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McMenu: Do-It-Yourself McDonald's Restaurant Recipes
All products copyrighted by the McDonald's Corporation.
http://www.geocities.com/mcburgers_com/McD.html (PDF file prepared by XAM2001 - 06/10/01)
Recipes based on the old McDonald's production methods of the 50's, 60's, and 70's.
These recipes are what made McDonald's famous!
Table of Contents
Important Cooking Tips............................................................................2
The All Beef Patties ......................................................................................... 2
Searing The Beef Patties................................................................................. 2
Seasoning your Hamburgers ........................................................................... 2
Toasting the Buns............................................................................................ 2
Dressing your Burgers ..................................................................................... 2
"Q-ing" Methods............................................................................................... 3
McDonald's Hamburger Seasoning ................................................................. 4
McDonald's Big X-Tra?Seasoning ................................................................. 4
Scrambling Eggs at McDonald's ...................................................................... 4
Regular Hamburger .................................................................................5
Quarter Pounder......................................................................................7
Cheeseburger..........................................................................................8
Bacon Double-Cheeseburger ..................................................................8
McD.L.T. ..................................................................................................9
Arch Deluxe ...........................................................................................10
Big Mac..................................................................................................11
Big X-Tra................................................................................................12
Quarter-Pound Cheddar-Melt ................................................................13
Chicken McGrill Sandwich.....................................................................14
Big-N-Tasty............................................................................................15
McLean-Deluxe......................................................................................16
McRib Sandwich....................................................................................17
Filet-O-Fish............................................................................................18
Filet-O-Fish Tartar Sauce .............................................................................. 18
McChicken.............................................................................................19
McChicken Sauce.......................................................................................... 19
French Fries...........................................................................................20
Milkshakes.............................................................................................21
Chicken Fajitas ......................................................................................22
Chicken McNuggets...............................................................................23
Dipping Sauces......................................................................................24
McDonald's Hot Mustard Sauce .................................................................... 24
McDonald's Sweet and Sour Sauce............................................................... 24
McDonald's Sweet and Sour Sauce (simplified) ............................................ 24
McDonald's Barbecue Sauce......................................................................... 24
McDonald's Honey Dipping Sauce................................................................. 24
Breakfast Burritos ..................................................................................25
Egg McMuffin.........................................................................................26
Biscuits ..................................................................................................27
Sausage McMuffin......................................................................................... 27
Sausage McMuffin with Egg .......................................................................... 27
McDonald's Biscuits....................................................................................... 27
McDonald's Biscuit Dressing ......................................................................... 28
Sausage Biscuit with Egg .............................................................................. 28
Sausage McMuffin and Sausage McMuffin with Egg ..................................... 28
Muffins ...................................................................................................29
Bran Muffins .................................................................................................. 29
McDonald's Apple McMuffins......................................................................... 29
McDonald's Apple McMuffins (simplified)....................................................... 29
Hot Apple and Cherry Pies ....................................................................30
Scrambled Eggs and Hash Browns.......................................................31
Hotcakes................................................................................................32
Broccoli Cheese Soup ...........................................................................33

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Important Cooking Tips
The All Beef Patties
The ground beef you use is a critical factor in duplicating the McFlavor. McDonald's uses only USDA certified
100% ground beef.
Well, if your supermarket is like mine, there are 5 or 6 different kinds to choose from. Ground round? Ground
Sirloin? Ultra-lean? Ground beef? Ground Chuck?
McDonald's uses ground chuck. This is the exact fat to lean ratio. Ground chuck is 80% lean. So if your
supermarket doesn't offer ground chuck, then buy ground beef that's 80% lean. It is the same.
Searing The Beef Patties
A very important step to recreating the McDonald's burger flavor is searing them properly.
Searing is the process of applying pressure to the frozen patties as they cook on the griddle. This is done
about 20 seconds after laying the patties on the grill by pressing down with the back of a spatula, while adding
pressure from your free hand.
Press down firmly for about 2-3 seconds on regular sized patties, and 5-6 seconds on quarter pound patties.
Searing seals in the juices and flavors. But it also makes the burger hard to turn. Properly seared patties will
stick to the griddle, and you must actually "cut" the meat off of the surface as you turn them.
Non-stick surfaces help, but they also make it hard to get the even dark searing you need for great
McBurgers. I suggest a cooking surface that is not non-stick... and a very strong, sharp spatula.
Seasoning your Hamburgers
Use the Special Seasoning described in this site, and use it liberally. Don't be stingy, put a lot on the patties
while they're cooking. A good amount of it will "float" away with the fat. This is an important factor in the
"McFlavor."
You'll need to use even more on the Quarter-Pounder patties.
Toasting the Buns
The buns on all of the McDonald's burgers must be toasted. (The only exception is the Filet-O-Fish?.
This is done by laying the buns face down on a pre-heated 375?electric griddle. You need to apply light
pressure to the buns in order to achieve uniform, even toasting. This toasting process only takes about a
minute. The buns can be toasted in advance, tops (crowns) and bottoms (heels). They will be re-heated
anyway. Toasting them in advance allows you extra time to dress them, as the meat patties cook very fast.
Dressing your Burgers
Each recipe is very specific in regards to what condiments are added to the bun. The amounts vary
depending upon what recipe you are performing.
On the burgers that use ketchup and mustard, the mustard is always applied first. Five small "kisses" the
diameter of a pencil go evenly around the toasted crown (top) of the bun about 1/2 inch from the edge. (If you
connected the dots, it would make a pentagon)
The ketchup also is applied using five "squirts". The diameter is much larger, about the size of a nickel. And
the pattern is easy - four evenly spaced "squirts" around the edge of the crown, and one in the middle. It
should look like what a "5" looks like on dice.
For the other condiments, consult the specific recipe you are making.
The Ketchup
From the 1950's through 1980, McDonald's used Hunt's?tomato catsup. In 1980 the company proceeded
with plans to produce all of their condiments at their own plants. Hunt's?lost a big account, and it nearly
threw them into bankruptcy.
McDonald's basically did what you're doing by visiting this site: They cloned Hunt's?catsup.
Hunt's?catsup (they now spell it ketchup) has a subtle, tangy zip that Heinz?doesn't have. This is due to an
extra ingredient not found in Heinz?- garlic powder. It is also a little thinner in consistency, allowing for better
coverage on your burgers.
The Mustard
McDonald's hamburgers uses such a small amount of mustard, honestly any classic yellow mustard will work
just fine. For you die-hards, I suggest French's?classic yellow. Once again, French's?contains an ingredient
that adds a small, extra zip to the flavor. You got it: garlic powder.

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The Pickles
McDonald's uses a very distinctive, tart dill slice. The only products that come close are
Heinz?Genuine Dills (original sour dill)
Vlasic?Original Dills (not kosher dills)
Of the two, Heinz?is the closest to McDonald's, but Vlasic?is fairly close. The problem is that neither of
these pickle products come pre-sliced, so you'll have to slice them yourself.
Slice them very thin. I suggest a consumer mandolin like the K-Tel?Dial-A-Slice. You can do it with a knife,
but keeping it uniformly thin is tough. Also, these pickles are made of fairly small cucumbers, so slice them at
an angle to get larger diameter dill slices.
The Onions
The regular Hamburgers, the Big Mac? and the Breakfast Burrito all use reconstituted onions. You can buy
these at your local supermarket in the spice aisle. Just look for dried chopped onion. Make sure they are
chopped onion, and not minced.
To re-hydrate or reconstitute these dried onions, simply add 4 parts water to one part dried onion, cover, and
refrigerate 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, drain the liquid and BAM - there they are! McDonald's little baby onions.
Use the proper amount needed for your recipe, and refrigerate (covered) the leftovers.
"Q-ing" Methods
"Q-ing" was a McDonald's term for helping the flavors to meld via mechanical means; for example - heat lamp
or microwave.
Wrapping your Burgers
Use waxed paper. The regular sized burgers require a sheet about 12"x12" square. The bigger burgers are
better with 12"x16" sheets. (Big Macs?require about 12"x18")
Wrap them by laying the finished burger upside down in the center of the waxed paper. Fold two sides so they
overlap. It will resemble an oblong tube with the burger in the middle, and two open ends. (with the seam on
the bottom) Fold the open ends underneath the burger tightly. The burger is now wrapped.
The Big Mac?is done differently. Place it in the center of the waxed paper right side up. Then fold two sides
of the waxed paper up over the top, again creating an oblong "tube". With the seam on top, fold the two other
ends underneath.
Re-Heating your Burgers
Another important step to getting that "McFlavor" is the re-heating process.
Many of today's McDonald's have stopped microwaving, but the ones that still do usually over microwave
them. This makes them absolutely horrible.
What most stores are doing now is disgusting. They pre-cook the meat and toss it in a tub that is a "warming
drawer". They also keep the buns warm that way. Then they make your burger when you order it.
Sorry - but even the most sterile environments will allow bacteria to grow on food. If you have recently found
yourself having to run to the toilet, sit down, and evacuate yourself like Jeff Daniels did in the movie "Dumb
and Dumber" about an hour after downing a Big Mac? it is because the food sits there too long.
Turns out, the heat lamps weren't that bad. At properly managed McDonald's stores, the food was thrown out,
or "wasted" after 10 minutes wrapped under the heat lamps. Now a days... who knows how long the meat
patties are festering in an incubator they call a "warming drawer"?
Re-Heating at Home
You can use your oven as a "heat lamp" substitute by wrapping the burgers in waxed paper and placing them
in an oven set to "warm" for 5-10 minutes.
I suggest you actually microwave these burgers, while still wrapped, no more than 15 seconds each. If you
have a nice, high-powered microwave like I do... you can do 4 of them at 30 seconds and they'll come out
perfect. Remember... don't over microwave them.

