Breakfast Burger

It feels fitting to be sharing this maple bacon breakfast burger in honor of Father’s Day, because the two meals I most remember my own dad cooking are lazy weekend breakfasts and grilled hamburgers.

Sweet and smoky Maple Bacon Burger — This is BEST BURGER recipe I’ve ever made! Juicy turkey patties with cheese, bacon, a fried egg, and maple mustard drizzle. @wellplated

Father’s Day is bittersweet for me. I lost my dad in a tragic accident 10 years ago, and this weekend is one of the times when I miss him most. I’d give anything to have him here to fire up the grill with me on Sunday, but since that cannot be, I’ve found other ways to feel close to him. I love sharing memories of my Dad, as well as cooking dishes that remind me of our time together in the kitchen.

Maple Bacon Breakfast Burger — a juicy turkey burger patty with maple mustard drizzle, melty cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and a fried egg served on an English muffin. Could do for brunch, but we loved them for dinner! @wellplated

Burgers were the dinner my dad made for my sisters and I most often, one because they were delicious and easy, and two because we requested them constantly. Although my dad tended to keep his seasonings on the simpler side, I think he would approve of this amped-up breakfast burger recipe.

These breakfast burgers have an incredibly juicy texture, come fully loaded with some of the best burger fixin’s (ahem, bacon), and their flavor is downright addictive too.

Looking for a new brunch idea? Try this Maple Bacon Breakfast Burger! Juicy turkey, crispy bacon, gooey cheese, and that fabulous fried egg. @wellplated

What makes these breakfast burgers habit-forming is their balance of sweet, salty, and smoky. A touch of maple syrup in the burger patties and a Dijon maple drizzle add the sweetness and smokiness, bacon brings the salty (and more smoky), and arugula adds bold, peppery freshness. The crowning glory of it all: a fried egg on top.

Maple Bacon Breakfast Burger — Juicy maple turkey burger patty with melty cheddar cheese, bacon, and a fried egg. The sweet and smoky flavors in this recipe are amazing! @wellplated

As I shared last month, this year I’m partnering with Phil’s Fresh Eggs, a family-owned-and-operated company that sells cage-free eggs. Phil’s hens are humanely treated and fed an exclusively vegetarian diet that comes from crops raised on the original family farm. I switched to buying Phil’s eggs a few months ago, because I noticed a clear difference in their quality. The shells are sturdier, the yolks more vibrantly colored, and best of all, they taste better too.

I mean, just look at that beauty.

Maple Bacon Turkey Burgers with cheddar, Dijon, and a fried egg. Sweet, smoky and juicy! @wellplated

Because these breakfast burgers have the classic influences of eggs, bacon, and maple, I decided to complete the picture by serving them on an English muffin, instead of a classic hamburger bun. I loved the way the Dijon maple spread settles into the nooks and crannies. Also, since English muffins aren’t prone to the excessive “breadiness” that can plague other burger buns, it’s the flavor and tenderness of the breakfast burger patties that is the star.

Maple Bacon Turkey Burgers — juicy turkey patty with a sweet, smoky maple flavor, crispy bacon, gooey cheese, and a fried egg. Perfect for summer grilling or even as a breakfast burger! @wellplated

Even though its title is “breakfast burger,” this recipe is appropriate at all times of day. We had ours for “brinner” with a simple green salad. Since the breakfast burger patties are made with ground turkey, they are a well-balanced, protein-packed meal, and the “extras” (bacon, that glorious egg) keep them indulgent enough for bonafide weekend brunch or afternoon cookout.

Wishing you all a Happy Father’s Day weekend! I’ll be celebrating with Ben’s family (including this guy, my stellar father-in-law). I hope are you able to enjoy time with friends and family, share memories, and make a few new ones too.

Tools I used to make this recipe:

  • No grill? No problem! This affordable cast-iron grill plate can be used right on your regular stove and makes beautiful grill marks.
  • Ben’s favorite grill set (for indoor grilling and all kinds of fish, roasted veggie, and fried egg flipping, I love this spatula).
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Maple Bacon Breakfast Burger

Kick up your brunch with this maple bacon breakfast burger. Juicy maple turkey patty topped with cheese, bacon and a fried egg. Served on an English muffin.

