An Easy Burger Recipe Made on the Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Today I’m bringing you an easy burger recipe cooked up on the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker and a chance to win a Breakfast Sandwich Maker of your own.

Update: The giveaway has ended.

An easy burger recipe made using the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker at www.cookthestory.com

Back when The Hubs and I were first together, way before kids, we’d lay in bed on Sunday morning and imaging a machine that would cook breakfast for us while we dozed.

What we had in mind was like a programmable coffee maker but for breakfast. It would be a refrigerated unit to which you add raw bacon, a cracked egg and some bread before going to sleep.

And then, just like on the days when mother’s visiting, you wake to the memory-tugging meaty maple smells of bacon frying, and you know that it is going to be a great day.

We always thought that the breakfast machine of our dreams was light years away. But something has made it seem closer…

While at BlogHer Food in Austin a couple months ago, I had the opportunity to taste a sandwich made on the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker. The breakfast sandwich was really good but I honestly wondered who needed an extra contraption like this in their kitchen.

I mean, why not just use a frying pan?

But then they sent me a Breakfast Sandwich Maker.

And I used it.

And I used it again.

And again.

And I was in love.

Seriously, this machine takes seconds to load up with breakfast ingredients. Then you can go check your email and, moments later breakfast is served. You have to make one sandwich at a time but I’ve found that with everyone running around in the morning anyhow, it usually works out (although I am tempted to buy a second machine so that I can have two sandwiches going at once!).

I love this gadget so much that I’ve experimented with it for lunch and dinner. What I’m sharing today is an easy burger recipe made on the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker.

This is the perfect easy burger recipe to roll out on a weeknight when everyone is in a hurry and is eating at different times.

An easy burger recipe made using the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker at www.cookthestory.com

You make sure to have the burger patties cooked up and then you make everyone their own burger as needed, each one ready in moments.

I’ve experimented with different kinds of breads and buns. The Breakfast Sandwich Maker works best with English muffins and other very flat breads (pita cut into rounds, regular sliced bread cut into rounds, thin bagels, etc.). If the bread (or bun) is too thick it becomes hard to close the machine and sometimes the top and bottom of the bun will burn.

I’ve therefore used Whole Wheat English muffins for this burger recipe.

What else is in this easy burger recipe?

There’s melted cheese and, get this, the level of the Breakfast Sandwich Maker that is usually used to cook the egg is instead used to lightly sauté some mushrooms and spinach. Tasty, healthy and quick. What more could you ask for on a busy weeknight?

For another fun twist on burgers, be sure to also check out my bacon burger recipe, where the bacon is inside of the burger.

A burger recipes where bacon is mixed right in with the beef to form the burger patty. Amazing, right? And did you see that egg ready to drip over it all?

Now, here’s the easy burger recipe using the Breakfast Sandwich Maker.

Breakfast Sandwich Maker Burger Recipe

This burger comes together really quickly making it the perfect meal solution for those days when everyone is coming and going and eating at different times.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup packed baby spinach leaves
  • 1 portobello mushroom, sliced
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 4 English muffins, split
  • 2 tsp. mustard
  • 2 tsp. mayonnaise
  • 4 (1/2 oz.) slices Swiss cheese
  • 4 (2 oz.) fully cooked burger patties

Directions:

  1. Preheat the Breakfast Sandwich Machine as instructed in the manual.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the spinach, mushroom and olive oil. Set aside.
  3. Divide the mustard among the 4 English muffin bottoms and spread it on. Divide the mayonnaise between the muffin tops and spread it on.
    Put a muffin bottom into the lowest level of the breakfast machine maker. Top it with one slice of the cheese and then the cooked burger patty. Slide the cooking plate into place and put 1/4 of the spinach mixture onto the plate. Top with the muffin top and close the machine.
  4. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until the burger is warmed through and the cheese is melted. Slide the cooking plate out (causing the spinach and mushrooms to fall onto the burger patty. Open the machine and use a spatula to remove the burger.
  5. Repeat step 4 with the remaining ingredients.

Disclosure: Hamilton Beach gave me a Breakfast Sandwich Maker to review and they have given the one that I used for the giveaway in this post. They did not pay me. All opinions are my own.