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McDonald's Hamburger Seasoning
Use THIS seasoning on ALL McDonald's hamburgers.
4 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons Accent?(MSG)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Mix all ingredients well. Use in a spice shaker with big enough holes for the pepper to flow.
This seasoning is used liberally on all McDonald's hamburgers during the COOKING process.
McDonald's Big X-Tra?Seasoning
3 tablespoons Lawry's?seasoned salt
3 teaspoons Jollytime?Buttery seasoning
1 crushed beef bullion cube
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
This seasoning is used exclusively on the Big X-Tra?
Scrambling Eggs at McDonald's
Years ago, we scrambled 8 eggs at a time in the milkshake multi-mixers. We added no salt and no pepper.
Ways To Correctly Scramble Your Eggs
I suggest purchasing the Hamilton Beach?DrinkMasterTM. It is a consumer version of the multi-mixers Ray
Kroc sold to the McDonald brothers in the 1950's. You can also use this appliance to make perfect
McDonald's milkshakes. (I got mine at Wal-Mart for about $25 and love it)
Alternatives for scrambling your eggs, in order of preference
Hand-held blender
Standard blender
Shaker method
Wire whisk
DrinkMasterTM Instructions
Crack desired number of eggs into the silver, mixing cup that comes with the DrinkMasterTM.
Scramble at least 4, and no more than 8.
Follow the DrinkMasterTM instructions for quick mixing. Do not add seasoning. Scramble the eggs 30-45
seconds just prior to cooking time. They will be totally yellow-orange and quite frothy. That is the key to
McDonald's scrambled eggs - the foamy/frothy consistency caused by using the DrinkMasterTM, followed by
cooking immediately after scrambling.
Hand-Held Blender Instructions
Crack the amount of eggs you need into a small mixing bowl, and blend with the hand-held blender on its
highest setting for 30-45 seconds. See above for the desired result. Cook immediately.
Standard Blender Instructions
Crack the desired amount of eggs into the pitcher and use the liquefy button. Blend 30-45 seconds until the
eggs are one solid color, and very frothy. Cook immediately.
Shaker Instructions
Crack the needed amount of eggs into a Tupperware?type container, close the lid, and shake it vigorously
for about 2 minutes. Your arms should be very, very tired. Cook immediately.
Wire Whisk Instructions
Do it like mom taught you, but make sure there are no streaks of whites. I don't suggest using this method, as
it will lack the froth you need.

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Regular Hamburger
The McDonald's regular hamburger is the one that got it all started in 1948. It's as basic as can be... yet the
ones they serve today don't even taste CLOSE! Make them exactly as I instruct, and you can enjoy that long-
lost flavor once again.
(In the mid 80's, McDonald's began cooking both sides of the meat at the same time. This was to cut cooking
time in half. But it also forever changed the flavor of the original hamburgers - ALL of them!)
Ray Kroc discovered the McDonald brother's San Bernardino, California restaurant in 1954 while selling multi-
mixers. (milk-shake machines) He was so impressed with their methods, he struck up a franchise deal, and in
1955 opened his first store in De Plaines Illinois. Oh, and he went on to earn multi-millions.
"Ten Regs please"... "Ten Regs, thank you"
(An old production call for ten burgers)
Ingredients
1 Pound ground chuck (80% lean)
10 Small hamburger buns
10 Hamburger dill slices
10 teaspoons dried, chopped onion
McDonald's Hamburger Seasoning
Mustard, Ketchup... and... waxed paper
The Hamburger Seasoning
4 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons Accent?(MSG)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Mix all ingredients well in a spice shaker with big enough holes to allow pepper to flow. Makes about 3
ounces. Use on ALL McDonald's hamburgers. (unless you're allergic to MSG, then just use salt and pepper)
The Beef Patties
Divide 1 lb of beef into 10 equal sized balls. Form a patty out of each ball about 4 inches in diameter and 1/4
inch thick. Do this on waxed paper.
Now freeze the patties for at least an hour. (this keeps them from falling apart when you grill them)
Obviously you'll do this in advance of "burger time". It is pretty tough to make patties this small, so if you come
up with 9 patties, I'll forgive you.
The Onions
Put the dried onions in a container, oh.. like Tupperware... and add water. Water should be a few inches over
the top of the onions. (better to have too much water than not enough) Cover, and refrigerate about 1/2 hour.
Drain the liquid, and BAM... you have McDonald's little baby onions.
Cover again and refrigerate until 'burger time'.
The Pickles
McDonald's pickle slices are unique in flavor, very sour dills. The only product I know of that comes close to
the distinctive flavor is HEINZ Genuine Dills. (original sour dill) But they don't come in slices, so slice your own
VERY thin. I can't do it very well with a knife, so I use a K-Tel "dial-a-slice" home vegetable slicer. ALSO...
Vlasic "original" dills have that tart flavor. Make sure they're not "kosher" dills. Wal-Mart?carries Vlasic
ORIGINAL dills, and you have to slice those too. (note, these pickles are pretty small, so slice at an angle...
you'll get bigger dill chips) USE THESE PICKLES ON ALL McDonald's HAMBURGERS!
The Buns
Use the small, plain cheapo store brand hamburger buns. You know, they come 8 or 12 in a pack. - usually
about 59 to 69 cents for a pack of 8.
(You'll want to separate the tops, or "crowns" from the bottoms, or "heels"... as most likely they'll be
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coming up. WalMart?sells a great product for regular buns - Great ValueTM brand "jumbo" hamburger buns.
They're almost exactly like McDonald's buns and a little bigger than the other hamburger buns available at
your supermarket.
Cooking Your Hamburgers
Pre-heat your oven to warm - its lowest level, this is for later. You're going to need two electric griddles - one
to grill the meat, the other to toast the buns. Pre-heat the meat griddle to 375-400? and the bun griddle to
about 350? (this recipe has you cooking four at a time)
Note: before starting, make sure to have all of your condiments READY (because this all happens very fast)
1. Toast the crowns of 4 buns (tops) Do this by laying them face down on the griddle closely together. Put a
Dutch oven (pot) bottom side down directly on top of the buns. (open side facing up) This is only to apply
hands-free pressure to the buns so they will toast evenly. (Don't use anything TOO heavy like cast iron. You'll
smash the buns)
2. Lay the frozen patties on the other grill. After about 20 seconds, "sear" them by applying even pressure
with the back of a metal spatula, and pushing down on the front with your free hand. (careful not to burn your
fingers) Do this only for about 2 seconds... you should hear them sizzle louder while you "sear" them. After
searing them, sprinkle generously with McDonald's burger seasoning.
3. At this point, your buns are nearly done. They will have an even tan color when finished. Remove them,
and repeat the "bun toasting" process with the heels. (bottoms)
4. After about one minute since searing the patties, turn them over. Careful, don't tear the side you seared.
Add another dash of Seasoning and about a teaspoon of your prepared onions. (Don't be anal and use a
measuring spoon... no time... just two fingers and a thumb full)
5. Now quickly dress your buns. (crown, or top side) Mustard first... five "kisses" the diameter of a pencil
evenly spaced in a circle about a half-inch from the edge.
Then the Ketchup, (use Hunt's if you can) five squirts the size of a nickel.. in the pattern found on dice. Place
the pickle in the middle.
6. By the time you finish that, the meat will be done. (about 1 minute or 1:10 after turning) Remove the meat
and tilt to the side to allow excess fat to drain off. Use your free hand to hold down the onions. Place patties
onion side up on the dressed crown, top with toasted heels. (the burger will be upside-down)
7. Lay one finished hamburger, still upside-down, in the center of your pre-cut waxed paper. Wrap the paper
around the burger tightly. It should resemble a very oblong tube with two open ends, and the burger in the
middle. Then wrap the open ends underneath the bottom of the burger so it is enclosed tightly.
"Q-ing" Methods
"Q-ing" was a McDonald's term for helping the flavors to meld via mechanical means; i.e. heat lamp or
microwave.
1. Place wrapped hamburger in your pre-heated oven. (remember... oven is just barely on warm) Keep them
in there about 8-10 minutes. Hey! That's enough time to cook another batch. (if you do cook another batch
while these are "aging properly", scrape the black stuff and burnt onions to the side before beginning)
Important note:
Some ovens get too hot even on low, and this may dry out your burger. If they seem dry try
the alternative "Q-ing" method below.
2. An alternate "Q-ing" method would be to wrap the sandwich tightly in wax paper, let sit for 5 minutes, and
microwave on high for 15 seconds (while still wrapped) This will complete the "Q-ing" process without over
microwaving them like they do now. In fact, they almost taste better this way. In fact, you can use this method
on ALL of the burger recipes on this site, with the exception of the McD.L.T.
ENJOY! This is how they used to be. This is how they were MEANT to be.
(You might consider toasting your buns first, at least the crowns, to give you extra time to dress them)

