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The Hangover Burger

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Thought I was so slick. Went down to the grocery store Friday night and picked up all the things I would need for tonight’s dinner. The supermarket was quiet, peaceful, a virtual oasis of food; unlike on summer weekends, where it transforms into a frenzied circus of activity. But I was ever so clever and got it all taken care of Friday night.

Then, I woke up this morning, not so bright-eyed and bushy-tailed; the result of a small child who decided to start his day at 5:00am. I made the kids their breakfast, tended to the labrosaurus rex, and started the coffee. I had a hankering for some eggs in a hole; the dish my mom used to call Rocky Mountain Breakfast. So I heated a little butter in a pan, removed the centers from my bread, cracked the eggs into the middle, and fried them up. Then I sat down to enjoy my delicious breakfast.

Boy, did it hit the spot! I could have eaten two more, but I’d used the last of the eggs. I sat there, lingering over the last bite and then it struck me. Right smack in the middle of my head. I’d intended to use those eggs for tonight’s dinner. Foiled again by my overwhelming food cravings!! So much for avoiding the supermarket on the weekend.

Tonight’s dinner is an indulgence; a guilty pleasure. You’d better start running in place right now, cause it’s going to take some work to burn off the calories in this one. It might be a good idea to have your blood pressure checked before consuming. It will be worth it though.

Austin Grill, a Maryland based Tex-Mex restaurant has a burger on their menu called The Hangover Burger. I’m not exactly sure whether this burger is intended to be the cure or the cause of the hangover. But, lordy, lordy is this a good one! I ordered it once and dreamed about it forever after. The burger features a beef patty, smothered with chili, bacon, queso, roasted jalapeño peppers, and a fried egg. It’s the egg that really does it for me!

Tonight, we’re having my version of The Hangover Burger. Once, you’ve made the chili, there’s really nothing to it, besides putting the pieces together. Here’s how it’s done…

Austin Grill-Inspired Hangover Burger


  • Burger Patties
  • Hamburger Buns or Hard Rolls
  • Bacon
  • Chili Con Queso
  • Chili*
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Jalapeño Pepper
  • Salt and Pepper

*For my easy recipe for Spicy Beef Chili, click here.


Cut the jalapeño in half. Remove the seeds and ribs. Roast in a 300 degree oven for about 45 minutes, until softened. When cool enough to handle, cut into small pieces. Set aside. Cook the bacon and place a few slices on each bun. Season the burgers with salt and pepper. Grill or broil the burgers to your preferred doneness. While the burger is cooking, warm the chili and queso. Place the cooked burgers on top of the bacon. Top with a spoonful of chili and a spoonful of warm chili con queso. Sprinkle with the roasted jalapeño peppers. Top with a freshly fried egg.

Serve with a side of steamed broccoli, to make yourself feel better about eating the burger.

I foresee many salads in my future.


14 responses »

  1. Sounds fabulous. My husband would say that the broccoli’s the strangest fries he has ever seen!
    🙂 Mandy

  2. The onmly thing I can foresee is high cholesterol 😛 (I’m joking, it really looks DELICIOUS!!!)

  3. There’s a diner on LI that had a similar burger to this, sans chili, called a Bull Burger. I was never brave enough to try it does look delicious.

    The broccoli cancels the bad stuff out. As far as I can see, your calorie count is back to zero. Your welcome.

  4. Oh my goodness that just looks to die for! And you aren’t kidding about the running in place, but OH WELL…it still look absolutely yummy!

  5. Wow! That is some burger!! And I love that you served it with a side of brocolli… perfect 😉

  6. Oh my that looks good! My husband’s sure fire hangover remedy is a good burger. We will have to keep this one in mind in case of emergency!

  7. good thing for that broccoli:) burger looks great and I think I would have to run in place, before, during and after consumption…but looks worth it! I’m a huge fan of eggs in the hole. I love what your mom called it. Mom’s are so great…and random.

  8. yummm something meaty, eggy and filling is THE way to get over a hangover!

  9. Now, that’s one that’s going on our burgers to try list! Might even top the one with pimento cheese… Will probably have to try them both just to see. That sounds like a good excuse, doesn’t it? 🙂

  10. The mere title of this got me wondering how old are your children that you feel up for waking up with a hangover AND the very perky kids. Our 2 year old wakes up at 6:30-7 but I could not imagine my head pounding while we have a tea party in our living room at 6:45 am. What I CAN imagine is having THIS hefty breakfast! Thanks for the laughs.


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