Breakfast Bison Burgers
Sometimes called a breakfast burger, and sometimes referred to as a hangover cure, this creation has gained popularity recently and seems to be the new fad in the luxury burger industry. What makes this burger different from any other burger out there is the addition of a fried egg with a runny yolk over the top of the burger. It’s combination of a traditional breakfast item (fried egg) with a traditional burger. When my husband and I visited San Diego on a weekend getaway at the end of 2011, we encountered this burger on the menu at MaryJane’s at the Hard Rock Hotel. My husband knew he had to order this burger as soon as he saw it on the menu. At The Counter, fried egg is one of the options you can choose from as a topping for your burger. Since fried eggs are so easy to make, why not try making this type of burger at home?
One night, my husband and I came home from work and we couldn’t decide what we wanted to make for dinner. We always seemed to be eating the same old thing and we wanted to try to mix it up, but also keep from having to make something too complicated or time-consuming. After looking around the kitchen and seeing some English muffins, we came up with the idea of open-faced breakfast burgers. The ingredients are: English muffins, ground beef/burger patties (or in my case, ground bison), cheese, eggs, bacon and pepper. Really simple and easy.
Start with some English muffins. As we were making 4 burgers, and we wanted these to be open-faced, we only needed 2 English muffins. The English muffins will be used as the base of the breakfast burger. In order to add texture to the burger, and so that it doesn’t become soggy with the burger juices and runny yolk from the egg, toast the English muffins before you start stacking the burger.
Cook a couple of strips of bacon in a skillet to the doneness that you prefer. Again, to add texture and contrast to the dish, my husband and I wanted our bacon a bit on the crispier side. When the bacon is cooked, set it aside on a paper towel lined plate.
As I said, we used ground bison meat for our burgers. However, you can use whatever you have on hand – be that ground beef or perhaps even turkey. We’re a fan of bison burgers, so we try to always have ground bison meat in the freezer. We took a pound of ground bison meat, seasoned it with fresh ground black pepper only and formed it into 4 burger patties.
When the grill is ready, throw the burger patties onto the grill and allow them to cook to the doneness that you prefer.
While the burgers are cooking, in a separate skillet it’s time to make the fried egg. Get the skillet hot and crack one egg at a time. In our case, we had to make 4 fried eggs – one egg per burger. I left this part up to my husband, I’m not that great with eggs. What you want to do is cook the eggs on both sides but leave the yolk runny. The idea is that you’ll top your burger with the egg, and then just before you dig into the burger, you’ll crack the yolk and have it run all over your burger.
Now that all of the ingredients have been cooked, it’s time to put it all together and get dinner (or breakfast, or hangover cure) on the table. Start by putting bacon on top of the cooked burger patties.
The comes the fried egg right on top of the bacon on the burger patty. Look at that. I can just see the yolk and I can’t wait to dig into it!
Finally, top the egg with cheese. You can, of course, assemble yours different. Most people would probably put the cheese on top of the patty, then the bacon then the egg. That’s perfectly fine. Our thinking in putting the cheese on top of the egg was so that there was something to contain the egg yolk once it started to run, and we figured the cheese would melt just fine over the top of the egg.
Take your patty, bacon, fried egg and cheese masterpiece, and slide it off the grill and on top of one half of a toasted English muffin. You’ve got yourself a breakfast burger! Or, in our case, a breakfast bison burger! If you want, top the dish with some fresh cracked black pepper for some added flavor.
You’ll want to serve this as soon as it’s done, hot off the grill. Either crack the yolk and have it run all over, or take your knife and just start digging into the breakfast burger and the yolk will crack on its own. Whatever you do, savor all of the flavors of the yummy burger, toasted English muffin, creamy fried egg, salty bacon and luscious cheese in your mouth. Making a breakfast burger is so easy, and the results are so delicious, I don’t know why we didn’t start making these sooner!