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Quarter Pounder
Ingredients
1 Topp's 1/4 lb frozen beef patty
1 sesame seed bun
1 tablespoon fresh onion... diced
mustard, ketchup
2 HEINZ hamburger slices (pickles)
2 slices real American cheese (optional)
McDonald's Hamburger Seasoning
Beef Patty Alternative
If you can't find Topp'sTM 1/4 pound patties, use one pound ground chuck, divide into 4 equal pieces, and
form the patties about 5" diameter and 1/4" thick.
Do this on wax paper, and freeze until needed.
Cooking Your Quarter PounderTM
Pre-heat an electric grill to 400 degrees. (If cooking more than one... also pre-heat an electric grill for toasting
the sesame seed buns) Lay the beef frozen patty on the grill, and after about 20 seconds, "sear" it. Sear a
little harder and a little longer than with regular hamburgers. You should apply heavy pressure for 6-8
seconds. Sprinkle liberally with McD's Hamburger Seasoning. (see regular burgers to make that) About 2_-3
minutes after searing, turn. Be careful not to tear the sear you just created. Add another dash Seasoning. Lay
the crown of the bun facedown on an unused, clean portion of the grill. It will toast very quickly, so move it
around in a circular motion to prevent burning. After about 30 seconds the bun will be toasted enough.
Remove to dress, and lay the heel facedown to the same spot on the grill. (If cooking more than one, follow
the bun toasting instructions for the regular hamburger)
Dressing The Bun
Put five "kisses" of mustard around the toasted crown about 1/2 inch from the edge, equally spaced. Then put
five squirts of ketchup in the pattern of a five on dice and the size of a nickel on the toasted bun. (Make the
center one the size of a quarter) Add about a tablespoon of freshly chopped white onion, and the two pickle
slices, evenly spaced.
If you're making a Quarter-Pounder with CheeseTM, lay one slice of real American cheese on top of the
condiments. Most cheese slices are slightly too big, so cut or tear off about 1/4 inch, making a slight
rectangle.
By now... your meat should be done. (about 2-3 more minutes after turning) Smash the beef patty with the
spatula to "squeeze" out excess fat, and then remove. Smash it again between the spatula and your free
hand to additionally drain the fat. Lay it on top of your dressed crown and add the toasted heel. (If you're
making a Quarter-Pounder with CheeseTM, lay another slice of real American cheese on top of the patty
before adding the heel. Position the corners off alignment with the other cheese slice)
Wrap it in a pre-cut 12"x12" sheet of waxed paper and either microwave it for 15 seconds, or allow it to be
"warmed" in your pre-heated (lowest setting) oven for 8-10 minutes. (or use the alternate "Q-ing" method)

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Cheeseburger
Cook the burgers using the regular hamburger recipe and place one THIN slice of American cheese on the
crown side before adding meat patty. Don't use Kraft singles or Velveeta. (or anything termed as "American
processed cheese FOOD) Use only real American cheese. That is KEY!
Please Note: Most slices of American cheese are too big for McDonald's cheeseburgers. So take about 1/4"
off two edges to make a smaller square.
Bacon Double-Cheeseburger
Ingredients
2 prepared beef patties
1 prepared bun
2 American cheese slices
1 slice Oscar Mayer?Ready-MadeTM bacon
Prepare the beef patties and buns as directed in the regular hamburger recipe. Dress the bun the same way.
Microwave the pre-cooked bacon for about 15-20 seconds, tear it in half, and lay the pieces side by side on
the dressed crown. Follow that with one slice of cheese. Put cooked beef patty 1 on top of the cheese, add
another slice of cheese and then beef patty 2. Add the toasted heel and wrap in a 12"x16" sheet of waxed
paper. (see cooking regular hamburgers for wrapping directions)
Let sit for 5-7 minutes, then microwave (still wrapped) for 15 seconds until hot.

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McD.L.T.
Ingredients
1 TOPPS 1/4 lb frozen beef patty, or alternative*
1 sesame seed bun
1 slice real American cheese
1/4 cup chopped iceberg lettuce
1 fresh tomato slice (2 if small)
1 tablespoon fresh chopped white onion
3 dill pickle slices
McDonald's Hamburger Seasoning
Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise
Cooking your McD.L.T.?#060;/b>
Pre-heat an electric griddle to 400 degrees, and toast both halves of the bun face down on the griddle. It
should toast quickly and will have an even light-brown color when done. After toasting, set the toasted bun
aside. On the same grill surface, cook the beef patty the same way as a Quarter-Pounder?(see cooking
instructions for the Quarter Pounder?
Dress Your Bun
On the crown half, apply mustard, ketchup, and onions as described in the Quarter-PounderTM recipe. Then
add 3 pickle slices, the lettuce, followed by 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise. Top that with the tomato, then the
slice of cheese. (This can be done, and should be done 10-15 minutes before the beef is cooked) Place in the
refrigerator. When the beef is done, put it on the heel side of the bun. Then get the dressed crown side out of
the fridge, slap the two together, and BAM - a no longer available McD.L.TTM!

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Arch Deluxe
Arch Deluxe Secret Sauce
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon Grey Poupon Specialty peppercorn mustard
Ingredients
1 sesame seed hamburger bun (potato roll style with split crown)
1/4 pound Topp's beef patty
1 slice American cheese
1-2 tomato slices
1-2 lettuce leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon chopped white onion
McDonald's hamburger seasoning
Cooking your Arch DeluxeTM
1. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise and the Dijon mustard. Set aside. This is the secret sauce. 2.
Toast the face of each of the buns on a griddle as described in all other recipes.
3. Follow Quarter-Pounder cooking instructions for the beef patty.
4. Dress your BUN in the following order: On the crown (top bun)
special sauce
ketchup
onions
lettuce
tomato
cheese
5. Add the cooked beef patty then the toasted heel.
Makes 1 Arch Deluxe?#060;/nobr>
If you want an Arch Deluxe with bacon, pre-cook some thick sliced Hormel?pepper bacon, breaking one slice
per burger in half. Lay the halves side by side on top of the cheese before adding the meat. (Or just use thick
sliced bacon, adding a dash of pepper when cooking)

