Thursday, June 23, 2011

Brilliant Brunch: Breakfast Burgers

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The more I thought about the types of recipes I wanted to showcase this week, the more I thought a breakfast burger would be a really fun idea.  I was skeptical because I didn’t want it to be flooded with calories.  So, when I found this recipe, I knew I had found a winner!

My sister, M, has a classic saying in our house.  She loves bacon and one day, years ago, Dad asked if she wanted bacon with her breakfast.  For whatever reason, she didn't, and she said, "No, Dad, I don't eat meat in the morning".  When we explained that she loved bacon she told us we were wrong.  This conversation has become a hilarious story in our family still today, which I am sure M really dislikes.  However, it makes for fitting story, paired perfectly with today's burger since I made it without meat.

John and I have been making a lot of burgers lately (it is amazing how many I try that don't make the cut).  So whenever I can skimp on meat, I do.  I also used real potatoes rather than frozen.  These are the perfect brunch that will really impress your guests but also allow you to sleep in.  You can make the “burger” part ahead of time, and then reheat them in the oven, which will give the potatoes a little extra crisp to them!  And then, cook up those eggs, top the burgers, and serve immediately.
Breakfast Burgers
Serves:  4
2 potatoes, grated
1/2 medium onion, chopped fine
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped fine
2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
4 eggs
4 slices American or Cheddar Cheese
4 Sandwich "Thins" or English Muffins

Combine grated potato, onion (about 1/3 cup), red bell pepper (about 1/2 cup), and flour*.  Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.  When the oil is hot, add the burgers (be careful not to overcrowd the pan and work in batches if you must).  Cook the patties about 6-8 minutes on each side.  In another skillet, spray the skillet with cooking spray and crack eggs into it.  Make sure to do one or two at a time here.  Flip them after the whites have become slightly hardened and cook about 3 more minutes.  Then, place each egg on top of the burger.  Place in bun, top with cheese, and serve immediately.

*If you do want to include meat (ham, italian sausage, bacon, etc), I would suggest 1 potato and 1 cup of meat.  Cook them about ten minutes longer, or use the oven directions below. 

Without the meat, you're going to have to add the flour into the mixture to make them stick.  My potatoes were very moist so I didn't need to add water, but you might have to, especially using a frozen mix.  I do think you need a flat bottomed baking dish for this (so don't try them on the outdoor grill). 

You can bake them in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, if you prefer, which gives you time to get the eggs done!  Flip them once to get both sides crispy!  Multitasking at its finest.

Until the next time my oven is on...


  1. I am a first time visitor to your blog and I must tell you how much I've enjoyed browsing through your earlier posts. You've created a lovely spot for your readers to visit and I really enjoyed the time I've spent here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  2. I'm just catching up on my reader backlog, and am experiencing burger week all in one shot! I love the idea, and the variety you came up with. Everything looks great!


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