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The Hangover Burger

The Hangover Burger is a well seasoned bacon and egg burger with crispy bacon and gooey cheese. Serve on a buttery toasted brioche bun with cheese layered between two griddle smashed patties for the ultimate breakfast smashed burger. Or cook as a single patty on the grill the old fashioned way. Either way, you will love the combination of flavors and textures in this delicious burger.

The beauty with this bacon and egg burger recipe is its simplicity – you can knock this burger out quickly with no superfluous “foodie” ingredients or nonsense. Just a salty, delicious, easy breakfast burger. Whether cooking on a Blackstone griddle, grill, or stove-top, you don’t need to be curing a hangover to enjoy this TASTY hangover burger anytime. Serve with my hash browns recipe and make your meal complete.

prepared hangover burger on plate with sweet potato fries

Why you will love this recipe

First of all, I am in no way advocating being hungover. That said, sometimes we screw up. I’m not here to judge. What I am here for is this recipe. This DELICOUS perfect burger. This unassuming, EASY, UNcomplicated burger that will make you happy happy.

When I researched for this recipe, other hangover burgers had lettuce and tomato (do I want lettuce and tomato when I’m “not feeling well”? gawd no) or hash browns which I originally intended to make on the side myself but forgot to thaw. So I figured, if you were out late last night, you probably forgot to thaw your hash browns too (I’m being punny) and, therefore, us having that in common means hash browns (and lettuce and tomato) have no place on our Hangover Burger.

This Hangover Burger is a recipe you will WANT TO ACTUALLY MAKE if you are, in fact, hungover or otherwise under-the-weather or even if you are perfectly fine. The key is the seasoning of the meat, keeping it all simple, and that is why this recipe is so great.

bacon and egg burger on white dish

About the ingredients

  • Olive oil, butter, or high heat cooking spray for the griddle. Which you use will depend on your cook method and is up to you.
  • Bacon
  • Ground beef. We want our burgers juicy, so we want some fat in the mix. I recommend 80/20 or 85/15 meat/fat.
  • Kosher salt
  • Montreal steak seasoning
  • Onion powder
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Brioche burger buns
  • Butter for the buns
  • Deli-quality white American cheese. Get the good stuff or substitute another cheese of choice. Don’t go with the individually wrapped American slices that taste like feet.
  • Eggs
  • Condiments. I like green salsa (salsa verde) for that bit of tang and acidity to cut the fat of the burger, egg, and cheese. And mayonnaise because I always put creamy mayo on my burgers. Use whatever condiments you fancy.
collage of 2 photos: left, ground beef and seasoning ingredients in glass bowl; right, meat mixed and formed into 8 balls

How to make the Hangover Burger

I give a more detail on making breakfast smashed burgers on the griddle than grill, but the process is the same:

  1. Prep ingredients including making the patties and buttering buns.
  2. Cook bacon.
  3. Toast buns. Add condiments.
  4. Cook burgers. Top with cheese and bacon.
  5. Cook egg.
  6. Eat.

Prep the ingredients

Regardless of whether you cook your burgers on the grill, on an indoor stovetop griddle, or on a Blackstone outdoor griddle, you want to gather and organize all your ingredients because the cook process goes quickly.

In a bowl using your hands, lightly combine the meat, Worcestershire, and seasonings. Form into 8 large meatballs for smashed burgers. If grilling, form into 4 large patties.

Lightly butter the burger buns.

Prepare your griddle or grill according to the directions for your grill or griddle (or just by your experience). On a Blackstone, we use olive oil to prep the griddle, then high heat cooking spray as we cook.

collage of 2 photos: left, bacon on griddle; right, buns toasting on griddle

Griddle cooking for breakfast smashed burgers

Cook the bacon, flipping often, until crisp. Transfer to a dish lined with paper towels to drain the fat.

Put the buttered side of the buns down on the griddle to lightly toast. Take them off the heat. Smear the bottom halves with green salsa and the top halves with a little mayonnaise. Set aside.

Place 4 meatballs on the griddle. Press using a smasher instrument of choice (using a cut piece of parchment paper helps keep the meat from sticking to the smasher and lifting off the griddle) to make an evenly flat patty (about the size of the bun). Once they start to cook around the edges, flip and cook to desired doneness.

Put a patty on a bun (bottom half), then a piece of cheese, and then a second burger to layer them. Repeat with the other two smashed patties on a new bun. Repeat the above with the remaining meat and cheese. Top each with bacon.

TIP! I find that the burger press “smashers” that you buy don’t smash them thin enough, so we use the bacon press.

