Original Tommy's World Famous Hamburger copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Original Tommy's World Famous Hamburger

Score: 4.57. Votes: 7
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This clone recipe may be for the whole hamburger, but anybody who knows about Tommy's goes there because they love the chili that's on the burger—and that's the part of this clone they seek. Turns out it's an old chili con carne recipe created back in 1946 by Tommy's founder, Tommy Koulax, for his first hamburger stand on the corner of Beverly and Rampart Boulevards in Los Angeles.

By adding the right combination of water and flour and broth and spices to the meat, we can create a thick, tomato-less chili sauce worthy of the gajillions of southern California college students that make late-night Tommy's runs a four-year habit. And if you don't live near one of the two dozen Tommy's outlets, you can still get a gallon of Tommy's famous chili shipped to you. But I hope you really like the stuff, because you'll shell out around 70 bucks for the dry ice packaging and overnight shipping. And don't expect to see the ingredients on the label (drat!) since the chili comes packed in a gallon-size mustard jug.

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Source: Even More Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.


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  • 1 pound ground beef (not lean)
  • 1/4 cup flour plus 1 1/4 cups flour
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Score: 4.57. Votes: 7
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Bob Sss
Feb 24, 2015, 22:00

Everybody has to try this... Tommy's is an addictive... When you live near a Tommy's you have to fight to NOT go there... Sheer Burger Decadence... use also on frys and dogs... chip dips, scramble... MANNNNN..

Jul 27, 2005, 22:00

Excellent recipe. Tastes just like Tommy's. Add a little extra cayenne for a little extra kick. Put the cooked ground beef in the food processor for just the right consistency.

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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