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How to Make Your Favorite Fast Food Burgers at Home Slideshow

How to Make Your Favorite Fast Food Burgers at Home Slideshow


If they can make a billion, you can make one

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So how do our favorite fast food restaurants do it day after day, night after night? The cheap, consistent product might be what we are drawn to the most, but after 1 billion served, maybe we’ve grown to appreciate the actual taste of those quick-service burgers. Nostalgia can play an important role in how we taste our food, so whether you just want that taste of something past or you genuinely think that McDonald’s makes the best hamburger in the world, we have the recipes for you.

How to Make Your Favorite Fast Food Burgers at Home

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So how do our favorite fast food restaurants do it day after day, night after night? The cheap, consistent product might be what we are drawn to the most, but after 1 billion served, maybe we’ve grown to appreciate the actual taste of those quick-service burgers. Nostalgia can play an important role in how we taste our food, so whether you just want that taste of something past or you genuinely think that McDonald’s makes the best hamburger in the world, we have the recipes for you.

Carl's Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger

Carl’s Jr., also known as Hardee’s in some states, has quite the following, with over 32 million Western Bacon Cheeseburgers sold in 2011. Here’s a little trivia for you: Did you know that the WBCB (yes, it has a nickname) comes in three sizes (single, double, and the six-dollar version)?

Carl's Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger: Ingredients Roll Call

That barbecue flavor that comes through in the WBCB is a subtle nod to Carl’s Jr.’s roots when it was still named, Carl’s Drive-In Barbeque, which opened in the 1940s in Anaheim, California. The barbecue sauce is important; however, the key to this unique burger is the bacon, cooked crisp and crisscrossed so that every bite contains a mouthful.

Carl's Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger: Our Recipe

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Denny’s Bacon Slam

The expression “everything and the kitchen sink” really applies here. This burger is piled high with bacon, hash browns, an egg, and cheese, which explains why there are more than 1,000 calories in this hefty burger.

Denny’s Bacon Slam: Ingredients Roll Call

What sets this burger apart from the crowd are those crispy crunchy hash browns and the slice of thick-cut bacon. If you don’t care for the usual American cheese, just swap it out with Cheddar. It won’t be an exact copy, but who cares!

Denny’s Bacon Slam: Our Recipe

McDonald’s Big Mac

Since the 1960s, the Big Mac has satisfied the burger needs of McDonald’s customers with its half a pound of meat. This burger is not for the faint of heart (literally). It contains over 500 calories and 50 percent of your daily recommended fat intake, so it might be OK as a once-in-a-while thing, but we wouldn’t recommend adding this to your regular diet.

McDonald’s Big Mac: Ingredients Roll Call:

So, what makes this burger so special? The Big Mac is possibly one of the most identifiable fast food burgers, with a quarter pound of meat divided between two patties stacked high with an extra half a bun snuck in the middle. Don’t forget the special Big Mac sauce to make your copycat taste just like the original.

McDonald’s Big Mac: Our Recipe

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The key to recreating the Big Mac is the sauce. Some say it’s simply Thousand Island, but the clever folks at McDonald's deserve much more credit for their masterpiece. The secret ingredient? Mustard. Simple yellow mustard. Add that and a pinch of sugar to a Thousand Island-style sauce and you’ll be surprised how closely it resembles the real deal.
For our McDonald’s Big Mac Recipe, click here.

White Castle Slider

Long before Harold and Kumar, there was White Castle. White Castle opened in the 1920s in Wichita, Kansas, during the rise of the great fast food chains, and they’ve been thrilling customers with their mini burgers ever since. Time magazine even labeled this slider the most influential burger of all time in 2014. Great things do come in small packages.

White Castle Slider: Ingredients Roll Call

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So what makes this burger so special? That soft mini bun perfectly houses the mini patty inside, but the flavor of the burger comes from the perfect pickle-to-burger ratio and the finely chopped onions that sneak a hint of sweetness into the two-bite sandwich.

White Castle Slider: Our Recipe

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How to Make a Hamburger

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Toss out those processed burger patties! Making your own burger is both easy and a much healthier option. All you need is to get some freshly ground beef from your favorite butcher and to put in a bit of effort. If you want to know how to make a hamburger, just follow these steps.

