Breakfast Burgers with Bacon Jam

Wake up your tastebuds with these incredible Breakfast Burgers! Pairing a juicy burger with sweet and salty bacon jam and a drippy fried egg is the best way to kick off the day.

Perfect Breakfast Burgers with Fried Eggs

Breakfast burger featuring an English muffin, cheeseburger, bacon jam, and a fried egg with the yolk spilling out the side.

Sometimes we eat Chia Pudding with Fruit for breakfast; sometimes we eat Breakfast Burgers. It’s called balance.

These breakfast burgers take the classic fried egg burger to the next level with a big scoop of warm bacon jam. I’ve talked extensively about my love for bacon onion jam already, so I won’t bore you by going on and on about it here.

Suffice it to say, this is the burger bacon jam was made for. The sweet savory flavors shine against the richness of the beef patties and glorious, yolky fried egg.

Pair these breakfast burgers with a Bloody Mary or Orange Julius and some air fryer potatoes for a truly epic brunch.

Or, serve them for brinner! There’s no bad time of day to enjoy a breakfast burger!

Key Ingredients

English muffins, cheese slices, ground beef, eggs, bacon jam, and seasonings shown on a wood background.
  • Ground Beef– I always choose a fattier ground beef (80/20) for burgers. It helps keep them nice and juicy!
  • Seasonings– You can always use our burger seasoning recipe, but if you’re just looking to season these breakfast burgers, I love a combination of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a little brown sugar.
  • Cheese– Pick your favorite! We love a cheddar, colby jack, or Muenster.
  • Eggs– We love our eggs served over easy with plenty of liquid gold yolk, but feel free to cook them harder if you prefer.
  • Bacon Jam– We used our favorite recipe for bourbon bacon jam. Don’t feel like making the jam? Substitute a few slices of Oven Baked Bacon sprinkled with brown sugar or maple syrup.
  • English Muffins– In keeping with the breakfast theme, I chose to use English muffins rather than a bun. However, an everything bagel bun, brioche bun, or even a cheesy bagel would be a great choice!
  • Veggies– We like to add some fresh leaf lettuce to the burgers, but you could also use spinach or mixed greens. Avocado would be another great addition!

How to Make Breakfast Burgers

  1. Prep the burgers. Divide the beef into four equal sections and use your hands to gently shape each section into a ball. Use the palm of your hand to press each ball into a burger shape. It doesn’t have to be perfectly round. Press your thumb into the center of each burger to prevent doming.
  2. Season. Mix together the salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Sprinkle both sides of the burgers with the seasoning mixture.
  3. Fry the burgers. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat and add just enough vegetable oil to coat. When the oil shimmers, place the patties in the skillet. Fry about 3 minutes, flip, then fry an additional 2-3 minutes or until internal temperature reaches desired doneness (see temp chart below). Place a slice of cheese on the burgers for the last minute and cover with a lid or sheet pan to allow it to melt. Remove the burgers to a plate and loosely tent with foil.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the English muffins. Toast the English muffins to desired doneness, then butter them.
  5. Make the eggs. Heat another skillet over medium heat and melt the butter. Add the eggs. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, or until the white is mostly cooked through. Carefully flip and turn off the heat. Allow to sit in the pan for 30-45 seconds, then remove to a plate. (This will result in an over easy egg, with a lot of runny egg yolk. If you want a hard egg, cook for an additional 2 minutes). Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Assemble the burgers. To assemble, layer the bottom half of the English muffins with the lettuce then top with a burger patty. Top with the bacon jam followed by the fried egg. Sandwich with the English muffin. Enjoy!
English muffin topped with lettuce, cheeseburger, bacon jam, and a fried egg.

Burger Temperature Chart

We prefer to cook our burgers medium well, but here’s a temperature guide so you can cook them just how you like! We use this meat thermometer to check doneness.

  • Medium- 140-145℉
  • Medium Well- 150-155℉
  • Well Done- 160+℉
Fried egg burger with bacon jam and lettuce on an English muffin.

