Making homemade ‘Mcdonald’s’ Burgers

Have you ever been sat watching a TV show or documentary and they are eating a well known branded burger or one that looks just like it. We were watching ‘The Founder’ on TV recently which illustrates the very sad story of the real ‘Mcdonalds’ brothers showing how they were unique and special. So in my usual style I went to the internet to see if it was possible or somebody had cracked how to duplicate the famous ‘Big mac’ burger and lots of people had indeed. I have pulled together a few of the elements that I thought would get me close to it and you have to admit when you see the final picture they look really good! Next time however I think I will take more effort to really season the burgers or use better quality meat and they were nice but not quite the perfect patties; everything else however was pretty damn close.

 

Famous Burger Sauce

 

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup mayo
  • 4 teaspoons finely diced sweet pickles or relish (burger gherkins)
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced white onion
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon mild mustard
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

 

Method:

  1. Mix all ingredients together and store in a sterilized jar

 

The rest of the burger

 

  1. Either buy or make your own burgers. The best homemade burger recipes are not made of breadcrumbs or onions just simple ground beef (the better quality the pepper) squashed into thin patties; seasoned and cooked on high heat so they get a little charring
  2. For the buns I took some standard floury baps and added a spray of oil and some sesame seeds as they were seedless. The spray gives a little shine which looks great. Try toasting your buns in a dry hot pan first to get a nice texture. I used one of the bottom buns to made a middle bun like the famous burger has
  3. For the filling finely dice some ice cold lettuce and add 2 pickles per bun. Add one splodge of sauce per bun, one slice of cheese and a burger. Stack to made a 3 bun; 2 burger structure.
  4. For the fries I finely chopped up some Maris piper potatoes and fried them once. I saw a tip that said ‘Mcdonald’s’ dip their fries in a mixture of beef stock and spices before a second fry so I made up a bowl of beef stock and added the fries. After 20 minutes I dried them carefully and fried again. They were amazing. If you can add some of the beef pan fat to the mix after cooking the burgers and it will all harmonize up.

 

Serve and enjoy!

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Cheeseburger Egg Rolls

I love Disney. I’m sure you’ll see in some of the previous blogs there are Disney influences in my Minnie Mouse converse trainers and there’s definitely an influence of American food from my various US travels. Recently I was watching one of my favourite vloggers and they were eating Cheeseburger eggs rolls at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando Florida. I’ve eaten these before and immediately started writing down and researching recipes on how to make these gorgeous snacks. I mean what could be better.. the taste of hamburger; cheese, fried food in snack size form. So here’s my final recipe and they do taste just like the ones at Disney.

 

Ingredients:

 

Samosa/Egg rolls/Spring roll papers (frozen)

500g mince meat

Handful of burger gherkins sliced into small pieces

1 tablespoon mustard (I used French)

1 tablespoon of tomato ketchup

¼ large white onion grated

Handful grated cheddar cheese

Pinch of salt and paper

Sunflower oil for frying

Optional: 1 teaspoon burger sauce

 

Method:

  1. Brown the mince and onions in frying pan until cooked
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly
  3. Put a tablespoon of the mix in an egg roll wrapper and wrap up like it’s a baby in a blanket or a burrito
  4. Wet the edge of the wraps if they won’t stick back down
  5. Fry each wrap in the sunflower oil on medium heat for 5-10 minutes until golden brown. The mince is already cooked so you don’t have to cook them too long
  6. Drain well on kitchen paper and serve with burger sauces for dipping

Tips:

 

 

Healthier ‘KFC’ Style Chicken

Healthier ‘KFC’ Style Chicken

I just love ‘KFC’ or similarly branded fried chicken, however because of all of the lovely grease it is fried in it’s not really best choice to have. Well every day at least anyway. I was really craving some of the fabulous chicken one afternoon and went to my kitchen cupboard to see what I had to make something similar and this is what I came up with.

 

Ingredients:

 

For the chicken

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • Tub of dried bread crumbs (they tend to be called golden crumbs and I’d used them before in making up burger mixes). You can also use Panko bread crumbs that you find in the Chinese cooking aisle
  • Garlic powder
  • Flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chilli powder pinch
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • ‘Frylite’ cooking spray (1 calorie spray stuff) or a little olive oil
  • ‘Tabasco’ sauce
  • Optional: Ranch dressing and sweetcorn

 

Sauce

  • Bottle of ‘Franks’ hot wing sauce
  • Half a jar of honey
  • Pinch of garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper

 

Method:

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  1. Cut your chicken into pieces about the size of your thumb
  2. Set the oven to 190 degrees c
  3. Make up three bowls. One with plain flour; the second with the beaten egg and the third empty some of the breadcrumb mix into
  4. Into the breadcrumb mix add a pinch of garlic powder; chilli powder and salt and pepper
  5. Into the eggs add a dash of ‘Tabasco’ sauce
  6. Grease a baking sheet with a little olive oil or spray with ‘Frylite’
  7. Using a fork or your fingers dip the chicken pieces in the flour first
  8. Then dip into the egg mix
  9. Then dip into the breadcrumb mix coating the chicken and place on the tray
  10. Either toss the chicken around in the oil or give it another spray
  11. Bake for 10 minutes initially
  12. Whilst baking make up the sauce
  13. Mix all the ingredients together and after 10 minutes cooking take the chicken out of the oven and pour over the sauce
  14. Put back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes until cooked through
  15. Serve with ranch dressing and sweetcorn as optionalimage1