indent in the middle of the patty to help keep it from shrinking.
    Heat a bit of oil in a cast iron skillet and when it is hot add your patties to the skillet.
    Sear on one side about 4 minutes, or until browned. Flip and cook on the other side about 3 minutes for medium rare.
    When the burgers are almost done to your preference, add the cheese on top and cover the pan, cooking a little longer until the cheese is melted (about 1-2 minutes)
    1 Pound chuck ground beef, 2 1/2 Ounces cheese
  • While the burgers are cooking, lay out your accompaniments and toast the buns.
    Assemble the burgers: Spread the toasted buns liberally with mayonnaise. Place lettuce on top of the mayo, followed by the cheeseburger, a few spoonfuls of blueberry sauce, 3 1/2 slices of bacon, and a slice of red onion.a big pinch of arugula. Repeat with the remaining burgers.
    2 Slices crisp lettuce, 1/2 onion, 1/3 Cup blueberry jam, 3 hamburger buns, 1 Tablespoon mayonnaise


**Here is a simple process to make your own blueberry compote/jam


Calories: 942kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 62g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 24g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 823mg | Potassium: 629mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 258IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 271mg | Iron: 5mg

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