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Brunch Burger

Breakfast is a great meal. Not only is it the meal that we start our day with, it often combines a wide array of flavors. From the rich, savory flavors of bacon, sausage, eggs and in many a greasy spoon steak; to the sweet flavors of cereals, muffins, pancakes and French toast. Combined with my love affair of sandwiches, a burger that incorporates the many flavors of breakfast and makes its home on the breakfast menu seems like a winner.

For my entry, I have taken the classic burger, utilizing quality ground beef, and topped it with a fried egg to play up steak and eggs which is so commonly found on breakfast menus.

I have also incorporated ground bacon into the patty, to add a deeper layer of breakfast flavor. In addition to flavor, the increased amount of fat to the hamburger also reduces the density of the patty, making it more palatable as a morning item. Bacon, steak and eggs alone make for a great start to the day, but as I mentioned above, I have an affinity for sandwiches. And what would a great burger be without a great bun. So for the bun I have chosen to use French toast, brushed lighted with real maple syrup. This punch of sweetness on delicate, light brioche helps counter the rich savory flavors and combines to make for a better burger.

Ingredients 

2.25 lbs Ground Beef (Ground Hanger Steak if available, Ground Sirloin otherwise)
.75 lbs Center Cut Bacon (Cut into bit size pieces)
1.25 Tbsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Salt to taste
2 Loaves Brioche
6 Large Eggs
3/4 Cup Whole Milk
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1.25 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
6 Tbsp Maple Syrup
2 Tbsp Butter
6 eggs
Salt and Pepper to taste
Non Stick Spray

Instructions 

Spray grill with non stick spray. Preheat grill to high.

Place ground beef into a mixing bowl. Put cut bacon into a food processor, process until ground. Mix ground bacon with beef. Season with ground pepper. Form into 6 patties. Lightly sprinkle exterior of patties with salt.

Slice brioche into 2 inch slices. In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla extract – whisk to combine into custard mixture.

Grill brioche slices on each side for 1 – 2 minutes. Pull bread from grill. Place patties on the grill. Grill approx. 4 minutes per side based on desired doneness. When done, pull from grill and place on a plate, cover with foil and let rest.

While burgers are cooking, dunk one side of each bread slice into custard mixture. Place bread back onto grill (grill sprayed with non stick spray) custard side down. Grill for 2 – 3 minutes or until custard is firm.

When burgers and bread are done and removed from grill, place a non stick or cast iron frying pan on grill, allow to get hot. Spray pan with non stick spray and add butter for flavor. Fry eggs to over easy and remove. While cooking season with salt and pepper.

While eggs are cooking begin to assemble burger. Brush maple syrup on custard side of each toast – this will be the interior side of the burger. Uncover burgers and place on bread. Top each burger with egg and then remaining bread slice, maple syrup side down.