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How to Make Your Favorite Fast Food Burgers at Home

How to Make Your Favorite Fast Food Burgers at Home

The anatomy of the perfect burger varies depending on who you ask. Some prefer the taste of a thick- charbroiled burger while others want thin, seared stacked patties — and others just don’t care as long as the burger is smothered with cheese and topped with bacon. Whatever your preference, figuring out how to perfectly balance the meat-to-bun-to-condiments ratio at home takes time and practice.

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So how do our favorite fast food restaurants do it day after day, night after night? The cheap, consistent product might be what we are drawn to the most, but after 1 billion served, maybe we’ve grown to appreciate the actual taste of those quick-service burgers. Nostalgia can play an important role in how we taste our food, so whether you just want that taste of something past or you genuinely think that McDonald’s makes the best hamburger in the world, we have the recipes for you.

We have taken the time to break down what gives each of these patties and buns its own unique flavor, and you just have to try these copycat recipes of your favorite fast food burgers that you can easily make at home.

Carl's Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger


Carl’s Jr., also known as Hardee’s in some states, has quite the following, with over 32 million Western Bacon Cheeseburgers sold in 2011. Here’s a little trivia for you: Did you know that the WBCB (yes, it has a nickname) comes in three sizes (single, double, and the six-dollar version)?

Carl's Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger: Ingredients Roll Call


That barbecue flavor that comes through in the WBCB is a subtle nod to Carl’s Jr.’s roots when it was still named, Carl’s Drive-In Barbeque, which opened in the 1940s in Anaheim, California. The barbecue sauce is important; however, the key to this unique burger is the bacon, cooked crisp and crisscrossed so that every bite contains a mouthful.


Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.


The Secret to Making an In-N-Out-Inspired Burger at Home

I may have to wait a little while until the next time I can take a flight from New York City to Los Angeles, but nothing can stop my obsession with and longing for West Coast chain In-N-Out's Double-Double burgers — especially when they're served Animal-Style.

If you've had an Animal-Style Double-Double and don't live close to an In-N-Out location, you know exactly what I'm talking about and your mouth may be watering thinking about it right now. Sorry about that. We're all in this together, so I feel you.

Thankfully, Food Network Kitchen's Larisa Alvarez demystifies how to make a burger inspired by the chain in the Almost-Famous Animal-Style Burgers class on the Food Network Kitchen app.

For those who haven't had the pleasure of experiencing this magical sandwich and wonder what the hype is all about, let's talk about what makes this burger so crazy delicious.

At first glance, it's a cheeseburger that looks like many others: double-stacked and served with lettuce, tomato and pickles. But there are three key components make this burger next-level delicious.

The first is sweet caramelized onions. The second is the chain's signature sauce that can be replicated at home with exactly the right combination of mayonnaise, ketchup, relish and vinegar.

If you stopped right there and didn't do anything else, you'd have a good burger. But what really makes the burger sing is an ingredient I usually loathe: yellow mustard.

When it comes to mustard, my heart lies with Dijon and any brown or grainy variety, but for a Double-Double Animal-Style-inspired burger, the key is to cook each patty on one side and slather the uncooked side with yellow mustard before flipping. Believe it or not, this is the secret to getting a tangy flavor that perfectly balances out the salty melted American cheese, sweet onions and creamy sauce. Speaking of that creamy sauce, an extra helping to finish off the burger is definitely the way to go.

Since I can't grab a flight to get the original burger right now, making an inspired version at home is the next best thing. Now that my burger craving is satisfied, I'm setting my sights on learning the secret to making a perfectly seasoned fried chicken sandwich that's inspired by Chick-fil-A in the Almost-Famous Chicken Sandwiches class on the Food Network Kitchen app.


The Secret to Making an In-N-Out-Inspired Burger at Home

I may have to wait a little while until the next time I can take a flight from New York City to Los Angeles, but nothing can stop my obsession with and longing for West Coast chain In-N-Out's Double-Double burgers — especially when they're served Animal-Style.

If you've had an Animal-Style Double-Double and don't live close to an In-N-Out location, you know exactly what I'm talking about and your mouth may be watering thinking about it right now. Sorry about that. We're all in this together, so I feel you.

Thankfully, Food Network Kitchen's Larisa Alvarez demystifies how to make a burger inspired by the chain in the Almost-Famous Animal-Style Burgers class on the Food Network Kitchen app.

