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Sonic Drive-In No. 1 Burger Reduced-Fat

By Todd Wilbur


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The Sonic story starts back in 1953, when Troy Smith traded in his failing fried chicken stand in Shawnee, Oklahoma, for a parcel of land that had a steakhouse and a root beer stand on it. Troy thought he'd make the steakhouse his primary operation, but as it turned out, patrons preferred the hot dogs and cold drinks at the root beer stand. Troy dumped the steakhouse and focused on offering additional items at the stand such as hamburgers. Those hamburgers became the big seller at this revised restaurant, which Troy had dubbed the Top Hat. But that name would soon change when the Top Hat sign was replaced by one that read Sonic Drive-In.

This is a lower-fat clone of that first hamburger, which has been on the menu since the beginning. We'll substitute lean ground beef and fat-free mayonnaise to shear off more than sixteen grams of fat.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size–1 sandwich
Total servings–1
Calories–400 (Original–409)
Fat–10.5g (Original–26.6g)

Source: Low-Fat Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur. 

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  • ¼-pound super lean ground beef (7% fat)
  • 1 large plain white hamburger bun
  • Fat-free butter-flavored spray
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fat-free mayonnaise
  • 3 dill pickle slices (hamburger slices)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped white onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped iceberg lettuce
  • 2 tomato slices
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    • Restaurant/Brand
      Sonic Drive-In
    • Instructions

      1. Form the ground beef into a circle the same diameter as the bun. Cover with wax paper and freeze.

      2. When ready to prepare the burger, preheat a large skillet or griddle pan over medium heat.

      3. Spray a light coating of the butter spray over the face of the top and bottom bun. Brown the faces of the bun in the pan, then remove them and set them aside.

      4. Place the beef patty into the hot pan and lightly sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side until done.

      5. As the patty cooks, build the burger by first spreading the mayonnaise over the face of the bottom bun.

      6. Arrange the pickle slices on the mayonnaise.

      7. Sprinkle the chopped onion over the pickles.

      8. Arrange the lettuce on the sandwich next.

      9 Stack the tomato slices on the lettuce.

      10. When the beef is ready, stack it on top of the other condiments, and top off the sandwich with the top bun. If you'd like the buns warmer, microwave the burger on high for 10 to 15 seconds.

      Makes 1 burger.

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