I've heard of people eating a fried egg on top of their burgers before but to be honest I have never done it. Seems like a pretty great idea so I figured I'd try it out. The past few weeks I've posted about a great peppercorn dry rub and instructions on how to grill sweet Vidalia onions. Today I've added a fried egg to the mix. Here's how I made a bacon cheeseburger topped with grilled onions and a runny egg:
Cast iron skillet (if you are going to grill the bacon and egg).
First things first prepare your burger patties. I've preached on and on about loosely packing a burger and topping it with a nice peppercorn dry rub. Read this for instructions on how to make a burger. Once the burger patties are made prepare a medium high heat. Make sure you have a nice heat that is well spread out over the grill. You're going to have a lot going on so I'd spread the coals out over 3/4 of the grill. Leave 1/4 of the grill as a cooler indirect area. Lay the uncooked bacon in the cast iron skillet. If it starts cooking too fast slide the skillet to the indirect heat area of the grill that has no coals. This will slow the cooking down a bit. Check for doneness. It may be necessary to move the skillet back over the coals.
At the same time grill the burgers and onions. I discuss how to grill onions here. Now here is the key to this method. Put the cheese on the burger when it's almost done and move that burger to the area with no coals (indirect heat). It's now time to put the egg on. The egg will cook quickly and you surely don't want to overcook it. The cheese will have some time to melt while the egg is cooking.
Remove the bacon and set it aside (don't snack on it). Crack the egg right in the bacon grease in the cast iron skillet and keep a close eye on it. If your heat has died down a bit you can close the dome to melt the cheese. Then flip that egg! No more than a couple of minutes, for sure.
The second the egg is to your liking put the bacon on top of the cheeseburger, add the onions and top it with the nice runny fried egg. If you've done this correctly the egg will run all down the sides of the burger when you bite into it. An important note to be made is that your egg must be runny (over easy, sunny side up, etc.). If you overcook the egg or don't like runny eggs then don't even bother. A fully cooked egg will not be that good.
Oh man look at this! At first I was a bit skeptical but this is awesome. The burger doesn't need any ketchup, mustard, lettuce or anything. The way I have assembled this you can taste the simple flavors of the beef, bacon, egg and grilled onions and that's perfect.