Big Kahuna Burger
“Hamburgers! The cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast.” If you ever want sound dietary advice, go to Jules, Sam Jackson’s character in Pulp Fiction. He knows what’s up. Before this famous ketchup- and blood-smeared scene, Jules had never tried a renowned Big Kahuna Burger — and the rest of still haven’t. Unfortunately, this Hawaiian-themed fictional fast food chain exists only in Quentin Tarantino films. From the looks of it, Big Kahuna seems to make a traditional fast food hamburger: soft bun, American cheese, ketchup. But if we’re eating burgers for breakfast, there’s got to be some morning ingredients involved. Our spin on The Big Kahuna Burger features a crispy hash brown and runny fried egg, plus some bacon, for good measure, and hot sauce-spiked ketchup. It is a tasty burger.
- 1 Tablespoon ketchup
- 1 Tablespoon hot sauce
- 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and grated
- 1/2 yellow onion, grated
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/4 Cup vegetable oil
- 4 hamburger buns
- 4 ground beef patties
- 4 thick slices cheddar cheese
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 4 eggs
- 4 slices bacon, cooked until crispy
In a small bowl, combine the ketchup and hot sauce. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Gather the grated potato and onion in a paper towel. Wring out as much liquid as possible and transfer to a medium bowl. Let sit for 10 or so minutes. Repeat wringing out process and transfer back to bowl. Season mixture with salt and pepper.
Add vegetable oil to a sauté pan, preferably non-stick, and heat over medium heat. Form the potato mixture into four even patties. When the oil is shimmering a piece of potato added to the pan sizzles at first contact, add the hash browns to the pan. Cook until brown and crispy, and flip. Repeat with other side. When cooked, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
Heat grill to high. Toast buns. Grill burgers to desired doneness, adding the cheese right after you flip them.
While one family member taking care of the grill, have another taking care of the eggs. Add olive oil to a sauté pan and heat over medium heat. Crack the eggs into the pan and cook sunny side-up. Cover the pan after a few minutes to encourage the tops of the whites to cook.
Assemble the burgers in the following order: bun bottom, hash brown, cheeseburger patty, bacon, fried egg, bun top slathered with spicy ketchup. Slice in half and serve immediately.