Probably no one besides me remembers McDonald’s Arch Deluxe burgers. They were a more grown up burger, launched in the 1990s. They were a flop, but honestly, I’m not sure why. I love making copycat McDonald’s Arch Deluxe burgers at home. They are your pretty-much-standard burgers, but with a sauce that is totally different than the special sauce you find on another favorite, Big Mac. It’s the sauce that makes them special for me. It’s not fancy or complicated, just good.
The star of the show is definitely the sauce and the special seasoning that McDonald’s uses on all of their burgers, from the Arch Deluxe of old to the classic Quarter Pounder. I always thought that the Arch Deluxe should’ve been a hit (along with the McDLT). Well, I guess I can’t call them all correctly!
I like to use a burger press when I make burgers. It, in combination with some patty papers, enables me to crank out a whole bunch of equally-sized burger patties in no time at all with little cleanup.
Copycat Arch Deluxe Burgers
For the burger
- 1 hamburger bun sesame seed
- ¼ pound beef patty
- 1 slice American cheese
- 1-2 slices tomato
- 1-2 leaves lettuce chopped
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 tablespoon white onion chopped
For the burger seasoning (makes enough for several burgers)
For the burger
- Toast the buns.
- Season the patty with the burger seasoning from below. Cook as desired.
- Top the hot beef patty with the cheese.
- Slather the insides of the bun halves with the special sauce.
- Add the beef patty to the bottom bun.
- Add the tomato, lettuce, ketchup, onion and top bun and serve.
For the burger seasoning
- Combine all ingredients.
For the special sauce
- Combine all ingredients until smooth.
Nutritional values are approximate.