  • Ask the butcher to grind the meat twice, once in the coarse plate of the grinder and then through the fine plate.
  • Shape the mixture into 6 equal-sized balls using your hands.
  • Press the balls down to make flat burger shapes about ½ inch (1.27cm) thick. Make a small indentation in the center of the burger with your thumb. This prevents the center from swelling, leading to uneven cooking. [4] X Research source

  • Broiler/grill: Preheat the broiler (upper level grill) to medium heat. Line a broiler pan with foil, for easier cleanup after cooking. Place the burgers in the broiler pan. Broil them for 6-7 minutes on each side or until thoroughly cooked. [5] X Research source
  • Frying pan or skillet: Add oil or butter to the pan and fry the burgers well. Be sure to use low heat and a long cook to properly cook the burgers the whole way through.
  • Place the burgers on the barbecue grill. Cook as usual for hamburgers on the barbecue.
  • Bake: Place in the oven on 350ºF/180ºC for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on thickness. You may like to flip them over halfway, testing doneness regularly.

Which cooking method requires low heat and longer cooking time to cook the burgers all the way through: the broiler or the frying pan?

  • Wash the lettuce and tomatoes.
  • Halve the burger buns, then thinly slice the tomatoes.
  • Place the ketchup and mayonnaise on the table for diners to make their own choice.
  • Alternatively, place the burger on a plate with other food such as rice, chips, mashed potato, or salad.

How to Make a Hamburger

This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. wikiHow's Content Management Team carefully monitors the work from our editorial staff to ensure that each article is backed by trusted research and meets our high quality standards.

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Toss out those processed burger patties! Making your own burger is both easy and a much healthier option. All you need is to get some freshly ground beef from your favorite butcher and to put in a bit of effort. If you want to know how to make a hamburger, just follow these steps.

  • Ask the butcher to grind the meat twice, once in the coarse plate of the grinder and then through the fine plate.
  • Shape the mixture into 6 equal-sized balls using your hands.
  • Press the balls down to make flat burger shapes about ½ inch (1.27cm) thick. Make a small indentation in the center of the burger with your thumb. This prevents the center from swelling, leading to uneven cooking. [4] X Research source

  • Broiler/grill: Preheat the broiler (upper level grill) to medium heat. Line a broiler pan with foil, for easier cleanup after cooking. Place the burgers in the broiler pan. Broil them for 6-7 minutes on each side or until thoroughly cooked. [5] X Research source
  • Frying pan or skillet: Add oil or butter to the pan and fry the burgers well. Be sure to use low heat and a long cook to properly cook the burgers the whole way through.
  • Place the burgers on the barbecue grill. Cook as usual for hamburgers on the barbecue.
  • Bake: Place in the oven on 350ºF/180ºC for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on thickness. You may like to flip them over halfway, testing doneness regularly.

Which cooking method requires low heat and longer cooking time to cook the burgers all the way through: the broiler or the frying pan?

  • Wash the lettuce and tomatoes.
  • Halve the burger buns, then thinly slice the tomatoes.
  • Place the ketchup and mayonnaise on the table for diners to make their own choice.
  • Alternatively, place the burger on a plate with other food such as rice, chips, mashed potato, or salad.

How to Make a Hamburger

This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. wikiHow's Content Management Team carefully monitors the work from our editorial staff to ensure that each article is backed by trusted research and meets our high quality standards.

The wikiHow Video Team also followed the article's instructions and verified that they work.

This article has been viewed 1,717,823 times.

Toss out those processed burger patties! Making your own burger is both easy and a much healthier option. All you need is to get some freshly ground beef from your favorite butcher and to put in a bit of effort. If you want to know how to make a hamburger, just follow these steps.

  • Ask the butcher to grind the meat twice, once in the coarse plate of the grinder and then through the fine plate.
  • Shape the mixture into 6 equal-sized balls using your hands.
  • Press the balls down to make flat burger shapes about ½ inch (1.27cm) thick. Make a small indentation in the center of the burger with your thumb. This prevents the center from swelling, leading to uneven cooking. [4] X Research source

  • Broiler/grill: Preheat the broiler (upper level grill) to medium heat. Line a broiler pan with foil, for easier cleanup after cooking. Place the burgers in the broiler pan. Broil them for 6-7 minutes on each side or until thoroughly cooked. [5] X Research source
  • Frying pan or skillet: Add oil or butter to the pan and fry the burgers well. Be sure to use low heat and a long cook to properly cook the burgers the whole way through.
  • Place the burgers on the barbecue grill. Cook as usual for hamburgers on the barbecue.
  • Bake: Place in the oven on 350ºF/180ºC for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on thickness. You may like to flip them over halfway, testing doneness regularly.

Which cooking method requires low heat and longer cooking time to cook the burgers all the way through: the broiler or the frying pan?