86 Responses to “An Easy Burger Recipe Made on the Breakfast Sandwich Maker”

  1. Tommy Adams — April 26, 2015 @ 1:25 pm (#)

    This recipe is AWESOME! I linked to it from my blog here: http://www.breakfastsandwichmakerhub.com/10-mouthwatering-breakfast-sandwich-maker-recipes/ :)

    I LOVE using my hamilton beach sandwich maker for egg sandwiches, I never would have thought to use it for a burger! This is so cool! Do you still use the breakfast sandwich maker or was it just for this promotion? Keep up the awesome recipes! :)

    – Tommy

    • Christine Pittman — May 7, 2015 @ 12:24 pm (#)

      Thanks Tommy! I actually was still using it sometimes but then a friend’s daughter was heading to college and I thought it was the perfect thing for her to take with her. She uses it all the time. I’m thinking of getting one of the dual models maybe.

  2. Donna — October 21, 2014 @ 11:39 am (#)

    Christine,
    Hamilton beach now makes a machine that does two sandwiches at the same time!

  3. Janice Hanks — June 28, 2014 @ 3:43 pm (#)

    I bought the HB breakfast sandwich maker at Bed Bath & Beyond(that 20% coupon makes it super affordable). I gave this to my husband yesterday as part of his birthday present. We used it this afternoon for lunch. We used English Muffins, sliced cheese(he used a hot pepper and I used American)and deli sliced turkey. After 5 minutes the egg was perfectly cooked and the meat was hot. The cheese was gooey as someone already mentioned, but I think it made the sandwich even better. I put salsa on my sandwich after it cooked and husband put deli mustard. We enjoyed this so much. I agree about having 2 of these on hand. That way you don’t have to wait to sit down and eat together. We are both in our 60’s and will probably use it at least a few times a week. I’m excited about experimenting with a pizza version.

    A side note: I found spraying a paper towel with the non-stick spray and then wiping it on the rings, was much easier than trying to spray and hit the right spots.

  4. Ev — June 15, 2014 @ 5:30 pm (#)

    I like the idea of this recipe; using the unit for something other than breakfast. But I’d like something clarified…any meat used is in the un-frozen state, yes? I’d like to use sausage rounds, but wondering if they have to be defrosted first.

    • Christine Pittman — June 17, 2014 @ 2:11 pm (#)

      Ev, Fully cooked and defrosted. So if they’re cooked but frozen, defrost them in the microwave for a few seconds. They don’t have to be hot. Just not ice cold. Thanks for a great question!

  5. Doug In Mason — May 22, 2014 @ 7:52 am (#)

    I love this but I have a hard time finding other breads to use in it the exact size of an English muffins, which fits in there just perfectly. Three discoveries, don’t use pasteurized processed cheese food, like Kraft singles. It will turn into goo. Add the cheese just prior to sliding the egg tray over. The cheese melts just right without squeezing out the sides. Also, easy eggs work perfect in this and way easier. If you want, egg substitute works just the same and healthier. Here’s a recipe to try – spread the bottom muffin halve with pesto, add oven roasted turkey or chicken, a thin layer of prosciutto and mozzarella. Arugula works in there too…

    • Ev — June 15, 2014 @ 5:20 pm (#)

      Here’s a discovery I made today. I wanted the option of using regular bread instead of using English Muffins, but was concerned about the sizing. Here’s what I discovered….If you have one of those burger patty makers, you know the ones that you put a mound of hamburger meat in and push down on the ‘plunger’ to make the preformed patty? Well the middle part is the right diameter. Put on the slice of bread you want to use, and you can cut it out like a cookie cutter, or trim the outside bit off, and it’s the perfect size. Also good to use on sliced cheese to make it the right size. Same thing for any brand of sliced meats.

    • Christine Pittman — June 17, 2014 @ 2:12 pm (#)

      Brilliant, Ev!

    • Diane — October 12, 2014 @ 3:55 pm (#)

      I have a set of various sized round cookie cutters and one is just the right size to cut slices of bread to fit in this sandwich maker.

    • Christine Pittman — June 17, 2014 @ 2:10 pm (#)

      Thanks for all the great tips, Doug! Love that you’re experimenting with it and figuring out what works best.

