Friday, September 12, 2008

Homemade Gluten Free "McDonald's" Burger and Fries

I love making homemade "McDonald's" for my kids. Somehow, they like it almost as much as the real thing. To make the burgers, you need exactly 1/8 of a pound of ground beef. I buy a pound of organic ground beef, which I cut in half. Then I cut each half in quarters. Next I take each 1/8 of a pound piece and I flatten it in a shallow bowl to make round patties. And then I place each patty between wax paper. The secret to making them like McDonald's is to get them really flat (4 inches wide by 1/4 inch thick.) Then place in a heated fry pan and press down with a spatula. After 20 seconds, press them down to sear them locking in the juices. Then 1 minute after searing them, turn them over. Sprinkle with hamburger seasoning in a shaker. Cook another 1.5 minute on the other side. Wrap tightly in waxed paper in put in slightly warm oven for three minutes. Letting meat rest after cooking allows the juices to be reabsorbed into the meat.
Hamburger Seasoning:
4 T. salt
1 Tsp pepper
1/4 tsp onion salt
McDonald's uses 4T. Accent which is MSG but you can skip that part because MSG is a neurotoxin.

My kids like them plain--no bun.

For the french fries, I use one potato per person. Peel potato. And cut on long side so you have a flat surface to lie on the cutting board. Then cut into 1/3 inch slices. Cut slices into 1/3 inch sticks. Toss with oil and lie on baking sheet in rows. Sprinkle generously with salt. Bake in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. Then turn over and bake 15-20 minutes more.

Serve with burger. I am surprised by how much more popular it is now that I call it a homemade "McDonald's" meal.


Lauren said...

Thanks for the recipe - my kids will love these.


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nyclizzie said...

I've never made homemade baked fries. I'm totally going to try this!

Thanks for your kind words on my blog. It truly was a great experience and I think you should write about it too! For some reason, I can't upload any of my pictures to blogger from that day. It's such a weird phenom so my words will have to do for now. I wonder if we're going to get that picture from them? Do they know how to get in touch with you?

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spa said...

home made increases the value of the recipe and love.

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Lynna Kay said...

Hey there. I tried the fries recipe tonight and they were delicious but I had one issue...they stuck to the pan and then tore up when I tried to use the spatula to lift them up. Is there a trick? We loved the flavor of them though!! Tried the chicken nuggest as well - DELICIOUS!

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gfcfmom said...

Hi Lynna Kay...Yes, THERE IS TRICK to getting them not to stick to the pan--which I discovered after I posted the recipe.HEAT THE PANS UP IN THE OVEN BEFORE you put the potato sticks on them. I found this prevents them from sticking. let me know if it works.

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Anonymous said...

I just came across this blog while looking up how to make home-made McDonald's. My kids will only eat their burgers, and clearly, I'd like them to eat something healthier! I'm shocked at the amount of salt in the recipe. Regardless, I tried it tonight anyhow, and each batch was more salty than the last b/c of salt build-up in the pan. Any advice?
Chicago, IL

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