I buy my milk and cream at my local farmer’s market. It is the most delicious stuff ever; creamy, rich and very obviously grass fed. I sometimes luck out and arrive early enough to snap up the raw milk; it is life-changingly delicious.
I noticed recently that the same farm that sells the milk also sells cheese and meats. I snapped up some lovely ground beef, bacon and cheddar cheese. Since it is summer time, I knew I wanted to make a burger; I then realized that I had all of the ingredients for a simply irresistible Bacon Burger Egg and Cheese Sandwich. All I needed was to grab from fresh eggs, which happily are also sold at the farmers market.
This sandwich is only as good as the ingredients in it, so try to get really good beef, bacon, cheese and eggs. Believe me, it is well worth it. Since the star of the show is the interior of the sandwich, get a simple burger bun here. Don’t splurge on the brioche or potato buns; allow the bun to be the delivery system rather than the star.
Because I know where this ground beef comes from, I cook my burgers to medium at most. I prefer medium rare burgers. However, if you are not confident in where your ground beef comes from or if you simply prefer it, cook your burgers to well done. Similarly, I like a runny yolk, so I cook my eggs until the whites are just set. If you prefer a more well done yolk, cook the egg longer. This is your burger creation; cook it how you like it best!
2 pounds ground beef
8 slices of bacon
4 slices of American or Cheddar cheese
4 large eggs
4 sesame seed hamburger buns
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoon canola oil
salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat your gas or charcoal grill. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
Spread your bacon slices out on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in the 400 degree oven for 20 minutes until the bacon is beautifully crispy. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain the excess oil.
Form the 2 pounds of ground beef into 4 equal sized burgers. Salt and pepper both sides well.
Grill over direct heat for 4 minutes a side, or until your desired doneness. I like my hamburgers medium rare, but many people prefer theirs well done. Add your cheese slice and let it melt over the burger as it rests. Butter the hamburger buns and toast them over indirect heat until lightly charred.
Meanwhile, add the oil to a skillet over medium heat. Heat the oil until shimmering. Crack each egg into a bowl then gently place each egg into the skillet. Fry the eggs about 2 minutes, then tilt the pan towards you. Using a soup spoon, baste the tops of the eggs for another minute for a runny yolk. Cook longer if you want a firmer yolk. Remove to a plate and salt and pepper.
Assemble your burger creation: bottom bun, burger, cheese of choice, fried egg, bacon, and final top bun. Bite in to this heavenly sandwich and enjoy!
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