Grilled Polenta Breakfast Burger

Happy Belated Halloweeeeennnn!!
Pictures coming soon ๐Ÿ˜€

And before you give me a hard time let me just say I swear I TRIED to put out a halloween recipe.
Honest, I did.


I was going to make black and white candied apples with black and orange forest twigs growing out of their stem.
Then roll them in almond silvers before the chocolate got warm so they’d look all thorny and shit.

It was going to be so fucking dope.


Cut to last week.

The first batch of black chocolate burned.
I used the remainder chocolate on the second batch – the one that melted like wet cement.

Which meantย I had to go out and buy more chocolate.


Came back with more of the same black chocolate.

Melted it according to the instructions on the box this time around only for it to come out WORSE.
Like I can’t even begin to tell you how much of a fucking disaster that was.

But I said “fuck it – let’s see if we can twirl an apple around in it anyway.”
This is what I got.


Like I said, I tried.


So here’s a polenta burger I made a few days ago when I was sorting through my pantry.


In the effort to clean out the rest of the stuff in my fridgeย before we left town for the Halloween weekend, I decided to use up thisย roll of pre-cooked polenta that I picked up from Trader Joes almost 2 months ago for absolutely no reason.


Sadly, I only had eggs and leafy veggies left in my fridge so this isn’t really a breakfast burgerย but if you have any bacon, ham or chicken lying around – make me proud.










Grilled Polenta Breakfast Burger


What I Used

Pre-Cooked Polenta (sliced ยฝ” thick). An Egg. Small Handful Assorted Leafy Green Herbs (Cilantro, Basil, Arugula etc). 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinaigrette. 2 tsp Coconut Oil (substitute olive oil). 1 tsp Red Wine Vinegar. Salt. Pepper. Feta Cheese (optional).

What I Did

Slice the polentaย ยฝ” thick,.
Lightly sprinkle with salt & pepper and place on lightly oiled grill.

Grillย until the side down has golden grill marks across it.
Grilled Polenta
Season and grill the other side the same way.
Remove from heat and set aside.


Roughly chop all the herbs and put in a bowl.
In a separate smaller bowl, mix the balsamic vinaigrette, coconut oil & red wine vinegarย together.
Shake in a little salt and pepper.

Mix the dressing in with theย leafy greens.
Set aside.


Poach or fry an egg.
Then build the burger the way you would any burger, sandwiching the egg somewhere in the middle.

Sprinkle a little of the feta on top and drizzle any leftover dressing over it.
I made this to clean out the rest of the stuff in my fridge and I only had eggs and leafy veggies I made this to clean out the rest of the stuff in my fridge and I only had eggs and leafy veggies
The polenta has a firm texture but I’d still recommend eating it with a fork and a knife. Grilled_polenta_burger Dana_fashina_recipes

70 thoughts on “Grilled Polenta Breakfast Burger

  1. Shit, that is my blogging life in a nutshell. I could be prepared and blog a month ahead, but I just love waiting till the last minute. Exact same thing happened to me with this eye lash bullshit I was going to post.

    Good new is that your polenta burger looks like heaven and I would devour it (minus the meat). All is well that ends well, right?

  2. Yumm! I had no idea one could buy such a thing as pre-cooked pre-rolled polenta! Anyway, this is an awesome recipe; I love that it is so simple, and your pictures are gorgeous. I think I like the idea of this burger even better than Halloween themed candied apples!

  3. It happens! The apple dipped in chocolate did not look appetizing for sure – but I bet it still tasted pretty good lol – but those polenta burgers turned out beautiful and did the job~ XOXO ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Ah God…I hate that I teased these halloween pics now hahaha!
      I’ll put ’em up tomorrow.