For those who haven't had the pleasure of experiencing this magical sandwich and wonder what the hype is all about, let's talk about what makes this burger so crazy delicious.

At first glance, it's a cheeseburger that looks like many others: double-stacked and served with lettuce, tomato and pickles. But there are three key components make this burger next-level delicious.

The first is sweet caramelized onions. The second is the chain's signature sauce that can be replicated at home with exactly the right combination of mayonnaise, ketchup, relish and vinegar.

If you stopped right there and didn't do anything else, you'd have a good burger. But what really makes the burger sing is an ingredient I usually loathe: yellow mustard.

When it comes to mustard, my heart lies with Dijon and any brown or grainy variety, but for a Double-Double Animal-Style-inspired burger, the key is to cook each patty on one side and slather the uncooked side with yellow mustard before flipping. Believe it or not, this is the secret to getting a tangy flavor that perfectly balances out the salty melted American cheese, sweet onions and creamy sauce. Speaking of that creamy sauce, an extra helping to finish off the burger is definitely the way to go.

Since I can't grab a flight to get the original burger right now, making an inspired version at home is the next best thing. Now that my burger craving is satisfied, I'm setting my sights on learning the secret to making a perfectly seasoned fried chicken sandwich that's inspired by Chick-fil-A in the Almost-Famous Chicken Sandwiches class on the Food Network Kitchen app.


The Secret to Making an In-N-Out-Inspired Burger at Home

I may have to wait a little while until the next time I can take a flight from New York City to Los Angeles, but nothing can stop my obsession with and longing for West Coast chain In-N-Out's Double-Double burgers — especially when they're served Animal-Style.

If you've had an Animal-Style Double-Double and don't live close to an In-N-Out location, you know exactly what I'm talking about and your mouth may be watering thinking about it right now. Sorry about that. We're all in this together, so I feel you.

Thankfully, Food Network Kitchen's Larisa Alvarez demystifies how to make a burger inspired by the chain in the Almost-Famous Animal-Style Burgers class on the Food Network Kitchen app.

For those who haven't had the pleasure of experiencing this magical sandwich and wonder what the hype is all about, let's talk about what makes this burger so crazy delicious.

At first glance, it's a cheeseburger that looks like many others: double-stacked and served with lettuce, tomato and pickles. But there are three key components make this burger next-level delicious.

The first is sweet caramelized onions. The second is the chain's signature sauce that can be replicated at home with exactly the right combination of mayonnaise, ketchup, relish and vinegar.

If you stopped right there and didn't do anything else, you'd have a good burger. But what really makes the burger sing is an ingredient I usually loathe: yellow mustard.

When it comes to mustard, my heart lies with Dijon and any brown or grainy variety, but for a Double-Double Animal-Style-inspired burger, the key is to cook each patty on one side and slather the uncooked side with yellow mustard before flipping. Believe it or not, this is the secret to getting a tangy flavor that perfectly balances out the salty melted American cheese, sweet onions and creamy sauce. Speaking of that creamy sauce, an extra helping to finish off the burger is definitely the way to go.

Since I can't grab a flight to get the original burger right now, making an inspired version at home is the next best thing. Now that my burger craving is satisfied, I'm setting my sights on learning the secret to making a perfectly seasoned fried chicken sandwich that's inspired by Chick-fil-A in the Almost-Famous Chicken Sandwiches class on the Food Network Kitchen app.


The Secret to Making an In-N-Out-Inspired Burger at Home

I may have to wait a little while until the next time I can take a flight from New York City to Los Angeles, but nothing can stop my obsession with and longing for West Coast chain In-N-Out's Double-Double burgers — especially when they're served Animal-Style.

If you've had an Animal-Style Double-Double and don't live close to an In-N-Out location, you know exactly what I'm talking about and your mouth may be watering thinking about it right now. Sorry about that. We're all in this together, so I feel you.

Thankfully, Food Network Kitchen's Larisa Alvarez demystifies how to make a burger inspired by the chain in the Almost-Famous Animal-Style Burgers class on the Food Network Kitchen app.

For those who haven't had the pleasure of experiencing this magical sandwich and wonder what the hype is all about, let's talk about what makes this burger so crazy delicious.

At first glance, it's a cheeseburger that looks like many others: double-stacked and served with lettuce, tomato and pickles. But there are three key components make this burger next-level delicious.

