In 1954, in Miami, Florida, James McLamore and David Edgerton built the first Burger King Restaurant. By 1991 more than 6,400 Burger King outlets could be found in forty countries and all fifty states. That gives this burger giant more than $6 billion is sales each year, making it the country's second-largest fast food chain.
For many, the favorite item on the menu is a flame-broiled hamburger conceived by the partners on a business trip from Orlando to Miami in 1957. Dubbed the "Whopper," this sandwich is overwhelmingly popular; figures show that Burger King sells more than 540 million annually, or nearly 2 million each day. And with more than 1,023 different combinations of the eight ingredients, including a vegetarian version, you really can "have it your way."
Use my Burger King Whopper recipe below to assemble your own flame-broiled burger creation. Have it your way, or follow the stacking order listed below to duplicate the original.
Source: Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.
- 1 sesame-seed hamburger bun
- 1/4 pound ground beef
- Pinch salt
- 3 dill pickle slices
- 1 teaspoon ketchup
- 3 to 4 onion rings
- 2 tomato slices
- 1/4 cup chopped iceberg lettuce
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1. Preheat a barbecue grill on high.
2. Toast both halves of the bun, face down, in a hot skillet. Set aside.
3. Form the beef into a thin patty slightly larger than the bun.
4. Lightly salt the hamburger patty and cook it on the barbecue grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side.
5. Build the burger in the following stacking order from the bottom up:
Makes 1 hamburger.
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