Namesake Brunch Burger

Every now and then I attempt something in the kitchen that just doesn’t turn out according to plan.  Usually, it’s the result of serious improvisation combined with my incessant need to multitask (even though I should be paying attention).  Textbook Megan…

Take today for example!  I had a great idea for a tasty-but-healthy brunch burger.   It included a well-seasoned beef patty, and was topped with a fresh yellow heirloom tomato, slices of fresh avocado, and a runny over-easy egg.  Everything was going well until I tried to document my efforts with a photo.  As I grabbed my camera, the whole burger fell over leaning tower style, causing the yoke to run everywhere.  At that moment I cursed, and figured it was an act of karma for trying to create a burger without cheese.  I mean who wants a burger without cheese?  Needless to say today’s post will not feature images.

But, you know what happened?!  In true Imperfectly Delicious fashion, I ate the burger anyway, and it was completely awesome.  It was fresh, filling and full of flavor.  Who said that things had to look perfect or follow a recipe exactly to taste perfect?  Certainly not me.  I say go with it and try out this recipe!

Imperfectly Delicious Brunch Burgers (serves two)

  • 2 4 oz grass-fed beef patties
  • 2 burger buns
  • 2 tbs of shallots, chopped
  • 1 tbs of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 ripe yellow heirloom tomato
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 2 eggs

First chop up your shallots and garlic.  Combine 2 ingredients and separate into 2 even piles.  Add 1 pile of garlic and shallot mixture to your first patty, then repeat with the second patty.  Mix gently until incorporated, and season each patty with 1/2 of salt and 1/2 pepper mixture.  Heat olive oil in a pan over medium high heat.  When warm transfer your burger pattys to pan and cook 3 to 4 mins on each side.  This would also be delicious if you throw these burgers on the grill.

While burgers are cooking, cut half of a yellow heirloom tomato into 2 slices.  Also, cut an avocado in half, and slice half into thick slices.  Take your burgers off the heat and let them rest on the bun for a few minutes.  The bun will soak up the yummy juice while the pattys rest. Top each burger with a slice of tomato and a few slices of avocado.

Spray another medium pan with butter and turn on medium heat.  Crack 2 eggs into pan and let cook for about a minute.  Use a spatula to separate egg whites and flip eggs.  Cook for 30 more seconds then take off the heat.  Top each burger with an egg and pray everything stays upright.  This burger is clearly messy, but the perfect summer brunch item.