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How to Make Fast Food Burgers at Home

A delicious homemade burger that outperforms any burger from any fast food joint. Juicy, flavourful and incredibly easy. Sure to be a favourite.
4.91 from 11 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 890kcal
Author: Lauren


  • Cast Iron Skillet



  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 4 teaspoon mustard
  • salt to taste

Big Mac Sauce

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoon french dressing
  • 3 teaspoon relish
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon onion minced
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • teaspoon salt


  • 4 brioche buns
  • 1 beefsteak tomato
  • ½ head iceberg lettuce
  • ¼ white onion sliced
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 12 slices dill pickles


Prep: Night Before

  • Combine all ingredients for Big Mac sauce. Let sit in the frige for a few hours, up to overnight. While chilling, stir once every few hours.

Ingredient Prep and Mise en Place

  • Remove lettuce and wash in ice cold water. Dry and set aside.
  • Cut the tomato into ½ inch slices.
  • Cut onion into thin slices. Place in an ice bath for 5-10 minutes to remove bite. Drain and set aside.
  • In a dry cast iron pan, toast the buns cut side down. Set aside and keep under a plate to keep warm while cooking the burger buns.


  • If grinding own meat, take ¾lb of beef chuck and ¼lb of bacon and grind together. Mix until combined and set aside. Form into patties about 1 inch wider than the diameter of burger buns and line with parchment paper. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • When ready to cook, heat a cast iron skillet over high heat with either oil or bacon fat. Season the patties with salt and cook for 4 minutes on the first side. Before flipping, add 1 teaspoon of mustard on the raw side, and then flip. Place a slice of cheese on the burger to melt while the second side cooks - for an additional 2-3 minutes or until an instant read thermemoter reads 160 degrees.


  • Take the bottom of the burger bun and line with a spoonful of Big Mac Sauce. Next, place the lettuce, tomato, onions followed by the burger and cheese. Top with pickles. Top the upper bun with a bit more sauce and serve with sides of choice.


Calories: 890kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 64g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 251mg | Sodium: 5197mg | Potassium: 1068mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 2994IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 507mg | Iron: 6mg
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