Breakfast Burgers

from Rachael Ray Magazine September 2012

These burgers are big and require a major appetite to take on. Know that my taste tester (who had not two weeks before eaten a burger shoved in a cinnamon bun) declared these too much for a weeknight supper and only thinks they should be served on a special occasion (Or in this case, a giant Sunday brunch).


  • 1/2 lb thick-cut bacon or Canadian bacon
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef chuck
  • 3 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tbs onion, minced
  • 2 tbs dijon mustard
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 slices Extra-sharp white cheddar, for topping
  • 3 tbs butter, for frying eggs and basting burger rolls
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 burger rolls, split


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set a wire baking rack on top. Lay bacon across wire rack and cook for 15 minutes. Carefully remove and baste with maple syrup and continue to bake for 5 to 6 more minutes.

Combine the beef, Worcestershire, and minced onion. Add the mustard and season with salt and pepper. Form into 4 large patties. Pinch in the center a bit. Drizzle with olive oil.

Meanwhile, heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Place the patties in the skillet and cook about 7 minutes, or until cooked to desired doneness, flipping once halfway through. You want a solid nice crust on these patties so don’t be afraid of that sizzle. Top with cheese and cover. Cook 2 minutes or until cheese has melted. Remove from skillet and cover to keep warm.

Melt 2tbs butter in the same skillet. Crack the eggs and fry to your liking. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from skillet and place over cooked patties.  Wipe out the skillet if needed (personally, I like the leftover flavor).

Melt the remaining butter and toast the buns in the same skillet.

Top each bun bottom with a patty, egg, bacon and bun top. Devour.



Bloody Mary

from Chow


  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • 1 teas lemon juice
  • 1 teas lime juice
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teas horseradish
  • 1 1/2 teas kosher salt
  • 1 teas hot sauce
  • 1 teas celery salt
  • 3/4 teas freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) vodka
  • Celery stalks, olives, and/or pickled vegetables for serving


Stir together the tomato juice, lemon juice, lime juice, Worcestershire, horseradish and hot sauce, celery salt, and pepper in a large jar or pitcher. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours.

When ready to serve, stir in the vodka. Pour into glasses over ice. Serve with celery sticks.



  1. The burgers look divine, especially with the fried egg on top…I mean, not that the burger needed the egg to look scrumptious because the burger is beautiful in its own right, and not that the burger needed all of the seasoning because the burger is delicious on its own, and it certainly didn’t need the bun to be beautiful…oh FML.

  2. Mike Wascher says:

    Somebody from the corporate world I presume? Corporations are so frightened of getting sued by any minority that they go overboard.

    At a former employer, long long ago I was accused of sexual harassment, anonymously, by a third party. A friend was planning her wedding, had a last-minute problem. I gave her a hug, invited her & her fiance to dinner that night so the four of us could brainstorm. Our department manager wrote it up, didn’t even bother to ask either me or Deb.Fortunately, it ended up in Deb’s inbox to type. Deb had more balls than our boss, gave him hell, told the female engineer who made the complaint hell, told them both to mind her own business, and then told me about it.

    Had it been submitted to HR it’d have been presumed guilty until proven innocent, it’d be on my record forever, and even if completely cleared there’d always be a bit of doubt cast on my record.

    So yes, if you are a white male you can get a bit paranoid!

  3. I’m not too big a fan of bloody mary’s, but this burger I’m ALL about! Everything about it is making me drool with desire right now. Damn you and you’re super powers =)

  4. My all-time favorite burger is one with a fried egg. Oh heavens, is it amazing. We have a joint in Cleveland where they have a breakfast burger quite similiar to yours and instead of a hamburger bun, they use an english muffin. Anyway you slice it or pile it, a burger with bacon and eggs is out of this world.

  5. It’s a good thing you lost weight so you could gain it back with that burger….wowser! Looks wonderful, breakfast for dinner, dinner for breakfast no rules, love it.

  6. I love you for putting a fried egg on top!! My all time favorite burger add on and not many places will do it. Wait I don’t love you love you, like love. I just meant I loved you and the egg on the burger and the cheese…and love is a special bond between two people…..
    must shut up now 😉

  7. I know nothing of male/female relationships, but I do know THAT BURGERS FOR BREAKFAST IS THE BEST FREAKIN’ IDEA EVER.

  8. Astrid Swift says:

    That breakfast burger makes my loins wet with lust.

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