French Toast Burger

French Toast Burger

French Toast Burger
French Toast Burger
Hey my French Toast Burger recipe is below but first I’d like to give you a little of the backstory behind my burger ideas. If you just want the recipe you can skip past this. Go ahead, I’m don’t mind.

Now when my publisher first reached out to me and expressed an interest in getting me to write a cookbook, I couldn’t have been happier. Seriously, I was over the moon. I had always dreamed about becoming an author. Mostly I dreamt about writing Science Fiction novels but a cookbook made a lot of sense too because of my love of cooking. And because I blogged about making hamburgers in a panini press right when the publisher happened to be looking for panini press recipes online, I was actually going to become an author.

The Everything Panini Press Cookbook came out in 2011, 5 years ago. And now looking back, I didn’t really take advantage of this huge opportunity and follow it up with anything else. No book tour, I didn’t really blog about it much and I definitely wasn’t invited to appear on the Today Show to cook panini for Al Roker in a cooking segment. Now here we are 5 years later and I don’t update this blog enough to earn a big audience. I have a YouTube channel that my family watches and I’ve only written one more cookbook, How to Fondue.

So now I plan on fixing that. I have ideas and outlines for another 4 cookbooks. And maybe it’s time to take a crack at that Science Fiction novel too. I’m not quite sure what’s next but be sure to subscribe to my blog’s mailing list. More Good Stuff is in the works.

french toast
Thickly sliced French Toast made with Challah Bread makes the perfect hamburger bun.

One idea that I have for another cookbook is about hamburgers. Recently the hamburger has evolved from a fast food staple to more of a gourmet delight with tons of different styles and varieties. I’ve spent my summer coming up with lots of interesting burger recipes. There was BBQing burgers, frying burgers and even stuffing burgers. My family is getting sick of all these burgers that I’ve been cooking. Oh come on family! The R&D is the best part of writing a cookbook.

This weekend I made a French Toast, Bacon Burger stuffed with Swiss Cheese. There’s something about mixing breakfast foods with burgers that seems right. A lot of those summer burgers that I made for the family were topped with a fried egg. And like those fried egg burgers, the french toast burger was delicious.

Here’s how I made it.

French Toast Batter:

  • 1 cup Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1/2 TSP Cinnamon
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 slices (thick) Challah Bread

Pour Vanilla Almond Milk into a bowl large enough to put a slice of bread into and add the cinnamon and eggs. Beat until combined.

Heat a cast iron skillet or frying pan or skillet over a medium high flame and coat with non stick spray or melt a TBSP of butter in the pan.

Dunk bread slices into milk mixture one at a time and coat each side, then place in pan.
Cook for about 2-3 minutes and flip. Cook another 2-3 minutes then remove from pan and set aside.


  • 80% lean meat, 20% fat ground chop meat
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper

Form 2 flat burger patties with your hands. Place a folded slice of Swiss cheese in between the two patties and pinch the outside of the burger patties to seal the cheese inside. Make sure the cheese is completely encased inside the two burgers or the cheese will ooze out during cooking. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of burger.

Place burger on a hot cast iron skillet or a BBQ and cook 3-5 on each side.

burger cast iron skillet
I like to cook my stuffed burgers in a cast iron skillet in case there’s any leakage.

Fry 2-3 slices of bacon while cooking burger.

That’s it, you’re done. You can now assemble your French Toast Burger stuffed with Swiss Cheese and serve it with a small dipping bowl of your favorite Maple Syrup.

Panini Burger

panini burger

If you’re only using your panini maker to make sandwiches, then you’re missing out. A panini maker is basically an indoor grill and a Panini Burger Recipe is a great way to prove it.

panini fried onions
Fry up those onions

A patty melt is a hamburger with fried onions and swiss cheese on sliced bread (usually rye) that’s cooked grilled cheese style.  Anything that’s cooked grilled cheese style makes a great panini sandwich.

Do you have to cook the onions and the hamburgers on the stove and then make move everything to the panini grill for the final press?  The answer is no.  You can fry up your onions and also cook the hamburger patties directly on your panini grill.  It is a grill after all.

And timing wise, it’s a lot easier too.  You don’t have to worry about cooking everything at once like you would usually do to ensure that nothing gets cold before you serve it.  When you cook panini style, everything heats up during the final press, so it’s actually less important to worry about timing.

I usually like to cook my onions first and put them aside.  Then grill the hamburger patties.  Grilling hamburgers creates a lot of grease so you may want to wipe down the grill before the next step.  But remember to always be careful when handling a hot grill.  A big wad of damp paper towels held in your hand while you’re wearing an oven mitt is a good way to wipe down your grill safely.
Once you have your fried onions fried and your hamburger patties grilled, you’re ready to put it all together.  Like I said before, most people will make a Patty Melt with sliced rye bread but since I’m not a big fan of rye and this is a Panini Burger Recipe, I like to use a hearty sliced Italian loaf or sliced sour dough bread.  Add a generous helping a fried onions and Swiss cheese to the bread then add the hamburger and put it back in the panini maker to grill it all together.

Making a Panini Burger could make a huge mess in your kitchen unless you cook all the ingredients in your panini grill.  It’s a good recipe that will help you get the most out of your panini maker.

panini burger

Panini Burger (Patty Melt) Recipe


  • 1 sliced onion
  • 1 hamburger patty
  • 2 slices Swiss cheese
  • 2 slices Rye bread or sliced Italian bread

Cooking Directions

  1. Add sliced onion to the pre-heated panini press and close lid. Cook for 3 – 5 minutes and set aside.
  2. Cook hamburger patty on panini press for 2 – 4 minutes and set aside.
  3. Add grilled onions, Swiss cheese and cooked hamburger patty to bread. Close sandwich and place in panini press for an additional 2 – 3 minutes or until bread is is nice and crispy and the cheese is melted.