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Red-Eye Burger - A Family Feast

Red-Eye Burger

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings


  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 ounces 80/20 ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 2 rolls of your choice
  • Mayonnaise to spread on rolls


  1. Cook bacon until crisp and remove from pan. Save the rendered bacon fat.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix paprika, brown sugar, coffee granules, oregano, salt and pepper. Add beef and gently work spices in with beef. Do not over mix. Form into two patties.
  3. Heat two pans over medium heat. Brush some bacon fat in each pan. Add the burgers to one and cook for 2-3 minutes on one side and flip while toasting the rolls in the other. Remove rolls once done and brush in more bacon fat. Once you turn the burger, cook two eggs in the pan you just toasted the rolls in to your desired level of doneness. Cook the burgers as you like them and add two slices of American cheese just before fully cooked. Leave burgers in pan just long enough to melt cheese.
  4. To serve, spread mayonnaise on rolls, then cheeseburgers, egg and finally bacon. Cover with roll top and serve with hot brewed coffee.