Uncle Sam’s Burger & Bowls created this bright, bacony treat. The California Burger joins the freshness of California-style cuisine with the versatility of bacon in the form of Onion Bacon Jam to evoke a savory and sweet experience unlike any other. Chef Sean Thomes shares his recipe so you can make this delicious Burger at home.
Bacon tip…Don’t overcook the bacon! Too many people cook bacon too hot and too fast because there in a rush to get that luscious cured pork belly in their belly.
For me there are only two acceptable methods for coking bacon: in a pan at medium to low heat or in the oven laid out in strips with another pan on top for maximum crispness without being dry. For this recipe we start the bacon in a cold pan and render it slowly. When you do this properly you’ll have plenty of fat to sweat your onions in, thus adding full porky flavor.
Sean Thomes’s passion for food and cooking started early in life, when a friend of the family got him his first job working at a golf course club house. After graduating culinary school, he followed his stomach around the country working in fine dining and casual dining restaurants; everything from French-inspired bistro’s to BBQ joints. With the bulk of his career spent in an Asian-inspired, full-service restaurant, the transition to Uncle Sam’s Burgers and Bowls, creating bold Asian twists on American classics, seemed like the natural progression.
Update 2/12/21: Uncle Sam’s Burgers and Bowls has closed since this article was published.