  6. Elaine — March 7, 2014 @ 8:18 am (#)

    This is great machine especially at trade shows when you need something to eat and don’t have time to leave booth to get something. A great little helper

  7. Delana — November 17, 2013 @ 12:03 am (#)

    My breakfast maker just arrived today…can’t wait to try it out.

    • Christine Pittman — November 26, 2013 @ 12:52 pm (#)

      Delana,
      So happy you’ve got a breakfast maker. Do let me know how it works out for you!

    • Delana — December 11, 2013 @ 10:04 pm (#)

      I love it! It’s so easy to use and cleanup is a snap! I have been trying different sandwich combinations that always turn out great!

  8. Linda — August 22, 2013 @ 4:22 pm (#)

    I just got one of these machines and absolutely love. The possibilities are endless! Thanks for the tip on the burger. I made my sandwhiches with frozen pancakes, back bacon, shredded cheddar (first one with American cheese that melted all over the machine) and an egg. Fantastic!! Also have croissants to try as well as frozen waffles and English muffins. And I have Chelsea bread and raisin bread to cut with a large cookie cutter to the perfect size. Spend a day and make your own waffles and pancakes to freeze. Kids will love this machine. A little prep the night before and your breakfasts will be amazing!!

    • Christine Pittman — August 27, 2013 @ 10:03 am (#)

      Linda,
      I love the idea of the pancake sandwiches. So so so brilliant. I’m definitely going to give that a try very soon. The thought is so tasty I might just go make one right now!

  9. Wendy Byde — August 21, 2013 @ 11:18 am (#)

    Bacon, egg and cheese!!! mmm!

  10. Holly@Holly-B-Baking — August 21, 2013 @ 9:23 am (#)

    I’d make an egg and cheese breakfast sandwich!!

  11. Nanci @ This Crazy Life of Mine — August 21, 2013 @ 8:55 am (#)

    Oooh…. Egg, bacon, and avocado. YUM!

  12. Nicole — August 21, 2013 @ 8:47 am (#)

    I would love to make my fav breakfast sammie, a salami and cheese with a fried egg. mmmmm

  13. Marnely Rodriguez-Murray — August 21, 2013 @ 8:44 am (#)

    Linguisca (portuguese sausage), muenster cheese, avocado, and egg sandwich!

  14. David — August 19, 2013 @ 12:53 pm (#)

    Love the recipe and the use of the sandwich maker! Now my head is spinning with different ideas on what to cook. Thanks!

  15. Maria S — August 18, 2013 @ 9:24 am (#)

    Anything with bacon!! !! Bacon, egg & cheese!

  16. Char Girardi — August 16, 2013 @ 1:11 am (#)

    I have been trying since you guys had the first contest to get one of these! I WANT ONE!!!!!

    • Christine Pittman — August 16, 2013 @ 6:30 pm (#)

      Char,
      They really are cool machines. Good luck in this contest.

  17. Meghan Finley — August 16, 2013 @ 12:23 am (#)

    I’d make a ham, egg, cheese and waffle sandwich

    • Christine Pittman — August 16, 2013 @ 6:30 pm (#)

      Meghan,
      I actually haven’t tried waffles on the breakfast sandwich maker yet. I am definitely going to try that soon. Great idea!

  18. april b — August 15, 2013 @ 10:52 pm (#)

    biscuit country ham and egg with gravy

    • Christine Pittman — August 16, 2013 @ 6:32 pm (#)

      April,
      I actually haven’t tried putting a biscuit on the Breakfast Sandwich Machine Maker. I bet it would work perfectly. Great idea!

  19. faleen fedol — August 15, 2013 @ 10:39 pm (#)

    I would actually be making a rather basic sandwich of english muffin, egg with some sour cream and dill mixed in, and havarti cheese. The nice thing about this unit would be that the sandwich would be sealed shut making it convenient and less messy to eat on the train during the commute to work.

    • Christine Pittman — August 16, 2013 @ 6:34 pm (#)

      Faleen,
      Actually, this machine doesn’t seal the edges of the sandwich. It is less messy than a typical sandwich though because the egg cooks onto the lid of the sandwich a bit and helps hold things together.

  20. Linda Carlson — August 15, 2013 @ 9:29 pm (#)

    I have chickens so I would make egg dishes

    • Christine Pittman — August 16, 2013 @ 6:35 pm (#)

      Linda,
      You have chickens? That’s awesome. I would love to have chickens. We’re not allowed in our HOA though. I’ll live vicariously through you, I guess!

