Burger with egg, bacon, cheese, jalapeno peppers and blackberry jam is good for what ails you! Whether you have worked up a big appetite or a crazy night of imbibing is pounding in your head, this monster burger will sooth the savage beast!
Blackberry Jam spread on a burger with egg, jalapeno peppers, bacon strips, and cheddar cheese layered with lettuce is a huge bite of flavors you must try! Joyce Pinson, Friends Drift Inn
Blackberry Burger with Egg – Recipe At-A-Glance
Prep Time 15 Minutes – Cook Time – 30 Minutes Total Time 45 Minutes
Yield 4 Monster Burgers
Ingredients Ground Beef – Eggs – Hamburger buns – Cheddar Cheese – Jalapeno Peppers – Friends Drift Inn Blackberry Bourbon Jam – Bacon – Lettuce
Equipment 2 Skillets (1 for burgers – 1 for eggs) – flippers – Knife to cut cheese and peppers – Spoon for Jam – Lots of Napkins!
What is it About a Burger with Egg?
Do you like layers of flavors? So do I!
This burger is so big you really need both hands to eat it. Sometimes I eat with a fork and knife!
It really is a big ol’ juicy burger with a runny egg, crispy bacon, spicy hot peppers, melty cheddar cheese, and sweet dollops of blackberry jam!
Ain’t that cool?
Around here most sports bars have a version of a burger with egg and for good reason. The heft helps recover from a little too much booze.
But the truth is, a burger with egg is really satisfying after a long day out on the farm or for a weekend brunch when you just slept in because you were tired.
A burger with egg is not just a Southern thing. It is a universal pleasure.
Creating hamburgers with breakfast toppings is so popular Serious Eats devoted a whole article to the subject. Contributor Kat Robinson writes about burgers with eggs saying:
The egg yolk runs freely through the whole mess, adding a sticky factor that’s only partially impeded by the bun and napkins. It’s a messy first bite. And second bite. If you manage to make it halfway through without putting the burger down and reaching for fork and knife, you’re a better burger eater than I.
When a food writer throws down that kind of challenge, I know it is time to forget about napkins…. just bring me a roll of paper towels and stand back! Giggles
The Burger with Egg Police
You know what I don’t get? I don’t get why people say you can only eat certain foods at certain times of the day or night.
It mystifies me.
Maybe it is because my generation perfected eating breakfast cereal as a quick supper. Maybe it is because my Momma is quirky and likes to eat chili for breakfast when it is cold outside.
I don’t know.
But in the name of fairness, burger with egg is a cross-over entrée. Enjoy this burger at brunch. Pile it high for a midnight dinner. Serve it at lunch. There are no burger and egg police!
The real issue is what do you serve alongside a burger and egg?
Now, what to have on the side? Pick from morning or nighttime fare; ultimately, you can’t go wrong. Sweet potato fries feel at home alongside this Instagram-worthy burger, but so does hash browns.
Cooking Burgers – Tips and Tricks
- Use a lean beef. We like an 80/20 mix.
- Thawing raw hamburger in the refrigerator the day before is the preferred method. Submersing the whole intact package in cold water, changing about every 30 minutes until thawed it the second choice. A distant third choice, is microwaving then cooking immediately.
- Season the patties with salt and pepper before you pat them out.
- For burger and egg, go ahead and get your cast iron skillet heating on a medium high burner.
- Cook burgers to an internal temperature of 170; especially important for children and the elderly. It takes about 4 to 5 minutes per side.
- Make burgers before you make eggs. This allows the beef to rest.
Tips for Picture Perfect Fried Eggs
Frying eggs is not my thing. But Charlie? He makes them look like the pages of Food and Wine. Well, okay maybe just the menu at Waffle House. But no matter.
They look delicious and they really are!
You can use a cast iron skillet like Charlie, but I have better luck with sunny-side eggs made in a non-stick skillet.
Here’s some tips from the American Egg Board.
- Get the skillet hot.
