Sunday, June 26, 2011

Grilled Big Mac

Filed under:  "Hell, why not?"

I think that a lot of people can remember when they were a kid and had their first Big Mac. It was kind of a rite of passage, graduating from a plain small burger to a “grown up” burger (or so we thought).

The Big Mac isn't really a bad burger in concept. Usually it's execution that's the problem. So on a whim yesterday, I decided to make grilled Big Mac style burgers for lunch.   These are intended to be a Big Mac clone, just a grilled version of them.

Photo taken "Pre-smush".  To fit it in my mouth I had to "smush" it so it wasn't so thick.

Want the recipe? Here is is

two all beef patties
special sauce
lettuce
cheese
pickles
onions
on a
sesame seed bun.

What? Seriously that was about it.

The special sauce I made was an adaptation from TopSecretRecipes.com
½ cup Dukes mayonnaise
2 Tbsp ketchup
1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon sweet pickled jalapeno, diced
1 teaspoon dill pickle, diced
1 teaspoon Vidalia onion, finely minced
pinch of salt
pinch of black pepper

Whisk it all together and put in the fridge for 1 hour.

Instead of just using chopped onions on the burger, I grilled some and chopped them up. Grilling them concentrates the already sweet flavor of the Vidalia onion.

I grilled my buns. I cut the top off of a top bun and the bottom off of a bottom bun to make two “middle buns”.
My buns are toasted!

I used my normal burger mix (1 egg, 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper, ½ tsp garlic powder, 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce, and ¼ cup bread crumbs per pound of ground chuck) to make 3 ounce patties. Grilled them for 8 minutes total.


Then it is as simple as putting it all together.


I'll be honest. I grilled a Big Mac kind of as a spoof. I was killing time before I started to smoke a few pork butts overnight. Turns out it was a very good burger, not anything like what I've ever gotten at a drive through. Everyone devoured theirs and asked that I make these again sometime. 

It did put me in a “food coma” for an hour or more afterward though.

21 comments:

  1. Now that's serious! The grill marks, wow, I am talking myself into believing I could actually finish off one of these burgers.

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  2. That looks spectacular! I loved Big Macs (before I swore off McDonald's for ethical reasons) and have missed their ooeygooey yumminess. Thanks for thinking of this one and sharing it. The guys will swoon for burgers this big. :)

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  3. I was just thinking the same thing as Katherine. I'm pretty sure I could polish off one of these myself. I'm stealing your special sauce recipe. :o) Can't wait to try it!

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  4. What fun! And that's coming from someone who worked at McD's in the summer of 1963.

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  5. I don't care for a big mac, but I'd be all over that burger. I'm finally breaking out my Grill Grates today.

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  6. I think Ronald McDonald just hung his head in shame.

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  7. When I was in college, the Big Mac was part of my staple diet. I believe that most of my money went to beer and Big Macs....maybe not always in that order :) I guess I never thought about making one at home....great, I have a feeling these will go back into my diet - thanks! lol

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  8. oh yum, my husband would get a kick out of these.

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  9. what a fun dinner - I am sure it was better than the original!

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  10. I allow myself a Big Mac about once a year. Love them. I had one last month and sat in the car and ate it like a starved wild animal. :-) I've been wanting to try one at home.

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  11. Very well done sir. Looks amazing!

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  12. I'm singin' the jingle... make it stop. This looks like a marked upgrade. Fun post.

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  13. Doing this with tofu just wouldn't work out...

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  14. Set up a drive-thru and I'll be right over.
    And isn't the special sauce just thousand island dressing?

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  15. @Julie... Here here! Chris you made one heck of a burger "Dagwood" here, man!

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  16. The first time I was allowed to drive solo (without parents screaming at me) in my little Black Beetle, I grabbed my 8 year old sister and we went to McDonalds for a Big Mac - she told me it was her best day EVER. I'll give your version a try as I haven't been in McD's in years - Ronald McDonald creeps me out!

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  17. I like to do a mini version of the Big Mac. It is easier for the kids to eat, etc. I think the problem with McD's is that the quality of ingredients just isn't there. I find that Big Mac's made at home are DELICIOUS!

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  18. They are good aren't they. Think all of us have given this a try, the song is just there, begging for us

    Hey... I can make this a pizza (coming soon)

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  19. Julie-you are so funny! I agree with ...this puts the Big Mac to shame! I admit that I used to love them as a teenager, though! :-) I am going to try this recipe, Chris. Thanks for sharing!


    Kim in MD

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  20. two all beef patties
    special sauce
    lettuce
    cheese
    pickles
    onions
    on a
    sesame seed bun.

    That was going to be my joke... GREG

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  21. Grilled onions are seriously one of the best things to come off the grill... oh wait, EVERYTHING tastes better grilled!!!

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