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

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

I've always thought that there aren't enough egg-cooked-in-hole dishes. With the Grilled Cheese Eggsplosion—that's a grilled cheese sandwich made from two slices of bread with holes cut out and an egg fried in the center of each one—I doubled my personal repertoire.

Today, we add yet another to the list, and it's a pretty awesome one.

Ladies and gentlemen, burger lovers of all shapes and sizes, I present to you The Cheeseburger Eggsplosion.

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It may not look like much, but this burger houses a secret. It's an all-beef burger patty with an egg cooked right into the center, seared in a cast iron pan until golden brown and crisp, topped with American cheese, and served on a soft, toasted potato bun.

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When all goes right, the egg whites gets cooked through, but the yolk stays beautifully soft like liquid gold. Once cooked, it looks just like a regular burger from the outside, which means you can launch secret egg-based sneak attacks, like this:

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Watch your shirt, Adam!

And the very best part? After cutting out the circular section for the egg (I used a small cup to do it), you end up with two slider-sized burger patties. If you want to be really hardcore, I suppose you could buy some quail eggs, cut out some holes in the tiny patties, and go all iterative on this process. We actually went on a long, vain quest to find quail eggs in the city (can it really be that hard?) and came up empty handed, so we had to be content with just the miniature burgers. The kind folks at the White Castle down the street were happy to sell us some "hamburgers, hold the meat, hold the onions, please."

Click through the slideshow at the top of the page for a step-by-step walkthrough of the cooking process.

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