Every month has some kind of national food designation attached to it. And it seems like every day is national cheese-covered something day, or blank-on-a-bun day. As we gear up for the unofficial start of summer and grilling season, we celebrate National Burger Day on May 28. But May also happens to be National Egg Month. Eggs and ground beef don't commingle constructively in many cases, but where they really shine is at their simplest: A fried egg laid on top of a ground beef patty.
Slinging a fried egg over a steak is referred to having the steak "a caballo," or riding horseback (which makes the recent horse-meat-masquerading-as-beef scandal all the more funny). Here are some local places at which you can order a big ole' burger a caballo:
Aroma Bistro, 227 Main St., Wethersfield, (860) 436-5772. The Hangover ($8.95): beef burger with cheddar, a fried egg, crispy bacon and sautéed peppers-onions mix.
Burger Baby, 283 Asylum St., Hartford, (860) 728-7437. Ham & Egg ($14.95): slow roasted Berkshire pork belly, house BBQ, and fried egg.
Caseus, 93 Whitney Ave., New Haven, (203) 624-3373. Add a fried egg for $2 more to The World’s Bestcheese Burger ($15): Painted Hills grass-fed beef, brioche bun, frites, bleu D’ Auvergne, x sharp VT cheddar or 2-year Gouda.
Goldburgers, 1096 Main St., Newington, (860) 665-0478. Which Came First ($6.49): ground chicken patty topped with fried egg, fried onions, lettuce and mayo; The Fat Cat ($9.99): a New Brunswick, New Jersey grease cart inspired burger topped with lettuce, tomato, onions, mayo, mustard, ketchup, pickles, slaw, fries, fried egg, bacon and American cheese.
Lepri's Burger Bar, 175 West Rd., Ellington, (860) 896-3333. Three Little Pigs ($9.50): pork, hot and sweet sausage, bacon burger, mozzarella cheese, fried egg, bacon ranch and a bacon bun.
Mo’s Burgers & Brew, 1649 Route 12, Gales Ferry, (860) 464-5550. The Highwayman ($8.99): cheddar cheese, ham, fried egg, barbecue sauce, on a sesame bun; Southern Belle ($8.99): ½ lb. beef patty, fried egg, bacon, on a glazed doughnut. Mo-Fo Burger Challenge ($29.99): 32oz beef patty, lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, onions, jalapenos, grilled onions, pickles, bleu cheese, provolone cheese, grilled ham, mushrooms, barbecue sauce, may, topped with a fried egg. Available as a challenge burger only.
The Oyster Club, 13 Water St., Mystic, (860) 415-9266. Hamburger ($12) on brioche with bacon, lettuce, caramelized shallot and Worcestershire mayo, with fries. Add a fried farm egg for $2.
Plan B Burger Bar, 1638 Boston Post Rd., Milford, (203) 713-8700; 138 Park Rd., West Hartford, (860) 231-1199; 4 Railroad St., Simsbury, (860) 658-4477; 120 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury, (860) 430-9737. West Coast Burger ($10.79): 8oz. beef patty, fried egg, avocado, Kalamata mayo. Add an egg to any burger for $0.79.
Prime 16, 172 Temple St., New Haven, (203) 782-1616. Cowboy Burger ($10.25): cheddar cheese, smoked Canadian bacon, fried egg, romaine lettuce, side of pico de gallo. Build your own burger and add a fried egg for $0.75.
Red Robin, 1201 Boston Post Rd., Milford, (203) 783-0273; 1509 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, (860) 561-8594; 360 Buckland Hills Dr., Manchester, (860) 644-4100; 15 Hazard Ave., Enfield, (860) 741-7003. Royal Red Robin ($9.99): beef patty, hardwood-smoked bacon, American cheese, lettuce, fresh tomatoes, mayo, fried egg.
Ted's Montana Grill, 500 Evergreen Way, Ste. 500, South Windsor, (860) 648-1100. Kitchen Sink: American cheese, grilled ham, smoky bacon, grilled onions and mushrooms topped with a fried egg "over-easy."
The Counter, 50 Memorial Rd., West Hartford, (860) 236-8400.
The Iron Frog, 6 Wilcox St., Simsbury, (860) 408-9626. Nooks & Crannies ($13): Angus burger, fried egg and corned beef on an English muffin.
Wood-n-Tap, 99 Sisson Ave., Hartford, (860) 232-8277; 311 Boston Post Rd., Orange, (203) 799-9663; 970 N. Colony Rd., Wallingford, (203) 265-9663; 1274 Farmington Ave., Farmington, (860) 773-OPEN; 420 Queen St., Southington, (860) 329-0032; 12 Town Line Rd., Rocky Hill, (860) 571-9444; 236 Hartford Tpke., Vernon, (860) 872-6700. Chicken and the Egg ($10.99): Topped with a perfectly poached egg.