Rocky Sunrise Bacon and Egg Burger

INGREDIENTS

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 eggs

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

4 large Kaiser rolls, with sesame seeds, halved

Toppings

Mayonnaise

Red onion, thinly sliced

Romaine lettuce

DIRECTIONS

  • 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.