From In-N-Out to Burger King: Steal These Fast Food Burger Recipes

05/28/2014 at 02:07 PM ET
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Harold and Kumar, we hate to be the ones to tell you this, but you didn’t have to deal with raccoon bites, racists cops or Neil Patrick Harris to get that White Castle burger — all you needed was a good copycat recipe.

In honor of National Hamburger Day, we rounded up recipes for 5 of the most popular fast-food burgers, courtesy of some playful food bloggers. The French fries are up to you.

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The secret to the sliders that Harold and Kumar worked so hard to get? According to this recipe from blogger Spencer Gray of Omnivorous, small holes in the square patty allow steam to vent through so the meat cooks more quickly in the middle — ie., no charred edges while you wait for the center to be done.

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In this inspired recipe, blogger Smita of Happily Spiced nails the pink sauce — a mix of mayo, ketchup, relish and spices — that drips from every delicious In-N-Out burger. Note: These instructions are for the chain’s classic cheeseburger; the off-menu Animal Style sports pickles, plus its patty is cooked in mustard.

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Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun. We can still recite the ’90s jingle from heart. Let’s thanks blogger Todd Wilbur for duplicating every aspect of the longstanding McDonald’s stacked burger, especially the special sauce. (Trust us, merely subbing in Thousand Island dressing is not up to par.)

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The scorching surface of a cast-iron grill cooks these patties super-quickly, locking in the juices so your burger is as good as the ones being smashed at Smashburger. The chain’s San Diego location shared the recipe with writer Katie Dillon of

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It turns out Burger King’s signature sandwich is a lot like a regular burger — it’s just ground beef topped with pickles, ketchup, onion, tomatoes, lettuce and mayo, according to Secret Copycat Restaurant Recipes. BUT. Remember the Angry Whopper from a few years ago? That version had a (fittingly aggressive) spicy sauce. It calls for chili powder, cayenne pepper and hot sauce, among other ingredients. Give us the full review once your mouth cools down.

—Marissa Conrad

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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BurgerQueen on

I love Todd Wilbur! I have his books- Love his work!
Thank you for printing these recipes…

George on

Not working 😦

betty garrett on

where are the “burger recipes”?

linamaiphan on

The first slide is just the intro. On the other five slides, the recipes can be found via the blue hyperlinks, which lead to blogs where the recipes are posted. happy eating.

vjmyers on

I can’t get past the first photo. 😦

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