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Big Mac
Big Mac Special Sauce
1/4 cup KRAFT Miracle Whip
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons, heaping, WISHBONE deluxe French salad dressing (the orange stuff)
1/2 tablespoon HEINZ sweet relish
2 teaspoons, heaping, VLASIC dill pickle relish (Heinz dill relish also works)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon dried, minced onion
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon ketchup
1/8 teaspoon salt
Mix everything very well in a small container. There better be no streaks! Microwave 25 seconds, and stir well
again. Cover, and refrigerate at LEAST 1 hour before using. (to allow all of the flavors to "meld") Makes nearly
1 cup... enough for about 8 Big MacsTM.
Ingredients:
(per sandwich)
1 regular sized sesame seed bun
1 regular sized plain bun
2 previously frozen regular beef patties
2 tablespoons Big Mac sauce
2 teaspoons reconstituted onions
1 slice real American cheese
2 hamburger pickle slices
1/4 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
Cooking your Big MacTM
Discard the crown half of the regular bun, retaining the heel. The cooking method for the Big MacTM is
basically the same as the regular burgers, only the bun toasting method is slightly different. In the Big Mac's
case you toast the bottom (heel) first. Do this along with the extra heel. (this will be your middle bun)
Cook the two-all-beef-patties just like the regular burgers. After the bun parts are toasted, put 1 tablespoon of
"Mac sauce" on each of the heels. (toasted side) Then add 1/8 cup shredded lettuce to each. On the true
bottom bun, place one thin slice of American cheese on top of the lettuce. On the extra "heel", the middle bun,
place two pickle slices on top of the lettuce. Toast the "crown" (top) of the bun also. When the meat patties
are done, place them one at a time on both prepared buns. Stack the middle bun on top of the bottom bun,
and put the crown on top.
For proper "aging" or "Q-ing"... wrap the finished Big Mac?in a 12"x18" sheet of waxed paper as follows
1. Center the burger, right side up, on the waxed paper. Fold the "long" ends of the paper up over the top. (It
will resemble a tube with the burger in the center)
2. Fold the two remaining ends underneath. Wrap snug, but don't squish it like the regular burgers.
3. Let sit 5-8 minutes, allowing the flavors to "meld".
4. Microwave, still wrapped, 15 seconds on high.
Enjoy an AWESOME Big Mac?Sandwich!

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Big X-Tra
Ingredients
1 large sesame seed bun (4 3/4 inch diameter)
1/3 pound ground chuck
Lawry's?seasoned salt
McDonald's hamburger seasoning
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon chopped white onion
3 HEINZTM Genuine dill slices
1/2 cup chopped iceberg lettuce
1 large tomato slice, or two small ones
Big X-Tra?Seasoning
3 tablespoons Lawry's?seasoned salt
3 teaspoons Jollytime?Buttery seasoning
1 crushed beef bullion cube
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
This seasoning is used exclusively on the Big X-Tra?
Cooking your Big X-TraTM
1. Form the ground chuck into a large, thin patty on wax paper. Make it approximately 5 1/2 to 6 inches in
diameter. Freeze this patty for a couple hours before cooking. (You may consider making some in advance,
freezing for future use)
2. Toast the faces of the hamburger bun as directed in the Quarter Pounder recipe.
3. Grill the frozen patty on a 400 degree griddle for 2-3 minutes per side. Sprinkle one side with seasoned salt
and the other side with McDonald's hamburger seasoning. (recipe is located under Regular Hamburgers plus
special instructions)
4. Dress the crown (top bun) in the following order
ketchup
mayonnaise
onion
pickle
lettuce
tomato
*cheese (optional)
5. Add the cooked patty then the toasted heel (bottom bun)
6. Wrap the Big X-TRATM in a 12"x16" sheet of wax paper, let sit 3 minutes, then microwave on high for 10
seconds. Serve.
Makes 1 Big X-Tra?

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Quarter-Pound Cheddar-Melt
Ingredients
1/4 pound Topp's?beef patty
1 Rye sandwich bun (hamburger style)
1 tablespoon McDonald's Cheddar sauce*
11/2 tablespoons quarter chopped white onion
1 teaspoon teriyaki sauce
McDonald's seasoning
(if you can't find a rye hamburger bun, a soft-kaiser sandwich roll works well)
The Cheese Sauce
1/4 cup Cheez-Whiz?#060;/nobr>
1 1/2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
1/8 teaspoon dry, ground mustard
dash salt
In a small saucepan, heat the ingredients on low until the cheddar cheese is melted and blended well with the
Cheese-Whiz? Be careful and stir almost continuously to prevent sticking. You might consider using a
double boiler, or microwaving. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
The Onions
Use a medium-large white onion. Slice it very thin. You'll use about 2 full slices per sandwich. It may help to
use a vegetable slicer, or some sort of device that is designed to make thin slices. (I use the K-Tel?dial-A-
SliceTM) The slices should be about 1/8 inch thick.
Crosscut the sliced onion into 4 equal portions (total of 8) Think of the onion slice as a pizza that you're
cutting into 4 equal pieces using 2 cuts.
Place the pieces in a small bowl, and "toss" to separate. You'll have a bunch of quarter-moon shaped
chopped onions. Set aside.
Preparing your Cheddar-Melt
1. Complete the cheese sauce recipe, and chop the onions.
2. Pre-heat an electric griddle to 400? You will be toasting your buns and cooking your beef as described in
the Quarter-Pounder recipe.
3. In a small frying pan, saut?your onions with the teriyaki sauce over medium heat, until tender and slightly
brown. Use Pam?to prevent sticking. Remove from heat, cover, and set aside.
4. While your beef patties are cooking, microwave the pre-made cheese sauce to warm. Add about 1
tablespoon to the toasted top bun. Place the sautéed onions on next.
5. When the beef patty is done, add it next, then the bottom (heel) bun. (The burger will be upside-down)
6. Wrap in a 12"x16" sheet of waxed paper, and let stand 3-4 minutes.
7. Microwave for about 10-15 seconds, still wrapped, to warm. Do not over microwave.
8. Enjoy a great McDonald's Quarter-Pound Cheddar-Melt!
Serving suggestion
Add two slices of cooked bacon in an "X" pattern before adding the beef for a McDonald's Bacon-Cheddar Melt. An even
more limited time offer, as they say.

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Chicken McGrill Sandwich
Special Tools
Electric double side cooking grill. (Grill? Yeah, right. These products are glorified frying pans)
I recommend the George Forman Grill? or Hamilton-Beach?Meal Maker ExpressTM. Any home grilling item
that cooks both sides simultaneously will work. Or you can use one of those frying pans with the raised "grill
mark" maker. (see below for directions)
You'll also need a meat mallet, and a separate electric griddle (smooth surface) for toasting the buns.
Ingredients
2 chicken breast filets
4 large sesame seed buns
lettuce, tomato slices, mayonnaise
Marinade
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons Kraft?grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon (or one cube) chicken bullion
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice (from concentrate)
1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke (Wrights?works best)
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground paprika
Preparation
1. Prepare the marinade by mixing together the ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Refrigerate until later.
2. Cut the two breast portions in half, creating 4 chicken patties. Pound them with a meat mallet to 3/8" thick,
then trim the edges to make as round as possible. They should be about 4" in diameter.
3. Put the finished breast portions in the prepared marinade, poking each 5 or 6 times with a fork. (This allows
the marinade to seep inside) Let them soak in the mixture for several hours before cooking.
4. Preheat your George Foreman Grill? or similar product according to manufacturer's directions.
5. Toast the buns, using McDonald's method.
6. Lay the breast patties on the bottom of the preheated grilling product, and close the top. Allow to cook 5-8
minutes, depending upon the number you are cooking.
7. Dress the toasted crown (top) of your bun as follows:
1 tablespoon mayonnaise, 1/4 cup chopped iceberg lettuce, one large tomato slice.
8. After the chicken is done, place it on the dressed bun, and cap with the toasted heel.
(the chicken should be fairly even in color with no pink in the center)
9. Wrap the finished grilled McChicken?in a large sheet of waxed paper, allow to sit 5 minutes, then
microwave 20 seconds to re-heat. (microwave while still wrapped)
Frying Pan Instructions
If using a frying pan (with raised grill marks), preheat to medium-high and cook the marinated chicken patties
as follows
1. Place the chicken on the pan, and sear immediately. (sear by applying pressure for about 5 seconds)
2. Cook 3-4 minutes per side, depending upon the amount and actual temperature of your pan.
3. When the chicken is finished cooking, it will have a fairly even, golden-tan color with no pink in the middle.
Proceed as directed above.

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Big-N-Tasty
In 2001, McDonald's introduced a "new" burger, called the Big-N-TastyTM. Guess what? It's actually the McD.L.T.TM
reincarnated! The only thing different is the hot and cold side that the McD.L.T.TM featured.
Ingredients
1 TOPPS?1/4 lb frozen beef patty
1 sesame seed bun
1 slice real American cheese
1/4 cup chopped iceberg lettuce
1 fresh tomato slice (2 if small)
1 tablespoon fresh chopped white onion
3 dill pickle slices
McDonald's Hamburger Seasoning
Ketchup and mayonnaise
Pre-heat an electric griddle to 400? and toast both halves of the bun face down on the griddle. It should toast
quickly and will have an even light-brown color when done. After toasting, set the toasted bun aside.
On the same grill surface, cook the beef patty the same way as a Quarter-PounderTM (see cooking
instructions for the Quarter-PounderTM)
Dress your Bun
On the crown half, apply the ketchup and onions as described in the Quarter-PounderTM recipe. Then add 3
pickle slices, the lettuce, followed by 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise. Top that with the tomato, then the slice of
cheese. (if you want cheese)
When the beef is done, put it on the dressed crown and add the toasted heel. Wrap in a 12"x16" sheet of
waxed paper and microwave for 12 seconds on high. There you go, a BIG-N-TASTYTM!