      And polenta is pretty malleable. In that you can flavor it pretty much anyway you like. It’s not as absorbing as say tofu, but it adjusts very easily to whatever you season it with.
      Please give it a shot ๐Ÿ˜€
      For meeeeeeeeeee

  4. I feel for you and the kitchen disaster, especially when you want it to work, but hey, its cool, melting chocolate can be tricky, so what…I hope you ate the chocolate anyway, if it still tasted good…..
    The polenta burgers, oh my word, look DIVINE !!!! I am so making those. I hope mine look as good as yours….And, love the knife shot, perfect and very apt !!!

    1. I totally still ate that apple, hahaha.
      That was some good ass chocolate, heehee!
      And thank you! I’m trying to make an extra effort to work on being more creative in my food photography shots :D, glad you like!

  5. The Polenta Burger’s look divine……I love how resourceful you are and making it work with what you have in the kitchen. Now those apples….gurllllllll….lol…at least you tried.

    Great post and as usual you crack me up!

    1. Thank you, I don’t even want to THINK about those apples…sigh.
      And the fucked up part of it is that I still bit into that awful chocolate half-covered apple, and it tasted good as shit!
      Like delicious!
      Looked like I dug it out of the ground, tasted like it came from a pastry shop. That was some good ass chocolate.
      Sigh ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  6. WOW. Holy shit this is brilliant. This is so UGH so amazing sounding. Now I want to buy polenta and ignore it until I remember I have it and make the same thing!!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ I love the running yolks. Oh god the key to my heart.

    1. LOL I just looked at that apple photo again and I’m trying not to die laughing. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ That is so my life: poorly melted clumpy chocolate on an apple. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

      I feel you SO much when you get the wrong stuff! So glad I’m not the only one super stubborn enough to press forward anyway. ๐Ÿ˜›

      1. Dude that shit looked fucking HORRIFIC.
        Absolutely atrocious.
        Like you half-expected a worm to come out the fucking top lol

        After reading your last few posts, we definitely are on the same page.

      2. Girl!! Lemme tell you it’s a struggle sometimes. You just can’t bake or cook properly when you’re trying to basically whisk with a potato masher.

        (yes this has happened. At my boyfriend’s house OF COURSE)

  7. I’ll be honest, there’s something about a runny yolk that scares the be-Jesus out of me!
    I just can’t. Having said that, your polenta burger looks moorish and that apple was scary as all hell so maybe it could have served as a Halloween post – just an indelible one!

    1. hahahahaha!
      I once sat on this girls lap and fed her her Eggs Benedict.
      She was a complete stranger, at brunch with like 4 of her girlfriends.

      I heard her fussing about the runny yolk and poking at her food the way you poked at insects in grade school and I couldn’t fucking take it.

      I felt this incredible urge to change her mind. I don’t even remember how I managed to sit on her lap.
      Who the fuck lets another stranger sit on their lap and spoon-feed them??
      It worked tho.

      Worked like a goddamn charm.

      We laughed like idiots and I made my way back to my table of MY girlfriends.

      1. LMAO!! That’s some divine intervention right there because if you’d sat your ass down on my lap (no matter how enviable said behind is) I’d have been like WTH!? STRANGER DANGER!! STRANGER DANGER!!
        In fact, I’d have freaked before you got within inches of me. I don’t play when it comes to my personal space girl!!
        Sounds like you were a blessing to that girl in the end though. “Daring Dana; enlightening palates one person at a time!” LOL. Methinks I may have to [wo]man up and just try it. I see runny yolk and just think RAW RAW RAW…and not in the tasty sushi kinda way haha.

  8. Well if that isn’t a vegetarian coeliacs idea of breakfast heaven on a stick, I don’t know what is. Will bookmark it to make for the Yak in the near future. That last photo is killer…maybe it is actually quite ‘Halloweeny’ after all?

  9. uhm, gorgeous-sauce. Especially that last photo, wow! Looks amazing, delicious and just my style. Thanks darlin, well done m’lady!

  10. What a great idea Dana, I love polenta and combining it in a breakfast sandwich is genius! It’s so easy to make too, I have a round form that I stupidly bought in Chelsea in NYC for $14, and as soon as I brought it home, it dawned on me that I really could have used a can opened at both ends. Sigh.

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