Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger with Onion Jam and Garlic Aioli Recipe

The finished cheeseburger with the title above.

We are well into the summer season, and that means its time to get our #GrillNGear.  Many of us love attending a good BBQ, but often times we shy away from hosting because it can seem daunting and overwhelming.  If that's you, FEAR NO MORE!  Today I'm partnering with Giant Eagle to show you that with a few store bought items, quality ingredients, and some simple homemade tricks, you will be hosting the summer soiree that everyone will be talking about and my Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburgers with Onion Jam and Garlic Aioli are why!  I'm sharing all my secrets, so get ready!

First things first though, let's head to the store.  

Many of the items I purchased at Giant Eagle, in the grocery aisle.

Even though Giant Eagle is sponsoring this post, I'm not lying when I say that I feel they have one of the best meat departments in my area.  I can always find fresh, quality, cuts of meat as well as creative things such as these gorgeous Certified Angus Beef Gourmet Bacon Cheeseburger Patties.  The chunks of cheddar and bacon in these things were huge, and I KNEW it was going to make a great burger.

After that I grabbed some Pepsi, Hellmann's, Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies, and a few items from the deli.  That's the beauty of a great BBQ, you don't have to have anything fancy, just one show stopping item, and yummy things for everyone to munch on.   Now its time to head out and get this #GrillNGear show on the road!  I can't wait to share the recipe with you so...

Let's Get Started!

Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger with Onion Jam and Garlic Aioli:
*Prep Time: 10 minutes  *Cook Time:  10 minutes *Difficulty:  Easy  *Servings 4 Burgers


The ingredients needed for the Bacon Cheeseburgers.

  • 4 Giant Eagle Gourmet Bacon Cheddar Burger Patties
  • 4 Giant Eagle Deli Rolls
  • 1 Pack of Pre-Cut Burger Toppings from the Giant Eagle produce section. 
  • 1 Red Onion, diced
  • 4 Slices of cheddar cheese from the Giant Eagle Deli
  • 1/4 c Hellmann's Mayonnaise
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • Salt and Pepper

The onions for the onion jam diced.

To begin we are going to make the onion jam.
I used the sliced onion from the burger toppings pack I found in the produce section, and dice them up.  However, you cam simply dice 1 red onion.

A bit of oil in a pan on the stove.

Next, add a little oil to a small skillet and place it over medium/high heat.
Allow the pan to get hot.

The diced onion in the pan.

Once the pan is hot, add the onions.

Salt being added to the onions.

Season them with salt and pepper, and let sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Balsamic vinegar being added to the onions in the pan.

After 2-3 minutes, add the balsamic vinegar and...

Honey being added to the onions.


The finished onion jam in the pan.

Simmer for 10 minutes and your onion jam is ready.

The Hellmann's mayonnaise in a bowl with a spoon.

Now for the garlic aioli.
Place the Hellmann's Mayonnaise into a small mixing bowl.

Garlic being added to the mayonnaise.

Add the minced garlic.

Salt and pepper being added to the mayonnaise.

Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

The garlic aioli all mixed together.

Mix everything together and your garlic aioli is ready to go.

Now let's move to the bacon cheeseburgers.

The bacon cheddar patties seasoned with salt and pepper.

I wan't lying when I said these Giant Eagle Gourmet Burger Patties are stunning!  Look at those big chunks of cheddar and bacon.  I just simply seasoned each side of the patty with a little salt and pepper.


Recently I made these from scratch.  I simply used 1 lb of 80/20 ground beef, 1c shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and 4 strips of bacon that have been fully cooked and chopped.
The bacon cheeseburger patties on the grill pan.

Of course it started pouring down the rain as I was ready to grill these, but I didn't let that stop me!
I heated up my grill pan over medium/high heat and place the patties on the grill.

A pan lid over the bacon cheeseburger patties on the grill pan.

To make sure the inside cooked evenly with the outside (which can be an issue with indoor grilling) I placed a lid over the patties.  This creates the oven-like environment you would have with the lid down on an outdoor grill.

Grill for 5 minutes.

The fully cooked bacon cheeseburger patties.

After five minutes you will flip your burger patties, place a piece of the Giant Eagle Cheddar Cheese from the deli, and cook for five more minutes.  I didn't cover them with the lid this time.

The Giant Eagle Deli Buns on the grill pan.

A regular bun just won't do for a burger this good, so I grabbed these gorgeous ones from the Giant Eagle Deli and placed them on the grill to toast after my burger patties were finished cooking.  No extra butter or oil needed, the residual fat from the bacon in the burgers will give them some BIG flavor.

