Burger King’s Whopper Popular Copycat Clone Recipes & a little history


We all love a good juicy burger from time to time; piled high with our choice of favorite toppings…Sublime! Bean burgers, turkey burgers, grass fed Angus and the like. However, what do fast food chains put into their burgers to make them “fast?” Perish the thought!

Food is meant to be presented in its most natural state, correct? Mass production does not make friends with the masses on any level, for the most part…simply makes it “quick.” However, at what cost? Mostly bland or altered flavor, in my opinion. Solution! Make your own at home! The way the franchise founding fathers intended! Here’s my version of one of America’s most popular fast food classics. The taste? It’s how it was meant to be…

a little history...

In 1954, in Miami, Florida, James McLamore and David Edgerton built the first Burger King Restaurant. By 1991 more than 6,400 Burger King Stores could be found in forty countries and all fifty states. Making BK the country’s second -largest fast-food chain with McDonalds being the largest

For many, their favorite menu item is a flame-broiled hamburger conceived by the partners on a business trip from Orlando to Miami in 1957. Dubbed the “Whopper,” this sandwich is overwhelmingly popular; it is said that Burger King sells more that 540 million annually and with more than 1,023 different combinations of the eight-or-so ingredients, including a vegetarian version, you really can “have it your way.”


Here’s the Recipe!


1 large sesame-seed hamburger bun

1/4 pound ground beef

A sprinkle of salt

3 dill pickle slices

1 teaspoon catsup

3 to 4 onion rings (or raw onion slices–I don’t remember the onion rings, but this sounds great!)

2 tomato slices

1/4 cup chopped lettuce

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

2 slices of American cheese if you want a “Whopper with Cheese”


Preheat a barbecue grill on high.

Toast both halves of the bun, face down, in a hot skillet. Set aside.

Form the beef into a thin patty slightly larger than the bun.

Lightly salt the hamburger patty and cook on the barbecue grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Build & Stack from the bottom up in this order:

bottom bun

hamburger patty (add cheese slices if using)



onion rings




top bun

Serves 1 & 640 calories respectively 

burger king photo source: topsecretrecipes


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Love Burger King! Love copycat recipes! Win!!!

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    1. Yay! Thanks, Peter! My brother-in-law, who owned several restaurants, used to offer free “everything” at the openings. I remember being in heaven! What’s better than a nice juicy burger? A free nice juicy burger! haha!


  2. Linda says:

    Burger King! Long time since I’ve had one of their burgers – but the copycat looks yummy!!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! I’m with you again! That’s why I attempt to replicate many of these recipes at home! At least we have somewhat of an idea of its content 🙂 Plus, they’re just better! My mom used to attempt to make burgers at home for us while growing up. Result; pan fried burger with Italian spices on white bread Ketchup if we were good 🙂 lol!

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      1. Linda says:

        Haha! Gotta love kethup! I actually have an Italian Chicken Burger in the queue for October 16th – I’m sure your mom would’ve approved! 🙂

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      2. Oh yum, Linda! I’ll be on the look out for sure! I’m sure my mom would’ve loved it too…speaking for her and her love of everything Italian 🙂 Thanks again!

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