BLT&E Burger

christopher lucchese


Breakfast is the start of every good day. So why not incorporate the best of the best in your burger?? All the greatest flavors under one bun, or shall I say, Muffin?!

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1 Hr


20 Min




1 lb
ground rib-eye steak
1 lb
fresh pork breakfast sausage, casings removed
10 slice
strips bacon, fried, crumbled and fat reserved
1 c
cup diced cherry or small tomatoes, preferably a blend such as sweet 100 and/or green grape
2 Tbsp
maple syrup
1 Tbsp
beef broth
1 c
beer, such as a good lager
2 Tbsp
tablespoons ketchup
1 large
egg, lightly beaten
2-3 tsp
freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
2-3 tsp
sea salt, or to taste
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp
oregano, dried
1/2 tsp
garlic powder
1/2 tsp
chili powder
1/4 tsp
celery salt
1/4 tsp
cayenne pepper
2 Tbsp
crushed sourdough bread crumbs
6 small
quail eggs
6 large
split and buttered english muffins
5-6 c
arugula, from 1 (5-ounce) bag or container, or as desired

Directions Step-By-Step

In a large bowl, combine the ground rib-eye and sausage with the crumbled bacon and diced tomatoes. Add the maple syrup, beef broth, beer, ketchup and egg, along with the reserved bacon fat. Mix gently, so as not to overwork the meat. Add the pepper, salt, paprika, oregano, crushed red pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, celery salt, cayenne pepper and bread crumbs, mixing gently until all of the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Cover the mixture and rest it in the refrigerator.
In a large pan of gently simmering water, poach the quail eggs, careful not to break the yolks or overcook. Drain and set aside to cool.
Remove the meat mixture from the refrigerator and divide it into 12 even portions. Form each portion into a small round patty, adding an indentation to the center of 6 patties for the poached quail eggs to nest.
Place a poached egg in each of the 6 indented patties, then place another patty over it to form the top, gently crimping the edges together so as not to crush the egg and break the yolk. Repeat to form 6 stuffed patties.
Prepare the grill. Place the burgers, top-side down, on the grill. Cook 7 to 10 minutes, then gently flip. Cook the other side 5 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and set aside to rest.
While the burgers are resting, toast the muffin halves. When toasted, remove from heat and set aside to cool a minute.
To assemble the burgers, place a handful of arugula on the toasted bottoms of the 6 muffins. Place a burger on top of each mound, bottom-side down. Top each burger with the other toasted muffin half. If preferred, slice in half before serving, or simply eat whole. Serve immediately.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Burgers, Sandwiches
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American