I can still remember the first time I went to Burger King. I was ten and my family stopped there on our way back home to the Central Valley of California from a week in Tahoe. I was starving and none of us had ever heard of Burger King before.
That was 1975 and more than 20 years after the first Burger King opened but the fast food chain just wasn’t very well known yet.
I had a Whopper and it was gorgeous! The buns were nicely toasted and topped with a flame grilled burger with lots of fresh lettuce, tomatoes and onioins. I have to say it was a lot different to what you find at the Burger Kings here in the UK on the motorway.
So today I decided to recreate that very first whopper. I decided that if I was going to go to all that work I would make it a double Whopper with cheese though.
When I copy recipes, I do so not to make them identical to what you get at the restaurant but instead, how I think they should be. I baked my own fresh burger buns and made sure to stop by my local butcher, Yarm Butchers for the best aged minced beef and freshest vegetables I could find.
I also made sure to use 100% real Cheddar Slices. None of those processed cheese slices were going on this burger!
I recommend asking your butcher for a 20% fat to 80% fat to meat mix. If you would like to have a go at making your own hamburger buns, you can view my recipe here.
You could fry the meat in a pan but if you want the Burger King flame grilled flavour, you need to cook on a BBQ which is how I prepared my Whopper.
Be sure to stack your Whopper with ingredients in the exact order shown.
- 2 x quarter pound beef patties pressed thinly and round
- 1 sesame seed burger bun - about 6" diameter
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 slices of 100% Cheddar deli slices
- 2 slices of tomato
- Dill pickle slices
- Shredded lettuce
- Onion slices
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat a gas or charcoal BBQ until very hot. If using charcoal, you want the coals to be white hot.
- Start by preparing your bun. Toast your buns, sliced side down in a little butter until nicely browned.
- Spread the mayonnaise on the top bun.
- Now place your burger patties on the hot grill and cook for about two minutes. They should not take long to cook through as they are so thin.
- Season the burgers generously with salt and pepper and then flip them over.
- Top with the cheese slices and grill for a further couple of minutes.
- When cooked to your liking, place one patty on top of the other and transfer to the bottom bun.
- Top the cheese with the sliced pickles followed by three rings of ketchup.
- Now place the onion rings on top of the ketchup followed by the tomatoes (place side by side) and then the shredded lettuce.