Brothers Dick and Mac McDonald opened the first McDonald's drive-in restaurant in 1948, in San Bernardino, California. When the brothers began to order an increasing amount of restaurant equipment for their growing business, they aroused the curiosity of milk-machine salesman Ray Kroc. Kroc befriended the brothers and became a franchising agent for the company that same year, opening his first McDonald's in Des Plaines, Illinois. Kroc later founded the hugely successful McDonald's Corporation and perfected the fast food system that came to be studied and duplicated by other chains over the years. The first day Kroc's cash register rang up $366.12. Today the company racks up about $50 million a day in sales in more than 12,000 outlets worldwide, and for the past ten years a new store has opened somewhere around the world an average of every fifteen hours. The double-decker Big Mac was introduced in 1968, the brain-child of a local franchisee. It is now the world's most popular hamburger and it is super easy to duplicate at home. You can use Kraft Thousand Island dressing for the special sauce, or follow the link in the Tidbits below to a recipe for cloning the special sauce from scratch. When you're done, pair your Big Mac with the refreshing McDonald's sweet tea recipe for the full take-out experience.
Source: Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.
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- 1 sesame seed hamburger bun
- Half of an additional hamburger bun
- 1/4 pound ground beef
- Ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon thousand island dressing or Big Mac Special Sauce clone (see Tidbits)
- 1 teaspoon finely diced onion
- 1/2 cup chopped iceberg lettuce
- 1 slice American cheese
- 2 to 3 dill pickle slices
- Do This
1. With a serrated knife, cut the top off the extra bun half, leaving about a 3/4-inch-thick slice. This will be the middle bun of your sandwich
2. Place the three buns on a hot pan or griddle, face down, and toast them to a light brown. Set aside, but keep the pan hot.
3. Divide the ground beef in half and press into two thin patties slightly larger than the bun.
4. Cook the patties in the hot pan over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Salt and pepper lightly.
5. Build the burger in the following stacking order from the bottom up:
half of special sauce
half of onion
half of lettuce
remainder of special sauce
remainder of onion
remainder of lettuce
Makes 1 hamburger.
Tidbits: Click here for my clone of the Big Mac Special Sauce.
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.