My fast food dining days are pretty much behind me. Oh I might stop and grab something every once-in-a-while, specially if I’m traveling. I still crave some of my fast food favorites, but now I’m more a make-it-at-home kinda guy. So that’s how we ended up here, with a copycat of my favorite chain burger, the Burger King Whopper (although truth be told, McDonald’s Quarter Pounder and BigMac are close behind on the list!).
I like to cook my copycat Burger King Whoppers on a flat top griddle on my grill. I get the griddle hot, screaming hot, first. That gives me that little char, that little crunch around the edges. And of course cooking on the grill gives you that char-grilled flavor just like at the restaurant!
If you don’t have a grill cook the burgers in a hot skillet!
Also try my copycat of McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with Cheese.
Copycat Burger King Whopper
- 4 sesame-seed hamburger buns
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt I prefer a little more
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper I prefer a little more
- 4 slices American cheese optional
- 12 dill pickle slices divided
- 2 slices white onion separated into 8 rings, divided
- 2 small tomatoes cut into 8 slices, divided
- 4 teaspoon ketchup divided (just eyeball it)
- 1 cup chopped iceberg lettuce divided
- 8 teaspoons mayonnaise divided (just eyeball it)
- Heat a skillet, grill pan or flat top griddle over high heat.
- Brush butter on buns and toast until lightly browned.
- Season the meat with salt and pepper and form into thin patties. Cook 2-3 minutes per side, not flipping until you get a nice crust.
- To assemble the burgers, place the patties on the bun bottoms.
- Add the pickle, onion and tomato slices.
- Add a good squirt of ketchup.
- Add the shredded lettuce. Spread mayonnaise on bun top and serve.