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McLean-Deluxe
This burger replaced the Mc D.L.T. on the menu back in 1990, and barely lasted 4 years. It was a low-fat, "lean" burger
compared with the other McDonald's burger offerings. (still had a lot of fat, though)
They tried a break-through technology that utilized sea-weed extract mixed with the beef to give it more flavor. Such a
small percentage was used that it really had no effect on the flavor. It was more of a gimmick to make people think, "wow,
a new technology that'll make a lower fat burger taste great... I gotta try one".
Not surprisingly, the sodium level was nearly double that of the other hamburgers. Another interesting fact is that the
seaweed extract was actually a form of monosodium glutamate, or MSG as you may know it, in a seaweed oil base.
(seaweed is a vegetable, so basically we're talking vegetable oil here)
Ingredients:
(per sandwich)
1/5 pound 92% lean ground beef
1/4 teaspoon Accent?#060;/nobr>
1/8 teaspoon salt, non iodized
1/8 teaspoon olive oil
McDonald's Hamburger Seasoning
1 sesame seed bun
1 tablespoon Hunt's?ketchup
1 tablespoon Kraft?light mayonnaise
1/2 tablespoon chopped white onion
1/4 cup chopped iceberg lettuce
2-3 Heinz?genuine dill slices
1 tomato slice
non-stick cooking spray
The Beef Patty
1. Divide 1 pound of beef into 5 equal pieces.
Add 1/4 teaspoon of Accent?(MSG), 1/8 teaspoon non-iodized salt, and 1/8 teaspoon olive oil to each.
2. Kneed the beef together to mix the seasoning and oil in thoroughly. Form each piece into a round ball.
3. On waxed paper, press out each meat ball into a round 41/2" diameter patty.
4. Freeze until needed.
Cooking your McLean Deluxe
1. Preheat an electric skillet to 400?
2. Toast the Buns
3. Spray the preheated griddle lightly with non-stick spray to prevent sticking, and immediately add the frozen
beef patty.
4. About 20 seconds after placing the beef patty on the griddle, SEAR lightly. Sprinkle with a liberal amount of
hamburger seasoning. Turn after 2 minutes, being careful not to tear the sear you created. After turning, add
another dash of hamburger seasoning.
5. Dress your toasted bun (crown side) in the following order: ketchup, mayonnaise, onion, pickles, lettuce,
and tomato. Squirt the ketchup in nickel sized "dabs", with the pattern resembling the 5 on a dice.
6. 2-3 minutes after turning, remove the cooked beef patty and place on the dressed crown.
7. Apply the heel, and Wrap in a 12"x16" sheet of waxed paper.
8. Allow to sit for 5 minutes then microwave on high for 15 seconds, still wrapped.

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McRib Sandwich
The McRib?Sandwich was in the "experimental" stages when I managed at McDonald's. It's been 18 years since then
and NOW... the McRib?is, well, in the "experimental" stages. God only knows why they haven't added this "full-time". If
you're sick of waiting a year or two for them to offer one up... You came to the right place! NOW you can make them at
home!
Ingredients
1 JTM?Brand "Grillin' Ribs" pork patty
1 6 inch long sandwich bun
2 tablespoons McDonald's Barbecue sauce (see McNuggets Barbecue Sauce)
1 tablespoon chopped white onion
3 sour dill pickle slices
Note: J-T-MTM is the only brand of these pressed and formed pork patties that I've seen. They are shaped like
a rack of ribs, just like at McDonald's. I get them at Wal-Mart? Look for them in the frozen meat section, near
the pre-formed hamburger patties.
Cooking your McRib?#060;/b>
1. Preheat your griddle to 400? Cook the pork patty just like a quarter pound beef patty. (consult the package
directions for cooking times and other cooking options)
2. Toast the faces of both halves of the bun, using the bun toasting method described throughout this site.
3. On the toasted crown (top) half, apply the ready mixed barbecue sauce and follow that with the dill pickle
slices, spread out evenly.
4. Put the cooked "rib" patty on next, then add the onions, followed by the heel. (bottom)
5. Wrap this masterpiece in a 12"x16" sheet of waxed paper, let sit 5 minutes, then microwave on high about
15 seconds, still wrapped.
6. Enjoy a wonderful McRib?Sandwich!
Important Notes
This is how we did it "back then". However, back then we also just used Bullseye?brand barbecue sauce. (original flavor)
You might consider this option.
Also - this having never been an "official" McDonald's sandwich, different franchise operators may have prepared it a little
differently. Like putting the onions on the crown side, or not putting pickles on it. Maybe they put sauce on both sides...
etc... etc... Just customize it to the way YOU remember it.

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Filet-O-Fish
The first really new menu item other than burgers and fries was 1963's Filet-O-Fish? Invented in Cincinnati, it
was an alternative sandwich added to the menu so Catholics could still eat at Mickey-D's on Fridays. Brilliant
Ray Kroc took it nationwide that same year. The key to this recipe is the tartar sauce.
Special Tools
You'll need a deep-fryer for this one. (this is a per-serving recipe. Multiply everything by each serving needed)
Fish patty can also be baked per package directions.
Filet-O-Fish Tartar Sauce
1/2 cup Kraft?Miracle WhipTM
1/4 cup Vlasic?DILL relish
2 teaspoons dried, minced onion
2 teaspoons half & half
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice concentrate
10-12 capers (small), minced
1/8 teaspoon sugar
Combine in a small jar, mix very well and refrigerate in an air-tight container until needed.
Make this tartar sauce well in advance. (the flavors need to "meld")
Ingredients
1 Van de Camps frozen breaded whitefish patty*
1 small, regular hamburger bun
1 tablespoon prepared tartar sauce
1/2 slice real American cheese
dash salt
1 12"x12" sheet of waxed paper (to wrap)
*use any square whitefish patty not extra crisp, like Mrs. Paul's, or even the store brand.
(as with the burgers, pre-heat your oven to warm. This is your warming "bin")
Cooking your Filet-O-Fish?#060;/b>
Pre-heat you fryer to 375-400 degrees. After its ready, cook fish 3-5 minutes until done. (do NOT thaw first)
Remove and add a dash of salt.
In the old days, the bun was quick warmed using a steamer. We'll use the microwave. Microwave the bun
about 10 seconds, until hot and steamy. (Do NOT toast the bun) Add about 1 tablespoon of prepared tartar
sauce to crown side of the bun. Place the cooked fish filet on top, add 1/2 slice American cheese centered on
the fish, and add heel of the bun. Wrap in a 12"x12" sheet of waxed paper and warm in oven's lowest setting
for 8-10 minutes. Dig into a fabulous Filet-0-Fish!
An alternate "Q-ing" method would be to wrap the sandwich tightly in wax paper, let sit for 5 minutes, and
microwave on high for 15 seconds (while still wrapped)

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McChicken
Ingredients
vegetable oil (in fryer)
1 egg
1 cup water
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup tempura mix (or 1/3 cup flour for a total of 1 cup if tempura mix is unavailable)
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon Accent?#060;/nobr>
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
4 chicken breast filets
4 sesame seed hamburger buns
1 cup chopped iceberg lettuce
McChicken Sauce
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/16 teaspoon onion powder
Stir together well, refrigerate until needed.
Special Tools
Deep fryer; meat mallet
Preparing Your McChicken?Sandwich
1. Beat the egg and then combine it with 1 cup water in a small, shallow bowl. Stir.
2. Combine the flour, salt, pepper, Accent? onion powder and garlic powder in a one gallon size Zip Loc?#060;/nobr>
bag.
3. Pound each of the breast filets with a mallet until about 1/4 inch thick. Trim each breast filet until it is round.
4. Coat each filet with the flour mixture by shaking in the Zip Loc?bag.
5. Remove and dredge each filet in the egg mixture, coating well. Then return each filet to the flour/seasoning
mixture. Shake to coat. Put filets, bag and all, in the freezer for at least an hour. Cover and refrigerate
remaining egg mixture.
6. After freezing, repeat the "coating" process.
7. Deep fry the chicken filets at 375?for 10-12 minutes or until light brown and crispy.
8. As the chicken is frying, toast the buns using the standard method described in cooking regular
hamburgers.
9. On the crown side of the bun, apply 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise mixture, followed by 1/4 cup chopped
iceberg lettuce. Then top with the cooked chicken patty, and the heel of the bun.
10. Wrap tightly in a 12"x16" piece of waxed paper, and let stand 6-8 minutes.
11. Microwave on high, individually, for 15 seconds and serve.

