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Old 07-11-2016, 11:00 PM
 
Location: South Austin, 78745
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Try as I might, I can't seem to create that formula that my favorite burger joints have that gives that special taste of a good old burger joint burger. I try certain recipes that I find online but I wonder if it something in the cooking equipment at home that makes it very difficult to recreate that taste.
The burgers I create are OK, but they can't match taste from a burger joint like a five guys or in-n-out or whatever.
Anyone able to recreate that taste at home?
Same here. I've never been able to cook a hamburger that tastes like a burger from McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, etc. I think that's because alot of these restaraunts use msg to season the burger.

MSG is a flavor enhancer and it's what makes you wanna take another bite, or why you cannot "eat just one" Lay's potato chip. MSG really stimulates your taste buds so much that it causes the food taste to so damn good that it makes your eyes roll back in your head. But unfortunately it's not one bit healthy for a person to consume on a daily basis.

I bet Kraft uses more msg in their food products than any other food company in America. Also, Chinese Restaraunts are notorious for their use of msg. I think most nationwide chain hamburger joints use msg in the food they serve to the public.

Now, that's what I think about all that.

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Old 07-11-2016, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
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No....mine taste a million times better actually.
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Old 07-12-2016, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Yep - coarse ground, 70/30, chuck, minimally handled, seasoned with salt/pepper, and cooked in a cast iron skillet or cooked over hot coals.
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Old 07-12-2016, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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People tend to buy the best lean ground beef, doesn't work, has to have a certain % of fat.
I have been told that many times that a chuck burger is the best. That said, I will only eat 93% lean as I don't care for the fat.
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Old 07-16-2016, 02:40 PM
 
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A&W sells their burger spice blend at the counter. You can get a bottle of it. Try that, and cooking on very high heat, maybe that will do the trick? I haven't tried the mystery spice blend myself, just interesting that it's available...
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Old 08-25-2016, 02:52 PM
 
Location: The Windy City
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Yes, I get ground chuck from a butcher shop. Never use sirloin because there is not enough fat and the burger comes out dry.

I mix a little bit of salt, pepper and BBQ sauce in with the meat. Comes out great.

However, I have yet to make a decent super thin burger like you get from In N Out, Whataburger, McDonalds, etc.
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Old 08-27-2016, 05:58 AM
 
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A good quality meat cooked appropriately will set you up nicely for a good home cooked burger. Everyone's tastes vary so this thread is a bit subjective. I put a thumb print in the middle of the burger so it cooks evenly. Flip only once and don't mash the burger. I do agree that a cast iron pan is the best. We actually prefer our fresh made burgers at home to eating out!
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Old 08-27-2016, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Not sure what feature of a burger that op is trying to duplicate, but I'm going for well browned and juicy med rare. I use freshly ground 80/20 and a very hot pan, I can get a good moist burger with a very hot skillet, cripspy brown and flipped, then finished on low until desired doneness..
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Old 01-16-2018, 07:34 PM
 
Location: South Austin, 78745
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Fry up some bacon (or melt some butter, if you prefer) in a skillet and then fry the burgers in the bacon grease or ( the melted butter). That will give the burgers a really good flavor.

If you're trying to cook a burger so it tastes like a McDonald's Quarter Pounder, try adding some MSG - (aka food enhancer) to the burgers. I realize MSG is not healthy, but it's what gives food a flavor that makes a person automatically want to take another bite. If you remember the old Lay's Potato Chip slogan - "Betcha can't eat just one" - that's the MSG doing a "heightened taste sensation" number on your taste buds.

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Old 01-17-2018, 11:02 AM
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I have been told that many times that a chuck burger is the best. That said, I will only eat 93% lean as I don't care for the fat.
Which is the main flavor component in a beef burger.... enhanced by the right amount of salt
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