Enjoy breakfast for dinner or dinner for breakfast with these insanely delicious Breakfast Burgers. Juicy turkey patties topped with bacon, melty cheddar cheese, fried egg and mustard maple sauce served on toasted English muffins. It doesn’t get much better than this!

Maple Bacon Breakfast Burger made with ground turkey and topped with a fried egg, bacon and arugula on an english muffin

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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.

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.

Breakfast Burger sitting on a butcher block cutting board made with a ground turkey patty, maple mustard drizzle, cheddar cheese, bacon and a sunny side up egg served on an English muffin

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.

How to Make a Breakfast Burger

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.


The Ingredients

Ground Turkey. Seasoned with maple syrup, mustard, garlic, and smoked paprika these turkey burgers are lean while also bursting with flavor.

Bacon. Brings the salty (and the smoky) to these beauties.

Maple Syrup. Gives these burgers that breakfast flair with a touch or sweetness.

Whole Grain Mustard. Adds some zip and bite to balance out the salty bacon and sweet maple syrup.

Eggs. Cook your eggs however you please. Personally, I enjoy mine over easy with a beautifully runny yolk. YUM!

Cheddar Cheese. My motto for cheese with these breakfast burgers is the sharper the better.

Arugula. I feel like every burger needs just a little green and I love the bold, peppery freshness the arugula adds.

English Muffins. Seemed like the natural choice for a bun with these breakfast burgers. Feel free to opt for a traditional bun or go bunless if that’s more your style.

Ingredients for breakfast burgers on a green stripe kitchen towel

The Directions

  1. Cook the bacon (Oven Baked Bacon is my favorite method).
  2. Make the sauce. Set aside.
  3. Mix the burger patty ingredients together and shape into four patties.
  4. Cook the burgers, flipping once, until cooked through either outside on your grill or inside on a grill pan over medium-high heat. Top with cheese, let it melt, and then remove the burger from the grill. Cover to keep warm.
  5. Fry the eggs to your desired level of doneness.
  6. Assemble the burgers and serve. ENJOY!
Maple Bacon Turkey Burgers with cheddar, Dijon, and a fried egg on a butcher block

Even though its title is “breakfast burger,” this recipe is appropriate at all times of day. We had ours for “brinner” with a simple Arugula 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.

Make Ahead + Storage Tips

  • To Make Ahead. 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.
  • To Store. Place patties in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

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Recommended Tools

  • Cast-Iron Grill Plate. No grill? No problem! An affordable grill plate can be used right on your regular stove and makes beautiful grill marks.
  • Grill Set. This one is Ben’s favorite (for indoor grilling and all kinds of fish, roasted veggie, and fried egg flipping, I love this spatula).
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

Breakfast Burger

A healthy Breakfast Burger featuring a juicy turkey patty topped with bacon, maple mustard sauce, and egg served on an English muffin.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 35 mins

Servings: 4 servings

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 eggs
  • Fresh arugula
  • Canola oil for grilling

For the Sauce:

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

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.

Notes

  • To Store. Place patties in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  • To Make Ahead. 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1burgerCalories: 446kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 43gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 270mgPotassium: 526mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 655IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 262mgIron: 2mg

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  1. Hi Erin! Crazy question…what brand is that maple syrup in the pic? Seriously. I’m a moose freak. Must. Buy. It.

    Thanks!
    Cat

    1. Hi Cat! This is from Ben’s Sugar Shack. They have a website online where you can find the bottles. Hope this helps!