When wanting to indulge in something bad, but oh so good, the Unprocessed Challenge can become quite difficult. There are days you crave fast food. It happens to most of us. What to do? Create a copycat version for yourself.
Now this recipe is something I made several weeks ago, to copy the famous McDonald's Big Mac. I have never ordered a hamburger from a fast food chain. EVER. I don't do fast food that often and when I do, I tend to go with the healthiest things I can find.
One late night about a month or 2 ago, Hubs came home with a burger after a late night at work. I sat at the table chatting with him about his day, while he devoured his Big Mac. I mindlessly stole a few fries, a couple sips of his coke. treating my self to 2 things I never allow. Then the smell of the burger hit me.... It smelled quite yummy and my stomach grumbled for it. I asked for a bite. Then after close to 30 years of never having tasted a Big Mac or any burger from a fast joint.... I realized what I was missing!
OH MY GOD... Big Macs are freaking fantastic! The layers of thin burger, with that special sauce and all that diced onion. One bite and I was hooked. I am not exaggerating when I say one bite had me craving more for weeks!
Because I can't bring myself to hit the drive through, I opted to try and create the burger at home instead.
I made these burgers before I started the Unprocessed Challenge. There are a few processed items used in this recipe. Like burger buns (though they can be made at home!), ketchup, and American Cheese. The ketchup can be made at home, in fact my mother makes and cans her own every year. As for the American cheese... I'm sure you can make it at home, though you could just switch the cheese out for something locally made and not partially plastic haha. I'm pretty sure most American cheese is like 30% plastic or something! SCARY stuff... but tastes so damn good!
Copy Cat Big Macs
3 hamburger buns
2 tbs of butter
1 lb of ground beef ( I use 85-90% lean)
4 slices of American Cheese
1 cup of shredded lettuce
1/2 cup diced white onion
8 small thin dill pickle slices
For the sauce:
1/2 cup mayo
3 tsp sweet pickled relish
1-2 tbs diced onion
2 tbs white vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tbs of ketchup
1 tsp vegetable oil
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp minced garlic
Divide ground beef into 4 patties . Fry or grill until cooked through. We like ours well. Remove from pan and place cheese slices on top of each patty. Cover with foil and set aside for the cheese to melt.
Spread butter onto the inside of each hamburger bun, in a separate pan fry until golden and toasted.
In your food processor or blender add all the sauce ingredients and blend until smooth.
To assemble burgers. Place the bottom bun on your plate, layer with burger patty, sauce, diced onions, shredded lettuce, pickles, top with a 2nd bun. Repeat layering process and top with a 3rd bun.
Then scarf it like it is your job! And never return to Micky D's again!