Carl’s Jr. Breakfast Burger (Copycat)
Carl’s Jr. Breakfast Burger with seared beef patty, crispy hash browns, scrambled eggs, cheese and glorious bacon. All the flavor, no drive-thru.
The Carl’s Jr. Breakfast Burger is a standout amongst all the other fast food breakfast options in both size and in flavor. I’ve always been a huge fan of breakfast for dinner and this burger accomplishes exactly that.
The burger is pretty popular at Carl’s Jr. on the West Coast and while it isn’t as popular as my In n Out Double Double Cheeseburger, this burger is definitely worthy of your breakfast table this weekend. Since you’re making the burger at home you’ll be using just a handful of ingredients instead of a list full and you’ll actually end up with a burger that looks like the ad instead of a burger that looks like it was sat on.
For the bun I used a basic sesame seeded bun, but just as the generic buns are somewhat smaller, I went with a bigger one since our burger is so large. For the hash brown crowns I just used my favorite frozen hash brown. Carl’s Jr. also uses frozen hash browns and they use these flatter coin shaped hash browns. For the sake of the copycat burger I’ve done the same and eight hash brown crowns was the perfect addition to the burger.
For the beef in the Carl’s Jr. Breakfast Burger I stuck with a simple beef + salt and pepper recipe but let’s be honest… this is where my burger starts to pull away. The quality of your beef is going to be higher than that of a fast food restaurant and your patty is going to probably be thicker. You can, of course, make the patties as thin as you would like, but the slightly thicker patty makes a great, juicy burger.
We top the beef with American cheese and a folded sheet of scrambled eggs. Yes, I know what you are thinking, “no egg over easy? No runny yolk?!” No, no runny yolk because the original called for scrambled eggs. I personally remade this burger (and will share it soon) with all homemade, fresh ingredients and my own version of this burger definitely featured a runny egg yolk. For this burger the best information I can give you is to cook the egg in a pancake form without moving it much on low heat. Don’t brown the eggs, just cook until they set, then cut it and fold it in half to put it onto your piece of cheese.
Finally the bacon, ohhh the bacon. I went with thick cut bacon because I am a bit selfish and I LOVE thick cut bacon. It has a slight chew to it instead of just cracking when you bite into it and the flavor of the bacon is much more pronounced. Top with ketchup and your top bun and you’re set to enjoy the best breakfast burger you’ve ever had… any time of day.
Optionally, serve your Carl’s Jr. Breakfast Burger with additional hash brown crowns and a large cup of coffee.
Carl's Jr. Breakfast Burger (Copycat)
- 4 Hamburger Buns
- 32 frozen hash brown crowns , cooked in oven until browned and crispy
- 1 pound ground beef (I used 85/15, 80/20 works too)
- 4 slices American Cheese
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 4 eggs , scrambled
- 8 slices thick cut bacon
- Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper , to taste
- 1/2 cup of ketchup
- In a large cast iron skillet, cook your bacon crisp.
- Pour out excess oil but leave about a tablespoon.
- Form the ground beef into four patties, press your thumb into the center of the patty to make an indent (this prevents the patty from becoming misshapen).
- Season patties with kosher salt and pepper, to taste.
- On high heat cook the beef patties for 3 minutes on each side.
- Remove the patties and turn the heat to low.
- Press the buns into the pan lightly and let brown and toast for a few minutes while cooking the eggs
- In a large frying pan melt the butter on low in two batches.
- Cook the eggs on low until they are cooked through but with no browning (this will take a few minutes).
- Stack with bottom bun, 8 hash browns crowns, ketchup, beef patty, American cheese, 1/4 of the egg folded over, two slices of bacon, ketchup and the top of the bun.
- Serve immediately with extra napkins.
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