The finished Bacon Cheeseburger with Onion Jam and Garlic Aioli.

Now it's time to assemble your burger!

I like to place a little lettuce and tomato on the bottom half of the bun.  I loved this little package of burger toppings that I found in the produce section.  It saved me a little money and all the hard work was done for me.  Next I placed my perfectly cooked burger on top.  You can literally SEE cheese and bacon oozing out of them.  Now I place a couple dollops of the onion jam on top and slather the garlic aioli on the top bun.

And there you have it!  This Bacon Cheeseburger with Onion Jam and Garlic Aioli is quiet possibly the best burger I have ever tasted.  The meat was so juicy and PACKED full of great flavor.  The onion jam has the perfect amount of acidity to cut through the rich meat and that aioli...Heaven.  With a burger this good you just need some good potato chips, something sweet like the Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies, and a nice cold Pepsi to wash it all down with.  In under 30 minutes your Summer BBQ Bash is ready to get started so get your #GrillNGear, head to Giant Eagle, and invite some friends over TONIGHT!  If  you like this easy summer grilling recipe and would like to see more, head on over to Giant Eagles Pinterest Board.  SO many great options!  And as always...

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living,
~The Kitchen Wife~

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prep time: 10 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 20 mins


  • 4 Giant Eagle Gourmet Bacon Cheddar Burger Patties (See Notes for Homemade Version)
  • 4 Giant Eagle Deli Rolls
  • 1 Pack of Pre-Cut Burger Toppings from the Giant Eagle produce section.
  • 1 Red Onion, diced
  • 4 Slices of cheddar cheese from the Giant Eagle Deli
  • 1/4 c Hellmann's Mayonnaise
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. For the Onion Jam:
  2. Place a small skillet over medium/high heat and add a little extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Once the pan is hot, add the diced onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  4. After 2-3 minutes add the balsamic vinegar and honey.
  5. Stir and simmer for 10 minutes on medium/low.
  6. Remove from heat and let stand.
  7. For the Garlic Aioli:
  8. In a small mixing bowl combine the mayonnaise, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.
  9. Mix together.
  10. For the Bacon Cheddar Cheese Burgers:
  11. Season the bacon cheddar patties with salt and pepper on each side.
  12. Place on a hot grill and cook for five minutes.*
  13. After 5 minutes, flip, and place a slice of cheese on the patty.
  14. Cook for five more minutes.
  15. Assemble the burger with desired toppings, onion jam, and garlic aioli.
  16. Serve and Enjoy!
  17. *In cooking on an indoor grill, cover with a lid while cooking for the first 5 minutes for even cooking.


For a homemade version of the Bacon Cheddar Patty combine
1 lb 80/20 Ground Beef
1 c Shredded Cheddar Cheese
4 Slices of Bacon, cooked and chopped

This will make 4 patties
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  1. Oh my gosh!!! My mouth is watering. Will make this for sure. Looks delicious. Thank you for this awesome recipe.

  2. I truly love everything you did to make this burger. The aioli and the bacon jam are awesome.

    1. Thank you! I am going to make a larger batch of the onion jam next time and make a chip dip out of it. It was DELICIOUS mixed with the mayo!

  3. This is truly the tastiest thing I have spied eyes on today! Seriously looks amazing, and exactly like what I would love to enjoy!

  4. I'm not sure if it's your photos or the recipe itself but likely both that make me want to eat these burgers and ONLY these burgers ind forsake all others. Holy goodness!!! The onion jam in particular has me drooling and I love that you used balsamic! Fantastic job!!!

  5. What a great combo! That onion jam and aioli sounds fantastic!

    1. Thank you! I really couldn't believe how much flavor they added to the burger!

  6. Wow, this is an enticing stack to munch on. I always think a great burger deserves great additions inside of the bun and your homemade onion jam along with the fresh, crunchy salad items is ideal.

  7. What a great looking burger. Now that grilling season is here....lots of these will be flying off the grill. They certainly look juicy....I want to take a big bite out of my screen.

    1. Grilling season is one of my most favorite times of year!

  8. Thank you very much for sharing the recipe that will make me able to have a best dish to serve my friends and family.

  9. onion jam AND garlic aioli?!? this is like heaven between two buns! Making this immediately!

  10. I appreciate the time you’ve taken out to show me the ropes and ensure that I have the required knowledge to do a great job. Thank you.
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