Fatburger Original Burger copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Fatburger Original Burger

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Southern California—the birthplace of famous hamburgers from McDonalds, Carls Jr. and In-n-Out Burger—is home to another thriving burger chain that opened its first store in 1952. Lovie Yancey thought up the perfect name for the 1/3 pound burgers she sold at her Los Angeles burger joint: Fatburger. Now with over 41 units in California, Nevada, and moving into Washington and Arizona, Fatburger has become the food critic's favorite, winning "best burger in town" honors with regularity. The secret is the seasoned salt used on the beef patty. And there's no ketchup on the regular version, just mayo, mustard, and relish. Replace the ground beef with ground turkey and you've just cloned Fatburger's popular Turkeyburger. 

Source: Even More Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1/3 pound lean ground beef
  • Lawry's Seasoned Salt
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Kenneth Brown
Feb 22, 2021, 19:36

Agree with Walt D in LV--Fatburger, at its best is up there with In-N-Out, Shake Shack, and Five Guys as one of the best 'fast food" burgers you can get! I've been trying to convince my wife and kids (and others), who haven't had Fatburger, that it was the best burger I'd ever eaten at the time, but no one believes it was THAT good. When I made this recipe, however, my son fell into a brief trance-like state, and said it was the best burger that I've ever made! He's been talking about it ever since. Thanks, Todd!!! I think I came as close as you possibly can to the real thing with your recipe!

Walt D in LV
May 19, 2015, 22:00

This burger tastes just like Fatburger USED to taste, back when it WAS good, when it was winning all its awards. Trouble struck the company around 2010, and they made a few changes, not the least of which was changing the names of the burgers from Fatburger and King Burger to XL and XXL type names. The recipe changed also. Different bread, different ingredients. This recipe is how it was in the "old" days, and it tastes fantastic!

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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