How to make McDonald's hamburgers

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How to make McDonald's hamburgers
You can grill your own version of McDonald's hamburgers at home. (Jamie Rector/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Many people love McDonald's burgers. Not everybody, however, knows that you can make your own McDonald's hamburger easily at home. Just follow a simple recipe to grill fresh, tasty burgers that will taste like they came straight from your local McDonald's.

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Things you need

  • 500g (1lb) ground meat
  • Dill pickle slices
  • Dried, chopped onion
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • 4 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp accent (MSG)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • Waxed paper
  • Electric grill
  • Spatula

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  1. 1

    Make the seasoning that McDonald's uses. Mix the salt, accent, black pepper and onion powder in a shaker. Set aside.

  2. 2

    Divide the beef into 10 balls of equal size and lay them out on the waxed paper. Freeze them for 1 hour so that they stay together when grilling.

  3. 3

    Add water to the dried onions in a small plastic container and cover. Refrigerate for 1/2 hour, remove and drain out the water. This gives you McDonald's "baby onions."

  4. 4

    Keep your favourite brand of pickles on hand. For McDonald's type-pickles, they should be very sour. One to try is Heinz Genuine Dills.

  5. 5

    Purchase plain hamburger buns, and set them aside. Inexpensive supermarket buns work well for McDonald's hamburgers and they are already cut in half.

  6. 6

    Preheat your electric grills: one to 190ºC (375ºF) to 205ºC (400ºF) for the burgers and the other to 80ºC (175ºF) for the buns.

  7. 7

    Put the frozen patties on the grill. Most grills will accommodate four at a time.

  8. 8

    Sear the patties for about 30 seconds after they are on the grill by pressing them down carefully and evenly with a metal spatula. Do so for a few seconds. Add a shake of McDonald's hamburger seasoning.

  9. 9

    Toast the buns by laying the bun tops face down on the second grill. After about 2 minutes remove them, and repeat with the bottom part of the bun.

  10. 10

    Flip your hamburger meat over after about a minute, being careful not to break the burgers. Add another shake of seasoning.

  11. 11

    Put the condiments on your buns while the second side is cooking. On the top bun, add mustard first in two thin circular motions. Do the same with the ketchup. Sprinkle a small pinch of baby onions over the whole top of the bun. Top with two pickle slices.

  12. 12

    Flip the burger over and press down again to make sure that it is all the way done. Remove, and set it on top of the bottom bun. Add your top, and your McDonald's hamburger is finished.

Tips and warnings

  • American cheese can be added about 30 to 45 seconds before the burger is done for a McDonald's cheeseburger.
  • Be careful grease does not splash onto you and burn you from the griddle.

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