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The Elvis Burger combines a juicy burger with creamy peanut butter, crispy bacon, and sweet caramelized banana for a uniquely delicious blend of flavors and textures!

close up of elvis burger with caramelized banana peanut butter and bacon

Say you tell someone you just had an amazing burger with great mix of sweet, salty, and savory toppings.

When they ask you about the toppings, you casually reply that they’re peanut butter, caramelized banana, and bacon.

You’re probably going to get one of two responses, depending on whether or not the person is a fan of Elvis Presley and/or knows anything about his infamous love for the peanut butter, banana, and bacon combo: 1) Ewwwww, gross!, or 2) oooh, it was the Elvis Burger!

I can’t say I’m a big fan of Elvis’ music (sorry Elvis fans), but I will say that he had pretty great (albeit eccentric) tastes when it came to food. And I can totally get on board with that.

If you’re sick of regular old burgers and you’re a pretty adventurous eater, give these a try!

top view of peanut butter banana bacon burgers on wooden serving board

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • The caramelized banana! There’s no need for dessert when it’s included with dinner, lol.
  • There are a lot of different textures, which I love. Crunchy bacon, smooth peanut butter, and a great burger.
  • Sweet and salty flavor combination! If you like sweet and salty things like chocolate-covered pretzels or maple-bacon anything, this will be right up your alley.

The Best Elvis Burger Recipe

I’ve been making this unique burger since before 2014. It’s not one of those things that’s on the menu at my house very often, but every time I whip it up I remember how delicious it is and tell myself I should make it more frequently! Note to self, lol.

Ingredients

Ingredients Explained

In this section I explain the ingredients and give substitution ideas where applicable. For the full recipe (including the ingredient amounts), see the recipe card below.

peanut butter caramelized banana burger ingredients
  • 80% lean ground beef – Ground meat with a higher fat content (such as 80%) makes moist, flavorful burgers!
  • Salt and black pepper – We only need salt and black pepper to season the burger patties.
  • Caramelized banana – We need fresh banana and brown sugar to make caramelized bananas. Look for bananas that don’t have too many brown spots yet because if they’re too ripe or soft they’re more likely to fall apart during caramelization.
  • Creamy peanut butter – Or go with crunchy peanut butter if that’s your thing.
  • Crisped bacon – I use beef bacon, but you can use any type of bacon you like.
  • Brioche buns – Or go with your favorite burger buns.

Instructions

Caramelize the Banana and Crisp the Bacon

how to caramelize bananas
  1. Peel the bananas. Cut each in half in the middle, and then cut each banana half in half length-wise so you end up with 8 pieces.
  2. Spray a large nonstick pan with cooking spray, place the bananas inside, and sprinkle the brown sugar on top.
  3. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes (don’t flip). Remove from the heat, cover the top of the skillet with foil, and let the bananas sit while you cook the burgers.
  4. This is how the caramelized bananas will look.

While the bananas caramelize, cook the bacon in a separate pan until crispy.

Grill the Burgers

grilling burgers

Shape the ground beef into 4 patties. Sprinkle both sides of each burger with the salt and black pepper.

Preheat a grill to medium-high. Grill the burgers for 3 to 5 minutes per side, depending on your desired level of doneness.

If you want to toast the buns, you can open them and grill until there are char marks (about 20 seconds).

Assemble the Burgers

Spread 1 tablespoon peanut butter on the 4 bottom buns. Top each with a grilled burger, 2 caramelized banana pieces, and 2 slices of crisped bacon.

Now you’re ready to assemble the burgers! Spread peanut butter on the bottom half of a bun, top with a burger, caramelized banana, and bacon. Enjoy, and revel in the fact that Elvis did in fact have great taste in food.

close up front view of peanut butter burgers
Here’s the masterpiece in all its glory!