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Burgers:

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey (I used 93% lean)
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 4 ounces freshly grated white cheddar cheese (I love going extra sharp)
  • 4 whole grain English muffins
  • 4 large Phil’s Fresh Eggs
  • Fresh arugula
  • Canola oil, for grilling

For the Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil, then place an ovenproof baking rack on top. Arrange the bacon in a single layer on the baking rack, then bake until crisp, about 15 minutes depending upon the thickness of your bacon. Remove from the baking rack to a paper towel-lined plate and lightly pat dry. In a small bowl, stir together the sauce ingredients: 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1 tablespoon mustard, and pinch of salt. Set aside.
  2. Preheat an indoor or outdoor grill to medium high. In a large bowl, lightly combine the ground turkey, remaining 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 1 tablespoon mustard, garlic, salt, and smoked paprika just until combined. Shape into four patties, being careful not to compact the meat.
  3. Lightly oil the grill then cook the burgers, flipping once, until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side. In the last minute of cooking, add the cheese and allow to melt. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm. If desired, lightly toast the English muffins on the grill while the burgers cook.
  4. While the burgers rest, heat a non-stick skillet over medium, lightly coat with cooking spray, then fry the eggs in the skillet, either sunny side up or overeasy, cooking the yolks to your desired level of doneness (I like mine fairly runny).
  5. To assemble the burgers, top the bottom of each English muffin with a bit of the maple sauce, then add the arugula, burger patties, fried eggs, and bacon. Place the second half of the English muffins on top. Enjoy immediately.

Make ahead tip: Uncooked and tightly wrapped burger patties can be stored in the refrigerator for 1 day or frozen for 1 month. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Allow uncooked patties to come to room temperature prior to grilling.

All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 burger with whole wheat English muffin and all toppings

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 573
  • Total Fat: 29g
  • Saturated Fat: 11g
  • Cholesterol: 310mg
  • Sodium: 1042mg
  • Carbohydrates: 34g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Protein: 42g

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I am sharing this post in partnership with Phil’s Fresh Eggs. As always, all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands and companies that make it possible for me to continue creating quality content for you. To learn more about Phil’s, you can visit its company website and Facebook page too.

About Erin Clarke

I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, lover of bourbon, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN...

16 comments

  1. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss, Erin. I lost my mom 10 years ago this month, and there are definitely times when it hits me harder. Sending love to you this weekend. As always, you have nailed it again! I love the idea of using an English muffin instead of a bun, and combining whole grain mustard with maple syrup is perfect. Thank you for an awesome recipe!

    • Kori, I had no idea! I am so sorry for your loss too. I know that your mom is so proud of the wonderful woman you have become. <3 Sending you lots of love too!

      • You are the sweetest, and I greatly appreciate that! I hope you had a wonderful weekend filled with love, good food, and pretty sunshine. :)

  2. Looks like the perfect burger to me! I can’t wait to make these for brunch this weekend! We have 5 chickens of our own and I can’t believe the difference in taste that fresh eggs makes in recipes featuring fried eggs — so rich and satisfying!

  3. This is a classic breakfast all in one burger- ou get everything in one bite, what a smart idea! And a perfect homage to Father’s Day :)

  4. This looks delicious Erin! I’m so sorry for your loss–days like these can be so hard, but how lovely that you’ve found a beautiful way to celebrate and remember your dad. Have a great weekend!

  5. Love the combination of sweet and umami! Of course, maple goes great with just about anything ;)

  6. hey girl have a great weekend!

  7. this is an ideal father’s day recipe. while my father lives on the other side of the world, i will be thinking of him too. 

  8. I am loving the idea of break fast burgers! This looks so amazing!

  9. So sorry for your loss, but what a beautiful breakfast burger! Thoughts (and a little drool) are being sent your way!!

  10. Too many pop-ups and other garbage covering the page making it impossible to read the article. Why does every blog insist of having the left side of the page covered up by the social media ads? Then a full page ad saying to sign up for the newsletter. Then other little pop-ups. Too much junk.

    • Hi Sarah—I can appreciate your concern with the two total pop ups I run on my site—one that appears small in the sidebar for social media and the other for my email list (which if you close will not serve on your browser for 30 days)—I want you to know that I am dependent upon these tools to help my blog grow so that I can generate an income. My content is completely free for you and all other readers to access, but it is not free for me to create. I incur a significant amount of monthly expenses to run this site, and it is also my full time job, meaning I need a salary to pay my mortgage, cover other living costs, and try to save too, just as would anyone else that is part of a working household. I hope that you can understand. I really would love to have you as a reader, but to keep my content free, I ask some flexibility on your part too. If you close the email pop up, you won’t see it again for a full month, and the social media one is very easy to close too. A quick click is all it takes! I hope that helps explain why I (and many other blogs) have this same set up.

  11. HEalthy breakfast :D have bookmarked this page -_- need to show it to mom :D after all she is going to make it :D Thanks Erin

    Rating: 4

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