  • Wash the lettuce and tomatoes.
  • Halve the burger buns, then thinly slice the tomatoes.
  • Place the ketchup and mayonnaise on the table for diners to make their own choice.
  • Alternatively, place the burger on a plate with other food such as rice, chips, mashed potato, or salad.

How to Make a Hamburger

This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. wikiHow's Content Management Team carefully monitors the work from our editorial staff to ensure that each article is backed by trusted research and meets our high quality standards.

The wikiHow Video Team also followed the article's instructions and verified that they work.

This article has been viewed 1,717,823 times.

Toss out those processed burger patties! Making your own burger is both easy and a much healthier option. All you need is to get some freshly ground beef from your favorite butcher and to put in a bit of effort. If you want to know how to make a hamburger, just follow these steps.

  • Ask the butcher to grind the meat twice, once in the coarse plate of the grinder and then through the fine plate.
  • Shape the mixture into 6 equal-sized balls using your hands.
  • Press the balls down to make flat burger shapes about ½ inch (1.27cm) thick. Make a small indentation in the center of the burger with your thumb. This prevents the center from swelling, leading to uneven cooking. [4] X Research source

  • Broiler/grill: Preheat the broiler (upper level grill) to medium heat. Line a broiler pan with foil, for easier cleanup after cooking. Place the burgers in the broiler pan. Broil them for 6-7 minutes on each side or until thoroughly cooked. [5] X Research source
  • Frying pan or skillet: Add oil or butter to the pan and fry the burgers well. Be sure to use low heat and a long cook to properly cook the burgers the whole way through.
  • Place the burgers on the barbecue grill. Cook as usual for hamburgers on the barbecue.
  • Bake: Place in the oven on 350ºF/180ºC for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on thickness. You may like to flip them over halfway, testing doneness regularly.

Which cooking method requires low heat and longer cooking time to cook the burgers all the way through: the broiler or the frying pan?

  • Wash the lettuce and tomatoes.
  • Halve the burger buns, then thinly slice the tomatoes.
  • Place the ketchup and mayonnaise on the table for diners to make their own choice.
  • Alternatively, place the burger on a plate with other food such as rice, chips, mashed potato, or salad.

How to Make a Hamburger

This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. wikiHow's Content Management Team carefully monitors the work from our editorial staff to ensure that each article is backed by trusted research and meets our high quality standards.

The wikiHow Video Team also followed the article's instructions and verified that they work.

This article has been viewed 1,717,823 times.

Toss out those processed burger patties! Making your own burger is both easy and a much healthier option. All you need is to get some freshly ground beef from your favorite butcher and to put in a bit of effort. If you want to know how to make a hamburger, just follow these steps.

  • Ask the butcher to grind the meat twice, once in the coarse plate of the grinder and then through the fine plate.
  • Shape the mixture into 6 equal-sized balls using your hands.
  • Press the balls down to make flat burger shapes about ½ inch (1.27cm) thick. Make a small indentation in the center of the burger with your thumb. This prevents the center from swelling, leading to uneven cooking. [4] X Research source

  • Broiler/grill: Preheat the broiler (upper level grill) to medium heat. Line a broiler pan with foil, for easier cleanup after cooking. Place the burgers in the broiler pan. Broil them for 6-7 minutes on each side or until thoroughly cooked. [5] X Research source
  • Frying pan or skillet: Add oil or butter to the pan and fry the burgers well. Be sure to use low heat and a long cook to properly cook the burgers the whole way through.
  • Place the burgers on the barbecue grill. Cook as usual for hamburgers on the barbecue.
  • Bake: Place in the oven on 350ºF/180ºC for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on thickness. You may like to flip them over halfway, testing doneness regularly.

Which cooking method requires low heat and longer cooking time to cook the burgers all the way through: the broiler or the frying pan?

  • Wash the lettuce and tomatoes.
  • Halve the burger buns, then thinly slice the tomatoes.
  • Place the ketchup and mayonnaise on the table for diners to make their own choice.
  • Alternatively, place the burger on a plate with other food such as rice, chips, mashed potato, or salad.

How to Make a Hamburger

This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. wikiHow's Content Management Team carefully monitors the work from our editorial staff to ensure that each article is backed by trusted research and meets our high quality standards.

The wikiHow Video Team also followed the article's instructions and verified that they work.

This article has been viewed 1,717,823 times.

Toss out those processed burger patties! Making your own burger is both easy and a much healthier option. All you need is to get some freshly ground beef from your favorite butcher and to put in a bit of effort. If you want to know how to make a hamburger, just follow these steps.

