Brothers Dick and Mac McDonald opened the first McDonald’s drivein restaurant in 1948, in San Bernardino, California. When the brothers began to order an increasing amount of restaurant equipment for their growing business, they aroused the curiosity of milk machine salesman Ray Kroc. Kroc befriended the brothers and became a franchising agent for the company that same year, opening his first McDonald’s in Des Plaines, Illinois. Kroc later founded the hugely successful McDonald’s Corporation and perfected the fast food system that came to be studied and duplicated by other chains over the years. The first day Kroc’s cash register rang up $366.12. Today the company racks up about $50 million a day in sales in more than 12,000 outlets worldwide, and for the past ten years a new store has opened somewhere around the world an average of every fifteen hours. The doubledecker Big Mac was introduced in 1968, the brainchild of a local franchisee. It is now the world’s most popular hamburger and it is super easy to duplicate at home. You can use Kraft Thousand Island dressing for the special sauce, or just follow the link in the ingredients list to another recipe for cloning the special sauce from scratch.
Source: “Top Secret Recipes” by Todd Wilbur.
1 sesame-seed hamburger bun
half of an additional hamburger bun
1/4 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon Big Mac Special Sauce (see Tidbits)
1 teaspoon finely diced onion
1/2 cup chopped lettuce
1 slice American cheese
2 to 3 dill pickle slices
1. With a serrated knife, cut the top off the extra bun half, leaving about a 3/4-inch-thick slice. This will be the middle bun of your sandwich
2. Place the three bun halves on a hot pan or griddle, face down, and toast them to a light brown. Set aside, but keep the pan hot.
3. Divide the ground beef in half and press into two thin patties slightly larger than the bun.
4. Cook the patties in the hot pan over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Salt and pepper lightly.
Build the burger in the following stacking order from the bottom up:
half of Big Mac Special Sauce*
half of onion
half of lettuce
remainder of Big Mac Special Sauce*
remainder of onion
remainder of lettuce
Makes 1 hamburger.