Tips

  • You can grill the burgers up to 4 days ahead of time. Once they’re cool, store them in an airtight container in the fridge, and then reheat them and assemble the burgers right before you want to serve them.
  • To take this already amazing peanut butter burger even more over-the-top, add a layer of potato chips! (Tip: Go for the ruffled kind.) It bumps up the crunch factor to the next level!
  • You don’t have to caramelize the banana. If you prefer, you can just use banana slices.
elvis burgers on wooden serving tray on marble countertop

Elvis Burger FAQs

What was Elvis Presley’s Favorite Food?

Elvis’ favorite food was known to be a sandwich made of peanut butter and banana, and sometimes with bacon! It also occasionally contained jelly or honey. And the bread was typically either toasted or griddled.

You can read more about it on Wikipedia.

What is an Elvis Burger?


The epic Elvis Burger starts with a beef patty. It adds peanut butter, caramelized banana, and crispy bacon. It’s an interesting blend of flavors with peanut butter adding nutty complexity, caramelized banana adding sweet richness, and salty crisped bacon adding smoky crunch.

What Kind of Ground Beef Should I Use?


I like to use 80% lean ground beef to make burgers. The relatively high fat content adds great flavor and helps keep them juicy as they cook.

More Unique Burgers and Sandwiches to Make

the elvis presley burger with beef peanut butter bacon and banana

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Elvis Burgers Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
The Elvis Burger combines a juicy burger with creamy peanut butter, crispy bacon, and sweet caramelized banana for a uniquly delicious blend of flavors and textures!

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Ingredients
 

Caramelized Bananas:

Burgers:

  • 1 pound 80% lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Other:

Instructions
 

Make the Caramelized Bananas:

  • Peel the bananas. Cut each in half in the middle, and then cut each banana half in half length-wise so you end up with 8 pieces.
  • Spray a large nonstick pan with cooking spray, place the bananas inside, and sprinkle the brown sugar on top.
  • Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes (don’t flip). Remove from the heat, cover the top of the skillet with foil, and let the bananas sit while you cook the burgers.
    caramelizing bananas in skillet

Grill the Burgers:

  • Shape the ground beef into 4 patties. Sprinkle both sides of each burger with the salt and black pepper.
  • Preheat a grill to medium-high. Grill the burgers for 3 to 5 minutes per side, depending on your desired level of doneness.
    burgers on grill with flames
  • If you want to toast the buns, you can open them and grill until there are char marks (about 20 seconds).

Assemble the Burgers:

  • Spread 1 tablespoon peanut butter on the 4 bottom buns. Top each with a grilled burger, 2 caramelized banana pieces, and 2 slices of crisped bacon.
    spreading peanut butter on burger bun

Notes

  • Ground Beef: I like to use 80% lean ground beef to make burgers. The relatively high fat content adds great flavor and helps keep them juicy as they cook.

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger | Calories: 917kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 240mg | Sodium: 1092mg | Potassium: 705mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 764IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Elvis Burger, Elvis Burger Recipe, Elvis Burgers, Elvis Burgers Recipe, Elvis Presley Burgers, Peanut Butter Burger

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This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on June 18, 2014. I updated it with more information on June 16, 2024.

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8 Comments

  1. Juanita Garza says:

    I have never tried a banana and peanut butter and all the other stuff together but I will now let’s see how it comes out Thanks

  2. 5 stars
    Well, I’m a little embarrassed that I never knew that about Elvis, considering the fact that my husband was a huge fan! I just tried these burgers, and they’re delicious! Who would’ve thought, right?!

  3. I love peanut butter and banana together, never tried it with bacon or a hamburger but you know I bet it is good. Will have to try!

  4. Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasy says:

    Love it!! I make an Elvis sandwich but I never thought of an Elvis burger. Sounds even more delish!

  5. I like it! I’ve never had it, but I like it. The individual flavors are good, so together they must be fantastic. Just new, that’s all.

  6. Tasty! I love that peanut butter topping.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  7. Definitely a unique burger! I’ve seen an Elvis sandwich, but never a burger. FUN!

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