The first is sweet caramelized onions. The second is the chain's signature sauce that can be replicated at home with exactly the right combination of mayonnaise, ketchup, relish and vinegar.

If you stopped right there and didn't do anything else, you'd have a good burger. But what really makes the burger sing is an ingredient I usually loathe: yellow mustard.

When it comes to mustard, my heart lies with Dijon and any brown or grainy variety, but for a Double-Double Animal-Style-inspired burger, the key is to cook each patty on one side and slather the uncooked side with yellow mustard before flipping. Believe it or not, this is the secret to getting a tangy flavor that perfectly balances out the salty melted American cheese, sweet onions and creamy sauce. Speaking of that creamy sauce, an extra helping to finish off the burger is definitely the way to go.

Since I can't grab a flight to get the original burger right now, making an inspired version at home is the next best thing. Now that my burger craving is satisfied, I'm setting my sights on learning the secret to making a perfectly seasoned fried chicken sandwich that's inspired by Chick-fil-A in the Almost-Famous Chicken Sandwiches class on the Food Network Kitchen app.


The Secret to Making an In-N-Out-Inspired Burger at Home

I may have to wait a little while until the next time I can take a flight from New York City to Los Angeles, but nothing can stop my obsession with and longing for West Coast chain In-N-Out's Double-Double burgers — especially when they're served Animal-Style.

If you've had an Animal-Style Double-Double and don't live close to an In-N-Out location, you know exactly what I'm talking about and your mouth may be watering thinking about it right now. Sorry about that. We're all in this together, so I feel you.

Thankfully, Food Network Kitchen's Larisa Alvarez demystifies how to make a burger inspired by the chain in the Almost-Famous Animal-Style Burgers class on the Food Network Kitchen app.

For those who haven't had the pleasure of experiencing this magical sandwich and wonder what the hype is all about, let's talk about what makes this burger so crazy delicious.

At first glance, it's a cheeseburger that looks like many others: double-stacked and served with lettuce, tomato and pickles. But there are three key components make this burger next-level delicious.

The first is sweet caramelized onions. The second is the chain's signature sauce that can be replicated at home with exactly the right combination of mayonnaise, ketchup, relish and vinegar.

If you stopped right there and didn't do anything else, you'd have a good burger. But what really makes the burger sing is an ingredient I usually loathe: yellow mustard.

When it comes to mustard, my heart lies with Dijon and any brown or grainy variety, but for a Double-Double Animal-Style-inspired burger, the key is to cook each patty on one side and slather the uncooked side with yellow mustard before flipping. Believe it or not, this is the secret to getting a tangy flavor that perfectly balances out the salty melted American cheese, sweet onions and creamy sauce. Speaking of that creamy sauce, an extra helping to finish off the burger is definitely the way to go.

Since I can't grab a flight to get the original burger right now, making an inspired version at home is the next best thing. Now that my burger craving is satisfied, I'm setting my sights on learning the secret to making a perfectly seasoned fried chicken sandwich that's inspired by Chick-fil-A in the Almost-Famous Chicken Sandwiches class on the Food Network Kitchen app.


The Secret to Making an In-N-Out-Inspired Burger at Home

I may have to wait a little while until the next time I can take a flight from New York City to Los Angeles, but nothing can stop my obsession with and longing for West Coast chain In-N-Out's Double-Double burgers — especially when they're served Animal-Style.

If you've had an Animal-Style Double-Double and don't live close to an In-N-Out location, you know exactly what I'm talking about and your mouth may be watering thinking about it right now. Sorry about that. We're all in this together, so I feel you.

Thankfully, Food Network Kitchen's Larisa Alvarez demystifies how to make a burger inspired by the chain in the Almost-Famous Animal-Style Burgers class on the Food Network Kitchen app.

For those who haven't had the pleasure of experiencing this magical sandwich and wonder what the hype is all about, let's talk about what makes this burger so crazy delicious.

At first glance, it's a cheeseburger that looks like many others: double-stacked and served with lettuce, tomato and pickles. But there are three key components make this burger next-level delicious.

The first is sweet caramelized onions. The second is the chain's signature sauce that can be replicated at home with exactly the right combination of mayonnaise, ketchup, relish and vinegar.

If you stopped right there and didn't do anything else, you'd have a good burger. But what really makes the burger sing is an ingredient I usually loathe: yellow mustard.

