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The Fried Egg-Olive Burger

No condiments are needed for The Fried Egg-Olive Burger. An olive mixture tossed with capers, garlic, and achovies is spread over the tops of these burgers and finished with a fried egg. If you choose to cook your egg yolk a little runny, you'll have an easy no-prep sauce built right into the burger!

  • Yield: 8 burgers


  • 1 recipe Basic Burger, without buns
  • 1 cup pitted black olives (about 6 oz.)
  • 1/4 cup chopped drained capers
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tinned anchovy fillets, rinsed, patted dry and chopped, optional
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 large eggs
  • 8 English muffins or buns, split and toasted
  • 2 tablespoons crushed black peppercorns
  • Assorted toppings (optional):
  • Asian Mayo
  • Pesto Mayo
  • Spicy Ketchup
  • Ranch Olé
  • The Baconator


1. Prepare burgers as recipe directs. Keep patties refrigerated until ready to cook.

2. Combine olives, capers, garlic and anchovies, if desired, in a food processor. Pulse several times to chop. With blade running, slowly add oil and process until well blended and smooth, stopping to scrape sides of bowl as needed. Makes about 1 1/4 cups.

3. Melt 1 Tbsp. butter in each of two large nonstick skillets over medium-high heat. Crack four eggs into each skillet. Cover and cook until whites are firm and yolks are slightly runny, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, uncover and leave eggs in hot skillets.

4. Grill or broil burgers as recipe directs. Spread 1 Tbsp. of olive mixture over both sides of toasted English muffins or buns. Place burgers on bottoms. Use a spatula to carefully transfer one egg at a time to top each burger. Sprinkle each egg with a pinch of crushed peppercorns. Serve immediately with assorted toppings, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 650
  • Fat: 39g
  • Saturated fat: 10g
  • Protein: 46g
  • Carbohydrate: 29g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 316mg
  • Sodium: 1001mg

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