McDonald's Hamburger Copycat Recipe

We all love a trip through the drive-thru from time to time. But if you're trying to save some money and cook at home more often, that may not be the best idea. The good news is that you can make some of your favorite fast food restaurant dishes in the comfort of your own home, including a classic: a McDonald's hamburger.

You're going to fall in love when you cook up this McDonald's Hamburger copycat recipe from chef and recipe developer Angela Latimer of Bake it with Love. "This is indeed a good 'blind taste test' winner," Latimer says, with the "only difference here being a slightly larger burger patty." In our book, that is a welcome change because "it's more filling that way." As any fast food aficionado can tell you, a McDonald's hamburger alone does not a full meal make. Thus the fries and the McFlurry (if the ice cream machine isn't broken, of course). Learn how to make this classic burger at home.

Gather your ingredients for this McDonald's Hamburger copycat recipe

It really doesn't take much to make a great McDonald's Hamburger copycat recipe. Like really not much: The burger patty is only about an eighth of a pound. So perhaps plan to go ahead and double this recipe if you're whipping up a quick meal for yourself, or quadruple and then some if you're cooking for the whole fam.

For one burger, you'll need a sesame seed bun, a beef patty (roughly a quarter inch in thickness and ideally an 80/20 blend), a pinch of salt, some finely diced white onion (or rehydrated dried minced onion — more on that next), dill pickle slices, and some ketchup and yellow mustard.

Which onions should you use for your McDonald's Hamburger copycat recipe?

As Latimer explains, "McDonald's burger product photos are shown with fresh white onion pieces. However, it is believed that the stores actually use rehydrated dried minced onion, so this will provide a more authentic McDonald's copycat."

On the other hand, while the taste might be slightly different with fresh chopped white onion, you may prefer it that way. So really, you win whether you go the rehydrated dried onion route or the fresh chopped route.

To rehydrate dried minced onion, add half a tablespoon of the dried onion to a cup of boiling water. Cut the heat, then allow the onion to sit and absorb the water until there is no longer a hard center. Drain it and set aside for use in a moment.

Toast the buns then grill the patties for this McDonald's Hamburger copycat recipe

Bring a dry skillet or non-stick frying pan to medium heat, then place the bun halves into the dry skillet to toast. Once the buns reach a light golden color and the texture feels toasted, remove them from the skillet and set aside.

Now to the patty, which is slender, so it cooks fast — you need to cook it all the way through, of course, but mind you don't burn the burger! Start by lightly greasing that skillet, then heating it over medium heat. 

Salt one side of your burger patty, then place the patty with the salted side down into the hot skillet. Salt the upward-facing patty side as the bottom cooks, then flip it. You should plan to cook each side for between two and three minutes, then remove the burger from the heat.

Assemble your McDonald's Hamburger copycat recipe

Assemble the McDonald's Hamburger copycat recipe by starting with the bottom bun on which you'll place the burger patty. On the top of the patty, add, in this order, the ketchup, then the mustard, then the diced onions, and lastly the sliced pickles. Close the burger up with the top bun. And you're done! Almost. Assuming you are used to grabbing fast food from the store then whisking it home to enjoy, here's a little hack to up the authenticity: "To closely mimic the texture of the wrapped burgers," says Latimer, "microwave your burger for 10 to 15 seconds to get that 'steamed bun' effect."

Oh, and she has one more tip: "I love the classic McDonald's style skinny fries with my burgers," she says. And you can make those yourself, too.

McDonald's Hamburger Copycat Recipe
5 from 24 ratings
You can make some of your favorite fast food restaurant dishes in the comfort of your own home, including a classic: a McDonald's hamburger.
Prep Time
5
minutes
Cook Time
10
minutes
Servings
1
serving
McDonald's Hamburger copycat recipe served
Total time: 15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 sesame seed bun
  • ⅛ pound beef patty (roughly ¼ inch in thickness)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced white onion (or rehydrated dried minced onion)
  • 3 dill pickle slices
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
Directions
  1. Bring a skillet or non-stick frying pan to medium heat, then place the bun halves into the dry skillet to toast. Once the buns reach a light golden color and the texture feels toasted, remove from the skillet and set aside.
  2. McDonald's burger product photos show fresh white onion pieces, but it's thought that the company uses rehydrated dried minced onion, which provide a more "authentic" McDonald's copycat. To rehydrate dried minced onion, add ½ tablespoon of the dried onion to 1 cup of boiling water, then cut the heat and allow the onion to set and absorb the water until there is no longer a hard center. Drain and set aside.
  3. Salt one side of your burger patty, then place the patty with the salted side down into your skillet.
  4. Salt the upward-facing patty as the other side cooks, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, then remove from heat.
  5. Assemble the hamburger by starting with the bottom bun and the burger patty. On the top half of the bun, add ketchup, then mustard, then onions, and lastly the sliced pickles. Then close the burger up with the top bun.
  6. Optionally, to closely mimic the texture of the wrapped burgers, microwave your burger for 10 to 15 seconds to get that "steamed bun" effect.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 223
Total Fat 4.9 g
Saturated Fat 1.6 g
Trans Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 35.7 mg
Total Carbohydrates 28.1 g
Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
Total Sugars 7.1 g
Sodium 751.1 mg
Protein 17.4 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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