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French Fries
Ingredients
2 large Idaho russet potatoes
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons corn syrup
1-2 cups hot water
6 cups Crisco?shortening
1/4 cup beef lard (or save the fat from previously cooked burgers)
salt
Special Tools
Deep fryer
French Fry Cutter (or patience for cutting potatoes)
Preparing your French Fries
Peel the potatoes. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, corn syrup, and hot water. Make sure the sugar is
dissolved. Using a French fry slicer, cut the peeled potatoes into shoestrings. The potatoes should be 1/4" x
1/4" in thickness, and about 4" to 6" long. (You can do this with a knife, but it is a lot of work)
Place the shoe-stringed potatoes into the bowl of sugar-water, and refrigerate. Let them soak about 30
minutes.
While they're soaking, pack the shortening into the deep fryer. Crank up the temperature to "full". The
shortening has to pre-heat for a very long time. It will eventually liquefy. After it has liquefied and is at least
375? drain the potatoes and dump them into the fryer. (be careful, it will be ferocious)
After 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, remove the potatoes and place them on a paper towel lined plate. Let them cool 8 to
10 minutes in the refrigerator.
While they're cooling, add the lard or beef drippings to the hot Crisco? Again, crank the temperature to full.
Stir in the lard as it melts into the oil. It will blend in.
After the deep fryer is reheated to 375?400? add the potatoes and deep fry again for 5-7 minutes until golden
brown. Remove and place in a large bowl.
Sprinkle generously with salt, then "toss" the fries to mix the salt evenly. (I suggest about 1 teaspoon of salt,
maybe slightly more)
Serve hot, serve immediately, and enjoy! Depending upon the size of the potatoes, this recipe makes about 2
medium sized fries.
Special Notes
1. If you want more fries, double the recipe - but DON'T double the cooking oil. Just cook them in shifts, adding about 1/4
cup more Crisco?and 1 tablespoon lard for the second batch.
2. If cooking for a minute or so, removing, and returning the fries to the oil seems like a pain in the ass, that's because it
is. But it is an important "blanching" step required for that great taste.
3. For an easier clone of McDonald's French fries, you can use the frozen, pre-cut Ore-Ida?shoestring potatoes. Just
cook them in the same combo of Crisco?and lard, skipping the "blanching" process. Cook them while still frozen for 6-10
minutes (depending upon the amount) until golden brown. They're good, but not nearly as accurate in taste and texture as
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Milkshakes
The milkshakes were changed in the early 80's to reduce the fat content and calories. These McDonald's shakes are how
they tasted from the 50's through the 70's. Back then the straw would sometimes collapse because the shakes were so
thick. ENJOY!
Special Tools
I suggest getting an Hamilton Beach DRINK-MASTER. It is a consumer version of the multi-mixer's Ray Kroc
used to sell to the McDonald brothers. (or... a blender works O.K.)
Vanilla Shake
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup half & half
3 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chocolate Shake
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup half and half
2 tablespoons chocolate flavor Nestle Quik Powder
Strawberry Shake
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup half and half
3 tablespoons strawberry flavor Nestle Quik Powder
ShamrockTM Shake
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1 cup milk
1/4 cup half and half
1/4 teaspoon MINT extract (not peppermint)
8 drops green food coloring
1. Combine half of the ingredients for the shake flavor of your choice in the silver cup that comes in the
DRINKMASTER, and mix on high speed until smooth. Pour into a cup. Repeat for shake 2. Or use a
blender and mix all ingredients on high speed until smooth. Stop blender, stir and blend again, if
necessary to combine ingredients.
2. Pour into two 12-ounce cups. Serves 2.

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Chicken Fajitas
Special Fajita seasoning
1 tablespoon corn starch
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon crushed chicken bullion cube
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin
(or try using McCormick?fajita seasoning - tastes great and is close enough)
Ingredients
2 large skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup diced white onion
2 tablespoons McDonald's fajita seasoning (see above)
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon lime juice, from concentrate
2 slices real American cheese
4 8" flour tortillas
cooking oil
Cooking your Fajitas
1.Cut the chicken into small strips, none longer than two inches, about 1/4 inch thick.
2. Combine fajita seasoning with water, vinegar, and lime juice in a small bowl.
3. Marinate chicken in above mixture, covered and refrigerated, for a couple of hours.
4. Cook marinated chicken strips in a wok over medium-high heat until brown. (retain marinade) Use cooking
oil to prevent sticking.
5. Add green pepper and onion, and stir-fry for about 1 minute.
6. Add remaining marinade, stir-fry until liquid "escapes".
7. Spoon 1/4 of the mixture into the center of one flour tortilla and add 1/2 slice American cheese. Sprinkle
with a dash of your pre-mixed McDonald's fajita seasoning. (do this for all four of them)
8. Fold like a burrito with one end open and wrap in a 12"x12" sheet of wax paper. Let sit 5-7 minutes.
9. Microwave, still wrapped, 15 seconds each. (separately)
10. Drop on the floor for a more authentic taste.
11. Enjoy with Pace?picante sauce on the side.

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Chicken McNuggets
Special Tools
Deep fryer
Ingredients
vegetable oil (in fryer)
1 egg
1 cup water
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup tempura mix (or 1/3 cup flour for a total of 1 cup if tempura mix is unavailable)
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon Accent?#060;/nobr>
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
4 chicken breast filets, each cut into 6-7 bite sized pieces.
Cooking Your McNuggets
1. Beat the egg and then combine it with 1 cup water in a small, shallow bowl. Stir.
2. Combine the flour, salt, Accent? pepper, onion powder and garlic powder in a one gallon size Zip Loc?#060;/nobr>
bag.
3. Pound each of the breast filets with a mallet until about 1/4 inch thick. Trim each breast filet into bite sized
pieces.
4. Coat each piece with the flour mixture by shaking in the Zip Loc?bag.
5. Remove and dredge each nugget in the egg mixture, coating well. Then return each nugget to the
flour/seasoning mixture. Shake to coat. Put nuggets, bag and all, in the freezer for at least an hour. Cover and
refrigerate remaining egg mixture.
6. After freezing, repeat the "coating" process.
7. Preheat oven and large cookie sheet to 375?#060;/nobr>
8. Deep fry the chicken McNuggetsTM at 375?for 10-12 minutes or until light brown and crispy. (cook only
about 9 at a time)
9. Drain on paper towels 3-5 minutes.
10. Place deep-fried nuggets on preheated cookie sheet in oven and bake another 5-7 minutes.
11. Serve with your favorite McDonald's dipping sauce.

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Dipping Sauces
McDonald's Hot Mustard Sauce
6 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard (Use store brand, I use Crystal?- French's?isn't quite right)
2 tablespoons dark corn syrup (KaroTM Brand dark corn syrup)
4 teaspoons ground, dry mustard (I suggest Coleman's?if available)
11/2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/16 teaspoon (a dash) teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
Mix all of the ingredients together in a microwave safe container until it is one solid color. A fork works well for
this. Microwave on high about 35 seconds, and mix again. Cover, and refrigerate at least 6 hours (to allow the
flavors to meld) Refrigerate until needed, and remember to refrigerate unused portions. This recipe makes a
little more than 4 "packets" of hot mustard sauce. Double it or triple it as needed.
This is a "clone recipe", and is the closest thing on the internet. Next time you are at McD's, grab an extra packet, and
compare the ingredients with other "so-called" Top Secret Recipes. You'll see that this not only tastes closer to the real
thing, but the ingredients match up as well. After all, proper ingredients = better clone.
McDonald's Sweet and Sour Sauce
1/4 cup peach preserves
1/4 cup apricot preserves
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
5 teaspoons white vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons corn starch
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons water
Combine all ingredients except water in a food processor or blender and puree until the mixture is smooth.
Pour mixture into a small saucepan over medium heat. Add water, stir, and bring mixture to a boil. Allow it to
boil for five minutes, stirring often. When the sauce has thickened, remove it from the heat and let it cool.
Store sauce in a covered container in the refrigerator.
McDonald's Sweet and Sour Sauce (simplified)
1 cup Apricot Preserves
3 tablespoons Heinz?57 Sauce
3 tablespoons Italian Dressing
3 tablespoons Soy Sauce
Mix the ingredients together very well in a microwave safe jar. Zap it in the microwave for about 45 seconds,
stir well again. Cover, and refrigerate until needed.
McDonald's Barbecue Sauce
1/2 cup Kraft original flavor barbecue sauce
1/3 cup Bullseye?original barbecue sauce
1 teaspoon light corn syrup
Combine the ingredients very well. Microwave on high for about 30 seconds, then stir again. Use immediately,
or cover and refrigerate until needed. Makes about 6.5 ounces (6 packets) of McDonald's Barbecue Sauce.
McDonald's Honey Dipping Sauce
HONEY... just honey, you wild, wacky McFreak!

