This bone marrow bacon jam burger will be one of the most insane burgers you’ve ever had. 

This burger goes above and beyond every burger you’ve ever had. It’s loaded with high quality meat, sweet sticky bacon jam and smoked bone marrow. 

Be sure to give this recipe a try the next time you’re looking to mix up burger night!

Ingredients you will need

Protein: high quality 80/20 ground beef

Bacon Jam: Bacon, yellow or red onion, garlic, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, brown sugar, bourbon

Burger: Bone marrow, American cheese, Brioche bun

How to make a Bone Marrow Bacon Jam Burger

Prepare the bone marrow

Place the boats of bone marrow in a large bowl with kosher salt and water. Soak the bones for 12-24 hours to help remove any blood in the bone marrow. This will help the bone marrow have more of a pure and better taste to it. 

Once the bones are done soaking, remove them from the bowl and drain the water. Place the bones on a plate then pat them dry with a paper towel. Drizzle on a small amount of olive oil, then season the bone marrow boats with salt, black pepper and garlic powder.

Place the bones indirectly on the smoker at 275°F for 30 minutes smoking them with cherry wood. I used my Nomad Grill for this cook as it works great as a smoker and a grill. 

Bone marrow smoking on the smoker
All photos from this recipe are from Brittany Scott (Instagram: @the_salted_bite)

Making the bacon jam

While the bone marrow is smoking, begin cooking up the bacon jam. Begin by cutting up the bacon into small pieces then place them in a frying pan over medium heat and cook until crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan and leave 1 tbsp of bacon grease in the pan. 

bacon cooking in a pan

Add the diced onion into the pan and cook them for 10 minutes. Once you have some caramelized onions, add all of the remaining ingredients into the pan and cook for 5-10 minutes until it has thickened into the bacon jam. If you want to add a little spice to your bacon jam, add in some shishito peppers or a diced Fresno Chile.

Bacon jam being cooked in a pan

Grilling the burger

Form a burger patty with the highest quality burger you can find and season it with your favorite burger rub. I took a high quality steak and ground it up in my KitchenAid grinder, but some beef short rib meat would also be a good option. You can also grab some fresh, high quality burger from your local butcher for this step. 

Once the marrow bones have a good smokey color to it and it has began to render down, remove the bones from the grill and place on a plate.

Increase the temperature on your grill and prepare it for direct grilling. Place the burger patty over direct heat and flip it every 3 minutes to build some delicious crust. You could also do a smash burger on a cast iron griddle for some added texture to the meat. 

A few minutes before the burger reaches your desired doneness, places two slices of American cheese on the patties. I like to pull my burgers off of the grill once they reach an internal temperature of 145°F. 

You can use any slices of cheese for this part of the cook, Gruyere, White Cheddar cheese and Pepper Jack cheese or goat cheese would be some other great options.

Once the cheese has melted, remove the patties from the grill. Place the burger on a toasted brioche or pretzel bun then add some butter lettuce, a layer of the cooked bacon jam and top the burger with the smoked bone marrow.

Bone marrow bacon jam burger

Serve it up with some potato chips, onion rings or fresh cut fries then dive in and enjoy every last bite of this super delicious bone marrow burger. 

If you love burgers, be sure to check out some of my other burger recipes. Peanut Butter Bacon Jam Burger, Bacon Wrapped Burger Stuffed Onion Ring, Grilled Pizza Burger and Breakfast Burger.

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Bone Marrow Bacon Jam Burger

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This bone marrow bacon jam burger is loaded with high quality meat, sweet sticky bacon jam and smoked bone marrow. 

  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 3 burgers 1x


  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 6 slices of American cheese
  • 3 Brioche buns
  • 2 tbsp of a burger rub
  • 3 bone marrow boats

Bacon Jam

  • 1/2 pound of bacon
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 ounces of bourbon


  1. Place the bone marrow in a bowl with salt water and soak it overnight to remove any blood in the bone marrow.
  2. Season the bone marrow with salt, pepper and garlic powder then smoke it at 275°F for 30 minutes.
  3. While the bone marrow is smoking, create the bacon jam and set it aside until it’s time to serve.
  4. Form a burger patty with the highest quality burger you can find and season it with your favorite burger rub.
  5. Grill the burger over direct heat then place American cheese on the patties the last couple of minutes.
  6. Place the burger patty on a toasted brioche bun then top it with the bacon jam and bone marrow.
  • Author: Nick Nesgoda
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes

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