Fast Food Burger Topping Ingredients

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Redcatcher, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. Redcatcher

    Redcatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I normally eat a very healthy diet....Low in fat, lots of fiber and watch my salt intake. I heap vegetables on my plate, snack on fruit and avoid sugars. But every so often I love a good fast food burger. The problem is, I would like to be able to make them at home but no matter what I have tried, I can NEVER duplicate the taste. I have researched and found a number of toppings that are said to be used by fast food restaurants. For example, BK uses ranch dressing on their Whoppers. I have tried it at home and they do not taste anything like a Whopper. The burgers at the local pizza joint also have the same fast food taste. I heard SOME rumors that it is Miracle Whip...Which is sweet like fast food burger topping...But again, tastes nothing like fast food when I use it. Fast food burger toppings are runny and usually all mixed in with the lettuce, cheese and tomato to make a swilly mess, but oh so good. So, what is this stuff and where can I get it?
     
  2. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    This site has some... and you can order the recipe books...

    http://www.topsecretrecipes.com/home.php

    Actually, quite a few sites according to Google...

    http://www.copykat.com/
    http://secretrecipes.blogspot.com/
    http://www.recipesecrets.net/
    http://www.real-restaurant-recipes.com/secret-restaurant-recipe.html
    http://www.all-restaurantrecipes.com/

    You'd have to scroll and such within each one but I bet at least one has a good burger recipe.

    I still remember when Mr Rob, HS Geography/Eco teacher bought a book touting secrets... even how to make Twinkies... it was SO cool.
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Thousand Island dressing will sort of simulate that sauce for you.
     
  4. Redcatcher

    Redcatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2010
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    Quote:Thanks for the link. Still looking them over
     
  5. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    Mac sauce is thousand island dressing, mayo, and ketchup. Sloppy goodness [​IMG]
     
  6. wildeflowers

    wildeflowers I suspect fowl play!

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    I think you will never get the taste the same because you are missing all the CHEMICALS! LOL

    Seriously, I think the beef is very low grade and high fat, too, and that makes a difference. Plus McDs puts salt and pepper directly on or in the beef patties, as well. I'm guessing there's a bunch of msg in fast food beef, too. MSG gives food umami, a richer, more beefy taste.

    I don't think BK uses ranch on their Whoppers, I thought it was just their version of mayo, but I hardly ever eat those, so I am no expert.
     
  7. Redcatcher

    Redcatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2010
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    Quote:I tried that too with no luck even though it is supposed to be an ingredient in BK and McD's toppings. BUT I did find something that might be the clue. It is something called "Q'ing". They take the burgers and heat them in an oven for 8-10 minutes to meld all the flavors together. That would explain the runny toppings all mixed together with the usual wilted lettuce and onions. The cheese just liquifies into the topping (if you can find it at all). It seems to help the burger to stay together, too.
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2010
  8. Hi! Try putting your burger 'together' with hot patty and bun with all the toppings, then wrapping and waiting 10 minutes.
    That's the closest I've come (it seems to insult to my husband that I prefer 'fast-food' burgers to burgers fresh off-the-grill here). I never heard of the Q'ing thing, but it makes sense (to my twisted mind, anyway).
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    Lisa
     
  9. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    Slopping everything on and microwaving for 10 seconds helps too. And toast the bun! Also when you make the patties squish them down as flat as you can to get them thin, then when you take them up, do so on paper towels and blot a bunch of the grease out. The slop in the fast food burgers isn't grease it is sauce. They put the burgers in a little bin that drains the sludge from the grill off of them, so they are dry by themselves. Ask for a plain burger next time ya hit McD's and you'll see what I mean. The slop is the sauce!

    My kid is allergic to MSG...we have had to experiment a LOT over the last 4 years to get her some slop burgers homemade that she can eat!
     
  10. can you hear me now?

    can you hear me now? Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I have worked for burger king for over 10 years. Only thing I can't tell you is the stacked.sauce so ask away. The shopper comes with mayo, I believe it is heinze mayo. Will be able to say for sure tomorrow. Our burgers are gas broiled. If you can get a 1/4 lb patty and broil it I can tell you the order of the toppings. Only thing I can't duplicate here at home is the tasting of the buns because hey are sent through a teflon toaster.
     

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