The Bad Burger Topping That Everyone in Michigan Loves—And It’s Not Olives!

I have a preference for classic burgers—simple yet satisfying. Just a slice of American cheese, perhaps some bacon, lettuce, onion, pickles, and a touch of mayo. That’s all I need. But it seems some people are more adventurous with their burger choices.

If you haven’t strayed far from Michigan, you might not be aware of the olive burger trend unique to our state. Others outside Michigan find it peculiar.

However, olives are just the beginning. Another unconventional topping gaining popularity in Michigan is the runny egg.

For me, I fail to see the appeal of ruining a good burger with a runny egg. What’s the fascination? According to America’s Test Kitchen, the yolk blending into the bun enhances the flavor profile of the burger. But personally, it’s not my cup of tea.

But, to each their own. If you’re willing to take the risk of salmonella, here are some places in Michigan where you can indulge in this trend:

  1. The Wurst Bar – Ypsilanti, Michigan: They offer burgers with sunny-side-up eggs like the Breakfast Burger and Mr. Monster.
  2. Bergstrom’s Burgers – Traverse City, Michigan: Their brunch burger comes with a runny egg, available only on Saturdays.
  3. Studio Grill – Kalamazoo, Michigan: You can add an egg to any burger for an extra 70 cents.
  4. Grey Ghost – Detroit, Michigan: Customize your cheeseburger with an egg.
  5. The Creole Burger Bar & Southern Kitchen – Lansing, Michigan: Try the Nawlins Burger with a beef patty, Swiss and cheddar cheeses, bacon, an over-medium egg, and smoky tomato jam.
  6. Twisted Burger Diner – Flint, Michigan: The Special #7 Twisted Bill includes a bacon cheeseburger with a fried egg.
  7. HopCat – Grand Rapids, Michigan: Order the “Hangover Helper” for a memorable burger experience, featuring two patties, garlic aioli, American cheese, applewood-smoked bacon, a hash patty, and a sunny egg on a pretzel bun. HopCat has multiple locations across Michigan.

So, if you’re in Michigan and feeling adventurous with your burger, these spots have you covered.

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