Rocky Sunrise Bacon and Egg Burger
5 slices of bacon
1 pound ground chuck
1/2 pound bulk hot Italian sausage
3 tablespoons chopped scallions
1 ounce dry ranch dressing mix
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 ounces smoked cheese (ie. rombol, cheddar, gouda, etc.), sliced
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 large Kaiser rolls, with sesame seeds, halved
Red onion, thinly sliced
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Cover a baking sheet with foil or line with parchment paper. Arrange the bacon in a single layer on the sheet tray, then bake for 20-22 minutes, or until crispy. Rotate the pan halfway through. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels, and pat dry. Save 2 tablespoons of bacon fat. Once the bacon is cool to the touch, chop into small pieces.
- In a large bowl combine the bacon, ground chuck, sausage, scallions, ranch dressing mix, and pepper until uniformly combined. Divide the mixture into four 6-6 1/2 ounce patties no more than 3/4” thick, making sure not to compact too much. Use your thumb to make a small well in the center, which will help them maintain their shape while cooking.
- Place a cast iron pan, heavy-bottomed skillet or grill pan over a medium high flame. Once smoking, add the vegetable oil. When the oil begins to shimmer, add the burgers, and cook for 4-5 minutes on one side once a nice, crust has formed. Flip, and top each patty with cheese, then cook for another 4-5 minutes (about 155-160 degrees F). Transfer the burgers to a plate, cover and keep warm. Discard the grease in the pan, and reduce the heat to medium.
- Evenly spread butter over the 8 Kaiser roll halves, and toast about 1-2 minutes in the same pan used to cook the burgers. Once golden brown, remove from the pan.
- Pour the reserved bacon fat into the pan, and reduce the heat once more to a low flame. Crack the eggs in the pan, and cook for about 2 minutes, or until the whites have set, but the yolks remain soft. Place an egg on each burger patty.
- Spread mayonnaise over the rolls, and top with a burger and egg. Serve sliced onions and romaine lettuce on.