The Dauntless Burger: Whiskey BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger with Fried Egg and Onion Strings (an AWR Original Recipe © )

Posted November 12, 2015 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Divergent (Nov. 2015) / 10 Comments

I love how shocked the other Dauntless faction members are when they realize Tris has never even seen a hamburger before. I can only imagine what it must have been like for her to taste one after a lifetime of plain, flavorless food. Today, we’re recreating Tris’ first meal in her new faction with a monster-sized burger that’s nothing if not epic.

This behemoth of beef sports whiskey bbq sauce, a cheese-filled patty, a bacon weave layer, onion strings, and a fried egg all on a toasted pretzel bun. This burger couldn’t be more Dauntless if it tried. 😉


The Dauntless Burger (an AWR Original Recipe ©)

“In the center of the table is a platter of food I don’t recognize: circular pieces of meat wedged between round bread slices. I pinch one between my fingers, unsure what to make of it.
Four nudges me with his elbow.
‘It’s beef,’ he says. ‘Put this on it.’ He passes me a small bowl of red sauce.
‘You’ve never had a hamburger before?’ asks Christina, her eyes wide.
‘No,’ I say. ‘Is that what it’s called?'”
— Divergent



Makes 4 burgers



        1. Stir your bbq sauce and whiskey together until well combined. It will thin out a little but not much.
        2. Cut your bacon strips in half. On a baking sheet covered in tin foil, weave 6 halves together as pictured below. Repeat 3 more times with the remaining halves to make a total of 4 weaves. Place the baking sheet in the oven and set it to 400° (DON’T preheat). Bake for about 15 minutes or until the edges have browned slightly. When they’re finished, let them drain on a paper towel.

        3. While you wait for the bacon weaves, heat up your grill and toast your burger buns.

          This will seal the buns against moisture to help prevent sogginess.
        4. Grab a large fistful of burger meat (about 6 oz). Work it around in your hands until it forms a mostly smooth ball, then pinch the ball into a bowl shape with high walls. Put about 2 tbsp cheese in the middle. Fold the sides closed and work the meat to seal it shut and even it out, pinching and smoothing to seal all the gaps.

        5. Season and grill your burger to taste. I used a couple shakes each of seasoning salt and pepper and cooked the burgers to medium doneness. Rotate the burgers half way through, so the sides heat evenly. Keep in mind the cheese in the middle will significantly lengthen the cook time. I highly recommend using a George Foreman grill for these, since heating from both sides allows the burgers to cook faster. Mine took a little under 3 1/2 minutes per burger.

        6. While the burgers cook, spread some of the leftover bacon grease from your bacon weave on a frying pan and fry your eggs.

          You don’t HAVE to use bacon grease, but it makes everything better, doesn’t it?
        7. Now you’re ready to assemble! Spread a generous slather of whiskey bbq sauce on your bottom bun. Add the remaining items in this order: meat patty, bacon weave, fried egg, onion strings. Spread bbq sauce on the second half of the bun and throw it on top.

        8. Serve as part of the initiation process for your fearless faction! 🙂

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10 responses to “The Dauntless Burger: Whiskey BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger with Fried Egg and Onion Strings (an AWR Original Recipe © )

    • Thanks! I couldn’t believe how easy the weave was to make. Pretty sure this is how I’m going to included the bacon in all my bacon cheeseburgers from now on. It sure beats taking a bite and having a whole strip of bacon come out! 🙂

  1. Cait @ Paper Fury

    OMG THAT LOOKS SO DELICIOUS. And completely utterly Dauntless too. *wipes drool off latop* Coming to your blog is always wonderful and terrible at the same time because OMG I’M SO HUNGRY NOW. XDXD (Just kidding…it’s 100% wonderful, hehe. And your pictures are beautiful!!)

    • Thanks! I was actually pretty worried that it might not photograph well, since I knew I was going to avoid tomato and lettuce as toppings and that’s where a lot of the color comes from. Luckily, all the ingredients came together and brought out each other’s warmer colors (red in the bacon, yellow in the egg, etc.) rather than just flat browns. It was a fun photo session! 🙂

  2. […] In Divergent, Tris associates two foods with her home faction of Abnegation: plain peas and chicken breast. When she’s feeling homesick, she finds herself drawn to these foods in the Dauntless lunchroom. She doesn’t realize it at the time, but the reasons Tris feels so torn between Abnegation and Dauntless is because she’s a blend of the two. Today, we’re paying tribute to Tris’ Divergent nature with a side dish fit for both factions: Abnegation Pea Pod Fries, simple roasted peas-in-the-pod with just a little Dauntless cayenne kick, inspired by a recipe by The Smart Cookie Cook. A fitting side dish for our Dauntless Burger! […]

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