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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fatburger


Southern California - the birthplace of famous hamburgers from McDonald's, Carl's Jr., and In-n-Out Burger - is home to another thriving burger chain that opened its first outlet in 1952. Lovie Yancey thought of the perfect name for the 1/3-pound burgers she sold at her Los Angeles burger joint: Fatburger. Now with over 41 units in California, Nevada, and moving into Washington and Arizona, Fatburger has become the food critics' favorite, winning "best burger in town" honors with regularity. The secret is the seasoned salt used on a big 'ol lean beef patty. And there's no
ketchup on the stock version, just mayo, mustard, and relish. Replace the ground beef with ground turkey and you've got Fatburger's Turkey burger all up and cloned.

1/3 pound lean ground beef
seasoned salt
ground black pepper
1 plain hamburger bun
1/2 tablespoon mayonnaise
1/4 cup chopped iceberg lettuce
1 tomato slice
1/2 tablespoon mustard
1/2 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
1 tablespoon chopped onion
3 dill pickle slices (hamburger slices)

Optional
1 slice American cheese
Grill the unsuspecting beef patty in a hot frying pan.
Slap the hot side and the cold side together.

1. Form the ground beef into a patty that is about 1 inch wider
than the circumference of the hamburger bun.
2. Preheat a non-stick frying pan to medium/high heat. Fry the
patty in the pan for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until done. Season
both sides of the beef with seasoned salt and ground black pepper.
3. As the meat cooks prepare the bun by spreading approximately 1/2
tablespoon of mayonnaise on the face of the top bun.

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4. Place the lettuce on the mayonnaise, followed by the tomato slice.
5. When the beef is done place the patty on the bottom bun.
6. Spread about 1/2 tablespoon of mustard over the top of the beef
patty.
7. Spoon about 1/2 tablespoon of relish over the mustard.
8. Sprinkle the chopped onion onto the relish.
9. Arrange the pickles on the chopped onion.
10. Bring the two halves of the burger together and serve with
gumption.
Makes 1 burger.

Tidbits
If you want cheese on your burger, put a slice of American cheese
on the face of the bottom bun before adding the beef patty. The
heat from the meat will melt the cheese.

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