The Elvis burger honors the food stylings of the late, great hip gyrator Elvis. This banana burger is savory, salty and sweet. It’s topped off with fried bananas, peanut butter, and diced bacon . This Elvis burger will get you all shook up.
The peanut butter, bacon and banana sandwich was a favorite of Elvis to the point where the sandwich often bears his name. There is a book about him and his mother, Gladys Presley, that says he talked feverishly until dawn while wolfing down the sandwiches. Other stories talk about him eating them with caramelized bananas and crispy bacon on grilled Hawaiian bread.
You may not want to follow Elvis’ diet advice in general, but you can’t go wrong with a banana burger on occasion. This thing is pretty tasty!
Caramelized Banana Burger
To honor the King we’ve gotta make this Elvis burger great. Caramelized bananas should do the trick! Cut up a couple bananas into slices and put them in a pan with some brown sugar. That brown sugar will melt up and give the bananas a deliciously sweet coating. Flip them over into the sugar and cook until they get a bit gooey, but not too long or they’ll fall apart.
Next, we need some bacon. I typically cook bacon in the oven or you can do it on the stove. I’ve then diced up the bacon mostly for appearance next to those caramelized bananas.
Toast Up the Elvis Burger
I recommend toasting the hamburger bun for a couple minutes on the grill. This gives an awesome texture with the creamy peanut butter and bananas. It also melts the peanut butter when you put it on and makes the Elvis burger melt in your mouth.
Finally, if you want a little more sweetness you can top this guy off with a drizzle of honey. Totally optional, but you may want to give it a try!
Alright, there it is the Elvis burger… it’ll make your hips shake and your lip quiver.. the King of burgers!
- 2 Lbs Ground Chuck Beef 80% lean / 20% fat
- 4 Tsp Salt
- 1 Tsp Pepper
- 2 Bananas
- 1/2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
- Peanut Butter
- 6 Pieces Bacon
- 4 Hamburger Buns
- Honey optional
- Begin cooking bacon. You can put it in a pan, in the oven for 15-20 min at 400 degrees.
- Get a pan warm (medium heat) and drop in brown sugar and bananas. Cook for a couple minutes and flip. Coating with melted brown sugar. Cook until caramelized but not too gooey.
- Get your grill/pan/etc hot
- Mix salt and pepper with the meat. Flatten into patties that are about 1/2 inch larger than the buns.
- Put a thumbprint in the middle of the patty so it doesn’t puff up when cooking.
- Grill your burgers about 4min on the first side.
- Flip burgers. Put the buns face down on the grill for a minute or two. Cook until you reach the correct temp (140F for medium), usually about 2 to 4 minutes.
- Spread peanut butter on bun and add burger. Top with bacon and bananas. Enjoy!