The name is enough to make me drool any time of the day. And when you put and ‘E’ in it?
It becomes Heaven on Earth!
And then stuff it in burger buns. Epic. Period.
So that is the story of Bacon Egg Lettuce Tomato Burger.
I never ever thought that I would publish a blogpost on this epic B.E.L.T burger. Today I was in a hurry and was trying to fix me a quick brunch before I take off. But unexpectedly I realized I was out of bread and left with two burger buns (which I don’t recall to buy in near past). So I quickly prepared the burger and after assembling I couldn’t stop staring at it; it was looking so damn sexy. Couldn’t hide my emotions and immediately clicked a snap with my mobile to send Bhatty. And it is completely his idea to recreate the same for kids in our tomorrows’ Thanksgivings Dinner party. Then I realized may be few more people out there like this too for their kids.So I took my DSLR and quickly clicked few snaps before I gulped down the whole sin.
Here is the ridiculously easy recipe of B.E.L.T. Burger aka Bacon Egg Lettuce Tomato Burger.
Preparation Time: 05 mins
Cooking/Active Time: 15 mins
Resting/Inactive time: 00 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Yield: 1 serving
Burger bun: 1
Bacon: 4-5 strips
Egg: 1 to 2
Lettuce: 2 to 3 leaves
Mustard sauce or Mayonnaise: 1 tbsp (I used my Vegan Mayonnaise)
Chili flakes: ½ tsp
Salt: 1 pinch
Fries or wedges
Start with preparing the Bacon:
Bacon can be cooked in various ways; just pick your most convenient way. But most importantly make sure you reserve the bacon fat after cooking. You will need the fat in cooking eggs.
a> Place the bacon strips in hot pan (without any oil, bacon has enough fat in itself) and cook for 5-8 mins on low heat until crisp on both sides.
b> cook the bacon on grill until crisp.
c> Arrange the bacon in single layer in any oven proof pan and bake for 6-10 mins on high or until crisp.
Once bacon is cooked, keep it on paper towel to get rid of excel fat.
Next, cooking the Egg:
For B.E.L.T. Burgers it is very important to keep the yolk intact as it adds the touch of glamour in the dish. So make sure you don’t break the yolks. To keep the yolk untouched follow very easy way to cook the egg.
Crack each egg in a separate small bowl. Heat small skillet and place a round egg mold in the middle. If you don’t have any molds, use large cookie cutter or you can also cook as it is. Now brush the pan inside the molds/cookies cutter with the reserved bacon fat and pour the eggs from each bowls into each molds. Cook the eggs on medium flame according to your personal preference. I prefer neatly set egg whites with runny yolks and it takes 3-5 minutes for me to cook two eggs together in the skillet.
You can also bake the egg in similar fashion in oven.
Now, slicing the veggies:
Slice the onion and tomatoes into roundels. Keep the slices about 1/6” to ¼” thick. This will add a nice crunch and texture to the burger.
Wash, clean the lettuce and pat it dry. Cut into small sizes to fit on the burger bun.
Finally, assembling the Burger:
Toast the burger buns very lightly, say 30secs to 1 minute and spread the mustard sauce on each halves. You can substitute the mustard with mayonnaise too. I generally use spicy mustard sauce on one half and my Vegan Sriracha Mayonnaise on the other half.
Arrange the lettuce, tomato, onion on the base bun and sprinkle some salt on it. Carefully plate the bacon strips on top and finally place the fried egg on top of the bacon layer. Sprinkle some red chili flakes in the other half of the bun and set it on top of the egg.
Voila! Homemade B.E.L.T. Burger is ready in just 20 mins!
Serve immediately with tomato ketchup and spicy mustard sauce. And don’t forget the beer man!
Eat, Love & Enjoy! Repeat!!!