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McDonald's Hamburger Recipe

Updated on December 28, 2017
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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 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
  • Ketchup
  • 1/4 Cup Boiling Water
  • Special Seasoning, see recipe below

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 shaker.

Directions for forming the hamburger patty and cooking your burger

  1. Form the beef into 8 patties. Take a ball of beef mixture, a little larger than the size of a golf ball, and flatten. Each hamburger patty should be approximately 2 ounces, about 4 inches wide and 1/8 inch thick. Place the patties on a baking sheet that is covered with waxed paper or parchment paper.
  2. Freeze the baking tray of patties for at least 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Prepare the Special Seasoning mix.
  4. Place the onions in a small bowl or coffee cup. Add boiling water to cover the onions, about 1/4 cup. Allow to soak. After about 30 minutes drain thoroughly.
  5. Brown faces of bun in a dry frying pan over medium heat.
  6. Remove buns and cook hamburger patties in pan. Cook each hamburger for approximately 2-4 minutes per side, sprinkling each side with seasoning mix and pressing down on the patty with a spatula.
  7. Swirl ketchup and mustard on the bottom bun, add onions and pickles. If you want a cheeseburger add a slice of cheese, then place patty on top. Add bun top to burger.
  8. Place burger in microwave wrapped loosely in paper towel for about 10 seconds to steam. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition information

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.

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Tips for making your homemade hamburger taste like a McDonald's burger

  1. 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.
  2. Use dehydrated chopped onions that you buy in the spice aisle in the supermarket. Fresh onions just aren't the same!
  3. Use the "special seasoning" mixture on your hamburgers, just plain salt isn't the same.
  4. Toast your buns!

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    • MomsTreasureChest profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thanks MissDoolittle, you're right, it must be the secret sauce!

    • peachpurple profile image


      8 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love cheeseburger. Now I know how to make my own MCD at home. Thanks for yr recipe. Voted up

    • Victoria Lynn profile image

      Victoria Lynn 

      8 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I'm sure this will be much better than those little McD burgers, as they are usually kind of dry. I'm going to try this. Funny, I have Homemade Big Mac recipe! I'm going to link this one to it! Love it!

      Oh, about the pickles--I've also found that buying the huge whole dills and slicing them thinly does the trick, too. I usually do fresh onions but cook them quite a bit in water, but I'll look for the dehydrated onions. Thanks!

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      Nancy Yager 

      8 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      McDonalds burgers are the best. People try to sell me on their big juicy burgers but I still prefer McDonalds.

    • MissDoolittle profile image


      8 years ago from Sussex, UK

      They do sound nice, but nothing will ever live up to a McDonalds Big Mac!

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      Randi Benlulu 

      8 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Oh, I'm the first one here. A l;ittle shamed to admit I like McDonald's burgers but, it's true. I am looking forward to trying this recipe! Thank you! Up and interesting!


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