Pal's Sauce Burger
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Pal's Sauce Burger

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Here's a simple, great-tasting burger from a small yet beloved Tennessee-based hamburger chain famous for its quirky buildings, tasty food, and "Sudden Service." Established in 1956 by Pal Barger, this twenty-one-unit fast-service chain accepted the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award from President George W. Bush and has performed admirably in markets with bigger chains such as McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's. The signature sandwich from this little drive-thru comes slathered with a simple sauce—a combination of ketchup, mustard and relish—that makes quick production of scores of these tasty burgers a breeze when the line of cars grows long, as it often does. 

Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1/8 pound ground beef
  • 1 small sesame seed bun
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 drop hickory-flavored liquid smoke
  • Pinch seasoned salt
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      1. Pat out the ground beef until it's about the same diameter as the bun. If you like, you can freeze this patty ahead of time to help keep the burger from falling apart when you cook it.

      2. Brown or toast the faces of the top and bottom bun halves in a skillet or on a griddle over medium heat.

      3. When the buns have browned, cook the hamburger patty in the hot pan or on the griddle. Lightly salt the meat.

      4. Combine the ketchup, relish, mustard, liquid smoke, and seasoned salt in a small bowl.

      5. When the meat is cooked, place the patty on the face of the bottom half of the bun.

      6. Spread the sauce on the face of the top half of the bun, turn it over onto the meat. Eat.

      Makes 1 burger.

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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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