This gourmet fried egg burger is topped with melted cheddar cheese and a perfectly runny yolk dripping through each bite.
Elevate your favorite homemade burgers with a perfectly fried gooey egg. The golden runny egg yolk is the perfect burger condiment on its own or pairs well with a variety of your favorite toppings.
Ingredients & Substututions
- Hamburger patties - I recommend using 80/20 ground beef patties. But this recipe works great for homemade venison burgers too. I think thick patties are best for this recipe, but there is no reason you can't make these as fast-food-style burgers too.
- Large egg - You will need one fresh egg for each burger.
- Cheddar cheese slices - I recommend sharp cheddar cheese, but mild cheddar cheese can be substituted.
- Lettuce - Boston lettuce is my favorite burger lettuce, but you can also substitute green leaf lettuce. Iceberg lettuce and romaine lettuce are ok, but best avoided if possible.
- Onion - Thinly sliced sweet onions work well on these burgers. However, caramelized onions are a fantastic upgrade, if desired.
- Condiment - The runny yolk works well on its own as a condiment, but my tangy homemade burger sauce is also perfect for cutting through the richness of the burger.
- Butter - You need butter to cook the egg, and also to butter the interior of the buns. You can use olive oil, but butter has the best flavor.
- Hamburger buns - I recommend brioche buns, but you can use your favorite hamburger buns.
How to make it
To make this fried egg burger recipe, begin by setting a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat on your stovetop. Season your hamburger patties with salt and black pepper, then place them in the hot skillet.
Let the burgers cook approximately three minutes per side, flipping once a nice sear has formed on the underside of the patty. Once flipped, top with a slice of cheese and continue cooking until the interior reaches your desired doneness and the cheese has melted.
Tip: If you need the cheese to melt quicker, cover the skillet briefly with a lid.
While the patty is cooking, melt butter in a separate skillet set over medium heat and toast buns until golden brown. Remove the buns and add additional butter along with a cracked egg. Season the egg with salt and pepper and pan fry eggs until the bottoms have fully set, then flip and continue to cook for an additional minute. Remove the eggs before the yolk cooks through.
Assemble the burgers by adding a piece of lettuce to the lower bun, top with thin slices of onion, then the hamburger patty, cheese, and fried egg, then add the top bun.
Leftover burgers should be stored without the buns in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. However, reheated burgers are never remotely as good as enjoying them fresh, so I recommend only cooking as many as you will enjoy in one sitting.
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Fried Egg Burger
- 2 Large skillets
- ⅔ pound ground beef
- 2 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons butter (divided)
- 2 slices sharp Cheddar cheese
- 2 leaves Boston lettuce
- thin onion slices
- salt and black pepper to taste
- Make two hamburger patties by forming ⅓ pound of ground beef into a ball, then press flat. Season each side liberally with salt and black pepper.
- Set a large skillet on the stovetop over medium high heat. Place the patties in the skillet and cook until the bottom forms a nice sear, approximately three minutes. Flip the patties and top with a cheddar cheese slice. Cook for three additional minutes, or until the interior reaches your desired doneness.
- While the patties cook, spread two tablespoons of butter across the interior of the hamburger buns, then toast in a separate skillet set over medium heat.
- Remove the buns from the skillet and add an additional tablespoon of butter. Crack the eggs into the skillet, sprinkle with salt and black pepper, and cook until the bottom of the egg has set. Flip the eggs, and cook for an additional minute, or until the yolk reaches your desired doneness.
- Assemble the burgers by placing a lettuce leaf on the bottom bun, top with thin slices of onion, the burger patty, cheese, fried egg, and the top bun.
- Let the burger rest for a minute or two, then serve.