French Toast Breakfast Burger with Hot Honey Cream Cheese

Brunch is confusing. Take the guesswork out of what to serve with this burger that captures both breakfast and lunch flavors, and top it off with a sweet and spicy cream cheese.

For the burgers:

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp coriander

For the French toast:

  • 12 slices bread (I sliced a baguette - you can use Texas toast or white bread if you want)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c half & half

To garnish:

  • 1 Tbs Mike's Hot Honey
  • 4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked
  • 1/2 c powdered sugar, optional

For the burgers, we're really just making maple breakfast sausage with both pork and beef, so it'll stick together enough for you to grill it. Mix all the burger ingredients and form into 6 patties. Put in the refrigerator at least 2 hours or overnight for the flavors to come together.

Mix the softened cream cheese with the hot honey and set aside.

Whisk the eggs and half & half in a large shallow bowl until fully combined. Heat a griddle or skillet to medium-low and melt about a tablespoon of butter on it. Dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture, flipping each piece and coating it well, then cook about 7 minutes per side, until browned. Set aside.

Heat grill to medium-high heat. Grill burger patties about 6 minutes per side, until well-done (internal temperature of 160). When the burgers are almost done, add the french toast slices on the top rack or on indirect heat and toast until crisp.

Put each burger patty on a slice of french toast, smear with the hot honey cream cheese, and top with some bacon and another slice of french toast. Dust with powdered sugar if you want it sweeter!

Mix it up:

  • Top with a fried egg and/or sliced avocado
  • If you like it sweet, add 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla, and 1 Tbs sugar to the french toast batter
  • Try drizzling this burger with pancake syrup and hot sauce
  • Use American or cheddar cheese instead of the cream cheese topping to keep it simple