Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Brunch Burgers

For as far back as I can remember, I have always been a Rachael Ray fan. I have her pots and pans, her cooking utensils, her knife set. I watch her show everyday and subscribe to Everyday with Rachael Ray magazine. Every single recipe she creates is delicious- every.single.one. She is basically my cooking idol.

So last month, her magazine did an entire issue dedicated to breakfast recipes. It was basically the best edition of her magazine ever- I’m saving the eniter magazine for future reference.

One recipe in the magazine was for Brunch Burgers, an ideal breakfast for dinner hybrid dish. I loved the concept and knew with a little tweaking I could make it 21-day fix approved. Here is the revised recipe- it is delicious and you can cook it all in one pan-easy clean up!

Brunch Burgers
Fix Portions (per burger- recipe makes 2 burgers): 1 yellow, 2 red, 1 blue

·         ½ lb ground turkey (93% fat free)
·         4 slices turkey bacon
·         2 eggs
·         2 teaspoons 100% pure maple syrup
·         1 tablespoon grainy mustard
·         1 whole wheat English muffin
·         2 slices cheese (cheddar or provolone)
·         Black Pepper
·         Onion powder
·         Garlic powder
·         Dried sage
·         Cayenne pepper

1.      Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high
2.      Cook turkey bacon on each side. Brush each slice with maple syrup and sprinkle with black pepper. Remove from pan
3.      Fry eggs until over-easy (leaving the yolk runny). Remove from pan.
4.      In a bowl, season ground turkey with sage, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne, and black pepper (I just eyeball it…probably about 1 tsp each). Mix into meat and form into patties (tip: make a thumbprint in the center of each patty- this allows for your patties to cook evenly because they rise in the middle when heated)
5.      Mix 1 tsp syrup with grainy mustard.
6.      Cook patties on both sides in cast iron skillet until cooked through. As they are cooking, brush each side with the maple-mustard mixture
7.      Place one slice of cheese on each patty. Cover with foil until cheese melts (about 30 seconds)
8.      Toast English muffin in toaster
9.      Spread remaining maple-mustard on English muffin
10.  Assemble your burgers: muffin, bacon, burger, egg. Sprinkle with ground black pepper and serve. 


  1. Is maple syrup allowed? I saw it also in your french toast pancake recipe. I have pure light maple syrup from Canada, would that count for a container?

    1. Yes 100% pure maple syrup is allowed. Its listed on the page in the book that discusses sugar consumption (no more than 2 tsp/day). I'm not familiar with the Canadian syrup, so my advice would be to read the ingredient label. It should only be 100% syrup- if it has anything else in it, I would say no. A lot of "light" syrups are made with high fructose corn syrup and such to reduce the calories but preserve the flavor- you want to avoid that on 21 day fix/clean eating