Brunch Burger

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

8 slices bacon 

1 1/2 pounds ground beef (80/20 percent)  

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

8 thin slices American cheese 

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 

2 tablespoons canola oil, divided 

4 large eggs   

4 hamburger buns, split 

1/2 cup ketchup 

2 tablespoons hot sauce, such as Frank's RedHot or Cholula  

Directions

  1. Cook the bacon in batches in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 3 minutes per side. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Do not wipe out the skillet.
  2. Shape the ground beef with your hands into 4 round patties about 1 1/2 inches thick and season each burger on both sides with the salt and pepper. Make a divot in the center of each burger. Put the burgers in the skillet with the bacon fat, divot-side up (see Cook’s Note). Cook the burgers over medium-high heat, turning once, until golden brown on both sides and cooked to medium doneness, about 8 minutes total. Use a heatproof spoon to remove some of the bacon fat from the skillet as the burgers cook if desired.  
  3. Top each burger with 2 slices of the cheese. Carefully add 1/4 cup of water to the pan and immediately cover tightly with a lid. Count to 10. Lift the lid or dome to make sure that the cheese is totally melted (if not, cover again and count 5 seconds longer). Transfer the burgers to a plate and loosely tent with foil.  
  4. Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in 1 tablespoon of canola oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Carefully crack 2 eggs into two small bowls. Add the eggs to the pan, season with salt and pepper and reduce the heat to medium. Cover the skillet with a lid for 1 to 2 minutes to "baste"; the yolk should still be runny. Remove the eggs from the pan and set aside. Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter, 1 tablespoon of canola oil and 2 eggs.  
  5. Stir together the ketchup and hot sauce in a small bowl. 
  6. Toast the buns in a toaster. Spread the spicy ketchup on the top bun. Place the burgers on the bottom buns and top each with a fried egg and 2 strips of crispy bacon. Close the burgers and serve with more spicy ketchup if desired.

Cook’s Note

The burgers can also be cooked in 2 tablespoons of canola oil instead of the bacon fat if desired.

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