Slideshow: The Cheeseburger Eggsplosion, a Burger with a Fried Egg Center

Egg-in-burger
Egg-in-burger
Cast iron, beef, and egg.
Cutting the hole
Cutting the hole
Use a fairly large patty, since the egg will take up quite a bit of space. You want it to be at least 1/2 an inch thick.
Press and twist
Press and twist
Push a cup or a ring cutter into the center of the patty and twist it around until the center separates. Carefully pick up the doughnut-shaped patty, but don't get rid of the smaller patty in the center—you'll use it later.
Add the egg
Add the egg
If your egg is too big, it may overflow a bit. That's ok, this is not a not-messy operation.
Flip and continue
Flip and continue
Carefully flip the patty (the egg has a tendency to leak out, so do it fast), and continue to cook on the second side. You're aiming for a liquid yolk and medium rare patty here.
Add cheese
Add cheese
The cheese covers up the egg, disguising the deed.
And ooze
And ooze
This is not recommended. Much better is to...
Chomp
Chomp
...serve it to an unsuspecting guest.
Surprise!
Surprise!
Tasty, tasty surprise.
Get your buns
Get your buns
Thanks to the folks at the White Castle down the street, we can put those tiny patties to use.
In case you weren't full enough
In case you weren't full enough
Slide on by.