Tips and Tricks for Perfect Burgers

  • Shape your burgers according to the size of your bun. You’ll want your burgers to be at least as big as your buns before being cooked. Because English muffins are smaller than most buns, and because I didn’t want a huge burger for breakfast, we were easily able to get four burgers out of a pound of beef. If you have larger buns or a larger appetite, you may only get three burgers out of a pound.
  • Use your thumb to indent the center – If you’ve ever started grilling a big burger patty and ended up with a small burger dome, you’ll understand the importance of this trick. Making an indent in the center of your patty prevents it from puffing up in the center and allows for more even cooking.
  • Never press burgers down – Nothing hurts me more than watching someone press their spatula into a burger patty and seeing all those delicious juices run out. Please, if you disregard all my other advice, DON’T DO THIS. We want all those juices in our burgers, not at the bottom of the pan.
  • If you prefer to cook these on a grill, follow all our tips for How To Grill Burgers.
Yolky fried egg burger with bacon jam on an English muffin.

More Unique Burger Recipes to Try

We love experimenting with new twists on the classic burger recipe. Give these other favorites of ours a try!

Breakfast burger featuring an English muffin, cheeseburger, bacon jam, and a fried egg with the yolk spilling out the side.

Breakfast Burgers with Bourbon Bacon Jam

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

These are the ULTIMATE Breakfast Burger loaded with cheese, bacon jam, and a fried egg on a toasted English muffin.

Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 English muffins
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar
  • Vegetable oil, to coat
  • 4 slices Muenster cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup bacon onion jam
  • 4 lettuce leaves

Instructions

  1. Prep the burgers. Divide the beef into four equal sections and use your hands to gently shape each section into a ball. Use the palm of your hand to press each ball into a burger shape. It doesn’t have to be perfectly round. Press your thumb into the center of each burger to prevent doming.
  2. Season. Mix together the salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Sprinkle both sides of the burgers with the seasoning mixture.
  3. Fry the burgers. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat and add just enough vegetable oil to coat. When the oil shimmers, place the patties in the skillet. Fry about 3 minutes, flip, then fry an additional 2-3 minutes or until internal temperature reaches desired doneness (see temp chart below). Place a slice of muenster on the burgers for the last minute and cover with a lid or sheet pan to allow it to melt. Remove the burgers to a plate and loosely tent with foil.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the English muffins. Toast the English muffins to desired doneness, then butter them.
  5. Make the eggs. Heat another skillet over medium heat and melt the butter. Add the eggs. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, or until the white is mostly cooked through. Carefully flip and turn off the heat. Allow to sit in the pan for 30-45 seconds, then remove to a plate. (This will result in an over easy egg, with a lot of runny egg yolk. If you want a hard egg, cook for an additional 2 minutes). Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Assemble the burgers. To assemble, layer the bottom half of the English muffins with the lettuce then top with a burger patty. Top with the bacon jam followed by the fried egg. Sandwich with the English muffin. Enjoy!

Notes

If you don't feel like making the jam, substitute oven baked bacon brushed with maple syrup.

Brioche hamburger buns or everything bagels would be great substitutes for the English muffin.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1655Total Fat: 99gSaturated Fat: 38gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 53gCholesterol: 493mgSodium: 4215mgCarbohydrates: 70gFiber: 2gSugar: 38gProtein: 105g

Please note nutritional information for my recipes is calculated by a third party service and provided as a courtesy to my readers. For the most accurate calculation, I always recommend running the numbers yourself with the specific products you use.

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10 Comments

  1. Wow, I want to make delicious breakfast, but I don’t have too much time for it. The Breakfast Burger looks really nice. I would try it Tuesday. I am thinking that if I can prepare that in advance, is it still possible to finish the recipe in 15 minutes? Thanks for sharing.

  2. Breakfast burger. That means I can technically eat it for any meal, right? And by any, I definitely mean every. Seriously. Obsessed.

  3. omggg this is all I want in my life right now. Why aren’t burgers for breakfast more of a thing?? This would keep me satisfied all the way to dinner 🙂

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