- Crack egg and gently let it slide into skillet.
- Immediately turn down to low heat. (This is where I go afoul)
Cook slowly until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard. Slice turner under each egg and carefully flip it over in the pan. Cook the second side to desired doneness. Serve immediately.
Why Blackberry Jam with Burger and Egg?
Friends Drift Inn Blackberry Bourbon Jam
Y’all blackberry jam, especially Friends Drift Inn Blackberry Bourbon Jam is a natural pairing with meat. Not only is it delicious on burgers, blackberry jam is fabulous as a condiment with cured meats and charcuterie!
It is good on cheese trays too!
Friends Drift Inn Blackberry Bourbon Jam is a little different than the rest of our jams and jellies. We deliberately make it with a loose set, allowing the jam to flow.
Our blackberry jam tastes like fruit-not sugar. We crafted it that way. There are no added preservatives, food coloring, and no added pectin.
This is our most labor-intensive product to make. But you are worth it!
What About Jalapenos?
We grow jalapeno peppers at the Friends Drift Inn farm. We love that they are spicy but not too hot.
For this blackberry jam burger and egg recipe, we sliced jalapeno peppers into rounds and wilted them down a little in the skillet just like they do at our local hangout, Bank 253 in Pikeville, KY.
But you know what’s good? Candied Jalapenos! They are a little spicy and a little sweet. Watch for new pepper products coming soon!
What Sides Go Well with Burger and Egg?
Are you really that hungry? Giggles
Our favorite burger sides include:
- Hash Browns
- Sweet Tater Fries
- Apple Fritters
- Cucumber and Mint Julep Salad
- Peach Bourbon Baked Beans
- Spicy Cole Slaw
And it goes without saying a bourbon cocktail goes well with this monster burger. We especially like a Blackberry Bramble or Southern Bourbon and Sweet Tea.
What about you?
Pick Your Assortment!Print
Drive away the hangries or a hangover with this huge flavorful burger stacked with bacon, lettuce, cheese, jalapeno peppers and dollops of Friends Drift Inn Blackberry Bourbon Jam.
- 4 slices of crisp hickory smoked Bacon, oven fried
- 2 whole Jalapenos, cut in rounds (could substitute pickled peppers)
- 1 1/2 lbs. lean Ground Beef, thawed
- Dash of Salt and Pepper
- 4 Bakery style Hamburger Buns
- 1 tablespoon Unsalted Butter, melted
- 4 large Eggs, organic preferred
- 4 slices of Cheddar Cheese (if using a block – about .75 ounces per burger)
- 4 teaspoons of Friends Drift Inn Blackberry Bourbon Jam
- 2 tablespoons of Mayonnaise
1. Crisp Bacon in oven, draining off excess drippings.
2. Cut jalapenos. You could leave raw, but we like them wilted in skillet just a smidge.
3. Lightly toast hamburger buns in melted butter.
4. Add dash of salt and pepper to hamburger, and pat out 4 patties.
5. We use a preheated cast iron skillet to cook burgers; about 4 minutes on each side adding cheese the last 2 minutes of process. Food Safety experts recommend cooking ground beef to an internal temperature of 170.
6. Place lettuce on bottom of buns. Add bacon. Place burgers on buns.
7. Fry eggs, be gentle allowing eggs to slide into skillet and carefully using a flipper to remove them when done. We like eggs still runny, but with a little “set” to the yolk. Whatever you like works.
8. Drizzle Blackberry Jam over burger stack.
9. Add Egg to top. Smear top of bun with mayo.
10. Grab a fork and lots of napkins – you are going to need ’em!
I sent Charlie to the high tunnel to get tomatoes, then forgot to put them on the burger! Sigh.
This is a huge burger that spans the breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and midnight nosh categories.
You could scale back to slider size. You may need a hamburger pick to hold them together.
This recipe was developed with Friends Drift Inn Blackberry Bourbon Jam. We cannot predict how other products will perform.
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