  21. Christy — August 15, 2013 @ 6:18 pm (#)

    I’d make a breakfast sandwich with English Muffins, Bacon and Egg

    • Christine Pittman — August 16, 2013 @ 6:37 pm (#)

      Christy,
      That’s what I tend to make, actually. I love the basics in the morning.

  22. Dan Duffy — August 15, 2013 @ 5:17 pm (#)

    I’ve always used a skillet too. Would like to try this gadget.

    • Christine Pittman — August 16, 2013 @ 6:38 pm (#)

      Dan,
      It actually works really well. I love it for quick mess-free breakfasts and dinners but also for a midnight snack. It’s actually too convenient because I want more midnight snacks than I should really have!

  23. Georgia Riley — August 15, 2013 @ 5:15 pm (#)

    would make a great quick supper with hamburger – salmon – chicken
    pre cooked burgers

    • Christine Pittman — August 16, 2013 @ 6:39 pm (#)

      Georgia,
      Great ideas! It does really work well for dinners too. I was surprised at how well, actually. My family loves it for those quick dinner sandwiches.

  24. Ronnie G. — August 15, 2013 @ 4:16 pm (#)

    would be great to use for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

    • Christine Pittman — August 16, 2013 @ 6:40 pm (#)

      Ronnie,
      Agreed! It is a perfect gadget for anytime of day or night. Too perfect, actually. I find myself using it more often that I probably good for the sake of my waistline.

  25. Georgia Riley — August 15, 2013 @ 4:09 pm (#)

    I think this would be perfect for making quickie hamburgers for lunch/dinner

  26. Gayle — August 15, 2013 @ 2:01 pm (#)

    My granddaughters would love this when they stay overnight on school days, fast nutrious and easy to prepare

  27. Michael — August 15, 2013 @ 1:40 pm (#)

    Sausage, Egg & Cheese Muffin

  28. lisa k — August 15, 2013 @ 12:14 pm (#)

    I’d use waffles instead of bread, and fill it with egg whites, low fat cheese, turkey sausage, maybe some veggies.

  29. Nancy A. — August 15, 2013 @ 11:53 am (#)

    I would make an egg, turkey sausage and spinach sandwich on an English muffin! Never seem to find time to make anything good early in the morning and this would be great!!!

  30. Nellie Rogers — August 15, 2013 @ 11:53 am (#)

    I would make a copy cat Sausage egg McMuffin (like McDonald’s).

  31. Tammera Widell — August 15, 2013 @ 11:32 am (#)

    Bacon, egg & cheese with avocado :)

  32. tina page — August 15, 2013 @ 11:23 am (#)

    ham, swiss and raspberry preserves on english muffin

  33. Mark Gramaglia — August 15, 2013 @ 11:21 am (#)

    all beef and cheese!

  34. AnnH — August 15, 2013 @ 11:18 am (#)

    looks delicious!

  35. Christy H — August 15, 2013 @ 11:16 am (#)

    Canadian Bacon,cheese and sourdough bread yum!

  36. Richard S — August 15, 2013 @ 11:13 am (#)

    Add some bacon and this would be perfect. ^_^

  37. Valerie B — August 15, 2013 @ 11:09 am (#)

    I love bacon, egg & cheese bagels!!!

  38. jenn a — August 15, 2013 @ 11:03 am (#)

    I would love to make breakfast sandwiches for my picky eater.. would sure help with school!

  39. jamie F — August 15, 2013 @ 10:44 am (#)

    I would make bacon, egg and cheese and spinach on a bagel

  40. colee — August 15, 2013 @ 10:44 am (#)

    I’d eat whatever my kids made in this magical invention!

  41. Georgie — August 15, 2013 @ 10:44 am (#)

    How much would I love this???!!!!

  42. Tracy C — August 14, 2013 @ 10:52 pm (#)

    I’d love to try a ham and cheese sandwich on a whole wheat english muffin…like a nice Black Forest ham or maybe even go all out with pancetta and then add some brie or some other yummy cheese…I can think of so many delicious things to make with a Hamilton Beach Breakfast Maker!

