For the burger

  • 3/4 pounds ground chuck*
  • 1/4 lean, ground beef*
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • American cheese slices

For the burger

  • hamburger buns
  • slices dill pickles
  • 4 tablespoons chopped onion, soaked in ice cold water
  • Mustard, to garnish
  • Ketchup, to garnish


  • For the burger

Add the meat to a large bowl and lightly blend. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl/

Weigh the meat mixture into exactly 1.6 oz patties for a regular McDonald’s patty.

Place the burgers on a sheet pan in between two pieces of parchment paper and place in the freezer for 1 ½ hours.

Remove the burgers from the freezer exactly 2 minutes before you are ready to cook them. Heat a large, nonstick griddle to high. Place the patties on the griddle, season heavily with the seasonings, and let them sit for 30 seconds. Using a spatula, press down heavily on the patty for roughly 3 seconds. Flip the burger and repeat, remembering to season heavily. When the burgers are done, add a slice of American cheese to each one.

  • For the burger

Place the buns loosely wrapped in a paper towl in the microwave and heat for 10-15 seconds.

Place 5 nickel-sized dollops of ketchup on the cooked burgers, four in each corner, and one in the center. In the empty spaces, place five smaller dots of mustard. Place 2-3 slices of pickles on top.

Remove the onions from the water and drain thoroughly. Top the burger with the onions and the other half of the bun.


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