McDonald's Hamburger Recipe
There are thousands of variations of hamburger recipes and everyone has their favorite. Your favorite hamburger recipe may be served at a Five Guys restaurant or at Bobby Flay's new burger joint or cooked in your own backyard on the grill, but there's no disputing that McDonald's hamburgers are a favorite for many, especially considering the fact that McDonald's serves over 4,500 hamburgers every minute!
In this article you'll find a homemade hamburger recipe that comes pretty close in taste to a McDonald's hamburger. The secrets to achieving great results are listed at the bottom of this hub so be sure to follow them!
Easy Hamburger Recipe Ingredients
- 1 Pound Ground Chuck or 80% Lean Beef
- 8 Hamburger Buns
- 8 Dill Pickle Slices
- 8 teaspoons Dried Chopped Onion
- Yellow Mustard
- 1/3 Cup Hot Water
- Special Seasoning, See Recipe Above
Buy a shaker for your special seasoning!
Perfect Hamburger Seasoning
One of the secrets of McDonald's food is the special blend of seasoning they use to enhance their burgers. Here is a great recipe for your own "special seasoning" mixture:
- 4 Tablespoons Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Accent (msg)
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Mix well and place in a dredge shaker (which you can purchase by clicking on the buy from Amazon button next to the picture of the dredge shaker) or into a plastic bag for use while cooking your burger patties.
Directions for forming the hamburger patty and cooking your burger
- Form the beef into 8 patties. Each hamburger patty should be approximately 2 ounces, about 4 inches wide and 1/4 inch thick. A hamburger patty maker comes in handy for this step of the recipe. Place the patties on a baking sheet that is covered with waxed paper.
- Freeze the baking tray of patties for at least 30 minutes.
- Prepare the Special Seasoning mix.
- Place the onions in a small bowl or coffee cup. Add water to cover the onions, about 1/4 cup. Allow to soak. After 30 minutes drain the water and refrigerate the onions until ready to use.
- Lightly toast the inside top and bottom of the buns in a dry frying pan over medium low heat.
- Cook the burger patties in a frying pan or on an electric griddle. Cook each hamburger for approximately 2-4 minutes per side, sprinkling each side with seasoning mix.
- On the inside of the top bun swirl the ketchup and mustard. Add the onions and then the pickle then the hamburger patty then the bottom bun.
- Microwave the burger on high for 10-15 seconds. Enjoy!
Let's not kid ourselves, unless we're eating a veggie burger or soy burger there isn't a whole lot of nutritional benefit to a burger, but all things considered, McDonald's burgers aren't that bad eaten occasionally. They are small, so that's a good thing, they have 250 calories, not so bad, and 12 grams of protein. On the Weight Watchers program a McDonald's hamburger counts as 5 points. Keep your McDonald's lunch diet- friendly by adding a side salad with the Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette by Newman's Own, a side of apple slices and a bottle of water.
Which is your favorite McDonald's Burger?
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Part-Time employment for Moms
McDonald's employs over 760,000 people and recently held their first National Hiring Day which added about 62,000 new employees to the restaurant chain. Searching for open jobs at a McDonald's near you is easy, just click here. They even have a job category called Parents & Guardians, which is ideal for at home moms with school age kids that would like to earn extra money: the hours are 11am to 2pm, perfect for when the kids are at school.
Tips for making your homemade hamburger taste like a McDonald's burger
- Use smooth, thinly sliced, dill hamburger pickles. I've had the most luck getting these in very large jars in the restaurant supply sections of stores like BJ's or Sam's Club. Vlasic hamburger pickles will do, but they are sliced thick and crinkly, not thin and smooth like McDonald's pickles.
- Use dehydrated chopped onions that you buy in the spice aisle in the supermarket. Fresh onions just aren't the same!
- Use the "special seasoning" mixture on your hamburgers, just plain salt isn't the same.
- Toast your buns!