Gently crack an egg on the griddle and cook as desired: over-easy, sunny-side up, or lightly scramble it. Put the egg on a burger. Repeat with the rest of the eggs for each burger. Top each with the top bun and enjoy.

collage of 4 photos: meatball on griddle; press flattening meat; flat meat patties on grill; cooking smashed beef patty on Blackstone griddle
collage of 2 photos on griddle: left, sunny-side up egg; right, over-easy egg

Alternative directions: grilled bacon and egg burger

To grill 1/4 pound patties rather than making smashed burgers, cook the bacon on a skillet on the stovetop. Toast the buns on the grill, buttered side down. Spread green salsa on the bottom bun and mayonnaise on the top. Grill burgers to desired doneness, flipping once. Place cooked burger each on a bottom bun; top with cheese and bacon. Back on the stovetop, cook an egg for each burger as desired. Top each burger with an egg and top bun. Enjoy!

FAQs

What can be used as a “smasher”?

We have a Blackstone burger presser to make smashed burgers, but I like my smashed burgers thinner. So we use a bacon press to press our meatball flat on the griddle. You could also use a metal bowl, cast iron skillet, or the bottom of a clean pan.

prepared breakfast smashed burger on white plate
There’s another burger under that cheese!
bacon and egg burger on white dish

The Hangover Burger

Erica
The Hangover Burger is a well seasoned bacon and egg burger with crispy bacon and gooey cheese. Serve on a buttery toasted brioche bun with cheese layered between two griddle smashed patties for the ultimate breakfast smashed burger. Or cook as a single patty on the grill the old fashioned way. Either way, you will love the combination of flavors and textures in this delicious burger.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 743 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • olive oil, butter, or high heat cooking spray for the griddle or grill
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp kosher salt see Notes
  • ½ tsp Montreal steak seasoning
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 4 brioche burger buns
  • butter for the buns
  • 4 slices deli-quality white American cheese
  • 4 large eggs
  • condiments of choice such as green salsa (salsa verde) and mayonnaise

Instructions
 

Prepare the ingredients

  • Gather and organize all ingredients because the cook process goes quickly.
  • In a bowl using your hands, lightly combine the ground beef, salt, Montreal steak seasoning, onion powder, and Worcestershire sauce. Form into 8 large meatballs for smashed burgers. If grilling, form into 4 traditional burger patties.
  • Butter the burger buns.

Cook on the griddle

  • Prepare your griddle to cook on medium-low heat (see Notes). On a Blackstone, we use olive oil to prep the griddle, then high heat cooking spray as we cook.
  • Cook the bacon, flipping often, until crisp. Transfer to a dish lined with paper towels to drain the fat.
  • Put the buttered side of the buns down on the griddle to toast. Remove from the heat and smear the bottom halves with green salsa and the top halves with mayonnaise (or condiments of choice). Set aside.
  • Place 4 meatballs on the griddle. Press using a smasher instrument of choice (using a cut piece of parchment paper keeps the meat from lifting off the griddle) to make an evenly flat patty, about the size of the bun. Once they start to cook around the edges, flip and cook to desired doneness.
  • Put a patty on a bun (bottom half), then cheese, and then a second burger to layer them. Repeat with the other two smashed patties and a bun. Repeat all the above with the remaining meat and cheese.
  • Top each burger with bacon.
  • Gently crack an egg on the griddle and cook as desired. Put on a burger. Repeat with the rest of the eggs for each burger. Top each burger with the top bun and serve.

Cook on the grill

  • To grill 1/4 pound patties rather than making smashed burgers, cook the bacon on a skillet on the stovetop. Toast the buns on the grill, buttered side down. Spread green salsa on the bottom bun and mayonnaise on the top.
  • Grill burgers to desired doneness over high heat, flipping once. Place cooked burgers each on a bottom bun; top with cheese and bacon.
  • Back on the stovetop, cook an egg for each burger as desired. Top each burger with an egg and top bun. Serve.

Notes

The bacon, buns, burgers, and eggs are all quick cook and will burn or overcook easily. Also, Blackstone griddles get HOT. So, less heat is needed that one might think. That said, if opting to grill 1/4 lb patties on a regular grill, you will want high heat.

Nutrition

Calories: 743kcal (37%) | Carbohydrates: 34g (11%) | Protein: 45g (90%) | Fat: 49g (75%) | Saturated Fat: 18g (113%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 320mg (107%) | Sodium: 1545mg (67%) | Potassium: 270mg (8%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 9g (10%)

Calorie count is purely an estimate calculated using an online application to serve as a guide and not to be taken as accurate nutritional information. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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