Homemade Hamburgers: Bigger Mac

Big Mac photo by Phil Dragash

If you’re a burger fan, you know that homemade hamburgers are the best. Even so, lots of folks like the flavor of McDonald’s Big Mac. You can make a “Bigger Mac” at home that’s much better, however. One of the main problems with a Big Mac is that it’s stingy with the most important element – the burger itself. Those two tiny hamburger patties usually play hide-and-seek under the lettuce, and the patties usually win. They do a great job of hiding!

Try this recipe for a homemade hamburger that has the taste of a Big Mac, along with more meat. My recipe makes three Bigger Macs.

Holle’s Bigger Mac recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons minced onion
  • 6 sesame seed buns
  • 3 slices cheese
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Dill pickle slices
  • Thousand Island salad dressing

Directions: Use a hamburger press to make six burger patties. Cook patties on large griddle. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

At the end of the griddle, melt butter. Fry minced onions in butter.

Take three of the bun tops and slice off the domed part, creating three flat slices of bread for the center of the Bigger Mac.

When meat is done, remove patties from griddle and set aside. Wipe most of grease from griddle and toast buns there. Toast the bottom of the bun tops, the tops of the bun bottoms, and both sides of the middle parts.

Assemble your burgers: bottom bun, lettuce, salad dressing, cheese, hamburger patty, onions, center bun, lettuce, salad dressing, beef patty, onions, pickles, top bun.

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