Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Copycat Applebee's All-In Brunch Burgers #FantasticalFoodFight

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Copycat Applebee's All-In Brunch Burgers // This burger is stacked with bacon, fried egg, and hashbrown - it's breakfast on a bun! #recipe #copycat #FantasticalFoodFight #beef #burger #applebees

November's theme is FAST FOOD COPYCATS and I could not be more ready to see what my fellow food fighters have in store for today's theme. I personally consider a lot of restaurants fast food even though they may not be fast. So my copycat for today is a burger I've always wanted to get at Applebee's, but never do. I am a creature of habit and cannot NOT get my favorite: the quesadilla burger! I need to make a copycat for it soon, but I had to make this All-In Brunch Burger first.

Copycat Applebee's All-In Brunch Burgers // This burger is stacked with bacon, fried egg, and hashbrown - it's breakfast on a bun! #recipe #copycat #FantasticalFoodFight #beef #burger #applebees

I believe the onion and bacon is cooked into the burger patty, but I don't like that. I find that just means my burgers aren't going to cook as well because they'll be sticking to the pan and then the onions won't be cooked uniformly. So I chose to cook the onions with the hashbrowns and the bacon by itself. I also am unsure if you get a choice in whether your egg yolk is hard or overeasy. No one in my household likes overeasy (except me on the rare occasion), so I just did our eggs cooked all the way through. These were an absolutely magnificent burger. Matthew and Cami both claimed that it had definitely hit top 5 for them and Nick also claimed it was one of the best burgers he had ever eaten. I thought it was pretty freaking fantastic too.

What you need:
  • 1 lb. ground beef (80/20)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 to 8 slices bacon
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • Frozen hashbrowns
  • American cheese
  • 4 large eggs
  • Hamburger buns, toasted
  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet until crispy. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and keep warm. Drain excess grease.
  2. Form ground beef into 4 balls of meat. Place in skillet and smash down using a spatula and a heavy object. Season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Meanwhile heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add enough frozen hashbrowns for four burgers. 
  4. Add onion to hashbrowns and stir. Let sit until potatoes are browned, then flip and brown on the other side.
  5. Flip burgers once and cook until done. Add cheese during the last few minutes of cooking so it can melt.
  6. In a nonstick skillet, fry each egg using a little bacon grease and seasoning with salt and pepper. You can leave the yolk runny or break it and cook it fully. It's up to you.
  7. Build burgers by topping each bun with a hamburger patty, then hashbrowns, an egg, and a few strips of bacon.
Original Fantastical Recipe

Congrats to Nichole of Cookaholic Wife for winning the PICKLED PEPPER Food Fight with her Mississippi Pot Roast. I can say without question that she deserves this win! My family has eaten this pot roast so many times that it is now referred to as "THE pot roast" :)


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