Spicy breakfast sausage, smashed feta with avocado, and English muffin buns. This healthier brunch burger is perfect when you crave breakfast for dinner. It’s also a delicious Mother’s Day brunch menu item to please a crowd!
I am a huge fan of weekend brunch! Maybe it’s the idea of bottomless mimosas and eating food that feels only allowed on Saturdays and Sundays? Whenever I go to brunch on the weekends, I NEVER order sweet items off the menu!
As someone who doesn’t love eggs, I never have many options on brunch menus. I always end up between the avocado toast (aka feeling hungry in 20-minutes option) or the burger. While I can never tire of burgers, it feels as though each one is basically the same.
Enter … the brunch burger! Inspired by the multitude of burgers I’ve eaten at almost every brunch I go to!
HOW TO MAKE A BRUNCH BURGER
Making a brunch burger requires a few steps. You can do some steps in advance.
STEP ONE: Make the brunch burger patties and refrigerate.
STEP TWO: Smash the avocado and feta with lemon juice.
STEP THREE: Cook the patties.
STEP FOUR: Assemble the brunch burgers.
INTERNAL COOKING TEMPERATURE FOR A BURGER PATTY
- PORK. Cook until internal temperature reaches 160ºF. (Cook through completely)
- BEEF. Cook until internal temperature reaches at least 145ºF (medium rare). Medium is 160ºF.
- TURKEY. Cook until internal temperature reaches 165ºF. (Cook through completely)
- CHICKEN. Cook until internal temperature reaches 165ºF. (Cook through completely)
Brunch Burger Essential Ingredients & Substitutions
- BURGER PATTY. I used ground spicy pork breakfast sausage. Other great options would be chorizo, ground beef, or pre-made frozen sausage patties.
- SMASHED FETA & AVOCADO. It’s a mix of my two favorite brunch items: a burger and an avocado toast! Smashing an avocado with feta adds a light salt to the avocados, making it a match made in heaven! You can definitely omit, or use sliced avocado or guacamole.
- ENGLISH MUFFIN BUNS. There is nothing like a toasted English muffin with butter in the morning! It is only fitting that I pair this brunch burger with an English muffin bun! You can use English muffins, traditional hamburger buns, bagels, or lettuce buns.
- DAIRY FREE. Omit the feta or use a vegan feta substitute.
- LOW CARB / KETO. Omit the English muffins bun and substitute for a butter lettuce bun. Top with a slice of cheese!
- WHOLE30 / PALEO. Use a butter lettuce bun and omit the feta.
- LOADED BRUNCH BURGER. Top with fried egg, hash browns, and all the fixin’s!
HOW TO MEAL PREP THIS RECIPE
Traditional Meal Prep
To meal prep this recipe, there are a few easy steps and substitutions.
BURGER PATTY. Make the burger patties up to two days in advance (only leave fresh uncooked meat in the fridge for up to 3 days). Pre-proportion the patties, wrap them in plastic wrap, and leave in the fridge. For an easy prep, cook all patties at the same time, let them sit on the counter for 15-20 minutes. Then wrap them up (individually) inside the English muffin buns. Use wax paper, parchment paper, or aluminum foil. When time to eat, microwave in a damp paper towel on a plate for 30-seconds.
AVOCADO. Avocado does not last too long once cut open. Because the avocado and feta mixture includes lemon, it extends the shelf life of the avocado. I still wouldn’t recommend making it too far in advance unless you are okay with a more brown avocado mixture. You can also make the night before and cover with plastic wrap. Make sure to push the plastic wrap all the way down onto the mixture to touch it completely. You can also freeze pre-proportioned avocado halves or slices. Wrap them in plastic wrap when placing in the freezer and grab them from the freezer and bring with your meal.
Freezer Meal Prep
To freeze this brunch burger, wrap each burger patty and English muffin bun. Use wax paper, parchment paper, or aluminum foil. If you want cheese, place in bun. Place the wrapped burgers in a freezer safe resealable bag. Freeze for up to 1 month.
When ready to eat, defrost in the refrigerator for 1-2 days in advance, or cook from frozen. Remove the plastic wrap and wrap the brunch burger in a damp paper towel. Place on a plate and heat for 60-seconds on defrost in the microwave. Then flip the burger in towel and microwave for another 30-60 seconds. Another option is reheat in the oven at 350ºF.