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Make Your Own Whopper At Home For $1.70/Serve

Make Your Own Whopper At Home For $1.70/Serve

Guys, I made a homemade Whopper burger for you. Oh, the things I have to do to give you delicious food. Seriously though this was no trouble at all. I have a serious thing for Whopper burgers. I think I ate one nearly every month when I was pregnant with Little Miss A. It was hot chips and anything chilli related with number two and number one was just hot chips. There is something about the Whopper burger that just hits the spot for me. It's something to do with the combination of a smoky chargrilled patty, the tang of the tomato sauce, the crunchy lettuce, the bite of the onion and the creamy mayo oozing out the sides and let's not forget the gherkins/pickles. It has to have gherkins. You may not be a fan, but for me, it is what makes the burger. If I have chips on the side, I might even chuck a few in the burger as well. It's my guilty pleasure.

My Whopper burger obsession didn't do much for my waistline although it was expanded from being pregnant. I thought since I have such a taste for them I should try and figure out how to make them from home with real ingredients that won't blow the waistline. I also needed to learn how to rustle up one fast. Because you can never time a craving. Can you? I haven't got time to wait around for bread to rise and all that fuss as I am sure most busy families are in the same boat. However, you still can make delicious homemade burger buns fast. I'll show you how. The trick with these burger buns is that you don't need to let the dough rise and proove like normal dough. The secret is in the addition of the egg and oil giving the bun a lovely moist and fluffy crumb.

The best thing about making these at home is if you make a big batch of the buns and patties you have a super quick "takeaway" meal on a Friday night when you just don't feel like cooking. That is me down to the letter. I refuse to cook on a Friday night so we are normally raiding the freezer for leftovers to rustle up a meal. Sometimes three-month-old freezer offerings aren't the best but when you have these burgers ready in under 90 minutes it's high fives all around.

 

 

I also did a rough breakdown of costs on how much it is to make one of these burgers at home. Get ready for it. After factoring in the cost of making the bun, patty and the filling ingredients it came to about $1.70 a serve and that is to serve six people! Whaaaat. I couldn't believe it. I know you can pop down to your local burger joint and pick one up in less than 15 minutes but trust me you won't have that queasy feeling after eating one of my burgers and you know every single ingredient that goes into it.  I know which one I'd rather have.

 

 

Homemade Whopper Burger
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 45 min
Serves: 6 - with leftovers

Ingredients:
    Homemade Burger Buns
    Adapted from this recipe
    • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
    • 1 cup warm water, plus
    • 2 tablespoons warm water
    • 1⁄3 cup rice bran oil
    • 2 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 3 -3 1⁄2 cups flour
    Burger Patties
    • 500g Premium quality beef mince
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    Filling Ingredients
    • Iceberg lettuce, shredded
    • Tomato, sliced
    • Bread & butter gherkins
    • 1/2 White onion, sliced & sprinkled with 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • Tomato sauce
    Instructions:
    Homemade Burger Buns
    1. Preheat oven to 220 degree C and line a large baking tray with baking paper.
    2. In a small mixing bowl add the active yeast, sugar and pour in the warm water. Gently mix to dissolve the yeast. Set the yeast mixture aside for five minutes until it starts bubbling.
    3. Add the oil and egg and beat to combine.
    4. In a large bowl add the flour and salt. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the yeast mixture.
    5. Gently bring the flour together with your hand and gently knead until the dough comes together. Knead for 5 minutes until the dough become smooth and supple.
    6. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and shape into a ball. Place onto a tray and gently press out to flatten. Repeat with the other pieces of dough.
    7. Gently brush the tops of the buns with a little milk and add sesame seeds to garnish.
    8. Place the buns into the preheated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown and sound hollow when tapped on the base. Remove the buns from the oven and place onto a cooling rack.

    Burger Patties
    1. In a large bowl place the beef mince, salt and pepper. Mix together until the mince becomes sticky. Doing this helps binds the protein together and helps the patty stay together. Form the mince into round patties the same size as the burger buns and about 1cm thick.
    2. Heat the plate an outdoor BBQ or cast iron pan inside on high. Oil the plate or pan with a drizzle of olive oil and place the patties to cook. Cook for 2-3 minutes on one side before flipping and repeating on the other side. Remove from the bbq and let the patties rest before making the burgers up.

    Assembly
    1. Cut one of the burger buns in half and place the bottom half onto a plate. Spread over about a teaspoon of mayonnaise on the bottom of the bun.
    2. Place the patty on top of the base bun and add a squirt of tomato sauce.
    3. Layer the bread and butter pickles on top followed by the tomato, pickled onion and lettuce.
    4. Finish off with another teaspoon of mayonnaise on the top half of the bun and place on top of the finished burger. Enjoy

    Cooks Notes
    • The burger buns and meat patties can be cooked ahead and frozen to be used at a later date. Use within three months of freezing.
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