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Brussels Sprouts and Onion Jam Burger

Staff Writer
RnR Scottsdale

This creative burger recipe was the winning one at the 35th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s Burger Battle. Extra steps need to be taken to create spiced bacon, a tangy onion jam, and the Brussels sprouts, but it all comes together to offer a juicy cheeseburger that makes eating your vegetables easy. 

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Deliver Ingredients


For the spiced bacon

  • 2 Teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/8 Cup paprika
  • 2 Teaspoons onion salt
  • 2 Teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 Teaspoons dried whole oregano
  • 2 Teaspoons dried whole thyme
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 slices bacon

For the onion jam

  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1 Cup water
  • 2 Ounces white wine
  • 2 yellow onions, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 Tablespoons whole mustard seeds

For the Brussels sprouts

  • 1 Cup Brussels sprouts
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Lemon juice, to taste

For the burgers

  • 1 Pound ground sirloin
  • 1 Pound ground chuck
  • 1/4 Pound ground rib-eye steak
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 slices Jarlsberg cheese
  • 4 large pretzel buns


For the spiced bacon

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In small bowl, mix together the brown sugar and spices. Line bacon evenly on baking sheet with parchment paper, and cook until golden. Remove from heat and set aside.

For the onion jam

In a saucepan over medium heat combine sugar, water, and wine. Whisk until sugar dissolves. Add onions, mustard seeds, and occasionally stir until light brown. Remove from heat and cool.

For the Brussels sprouts

Remove and discard the sprout’s stems and cores. In a large pan over medium heat, add oil and cook the Brussels sprouts until they’re wilted. Season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice.

For the burgers

To prepare the burgers, heat a grill to medium. In a large mixing bowl combine the meat, salt, and pepper. Then shape into 4 patties. Cook the burgers for 5 minutes per side. Add cheese last, and grill until slightly melted.

To assemble, place the burger on the bottom half of bun and top with Brussels sprouts, 2 slices of bacon, and a dollop of onion jam. Add top bun and serve. 

Brussels Sprouts Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age and damage.

Brussels Sprouts Cooking Tip

Different vegetables have different cooking times – cook different types separately and then combine.