Peanut Butter Cheeseburger + Fried Egg

Peanut Butter Burger with Egg & Bacon | Set the Table

That’s right. Peanut Butter Cheeseburger.

I think it’s a good idea to warn you that this post is a little unusual. It is far from healthy and possibly quite unusual to some. Let’s just say you’ll have to have a little extra trust that I wouldn’t steer you in the wrong direction.

OK…moving on.

Brad grew up here in Colorado and I grew up in Minnesota, which often leads to the question, “So how did you two meet?” Long story short, we met in the lovely, picturesque town of Decorah in northeastern Iowa. We both attended Luther College and, after 3 years of failed relationships there, we had sworn off dating all together. As cliché as it sounds, that is when we found each other. Brad threw a frisbee that went astray on the library lawn. It landed at my feet. I threw it back. And that was the beginning.

Neither of us were looking to get into a relationship, but it happened.

Peanut Butter Burger Ingredients

I’m pretty sure peanut butter hamburgers have a similar story. Two things that come from two different places manage to come together to make something that, in the end, makes perfect sense. You might be concerned. Perhaps you think I’m trying to trick you into trying something for a TV show featuring crazy food. Please believe me when I say that this combination of peanut butter, ground beef, and a fried egg is nothing short of wonderful.

Here’s the best way to think about it: Asian peanut sauce is made with peanut butter. Then, chicken or beef are dipped into it making a delicious dish from south Asia. So, really, this isn’t that weird.


Melty PB

Cheese time!

I had my first peanut butter burger at a little restaurant called T-Bock’s in our college town of Decorah. All of my friends knew exactly what it was. One of them ordered the peanut burger topped with a fried egg and the restaurant eventually named after him, calling it the “Gilmore”.

Brad and I often reminisce about the days when we would go to T-Bock’s and eat a Gilmore burger with a tall, cool Blue Moon. One day we realized that we didn’t have to wait until our next Iowa trip to enjoy the peanut buttery, beefy goodness. Duh. We could make it at home! We used natural peanut butter, sharp cheddar cheese, and of course added a fried egg. Here’s the secret: you must use the cheese to hold the melty peanut butter in place. Yes, you could skip it, but you’ll have a runny mess on your hands. And you’re already going all out so you might as well add cheese. And maybe some bacon. Am I right?

Peanut Butter Burger | Set the Table

I’m sharing this recipe with you because I don’t think it is fair to keep such a delicious treat a secret any longer. Be brave. Be bold. Try this out the next time you grill. You won’t be sorry!

Peanut Butter Cheeseburger + Fried Egg

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Makes 4 quarter pound burgers

Peanut Butter Cheeseburger + Fried Egg


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 pound 80% lean ground beef
  • 4 tablespoons natural peanut butter (we used JIFF Natural PB, but try to find a brand that is creamy not hard)
  • 4 slices sharp cheddar or American cheese
  • 4 slices cooked, thick cut bacon
  • 4 kaiser rolls
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Prepare your burgers as directed in the link above, or use your usual method and place them over medium coals.
  2. After about 3 or 4 minutes, flip the burgers and spoon 1 tablespoon of peanut butter in the middle of each patty.
  3. Next, place the cheese slices over the peanut butter. The cheese will melt, creating a peanut butter 'pocket' of sorts, holding the melted peanut butter in place.
  4. Cook the burgers until desired doneness.
  5. Meanwhile, brush the kaiser rolls with the olive oil and toast on a cooler section of the grill for a minute or two until they are golden and have nice grill marks but are not burned.
  6. Fry the eggs over medium heat until the whites are set but the yolks are runny.
  7. Sprinkle the eggs with salt and pepper, then place them on top of the cheese on each burger.
  8. Top with the bacon.
  9. Serve the burgers on the toasted kaiser rolls and enjoy!


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28. May 2013 by Rachael White
Categories: Lunch & Dinner | Tags: , , | 14 comments

  • J. L. Fishler

    If you say is good, is good. Besides, I’m curious to see what this tastes like. A few years ago I was reading one of the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries (written by Sue Grafton) – and Ms Millhone was eating a peanut butter and sliced onion sandwich.
    Argh! Peanut butter and sliced onion?!
    But the book was brilliant, I was curious; I figured why not…
    Sliced vidalia onion/creamy peanut butter sandwiches…don’t knock it til you’ve tried it; I’ve enjoyed them from A is for Alibi through V is for Vengance.

    • Rachael White

      Isn’t it amazing the things that just work? I could definitely see peanut butter and onions working together. Brad and I used to eat at a restaurant in Tokyo that served chicken satay drenched in a peanut sauce and sprinkled with sweet onion slices. It was amazing.

  • Aaron Rosell

    Totally heard that disc golf story from Brad firsthand many years ago. Sometimes, public displays of lacking athleticism work out ;)

    • Rachael White

      Haha- yes, it worked in his favor that day. And mine too…I guess. :)

  • Rachel Faust

    Was in Decorah this past weekend and totally had a peanut butter cheeseburger at T-bocks. Didn’t do the Gilmore though- the regular was about all my poor Eastern European boyfriend could handle watching me eat. :)

    • Rachael White

      So jealous you were in Decorah! I need to make a trip there very soon. I hope you had a great time with the bf!

  • Scott

    Can we talk about how perfect those burgers look? Are they entirely shaped by hand?!

    • Rachael White

      They are shaped by hand! My husband will be very happy that you noticed them. He’s been honing his grilling skills and this was his first, and very successful, attempt at charcoal grilling burgers.

      • Scott

        I’d be doubly impressed if you grind your own burger blend :) It’s on my to do along with hand making pasta building a pizza oven in my backyard!

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  • Jon Deckenbach

    Heading to Decorah in a couple weeks. Will be making a stop a T-Bocks for one of these. Love it and love you guys!

    • Rachael White

      So jealous! We love you too- hope we get to see you someday. It’s been too long!

  • Cari

    you know what makes this even better? Bacon. The sweetness from the pb with the salt from the bacon – so so so good.

  • Hannah M

    I go to school in NYC and had the day off for the “blizzard” and made your butternut squash & coconut soup for at least the 3rd time for lunch. I then ended up spending the rest of the afternoon reading through your blog, feeling like I’ve been spending the whole afternoon in your amazing kitchen. I grew up in Southwest Minneapolis, where I studied Japanese at Southwest high school, mere blocks from Red Cow Restuarant where my favorite burger is identical to this recipe. This block makes me feel so at home – thank you!