  43. Tracy C — August 14, 2013 @ 10:47 pm (#)

    I’d love to make a healthy version of a sausage egg mcmuffin at home on a Hamilton Beach Breakfast Maker!

  44. Sarah thompson — August 14, 2013 @ 5:01 pm (#)

    Bacon, egg and cheese sandwich

  45. Natalie J Vandenberghe — August 14, 2013 @ 1:12 am (#)

    I think your recipe sounds delicious (so it may be the first one I’d make). I think bacon makes everything better (although my husband and kids prefer sausage). There are so many possibilities! Thanks for the giveaway.

  46. Barbara Bradford — August 13, 2013 @ 5:31 pm (#)

    My favorite breakfast Sandwich is Ham, Swiss, Cheese, American Cheese and Avocado

  47. Christy Spurlock — August 13, 2013 @ 2:37 pm (#)

    Bacon Egg and Cheese

  48. libby — August 13, 2013 @ 11:56 am (#)

    Bacon, egg, cheese on an english muffin

  49. Jamie — August 13, 2013 @ 11:54 am (#)

    Egg, cheese, bacon and avocado!

  50. Layne Madsen — August 13, 2013 @ 11:52 am (#)

    I’ve been making breakfast sandwiches for years using my microwave. This could prove to be fun and lend itself to experimentation very well! We are a ‘sandwich family’ and I just KNOW my 17 year old son would love this as he’s become quite the cook and is even developing his own recipes! I can see him taking this with him when he moves out after graduation and then I’ll have to buy another for me!!! lol!!!

  51. Linda Sorg — August 9, 2013 @ 2:40 pm (#)

    I would make a turkey sausage, spinach and egg white sandwich with a little Trader Joe’s Cowboy Caviar or pineapple salsa to give it some heat.

  52. Linda Sorg — August 9, 2013 @ 2:38 pm (#)

    I would make a turkey sausage, spinach and egg white sandwich on whole wheat, with Trader Joe’s Cowboy Caviar or pineapple salsa to give it some heat.

  53. rebecca shockley — August 9, 2013 @ 9:53 am (#)

    I would make a bacon egg and cheese muffin

  54. Jayme J. — August 9, 2013 @ 3:59 am (#)

    I’d like to make a faux Egg McMuffin:)

  55. Londa — August 8, 2013 @ 5:53 pm (#)

    bacon, egg sandwich with peanut butter please

  56. Londa — August 8, 2013 @ 5:52 pm (#)

    haven’t heard of this gadget but I can see how my morning would improve!

  57. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — August 8, 2013 @ 5:42 pm (#)

    I absolutely adore my sandwich maker. My husband wants one in his office on his desk, LOL! Now he just needs a refigerated drawer for the ingredients!

  58. Amy J — August 8, 2013 @ 5:20 pm (#)

    I would make some type of GF base then add eggs, tomatoes, garlic, and herbs…mmmm… The kids would love to help with this too!

  59. Alishia — August 8, 2013 @ 1:37 pm (#)

    Ham, eggs and cheese!

  60. Michelle P — August 8, 2013 @ 1:37 pm (#)

    English muffin, turkey bacon, and egg white! Yum!

  61. Sandy — August 8, 2013 @ 1:07 pm (#)

    Anything that gets us out of the house faster in the mornings and better than the drive thru. Looks like it would be great for those short order cook request. Pick and choose what to add in.

  62. Cynthia C — August 8, 2013 @ 12:00 pm (#)

    Is it possible to have too many kitchen gadgets????? Ohhhhh I don’t think so!!!! This would make a super addition to my kitchen – I LOVE it!!!!

  63. Ginny P — August 8, 2013 @ 11:22 am (#)

    Could be used for all kinds of sandwiches!

  64. Heather — August 8, 2013 @ 10:31 am (#)

    I would like to make a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich!!

  65. Melissa K — August 8, 2013 @ 10:29 am (#)

    Fantastic idea!!! I would love to try!

  66. Denise M — August 8, 2013 @ 10:26 am (#)

    i want to make a gluten free egg and sausage sandwich, i miss those

  67. Susan Wulf — August 8, 2013 @ 10:10 am (#)

    Bacon blue cheese burger, with mushrooms!

  68. SandyN — August 8, 2013 @ 10:03 am (#)

    I would make a bacon, egg, and spinach on an english muffin.

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