Slideshow: 12 Tasty Egg-Topped Burgers

Head House Market Burger from Bridget Foy's, Philadelphia
Head House Market Burger from Bridget Foy's, Philadelphia

"Bridget Foy's rendition of a simple cheeseburger is one that respects simplicity and tradition, and it does it moderately well. It's not a game changer, but it's definitely a solid burger. The Head House Market burger ($14) on the other hand—that one's a stunner. Built on a similar formula of brioche and beef, the HHM burger is topped with an herb mayo blend, Gruyère, grilled mushrooms, and a fried egg done sunny side up." —Nicholas Chen

Bridget Foy's review »

200 South Street, Philadelphia PA 19147 (map); 215-922-1813; bridgetfoys.com

[Photograph: Nicholas Chen]

Australian burger from The Sunburnt Cow, NYC
Australian burger from The Sunburnt Cow, NYC

"The Burger with the Lot consists of a grilled 5-ounce patty on a plain white bun with the aforementioned tower of toppings: from top to bottom, lettuce, tomato, thick slices of beet, fried egg, cheese, fried onions, pineapple, and bacon strips. The meat was medium rare as requested, and while moist was not juicy. My favorite toppings were the beet, pineapple, and fried egg—the beet and pineapple added some sweetness and moisture, and the egg, although not oozing with yolky goodness, still provided that flavor-enhancing, unobtrusive layer of protein and fat that only unborn chickens can bring." —Robyn Lee, Editor of A Hamburger Today and Photographer

The Sunburnt Cow review »

‎137 Avenue C, New York NY 10009 (map);212-529-0005; thesunburntcow.com‎‎

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Bacon, Egg and Cheeseburger from Tick Tock Diner, Clifton NJ
Bacon, Egg and Cheeseburger from Tick Tock Diner, Clifton NJ

"The beef was definitely better than a fast food burger, especially in terms of flavor—it actually tasted like meat. But I wanted more juice and more char. All of this mattered little because of everything that came on top. First, a layer of crisp, buttery hash browns, followed by the salty punch of three rashers of bacon. Here is where the grillman showed his skill—the bacon was shatteringly crisp but without a smidgen of char. Next up, a molten blanket of cheddar served to hold down everything in a gooey, tangy embrace, save the sunny-side up egg (another nod to the grillman—perfectly cooked), which sat perched atop the stack, cocked to the side like a hat." —Nick Solares

Tick Tock Diner review »

281 Allwood Rd, Clifton NJ 07012 (map); 973-777-0511; theticktockdiner.com

[Photograph: Nick Solares]

Burger from Benno's, Milwaukee
Burger from Benno's, Milwaukee

"The beef's juices were soaked up instantly by the hard roll bun, one of my favorite parts of the burger, believe it or not. . .You'll need that structure when you have so many free toppings to choose from on burger night. The price includes two choices from a list of cheeses, bacon, fried egg, guacamole, and other 'big ticket' items. . .Some of the best choices included bacon, which was super curly and crunchy from being deep fried, and onion strings that were crisp and light. The fried egg was cooked perfectly over easy, as requested." —Lacey Muszynski, Milwaukee contributor

Benno's review »

7413 West Greenfield Avenue, West Allis WI (map); 414-453-9094; bennosbar.com

[Photograph: Lacey Muszynski]

Monster Burger from Penny's Diner (multiple locations)
Monster Burger from Penny's Diner (multiple locations)

"The burger patty, juicy and nicely crusted from the griddle, is dripping with yolk...along with the juice from the tomato slices and the liquid condiments, if you added them. The egg yolk runs freely through the whole mess, adding a sticky factor that's only partially impeded by the bun and napkins. It's a messy first bite. And second bite. If you manage to make it halfway through without putting the burger down and reaching for fork and knife, you're a better burger eater than I." —Kat Robinson, Arkansas contributor

Penny's Diner review »

1608 West Business 60, Dexter MO 63841 (map); 479-784-9233
31 other locations nationwide; visit oaktreeinn.com for a full list

[Photograph: Kat Robinson]

Strauss Burger from Urban Stack, Chattanooga, TN
Strauss Burger from Urban Stack, Chattanooga, TN

"The Strauss Burger ($9.99) is a turkey burger with lettuce, tomato, bacon, avocado, a fried egg, and blue cheese spread. I generally don't have great things to say about turkey burgers, but perhaps only because not all turkey burgers are like this. Granted, the bacon, egg, and blue may well zero out any of the health benefits of ordering turkey, but if you have a beef with beef, this is a damn tasty way to go.." —Todd Brock, Atlanta contributor

Urban Stack review »

12 West 13th Street, Chattanooga TN 37402 (map); 423-475-5350; urbanstack.com

[Photograph: Todd Brock]

Smothered Burger from Rustic Canyon, Santa Monica
Smothered Burger from Rustic Canyon, Santa Monica

"I was so smitten by my first encounter with the Rustic Canyon, that I immediately set up a second date. . . The second time around I got the"Smothered" burger that comes with a fried, free range egg and some Niman Ranch, thick-cut bacon. Ready the defibrillator." —Damon Gambuto, Senior Contributor

Rustic Canyon review »

‎1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401 (map); 310-393-7050‎; rusticcanyonwinebar.com‎

[Photograph: Damon Gambuto]

Brunch Burger from The Red Door, San Diego
Brunch Burger from The Red Door, San Diego

"This beast of a burger starts with all of the usual suspects, including a half-pound patty of hand-formed Meyer Natural Angus beef, a juicy hunk of tomato, sautéed onions, and lettuce from the restaurant's family garden. There's also applewood-smoked bacon, aged white cheddar, and two distinctly brunch-inspired additions: a fried egg and Hollandaise sauce. The final product may be the ultimate brunch dish, because it's simultaneously breakfast and lunch, both in terms of ingredients and heft. If you can get through this monster, you'll be happily stuffed...for hours."—Erin Jackson, Contributing Editor, AHT/San Diego Contributor

The Red Door review »

741 W Washington Street, San Diego, CA (map); 619-295-6000; thereddoorsd.com

[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

Sheila's Cracked (with pineapple) from Queenstown Public House, San Diego
Sheila's Cracked (with pineapple) from Queenstown Public House, San Diego

"The burger might sound like a crazy combination of way too many elements all jostling for superiority, and if that was true, I would not hesitate to call it out, but the truth is it's not a disaster; it's a magical mess. Your hands will get messy. Your face and pants might also. Know that going in, be ready with napkins, and you'll be fine... better than fine, really, because the toppings don't just work together, they play off each others' strengths."—Erin Jackson, Contributing Editor, AHT/San Diego Contributor

Queenstown Public House review »

1557 Columbia Street, San Diego CA 92101 (map); 619-546-0444; queenstownpublichouse.com

[Photograph: Erin Jackson]