How to make brisket jam for burgers 

Brisket jam burger
Photos for this recipe are from Erin Hungsberg (IG: erin_hungsberg)

If you are a fan of all things brisket, you are going to love this brisket jam recipe. Leftover sliced brisket is chopped up, sautéed, and combined with softened onions, brown sugar, maple syrup and balsamic vinegar to make a sweet and savory jam that is no doubt my favorite burger topping.

The brisket is savory, salty, and crispy on the edges while the onions are sweet, thick and jammy. Place this onto a burger and you will have one of the best bites of your life!

Why you should make this recipe. 

Burgers can get boring with the same old ingredients. Lettuce, tomato, and pickles are good but sometimes you need a change. A great use of brisket leftovers, this is the ultimate burger topping.

Brisket jam

The flavors are incredibly deep and the jam is super easy to make. If you’re a fan of bacon jam or like the combination of sweet and savory, you will love this just as much.

Ingredients you will need.

Ingredients you need for brisket jam

Beef brisket 

Yellow onion 

Olive oil

Maple syrup 

Brown sugar 

Balsamic vinegar 

Salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper

How to make a brisket jam burger. 

Making the brisket jam.

Sauté diced onions in olive oil over medium heat until softened and golden brown. Chop your beef brisket into small pieces and add that with the onions.

 Continue cooking the brisket and onions for a few minutes stirring often until the brisket has warmed all the way through and the edges start to crisp up a little.

Next add the balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, brown sugar, and seasonings.

Stir well to combine and continue to simmer all ingredients together for 10-15 minutes until the jam has reduced and thickened. Remove the jam from the heat and allow it to cool for a few minutes before topping the burgers. As the jam cools it will thicken a little more. 

Cooking the burgers.

Season your burgers with your favorite seasoning and grill them on medium high heat until they reach an internal temperature of 150 degrees. Once they are cooked through I like to top each burger with cheddar cheese and close the lid on my grill to allow the cheese to melt.  

cheddar cheese burgers

While the grill is still hot, toast your brioche buns by placing them directly on the grill grates for 30 seconds or until toasted to your liking.

Assembling the burgers.

The brisket jam has so much flavor I don’t add any other toppings like lettuce, tomato or even bacon. I place a little mayo onto the bottom bun, place the burger on top and then the brisket jam. This burger is so rich and flavor packed. You’ll see what I mean after the first bite.

Storing and reheating. 

Store any leftover brisket jam in an air tight container and refrigerate for up to a week. To warm up, place in a microwave until softened and warmed.


What type of brisket should I use? You can use the flat or the point side of your left over brisket. I think the point (fattier side) works a little better, but both produce delicious results. If you are in a pinch and you don’t have any leftovers, you can buy ready to eat brisket at the store.

What else can I use the jam for? I love it on burgers but you could even spread them on crackers or over smoked cream cheese for the perfect dip.

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How to make brisket jam for burgers 

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  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1.5 cups of chopped brisket 
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar 
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Dice yellow onion. In a pan on medium heat, add olive oil and onions then sauté for 10-15 minutes until golden brown and softened. 
  2. Chop brisket and add to the onions and continue cooking for 3 more minutes until the brisket has warmed through and the edges start to crisp up. 
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and reduce the heat to medium low to simmer for 15 more minutes. The jam will reduce and should thicken. 
  4. Allow the jam to cool for 5 minutes before adding to burgers. 
  • Author: Jordan Hanger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes

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