This Gourmet Waffle Burger is over the top delicious. With a toasted Liege waffle at the base, a juicy beef burger with peppercorn cheese, honey ham, a fried egg, and cheesy Mornay sauce, it's definitely awesome.
In its earliest days, before I knew about manifesting abundance and cultivating a gratitude practice, this was a blog about just that. I started writing when we lived in paradise but had no money. My husband was out of work and I was doing a temp job for $10 an hour. It was a reminder to stay grateful, look for abundance wherever you could find it, and stay positive despite your circumstances. Is it any wonder I became a witch?
Today, I can afford to go to restaurants regularly. We're not interested in high end fine dining, but when I want chicken and waffles from my favorite hipster chicken joint, I just make a reservation without worrying about it. But there was definitely a time when if I wanted something extra fancy, I had to make it myself. I think today's recipe definitely qualifies as homemade gourmet.
What makes this Waffle Burger so awesome?
This burger is definitely a knife and fork affair. Even if you tried to put another waffle on top, there's no way you'd be able to pick this up and put it in your mouth. There's a lot going on. We start with a Belgian Liege waffle, the kind with the sugar pearls. That gets drizzled with your favorite type of mustard before you pop your juicy beef burger on top. Then we're hit with melty peppercorn cheddar, some sizzly honey ham, a fried egg, and a generous amount of cheesy Mornay sauce.
It sounds like a lot, but we're really only making the sauce and the burger, oh and frying an egg of course. Everything else is basically just assembly. When you combine the deeply savoury burger with the punch of heat from the mustard and the peppercorn cheese with a pop of sweetness from the waffle, it's a totally magical flavor combination. And the gooey egg yolk combined with the rich sauce just takes it to a whole new level. Every bite is a little bit different but totally awesome.
You could serve these with fancy, thick cut fries or maybe some Dill Potato Salad. Honestly, there's so much going on here I was totally full just after the burger.
Magical Properties of Mustard
You might dismiss it as just a condiment, but mustard seeds and the popular sauce they create have their own magical energy. These tiny seeds pack a major flavor punch, so it's no surprise that they carry fiery, projective Mars energy. They're also tied to bold and daring Aries. Mustard brings protection, fertility, mental power, and clairty. Think of the way a whiff of pungent mustard really clears away the cobwebs and energizes you. That's its power. Call on mustard when you want a punch of mental focus.
For more on the magical properties of other ingredients in this recipe, check the Kitchen Magick page.
Here's everything you'll need to make this recipe. The details are in the recipe card below.
- Liege waffles - no shame in using store bought, we've got plenty of other things to make
- Mustard - use whatever suits your palate
- Ground beef - about 15% fat, remember fat is flavor
- Salt & pepper
- Worcestershire sauce
- Peppercorn cheddar - or your favorite fancy cheese
- Honey ham - again, store bought deli ham is fine
- Whole milk
- Onion - or shallot
- Bay leaf
- Butter - salted is fine, if you only have unsalted, just add a pinch of salt
- Flour - plain or all-purpose
- Parmesan cheese
Tips for making a Gourmet Waffle Burger
There are a few different components going on here, but it's all pretty simple. Get all your ingredients out before you get started. A little organization goes a long way when it comes to bringing everything together at the end. This is probably more of a weekend project than a Tuesday night exhausted at the end of a hard day kind of dish. Make it when you can enjoy the proces.
You'll start by making your sauce. We want to infuse the milk with the onion and bay leaf. I cheat and use the microwave. Measure your milk into a glass measuring jug, add the onion and bay leaf, and put it in the microwave for two minutes, then just let it hang out until you're ready for it. From there, we're simply making a white sauce by whisking together melted butter and flour, then slowly whisking in the infused milk and stirring in the cheese. A dash of freshly grated nutmeg is a nice touch.
Make your burger patties quite simply with ground beef, plenty of salt and pepper, and a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce. I like to use a cast iron skillet here and smash the burgers right in to get some of that delicious caramelisation on them. While your burgers are cooking, you can toast your waffles and get them on a plate and drizzled with your favorite mustard.
About a minute before your burgers are perfectly cooked, put the cheese slices on so they can start to get melty. You can transfer your cooked burger to a paper towel lined plate to rest, or just put them straight onto the waffles to let them soak up the juices.
Go ahead and pop your ham slices into your still hot skillet just to crisp up the edges a little bit, then put those on top of the cheesy burgers.
While the burgers are resting, you'll fry your eggs sunny side up or over easy. Pop those on top, then drizzle a generous amount of sauce. Voila! A gourmet burger extraordinaire.
You deserve to eat something truly awesome, and you can totally make it yourself. This Gourmet Waffle Burger is pure luxury on a plate.Print
Gourmet Waffle Burger
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 20
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
For the sauce:
- 1 cup whole milk
- ¼ yellow onion, peeled
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon plain or all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Pinch of nutmeg
For the burger patties:
- 1 pound (500 grams) ground beef, about 15% fat
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
To assemble the burger:
- 4 Liege waffles
- 4 tablespoons mustard
- 4 slices peppercorn cheddar cheese
- 8 slices honey ham
- 4 eggs
For the sauce:
- Add your milk to a microwave safe container and add the onion and bay leaf. Heat it in the microwave for two minutes, then set aside.
- In a small saucepan, melt your butter, then sprinkle in the flour. Whisk these together and cook for a minute or two until it starts to smell nutty.
- Slowly whisk in your infused milk, making sure to strain out the onion and bay leaf. Add it in a few tablespoons at a time, whisking until smooth after each addition. Let this start to bubble and thicken before stirring in the cheese.
- Taste for seasoning and add salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Give it a stir, then set this aside.
For the burger patties:
- Add your beef, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce to a large mixing bowl and combine with your hands. Divide the mixture into four large balls, lightly pressed together.
- Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. When the pan is heated, add your burger patties and press them down firmly with your turner to create your patties. Cook about 4 minutes per side for medium well. Depending on the size of your pan, you may need to do this in stages. I can cook two at a time.
- About a minute before the burgers are ready, add the cheese so it can start to melt. Remove the burgers to a paper towel-lined plate to rest.
To assemble the burgers:
- While your burgers are cooking, toast your waffles and drizzle them with mustard.
- As soon as you've removed the burgers from your cast iron skillet and turned off the heat, pop the ham slices into the skillet for about a minute to heat through and crisp up a bit around the edges.
- Add the cheese-topped burger patty onto the waffle, then add two slices of ham.
- Fry your eggs while the burgers rest, sunny side up or over easy in a buttered skillet. Add these to the top of the ham.
- Drizzle the whole thing with plenty of your white sauce, then add another grind of pepper and a light dusting of nutmeg.
Recipe slightly adapted from Pornburger by Mathew Ramsey.