  • Ask the butcher to grind the meat twice, once in the coarse plate of the grinder and then through the fine plate.
  • Shape the mixture into 6 equal-sized balls using your hands.
  • Press the balls down to make flat burger shapes about ½ inch (1.27cm) thick. Make a small indentation in the center of the burger with your thumb. This prevents the center from swelling, leading to uneven cooking. [4] X Research source

  • Broiler/grill: Preheat the broiler (upper level grill) to medium heat. Line a broiler pan with foil, for easier cleanup after cooking. Place the burgers in the broiler pan. Broil them for 6-7 minutes on each side or until thoroughly cooked. [5] X Research source
  • Frying pan or skillet: Add oil or butter to the pan and fry the burgers well. Be sure to use low heat and a long cook to properly cook the burgers the whole way through.
  • Place the burgers on the barbecue grill. Cook as usual for hamburgers on the barbecue.
  • Bake: Place in the oven on 350ºF/180ºC for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on thickness. You may like to flip them over halfway, testing doneness regularly.

Which cooking method requires low heat and longer cooking time to cook the burgers all the way through: the broiler or the frying pan?

  • Wash the lettuce and tomatoes.
  • Halve the burger buns, then thinly slice the tomatoes.
  • Place the ketchup and mayonnaise on the table for diners to make their own choice.
  • Alternatively, place the burger on a plate with other food such as rice, chips, mashed potato, or salad.

How to Make a Hamburger

This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. wikiHow's Content Management Team carefully monitors the work from our editorial staff to ensure that each article is backed by trusted research and meets our high quality standards.

The wikiHow Video Team also followed the article's instructions and verified that they work.

This article has been viewed 1,717,823 times.

Toss out those processed burger patties! Making your own burger is both easy and a much healthier option. All you need is to get some freshly ground beef from your favorite butcher and to put in a bit of effort. If you want to know how to make a hamburger, just follow these steps.

  • Ask the butcher to grind the meat twice, once in the coarse plate of the grinder and then through the fine plate.
  • Shape the mixture into 6 equal-sized balls using your hands.
  • Press the balls down to make flat burger shapes about ½ inch (1.27cm) thick. Make a small indentation in the center of the burger with your thumb. This prevents the center from swelling, leading to uneven cooking. [4] X Research source

  • Broiler/grill: Preheat the broiler (upper level grill) to medium heat. Line a broiler pan with foil, for easier cleanup after cooking. Place the burgers in the broiler pan. Broil them for 6-7 minutes on each side or until thoroughly cooked. [5] X Research source
  • Frying pan or skillet: Add oil or butter to the pan and fry the burgers well. Be sure to use low heat and a long cook to properly cook the burgers the whole way through.
  • Place the burgers on the barbecue grill. Cook as usual for hamburgers on the barbecue.
  • Bake: Place in the oven on 350ºF/180ºC for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on thickness. You may like to flip them over halfway, testing doneness regularly.

Which cooking method requires low heat and longer cooking time to cook the burgers all the way through: the broiler or the frying pan?

  • Wash the lettuce and tomatoes.
  • Halve the burger buns, then thinly slice the tomatoes.
  • Place the ketchup and mayonnaise on the table for diners to make their own choice.
  • Alternatively, place the burger on a plate with other food such as rice, chips, mashed potato, or salad.

How to Make a Hamburger

This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. wikiHow's Content Management Team carefully monitors the work from our editorial staff to ensure that each article is backed by trusted research and meets our high quality standards.

The wikiHow Video Team also followed the article's instructions and verified that they work.

This article has been viewed 1,717,823 times.

Toss out those processed burger patties! Making your own burger is both easy and a much healthier option. All you need is to get some freshly ground beef from your favorite butcher and to put in a bit of effort. If you want to know how to make a hamburger, just follow these steps.

  • Ask the butcher to grind the meat twice, once in the coarse plate of the grinder and then through the fine plate.
  • Shape the mixture into 6 equal-sized balls using your hands.
  • Press the balls down to make flat burger shapes about ½ inch (1.27cm) thick. Make a small indentation in the center of the burger with your thumb. This prevents the center from swelling, leading to uneven cooking. [4] X Research source

  • Broiler/grill: Preheat the broiler (upper level grill) to medium heat. Line a broiler pan with foil, for easier cleanup after cooking. Place the burgers in the broiler pan. Broil them for 6-7 minutes on each side or until thoroughly cooked. [5] X Research source
  • Frying pan or skillet: Add oil or butter to the pan and fry the burgers well. Be sure to use low heat and a long cook to properly cook the burgers the whole way through.
  • Place the burgers on the barbecue grill. Cook as usual for hamburgers on the barbecue.
  • Bake: Place in the oven on 350ºF/180ºC for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on thickness. You may like to flip them over halfway, testing doneness regularly.

