Fast Food Burger Seasoning

Taken inside McDonald's: application of their  top secret burger seasoning.
One of the questions I'm often asked is why fast-food burgers often tastes better than home cooked versions? The answer likely is, you're not seasoning your hamburger.  Well, that and most fast-food companies have the benefit of years of refinement, product testing, and executive chefs trained with centuries of historical experience.

Then sometimes its just silliness. For example, if you were to Google what McDonald's hamburger seasoning is, you would likely find a single recipe, mindlessly copy and pasted, over and over again. This fictional "recipe" calls for MSGs among the ingredients. However a little research on McDonald's own website, shows that their actual seasoning is simply just salt and pepper. Which, to be honest, is the basic standard Cooking 101 practice for hamburgers. Why does a McDonald's burger taste so good? Salt and pepper. Yes, it's that simple.

McDonald's has evolved over the years, however. Their larger burgers utilize a recipe more similar to what I present below. Almost every restaurant chain, like Fuddruckers, who advertises the world's best burger, have their own proprietary blend. There are many recipe clones on the web, some that aren't very good, a few that may be good but are way too complicated.

I went through about five different batches before deciding on a blend that I found to be perfect. I did a bit of borrowing from some of the famous favorites (like McDonald's Angus Burger seasoning) and others, to come up with the perfect fast food burger seasoning.

The Best Burger Seasoning:
2 teaspoons of iodized salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon of onion powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
Place all spices in a used re-labeled seasoning bottle and shake to mix. Mix should season a dozen or so patties. You can store the rest for next time.

A couple things to note here. First never seasoning your beef before making your patties. Salt mixed in your beef (rather than on it) can interfere with the way the meat cooks. It should be delivered during the cooking cycle through a shaker (I use a recycled seasoning bottle).  Also don't underestimate the actual flavor of beef fat in a sandwich. Most fast-food restaurants like McDonald's use an 80/20 (beef to fat ratio) percentage.

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