Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: Surviving on burgers for a week - Day 7 Lunch
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Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: Surviving on burgers for a week - Day 7 Dinner

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Can a person get tired of eating just burgers? HECK NO!

In a celebration of summer, yours truly is celebrating with what is THE iconic food of summer, the burger. For a week, lunch and dinner will feature some sort of burger, starting off with a classic cheeseburger and then going on an adventure from there. The adventure will travel through flavors from around the globe, Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian and more! There will be a variety in spices, toppings and meats!

I can't think of a better way to top off my celebration of burgers than with my spin on THE iconic sandwich from McDonald's, The Big Mac.

I've taken two all beef patties special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun and created a home made burger of, well, you know how my saying goes.....  It's another dose of YUM! 

The all beef patties, grilled!

The onions, grilled!

The sesame seed bun, scratch made!

The special sauce, no, not just Thousand Island dressing....  No, not just ketchup, mayo and a little pickle relish... 

IMG_20171013_173645_225Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you The McMock Burger:


  • One pound of ground chuck
  • One Tablespoon seasoning salt or your favorite dry rub
  • One Tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Mayo
  • 1 Tablespoon Sriracha
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill pickle relish
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • American cheese slices
  • 4-5, OK, maybe 6 dill pickle slices
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Sesame seed hamburger buns
  • A few tabs of butter and a bit of garlic to toast the buns/bread

In a large bowl, mix the ground chuck and the seasoning salt until well incorporated and chill for about 2 hours.  This chill time is crucial and really makes the burger, it let's those flavors marry.  While the meat is chilling, create the special sauce by combining the minced onion, mayo, sriracha, pickle relish and black pepper.  The chill time is crucial here too, letting that minced onion absorb the moisture from the other ingredients.  After all the chilling, and perhaps a few adult beverages, form the patties and grill the burgers over direct heat, about 3-5 minutes per side.    While those burgers are grilling, get the buns and condiments ready.  I didn't include any baking instructions for scratch made sesame seed buns, that's a recipe for another day..... (to create a 'middle bun', just use another bottom bun from a ready made package of buns).   When those burgers are about ready to serve,  toast the buns/bread with garlic butter and grill the sliced onion.    Dress the garlic butter toasted buns with the special sauce, then a light layer of shredded lettuce, pickle and a slice of American cheese.  Patty it up!  Then put the middle bun on and repeat.  The heat of the burger will start the cheese melting process for that delicious Big Mac, er, Mock, bite!

This burger cost only about $2.25 to prepare.  Surprisingly cheap given the double-decker!  Try spending just that at McDonald's for such a whopper!....    Ooops, wrong restaurant.......   And yes, that's a tease.... 

I hope you've enjoyed all these fantastic burger recipes like the "Classic," "Idaho," "Meatloaf," "Pizza," "Thanksgiving," "Cajun," "Mediterranean," "California," "Mexican," "Garlic Chicken Curry," "French Dip."  It's been a blast putting these recipes together and an even bigger blast eating these great burgers!



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