Which cooking method requires low heat and longer cooking time to cook the burgers all the way through: the broiler or the frying pan?

  • Wash the lettuce and tomatoes.
  • Halve the burger buns, then thinly slice the tomatoes.
  • Place the ketchup and mayonnaise on the table for diners to make their own choice.
  • Alternatively, place the burger on a plate with other food such as rice, chips, mashed potato, or salad.

How to Make a Hamburger

This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. wikiHow's Content Management Team carefully monitors the work from our editorial staff to ensure that each article is backed by trusted research and meets our high quality standards.

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This article has been viewed 1,717,823 times.

Toss out those processed burger patties! Making your own burger is both easy and a much healthier option. All you need is to get some freshly ground beef from your favorite butcher and to put in a bit of effort. If you want to know how to make a hamburger, just follow these steps.

  • Ask the butcher to grind the meat twice, once in the coarse plate of the grinder and then through the fine plate.
  • Shape the mixture into 6 equal-sized balls using your hands.
  • Press the balls down to make flat burger shapes about ½ inch (1.27cm) thick. Make a small indentation in the center of the burger with your thumb. This prevents the center from swelling, leading to uneven cooking. [4] X Research source

  • Broiler/grill: Preheat the broiler (upper level grill) to medium heat. Line a broiler pan with foil, for easier cleanup after cooking. Place the burgers in the broiler pan. Broil them for 6-7 minutes on each side or until thoroughly cooked. [5] X Research source
  • Frying pan or skillet: Add oil or butter to the pan and fry the burgers well. Be sure to use low heat and a long cook to properly cook the burgers the whole way through.
  • Place the burgers on the barbecue grill. Cook as usual for hamburgers on the barbecue.
  • Bake: Place in the oven on 350ºF/180ºC for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on thickness. You may like to flip them over halfway, testing doneness regularly.

Which cooking method requires low heat and longer cooking time to cook the burgers all the way through: the broiler or the frying pan?

  • Wash the lettuce and tomatoes.
  • Halve the burger buns, then thinly slice the tomatoes.
  • Place the ketchup and mayonnaise on the table for diners to make their own choice.
  • Alternatively, place the burger on a plate with other food such as rice, chips, mashed potato, or salad.

How to Make a Hamburger

This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. wikiHow's Content Management Team carefully monitors the work from our editorial staff to ensure that each article is backed by trusted research and meets our high quality standards.

The wikiHow Video Team also followed the article's instructions and verified that they work.

This article has been viewed 1,717,823 times.

Toss out those processed burger patties! Making your own burger is both easy and a much healthier option. All you need is to get some freshly ground beef from your favorite butcher and to put in a bit of effort. If you want to know how to make a hamburger, just follow these steps.

  • Ask the butcher to grind the meat twice, once in the coarse plate of the grinder and then through the fine plate.
  • Shape the mixture into 6 equal-sized balls using your hands.
  • Press the balls down to make flat burger shapes about ½ inch (1.27cm) thick. Make a small indentation in the center of the burger with your thumb. This prevents the center from swelling, leading to uneven cooking. [4] X Research source

  • Broiler/grill: Preheat the broiler (upper level grill) to medium heat. Line a broiler pan with foil, for easier cleanup after cooking. Place the burgers in the broiler pan. Broil them for 6-7 minutes on each side or until thoroughly cooked. [5] X Research source
  • Frying pan or skillet: Add oil or butter to the pan and fry the burgers well. Be sure to use low heat and a long cook to properly cook the burgers the whole way through.
  • Place the burgers on the barbecue grill. Cook as usual for hamburgers on the barbecue.
  • Bake: Place in the oven on 350ºF/180ºC for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on thickness. You may like to flip them over halfway, testing doneness regularly.

Which cooking method requires low heat and longer cooking time to cook the burgers all the way through: the broiler or the frying pan?

  • Wash the lettuce and tomatoes.
  • Halve the burger buns, then thinly slice the tomatoes.
  • Place the ketchup and mayonnaise on the table for diners to make their own choice.
  • Alternatively, place the burger on a plate with other food such as rice, chips, mashed potato, or salad.