New Year’s Day has two traditions: One is the hangover; the second is the rich, fatty, protein-rich Hangover Burger that cures what ails you. Among those who’ll be ready to greet bleary-eyed revelers is Slater’s 50/50, the innovative concept with locations in Anaheim Hills, Huntington Beach and San Diego, Calif. It’s readying the Bloody Mary Burger, featuring a beef patty infused with Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces that’s topped with grilled tomato, garlic-stuffed olive tapenade and bacon-vodka sauce and served on a bacon-pretzel bun.
For many others–such as Big Daddy’s Burgers & Bar in Austin, Texas–Hangover Burgers are year-round menu features. Big Daddy’s is a half-pound of Texas beef topped with pepper-Jack cheese, a fried egg and bacon on a Krispy Kreme doughnut; served with Bloody Mary ketchup and fresh-cut fries. Hello, 2013.
If your resolution is to add a hangover-cure burger to your menu, if only for this week, here is a sampling of Hangover Burgers from around North America:
1886 Café & Bakery, Austin, Texas
Hangover Burger ($13)
Black Angus beef, Cheddar, brown-sugar-and-chili-rubbed bacon, sunny-side-up egg and crispy hash browns, served on a whole-wheat bun
Austin Grill, Silver Spring, Md.
The Hangover Burger ($12)
Texas chili, applewood-smoked bacon, fried onion straws, roasted jalapenos, chile con queso and a fried egg
The Bad Apple, Chicago
The Hangover ($10)
Taylor pork roll, bacon, fried egg, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, ketchup, mayo, mustard, Provolone and fries on a pretzel bun
Blue Moon Burgers, Seattle
The Hangover Burger ($7.99)
One-third-pound beef patty with two slices of Swiss cheese, two strips of apple-smoked bacon, a fried egg and a handful of fries
with Blue Moon sauce
brb: be right burger, Reston, Va.
The Hangover ($9.99)
Beef, lettuce, tomato, mayo, chili, fried egg, bacon and Cheddar
The Hangover ($11)
Berkshire pork patty, applewood-smoked bacon, fried egg, lettuce, tomato, onion, spicy aïoli
Burger Bach, Richmond, Va.
Hangover Cure ($11)
A 6-oz. New Zealand grass-fed beef patty with a fried egg, uncured bacon, American cheese, sautéed onions, tomato, mayo, green chile sauce
Burger Bar Crescent, Montreal
Hangover Burger ($15)
A 6-oz. beef patty topped with caramelized onions, bacon, American cheese, truffle oil, fried egg and a mini poutine (fries, cheese curds and gravy)
Burger Brats, Toronto
The Great Canadian Hangover ($15)
Triple patty, Triple cheese, two strips of peameal bacon [rolled in ground yellow cornmeal], grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, Special Sauce topped with a fried egg
Burger Jones, Minneapolis
The Hangover ($9.99)
Beef, bacon, Cheddar, hot sauce and a fried egg on a house-made English muffin
Hubcap Grill & Beer Yard, Houston Heights, Texas
Hangover Burger ($7.99)
One-third-pound beef patty topped with bacon, grilled ham, American cheese, fresh-cut fries and country cream gravy
MooBurger, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bison patty, applewood smoked bacon, white cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red onion, fried egg, chipotle ketchup
Rehab Burger Therapy, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Hangover Burger Rehab ($14)
A 10-oz. ground-chuck patty with a fried egg, bacon, Colby Jack cheese and Hatch green chiles
Tart Restaurant, Los Angeles
Angus beef patty, bacon, two fried eggs, mixed greens, tomato and tart Aïoli
Westchester Burger Co., White Plains, N.Y.
The Hang Over ($15)
A 10-oz. beef patty with Monterey Jack cheese, bacon and fried egg on a brioche bun