Recipe: BBQ Burger With Fried Egg

This tasty take on the classic burger pulls in smokey BBQ sauce, caramelized onions and a perfectly fried egg for a memorable summer meal.

by Lori Rice
PHOTO: Lori Rice

These hearty burgers will steal the show whether you prepare them on the grill at your next cookout or opt to skillet cook them in the kitchen. They are loaded with caramelized onions and sweet, smoky barbecue sauce. Finally, top off your burger with a fried egg cooked with garlic and butter for a memorable summer meal. 

You have a lot of options with this recipe. First, use any type of your favorite beef. I use grass-fed beef here, but ground chuck or a combination of your favorites blended together will also work well. 

Cook the burgers, onions and eggs all to your desired doneness. I’ve provided few tips in the recipe preparation. I prefer a thick sweet and smoky barbecue sauce for this recipe, but don’t let that hold you back from something bold and spicy.

You can truly make these burgers all your own. 

Yield: 3 burgers


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 12 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 14 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • lettuce
  • tomato slices
  • 3 buns

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Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions. Stir and cook for one minute as they begin to brown. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and let the onions cook to your desired tenderness, stirring occasionally for even browning.

For firmer sautéed onions, cook for 20 minutes. For fully caramelized onions, continue to cook for 40 minutes until softened and jamlike. 

While the onions cook, prepare the burgers. Make three patties with the ground beef. Place on the grill or in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle with 14 teaspoon of fine sea salt and 14 teaspoon ground black pepper. Cook to your desired doneness.

Just before removing them from the grill or skillet, brush each burger with 1 tablespoon of barbecue sauce. 

Stir the remaining 2 tablespoons of barbecue sauce and 14 teaspoon of salt into the onions once they’re done cooking. 

Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the three eggs. Once the whites have set, add the garlic in the space around the eggs. Move the eggs around the skillet as the eggs cook to your desired doneness. Allow the garlic to cook into the browned edges of sunny-side up eggs or flip the eggs into the garlic for over-easy, medium or hard eggs. 

Split the buns and place a piece of lettuce and one to two slices of tomato on the bottom portion of the bun. Top with the burgers, then divide the caramelized onions over each burger.

Add an egg and cover your burger with the top of the bun. Serve right away. 

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2022 issue of Chickens magazine.

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