When it comes to mustard, my heart lies with Dijon and any brown or grainy variety, but for a Double-Double Animal-Style-inspired burger, the key is to cook each patty on one side and slather the uncooked side with yellow mustard before flipping. Believe it or not, this is the secret to getting a tangy flavor that perfectly balances out the salty melted American cheese, sweet onions and creamy sauce. Speaking of that creamy sauce, an extra helping to finish off the burger is definitely the way to go.

Since I can't grab a flight to get the original burger right now, making an inspired version at home is the next best thing. Now that my burger craving is satisfied, I'm setting my sights on learning the secret to making a perfectly seasoned fried chicken sandwich that's inspired by Chick-fil-A in the Almost-Famous Chicken Sandwiches class on the Food Network Kitchen app.


The Secret to Making an In-N-Out-Inspired Burger at Home

I may have to wait a little while until the next time I can take a flight from New York City to Los Angeles, but nothing can stop my obsession with and longing for West Coast chain In-N-Out's Double-Double burgers — especially when they're served Animal-Style.

If you've had an Animal-Style Double-Double and don't live close to an In-N-Out location, you know exactly what I'm talking about and your mouth may be watering thinking about it right now. Sorry about that. We're all in this together, so I feel you.

Thankfully, Food Network Kitchen's Larisa Alvarez demystifies how to make a burger inspired by the chain in the Almost-Famous Animal-Style Burgers class on the Food Network Kitchen app.

For those who haven't had the pleasure of experiencing this magical sandwich and wonder what the hype is all about, let's talk about what makes this burger so crazy delicious.

At first glance, it's a cheeseburger that looks like many others: double-stacked and served with lettuce, tomato and pickles. But there are three key components make this burger next-level delicious.

The first is sweet caramelized onions. The second is the chain's signature sauce that can be replicated at home with exactly the right combination of mayonnaise, ketchup, relish and vinegar.

If you stopped right there and didn't do anything else, you'd have a good burger. But what really makes the burger sing is an ingredient I usually loathe: yellow mustard.

When it comes to mustard, my heart lies with Dijon and any brown or grainy variety, but for a Double-Double Animal-Style-inspired burger, the key is to cook each patty on one side and slather the uncooked side with yellow mustard before flipping. Believe it or not, this is the secret to getting a tangy flavor that perfectly balances out the salty melted American cheese, sweet onions and creamy sauce. Speaking of that creamy sauce, an extra helping to finish off the burger is definitely the way to go.

Since I can't grab a flight to get the original burger right now, making an inspired version at home is the next best thing. Now that my burger craving is satisfied, I'm setting my sights on learning the secret to making a perfectly seasoned fried chicken sandwich that's inspired by Chick-fil-A in the Almost-Famous Chicken Sandwiches class on the Food Network Kitchen app.


The Secret to Making an In-N-Out-Inspired Burger at Home

I may have to wait a little while until the next time I can take a flight from New York City to Los Angeles, but nothing can stop my obsession with and longing for West Coast chain In-N-Out's Double-Double burgers — especially when they're served Animal-Style.

If you've had an Animal-Style Double-Double and don't live close to an In-N-Out location, you know exactly what I'm talking about and your mouth may be watering thinking about it right now. Sorry about that. We're all in this together, so I feel you.

Thankfully, Food Network Kitchen's Larisa Alvarez demystifies how to make a burger inspired by the chain in the Almost-Famous Animal-Style Burgers class on the Food Network Kitchen app.

For those who haven't had the pleasure of experiencing this magical sandwich and wonder what the hype is all about, let's talk about what makes this burger so crazy delicious.

At first glance, it's a cheeseburger that looks like many others: double-stacked and served with lettuce, tomato and pickles. But there are three key components make this burger next-level delicious.

The first is sweet caramelized onions. The second is the chain's signature sauce that can be replicated at home with exactly the right combination of mayonnaise, ketchup, relish and vinegar.

If you stopped right there and didn't do anything else, you'd have a good burger. But what really makes the burger sing is an ingredient I usually loathe: yellow mustard.

When it comes to mustard, my heart lies with Dijon and any brown or grainy variety, but for a Double-Double Animal-Style-inspired burger, the key is to cook each patty on one side and slather the uncooked side with yellow mustard before flipping. Believe it or not, this is the secret to getting a tangy flavor that perfectly balances out the salty melted American cheese, sweet onions and creamy sauce. Speaking of that creamy sauce, an extra helping to finish off the burger is definitely the way to go.

