The STL Slinger is one of the great late-night meals from the Midwest: a tower of flavor starting from the crispy, crunchy hashbrowns, building up with juicy, savory burgers with a melty cheese topping, and going even further with spicy, hearty chili. But that’s not all! What indulgent dish would be complete without a fried egg topping? It’s a breakfast-for-dinner touch that makes the STL Slinger an extra-gratifying dish whenever you crave something truly filling. And it’s ready in half an hour! What more could anyone need?

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  • 1 small white onion
  • 2 russet potatoes
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups prepared chili, of your choice
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 (1/3-pound) hamburger patties
  • 2 slices cheese, American or cheddar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cheese, cheddar or pepper jack, shredded


Step 1 –Halve the onion.

Step 2 –Shred 1/2 of the onion into a small bowl.

Step 3 –Finely dice the remaining 1/2 of the onion.

Step 4 –Shred the potatoes into a medium-sized bowl.

Step 5 –Rinse the potatoes under cold water until the water runs clear.

Step 6 –Using paper towels, press the excess water out of the potatoes. A salad spinner will also help. Try to get as much of the water out as possible; the drier, the better.

Step 7 –Mix the shredded onions with the shredded potatoes.

Step 8 –Season the potato mixture with the salt and the pepper to taste.

Step 9 –Preheat the grill or the smoker with a grill pan inside it to medium-high heat, about 400 degrees F.

Step 10 –In a small pot or pan on the stove-top, warm the chili.

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Step 11 –Add 2 tablespoons of the butter to the hot grill pan.

Step 12 –Once the butter is melted and frothy, add the potato mixture, cooking until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes per side.

Step 13 –Transfer the hashbrowns to 2 plates.

Step 14 –Add the hamburger patties to the grill and cook to your desired doneness, about 3-6 minutes per side.

Step 15 –Top the patties with the cheese slices during the last minute of cooking.

Step 16 –Add the remaining butter to the grill pan.

Step 17 –Once the butter is melted, crack the eggs and fry them to your desired level of doneness, about 3-5 minutes.

Step 18 –On your serving plates, top the hashbrowns with the cheeseburger patties, the chili, and the fried eggs.

Step 19 –Top the fried eggs with the diced onions and the shredded cheese.

Step 20 –Serve.