The Perfect (Test) Hangover Burger

When I say I had a hangover yesterday, I’m talking about the day or so after taking a test where I feel lost and confused in the world. The intense headache and self hatred that sets in is almost identical to a drinking hangover-except maybe less nausea with the test hangover.

I slept for maybe 12 hours and when I woke up, I felt like a bear coming out of hibernation-I was ready to eat the world. Luckily, we made turkey burgers last night and there was one burger left, so I had a nice template for my breakfast burger.


Here’s what I did Friday night:

I made these rosemary buns again from Seasons & Suppers, but I made it into 6 buns instead of 4 mini loaves. I also put some garlic powder and italian seasoning in with the olive oil and brushed it on during baking. This entire process, including the rising, only took around 3 hours. I made the dough in my mixer around 4:30 and had them out of the oven by 7:30. My breads have gotten significantly better once I learned not overflour the dough.



For the turkey burger itself, we generally use the same ingredients: 1 lb ground turkey, bread crumbs, minced onions and garlic, egg, italian seasoning, parsley, rosemary, salt, and pepper. I like adding grated carrots sometimes because it adds nice color and moisture to it. I also like using the ground turkey with the higher fat content because it makes the burger less dry, but sometimes I’ll buy the super lean kind if I’m not having a skinny day.

I almost panicked because we didn’t have any ketchup in the house. The big bottle was gone and I already went through my emergency stash. I love barbeque sauce too, but the kind we have tastes weird. The only solution was to make my own sauce.

When I say make my own sauce, I really mean throw a glass of red wine and some balsamic vinegar into the pan while the onions and mushrooms are cooking. It was such a great idea. It kinda tasted like barbecue sauce but way better.


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For my burger this morning, I microwaved the patty and then put it on the bun with bacon cheddar cheese and provolone and stuck it in the toaster oven for a couple minutes so the cheese would melt. While that was heating up, I fried an egg real quick and sprinkled on some salt and garlic powder. I then microwaved the leftover mushrooms and onions and threw that on there. Oh and don’t forget about the avocado. I had a bottle of hot sauce next to me and put some of that on while I was eating it.

I scarfed this down in less than 5 minutes. This is definitely a messy burger but if this doesn’t cure your hangover/make you hate your life less then I don’t know what will.



Recipe: makes 4 burgers


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/4 medium sweet onion, minced
  • 1/4 bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • dash of rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 3/4 onion, sliced thin
  • mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • red wine-around a glass or two
  • couple spoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 tsp white sugar
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • avocado
  • cheese
  • egg


  1. Make the patties: Combine all of the ingredients for the burger. Form them into 4 patties with a little dent in the middle so it won’t rise while cooking.
  2. In a pan over medium heat, add 2 Tbsp butter. When the butter is all melted, add the onions. You’ll probably cook them around 10 minutes so the onions will caramelize a little.
  3. When the onions look a little cooked, add the mushrooms.
  4. At this point, you can start cooking the burgers in a pan with olive or grapeseed oil over medium-high heat. Don’t forget to let the oil heat up before you add the burger!
  5. When the onions and mushrooms look almost fully cooked, add the wine, balsamic vinegar, and dijon mustard. I gave approximations because it depends on taste. It only took a few minutes to reduce and I tasted it to see what else to add. It was too tangy for me so I added a spoon of sugar. You can also add some pepper and garlic powder here too. Red pepper flakes if you want it a little spicy.
  6. Toppings are super flexible here. My first burger only had the onions and mushrooms and cheese on it but my breakfast burger had avocado, egg, 2 cheeses, and hot sauce. Depends on what you have and how messy you’re willing to get. 🙂




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