I came across this article about each state’s favorite brunch recipe, according to Pinterest and found a ton of great ideas.
I started with this breakfast burger with a bourbon bacon jam for Kentucky, but I made a significant change by replacing the cheddar cheese with a hickory smoked cheddar pimiento cheese. If you like pimiento cheese, I strongly suggest you do the same!
Here is the original recipe: Neighbor Food
- For the jam::
- 1 1/2 pounds applewood smoked bacon, chopped
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 2 small yellow onions
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
- For the burgers::
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 teaspoons Kosher salt
- 1 Tablespoon worcestershire
- To assemble::
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 4 eggs
- 4 slices sharp cheddar cheese
- 4 English muffins, toasted and buttered if desired
- In a Dutch oven or other heavy bottomed pot, cook the bacon over medium high heat, until the fat starts to foam and the bacon is crispy. Remove the bacon to a plate and then drain the fat through a colander into a bowl.
- Add 1 Tablespoon of the fat back into the pan along with the butter. Add the onions, season with salt, and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until softened and starting to caramelize.
- Add the bourbon and honey to the skillet, turn the heat up to high, and bring to a boil. Boil for about 2 minutes, stirring often. Stir in the vinegar and boil for another minute. Add the bacon back into the pot, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer for another 6-8 minutes or until mixture is thick and dark. Season with additional salt and cayenne pepper, if desired. Store in the fridge until ready to eat. Microwave briefly before serving.
For the burgers:
- Using your fingers, gently mix the salt and worcestershire into the ground beef. Form into four patties and place a small thumbprint in the center of each one. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat and melt a little oil or butter of your choice in the pan. Add the patties to the pan and cook until seared on the bottom. Flip and continue to cook until patties are cooked through, adding a slice of cheese and covering the pan for the last two minutes. Remove to a plate.
- Fry each of the eggs in a teaspoon of butter to your liking. (We prefer to cook over medium heat until the whites are almost set, then flip and cook for one additional minute for a nice, yolky over easy egg).
- To assemble, place the burgers on the English muffins and top with a generous amount of bacon jam. Place an egg on each burger and top with the other half of the muffin. Enjoy this meaty breakfast feast!