Since I can't grab a flight to get the original burger right now, making an inspired version at home is the next best thing. Now that my burger craving is satisfied, I'm setting my sights on learning the secret to making a perfectly seasoned fried chicken sandwich that's inspired by Chick-fil-A in the Almost-Famous Chicken Sandwiches class on the Food Network Kitchen app.


The Secret to Making an In-N-Out-Inspired Burger at Home

I may have to wait a little while until the next time I can take a flight from New York City to Los Angeles, but nothing can stop my obsession with and longing for West Coast chain In-N-Out's Double-Double burgers — especially when they're served Animal-Style.

If you've had an Animal-Style Double-Double and don't live close to an In-N-Out location, you know exactly what I'm talking about and your mouth may be watering thinking about it right now. Sorry about that. We're all in this together, so I feel you.

Thankfully, Food Network Kitchen's Larisa Alvarez demystifies how to make a burger inspired by the chain in the Almost-Famous Animal-Style Burgers class on the Food Network Kitchen app.

For those who haven't had the pleasure of experiencing this magical sandwich and wonder what the hype is all about, let's talk about what makes this burger so crazy delicious.

At first glance, it's a cheeseburger that looks like many others: double-stacked and served with lettuce, tomato and pickles. But there are three key components make this burger next-level delicious.

The first is sweet caramelized onions. The second is the chain's signature sauce that can be replicated at home with exactly the right combination of mayonnaise, ketchup, relish and vinegar.

If you stopped right there and didn't do anything else, you'd have a good burger. But what really makes the burger sing is an ingredient I usually loathe: yellow mustard.

When it comes to mustard, my heart lies with Dijon and any brown or grainy variety, but for a Double-Double Animal-Style-inspired burger, the key is to cook each patty on one side and slather the uncooked side with yellow mustard before flipping. Believe it or not, this is the secret to getting a tangy flavor that perfectly balances out the salty melted American cheese, sweet onions and creamy sauce. Speaking of that creamy sauce, an extra helping to finish off the burger is definitely the way to go.

Since I can't grab a flight to get the original burger right now, making an inspired version at home is the next best thing. Now that my burger craving is satisfied, I'm setting my sights on learning the secret to making a perfectly seasoned fried chicken sandwich that's inspired by Chick-fil-A in the Almost-Famous Chicken Sandwiches class on the Food Network Kitchen app.


The Secret to Making an In-N-Out-Inspired Burger at Home

I may have to wait a little while until the next time I can take a flight from New York City to Los Angeles, but nothing can stop my obsession with and longing for West Coast chain In-N-Out's Double-Double burgers — especially when they're served Animal-Style.

If you've had an Animal-Style Double-Double and don't live close to an In-N-Out location, you know exactly what I'm talking about and your mouth may be watering thinking about it right now. Sorry about that. We're all in this together, so I feel you.

Thankfully, Food Network Kitchen's Larisa Alvarez demystifies how to make a burger inspired by the chain in the Almost-Famous Animal-Style Burgers class on the Food Network Kitchen app.

For those who haven't had the pleasure of experiencing this magical sandwich and wonder what the hype is all about, let's talk about what makes this burger so crazy delicious.

At first glance, it's a cheeseburger that looks like many others: double-stacked and served with lettuce, tomato and pickles. But there are three key components make this burger next-level delicious.

The first is sweet caramelized onions. The second is the chain's signature sauce that can be replicated at home with exactly the right combination of mayonnaise, ketchup, relish and vinegar.

If you stopped right there and didn't do anything else, you'd have a good burger. But what really makes the burger sing is an ingredient I usually loathe: yellow mustard.

When it comes to mustard, my heart lies with Dijon and any brown or grainy variety, but for a Double-Double Animal-Style-inspired burger, the key is to cook each patty on one side and slather the uncooked side with yellow mustard before flipping. Believe it or not, this is the secret to getting a tangy flavor that perfectly balances out the salty melted American cheese, sweet onions and creamy sauce. Speaking of that creamy sauce, an extra helping to finish off the burger is definitely the way to go.

Since I can't grab a flight to get the original burger right now, making an inspired version at home is the next best thing. Now that my burger craving is satisfied, I'm setting my sights on learning the secret to making a perfectly seasoned fried chicken sandwich that's inspired by Chick-fil-A in the Almost-Famous Chicken Sandwiches class on the Food Network Kitchen app.


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