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Breakfast Burritos
Ingredients
4 ounces Jimmy DeanTM breakfast sausage
1 tablespoon re-hydrated dried chopped onion (see regular hamburger recipe for these)
1 tablespoon minced mild green chilies (canned)
1 tablespoon diced tomatoes (canned, drain liquid)
4 eggs, beaten to oblivion
salt, pepper
4 8 inch flour tortillas
4 slices REAL American cheese
On the side: Pace?Picante Sauce
Cooking your Breakfast Burrito
1. Preheat a skillet over medium heat. Crumble the sausage into the pan, then add the onion. Saut?the
sausage and onion for 3 to 4 minutes or until the sausage is browned.
2. Add the mild green chilies and tomatoes. Continue to saut?for 1 minute.
3. Pour the beaten eggs into the pan and scramble the eggs with the sausage and vegetables. Add a dash of
salt and pepper.
4. Heat up the tortillas by steaming them in the microwave in moist paper towels or a tortilla steamer for 20 to
30 seconds.
5. Break each slice of cheese in half and position two halves end-to-end in the middle of each tortilla.
6. To make the burrito, spoon 1/4 of the egg filling onto the cheese in a tortilla. Fold one side of the tortilla
over the filling, then fold up about two inches of one end. Fold over the other
side of the tortilla to complete the burrito (one end should remain open). Serve hot with salsa on the side, if
desired. Makes 4 burritos.
7. Drop on the floor, and serve. (more authentic flavor)

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Egg McMuffin
Ingredients:
(per sandwich)
1 large grade A egg
1 English muffin
butter (REAL butter)
1 slice American cheese (real... not processed cheese food)
1 slice Canadian bacon
1 12"x12" sheet of wax paper
non stick cooking spray
Special Tools
You need an egg ring. Find one at you're favorite cooking specialty store.
Cooking Your Egg McMuffin
1. Pre-heat an electric griddle to 275 degrees. Toast your English muffin by laying both sides face down on
the griddle and applying pressure. This takes about 1 to 1.5 minutes. (they should be medium brown) Set
aside.
2. Lay your egg ring on the pre-heated grill. Spray with Pam to prevent sticking. Crack the egg and pour into
egg ring on the grill. Poke the yolk with a sharp instrument so it flows.
3. Butter both toasted halves of the English muffin liberally with melted butter. Put a slice of American cheese
on the bottom half.
4. About 2 1/2 minutes after you started cooking the egg, the whites should firm up, and the yolk should still
be a bit "liquidy". Carefully remove the ring, leaving the egg on the griddle.
(you may have to "slice" around the edges if it sticks)
5. Very carefully turn the egg over, and lay one slice of Canadian bacon on the griddle.
6. After about 30-45 seconds, "flip" the Canadian bacon, and remove the egg, placing it on the bottom half
(cheesed half) of the English muffin.
7. Put the Canadian bacon on top, and cover with the top of the English muffin.
8. Wrap in pre-cut wax paper just like the hamburger recipes. Let stand 5 minutes, then microwave 12 second
on high, and eat.

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Biscuits
Ingredients:
(per sandwich)
1 Prepared Pillsbury?GrandsTM biscuit (Or... make them from scratch)
1 Smithfield?Restaurant-Style sausage patty (or similar)
2 teaspoons McDonald's biscuit dressing (see below)
Sausage and Egg Biscuit
Same as above, plus one grade A large egg
Sausage McMuffin
1 Thomas's?English muffin
2 teaspoons melted butter
1 slice real American cheese
Sausage McMuffin with Egg
Same as above, plus one grade A large egg
The Sausage
The type of sausage patty used at McDonald's is pre-cooked and frozen. On the east coast there is a near
perfect clone available at your supermarket: Smithfield?Brand Restaurant-Style sausage patties. The
ingredients match up almost perfectly.
I'm sure there are other "regional" brands that match up, just check the label and compare with the
ingredients listed for the McDonald's sausage patty
McDonald's Sausage Ingredients: Pork, water, salt, sage, spices, corn syrup solids, dextrose, sugar, pepper,
monosodium glutamate, flavorings, BHA propyl gallate, citric acid.
McDonald's Biscuits
From Scratch:
Yield: 8 biscuits
2 tablespoons margarine, melted and divided
2 cups Bisquick baking mix
2/3 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Combine the baking mix, buttermilk, sugar, salt, and half of the melted margarine in a medium bowl. Mix
until well-blended.
3. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 30 seconds, or until dough becomes elastic.
4. Roll dough to about 3/4 inch thick and punch out biscuits using a 3 inch cutter. Arrange the punched-out
dough on an ungreased baking sheet, and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the biscuits are golden on top and
have doubled in height.
5. Remove the biscuits from the oven and immediately brush each one with a light coating of the remaining
melted margarine. Serve warm.
From a Box
I suggest using Pillsbury?GrandsTM ready to bake biscuits. Find them in the refrigerated section at your
favorite supermarket. You could make them from scratch, but the whole idea of fast food is convenience. That
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Bake the biscuits in advance according to the package directions. With one exception: Half way through
baking, brush each biscuit with a small amount of melted butter.
Depending upon how many biscuits you'll need, you can bake them all at once (8) or just do half, and
refrigerate the rest.
The subtle flavoring comes from the biscuit dressing and the way it blends with the other ingredients.
McDonald's Biscuit Dressing
Soybean oil based cooking spray (like Pam?
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/16 teaspoon onion powder
1/16 teaspoon Jolly-Time?buttery seasoning (look near the popcorn at the supermarket)
5-6 drops lemon juice from concentrate
In a very small container, spray the cooking spray for 10-12 seconds. (you'll get about 2 teaspoons after the
froth dies down) Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Set aside until biscuit time.
(this amount of biscuit dressing is enough for only one sandwich, so you might want to double or quadruple it
if you're making 2-4 biscuit sandwiches)
Preparing your Sausage Biscuit
1. Bake the biscuits according to package directions.
2. Pre-heat an electric griddle to 400? When it is ready, place the desired number of frozen patties on the
surface. After 20 seconds, sear each of them thoroughly. (They should squeak, almost squealing like a pig
when you do this)
3. After 2 minutes, turn the patty(s) over. Cook another 2-3 minutes.
4. Cut or break your baked biscuit(s) evenly down the middle, and put 1 teaspoon of your McDonald's biscuit
dressing on each half - evenly dispersed.
5. When the sausage is done, put it on the bottom biscuit, add the top, and wrap tightly in a 12"x16" sheet of
waxed paper.
6. Let stand 5 minutes, then microwave (still wrapped) for 15-20 seconds.
Sausage Biscuit with Egg
Simply prepare everything the same as above, and follow the Egg McMuffin cooking instructions for the egg.
Sausage McMuffin and Sausage McMuffin with Egg
For a plain Sausage McMuffin? toast the English muffin as described in the Egg McMuffin?recipe. Add a
teaspoon of melted butter to each toasted half instead of biscuit dressing.
For a sausage McMuffin?with Egg, follow the Egg McMuffin?cooking directions, and use the sausage patty
in place of the Canadian bacon.

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Muffins
Bran Muffins
Yield: 30 servings
Ingredients
3 cups buttermilk
3 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar
3 cups Bran flakes - slightly crush
3 cups all-purpose flour
Put first ingredients through blender on high speed 20 seconds. Pour into bowl and beat in remaining
ingredients at low speed of mixer until completely mixed. Cover and refrigerate 24 hours. Fill greased muffin
well almost full and bake at 400?for 20 to 25 minutes or until cracked on top and a toothpick inserted in center
comes out clean. 1 tablespoon plumped raisins can be added to each well of batter before baking.
McDonald's Apple McMuffins
Yield: 12 servings
Ingredients
1/2 cup skimmed or reconstituted - non-fat dry milk
1/2 small Carton Egg Beaters (= 1egg)
4 teaspoon non-fat plain yogurt*
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup apple; peel - grate
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cup self-rising flour
*Can use 1 teaspoon yogurt and 2 teaspoon applesauce for more moist muffins. Grease 12 muffin wells.
Preheat oven to 400? Combine all ingredients in medium mixing bowl using mixer on medium speed. When
completely combined, stir in self-rising flour only until flour is completely moistened and dissolved. Do not
over mix. You don't want to beat this like a cake batter or muffins will be heavy and maybe dry after baked.
Divide batter equally among the 12 prepared muffin wells. Bake about 18-20 minutes until a tester comes out
clean. Cool a few minutes before loosening and removing from muffin tins
McDonald's Apple McMuffins (simplified)
Yield: 24 servings
Ingredients
21 ounces apple pie filling
3 eggs
2 teaspoons apple pie spice
18 ounces yellow cake mix
Beat all together with electric mixer on medium-speed. Divide batter equally between 24 paper-lined cupcake
wells. Bake at 350?25 to 30 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean. Cool before peeling off paper
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Hot Apple and Cherry Pies
McDonald's had a really tasty thing going for several years with their hot apple and cherry pies. They were deep fried, and
awesome. But because the trend for consumers has been "healthier" and "less-fat", the classic recipe was replaced with
the current baked product. Now you can have those greasy, volcano hot pies again!
Special Tools
Deep fryer, spray gun with fresh water, zip-lock bags, and an extra fry basket.
Ingredients
4-6 cups vegetable oil (in fryer)
1 package Pillsbury?apple or cherry turnovers (Find them in the refrigerated section)
Preparation
1. Unroll the Pillsbury?turnover dough. You will have six 3"x3" pieces. You will use four of them.
Stretch them out to about 4"x5" rectangles. Do this on waxed paper.
2. Spread 1/2 of the pie filling on one dough, and the other half on another, leaving about 1/2 inch of dough
around edges. Clear a 3/4 inch space lengthwise down the middle of both.
3. Place the remaining two doughs on top of the two with the filling. Crimp the edges. You'll have what looks
like two giant pop-tarts.
4. Cut both of them precisely down the middle, in that 3/4 inch space you created. Crimp those two edges.
5. Manipulate as needed to form an attractive, uniform shaped pie. They should look like small burritos, only
crimped around the edges.
6. Place all four, flat on waxed paper, in the freezer. After about 45 minutes, spray all sides of each pie with
water mist. Return to the freezer for at least another hour.
7. Place in a freezer bag and seal for future use, or get ready to deep-fry them.
Cooking Your Pies
1. Pre-heat your deep fryer to 375? Also pre-heat your oven to warm.
2. Quickly dip a frozen pie in cold water, making sure to immerse it entirely.
3. Drop the pie into the hot oil. Be careful - it will most likely splatter. After the pies are in the fryer, place your
spare fryer basket over the top. ("Sandwiching" the pies between the two baskets) This ensures the pies are
fully submerged. It is important that the pies are fully submerged or a good portion of it won't cook correctly.
4. Cook 5-7 minutes. Check after 5 minutes - the color should be a golden brown. The older the oil, the
sooner it will turn brown, and that may give you a false reading. 6 minutes is generally right on.
5. After deep-frying, carefully remove the cooked pies and drain for 1 minute on paper towels. Then place
directly on the oven rack in your warmed oven. Warm for at least 10 minutes, and as long as 30 minutes.
6. Enjoy your McDonald's hot apple/cherry pie, but caution... it will be hot.
Important Notes
1. The pies will not look exactly the same as the old McDonald's hot pies. They will also be smaller. The taste, however,
will be the same. As you eat it, you'll actually be able to feel the fat pulsating in your veins on the way to clog your arteries!
2. The pies may stick to the fry basket. If this happens, carefully remove using a knife. You don't want to rip the dough.
3. If the filling oozes out during cooking, remember to crimp the dough edges better next time.
If you wonder why these pies have to be frozen, it is to get a crispy crust. Spraying with water beforehand gives a little ice
glaze that helps the outer crust attain the correct texture. Finally, dipping in water just before placing in the oil helps form a
flaky, crispier layer on the outside, and the famous "doughy" crust on the inside.

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Scrambled Eggs and Hash Browns
Ingredients
The Eggs
8 large grade A eggs
The Hash Browns
4 Ore-Ida?Golden Patties?frozen potatoes*
4-6 cups vegetable oil (McDonald's uses soybean oil)
*(the McDonald's "factory" has special equipment for machine tooling these hash brown patties. They are
nearly impossible to duplicate at home)
Special Tools
10 inch non-stick skillet
rubber spatula (like Rubbermaid?
deep fryer
Cooking the Eggs
1. Pre-heat the skillet to low heat. Be careful not to make it too hot. It is better to have it too cool than too hot.
2. Scramble the eggs using the McDonald's method.
3. Spray the cooking surface with a small amount of non-stick spray, and pour in the eggs. Stir with the rubber
spatula in a circular motion. If, after a time, nothing seems to be happening, turn up the burner slightly.
4. As the eggs begin to firm up, begin "chopping" them with the rubber spatula. Make sure to fold them over a
few times so the eggs cook evenly. Once the eggs are fairly firm with very little liquid, stop folding, but
continue chopping.
5. The eggs will get more and more firm, and you will continue the chopping motion while they do.
You want to eliminate any "big chunks".
6. When the eggs are finally done, use a regular metal spatula to cut them into 4 equal sized pieces, using
two crosscuts. (You'll have 4 egg wedges)
7. Remove the cooked eggs from the skillet using the metal spatula and serve immediately with hash browns.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Serves 4
Cooking McDonald's Hash Browns
1. Pre-heat your deep fryer to 350?375?range.
2. Place 4 still frozen Ore-Ida?hash brown patties in the fry basket.
3. Lower the basket into the hot oil, and cook 2-3 minutes until golden brown.
4. Remove the hash brown patties, and place on a paper towel lined plate. Add a dash of salt immediately to
each side, and allow to cool a few minutes before serving.
5. Serve with McDonald's scrambled eggs.

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Hotcakes
Ingredients
1 1/3 cup Bisquick?Original Pancake mix (the instant kind)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup Sprite?#060;/nobr>
Cooking Directions
Pre-heat an electric griddle to 375?
Mix hotcake ingredients with a wire whisk until smooth.
Apply about 1 teaspoon of Crisco?shortening to the griddle, spreading evenly with a paper towel. (Be careful
not to burn your fingers)
Pour the hotcake batter on the greased, pre-heated griddle, forming 5 inch hotcakes.
Cook until dry around the edges, (about a minute) then turn.
Allow to cook about 40-50 seconds after flipping, and remove.
Place the cooked hotcakes on an oven safe plate, and warm in your oven for 5-8 minutes. (This helps give
the hotcakes that tough texture McDonald's is famous for)
Serve with Aunt Jemima?original maple syrup. (It is the closest ingredient match to McDonald's hotcake
syrup)
*Note: The Bisquick?pancake mix is available in their "Shake & Pour?amp;quot; variety. Use the 7 ounce size, and follow the
package directions... using 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup Sprite?in place of the 1 cup of water stated on the package.
McDonald's Hotcake Big Breakfast
Serve 2 cooked hotcakes with a McDonald's sausage patty.
Important Note: McDonald's doesn't really use Sprite?in their hotcake batter. This is a clone recipe that closely matches
the flavor of McDonald's Hotcakes. They have their own dry mix that requires only adding water.

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Broccoli Cheese Soup
Yield: 4
Ingredients
2 cups water
1/2 cup flour
12 cups dry milk powder
3 tablespoons chicken bouillon powder
1 teaspoon dry minced onion
black pepper
5 ounces frozen chopped broccoli - cook
1 tablespoon sour cream
1 tablespoon butter
1 slice Kraft Singles Cheddar
Into blender put first 6 ingredients. Blend on high until smooth. Pick out larger pieces of broccoli and put in
blender. Blend those until tiny bits. Put aside 3/4 cup cooking water from broccoli and discard rest of water.
Pour blender mixture into top of double boiler over simmering water, stirring until smooth and thickened. Stir
in cooking water and broccoli, diced fine. Add remaining ingredients.