Mini in size, mighty in flavor. This copycat recipe might be better than the original!
I don’t know about you, but no matter how sophisticated my palette gets, I’ll always be a sucker for Big Macs. What can I say? Even though I know they are terrible for me, there’s no denying how delicious they are. However, my waistline doesn’t love stopping for fast food too often, so I experimented with a recipe to see if I could come up with something just as good to make at home. I think you’re going to love the results!
These burgers might be mini in size, but they are mighty in flavor. The beef is seasoned with garlic, onion, and ground mustard, so we’re off to a good start. You’ll also add 2 eggs to the beef mixture, which helps keep the meat nice and juicy.
Once you have your meat mixture, it’s time to spread it out on a sheet pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. Baking the meat this way ensures even cooking and is another factor for keeping the burgers moist and delicious!
Once the meat is cooked, it’s time to assemble. Spread some Thousand Island dressing on the bottom buns, top with a mini patty cut from the sheet pan of meat, and pile on cheese, lettuce, pickles, and more dressing.
The finishing touch is to brush the tops of the buns with butter and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top! Serve these bad boys up with a side of fries, and you’ll have your new favorite meal. Trust me, your family is going to love this one!
Mini Big Macs
Makes 12 Mini Big Macs; 10 minutes prep, 25 minutes cook time
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 yellow onion, minced
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 2 eggs, whisked
- 1 package of 12 dinner rolls, pre-cut (Hawaiian rolls would be good, or something similar)
- 12 slices American cheese
- 1 cup shredded lettuce
- 12 to 15 dill pickle slices
- 1/3 cup Thousand Island dressing
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat over to 350°. In a bowl, combine your ground beef, minced onion, salt, pepper, garlic powder, ground mustard, and egg. Mix until just combined.
- Place the meat mixture on a cookie sheet, forming a rectangle that is a little bigger than the rolls when they are all connected. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
- While the meat cooks, separate the rolls, placing the bottoms on another cookie sheet. Then, spoon out 1-2 tablespoons on the bottoms of the rolls.
- Once the meat is cooked, cut up into mini patties and place on the buns. Spread more Thousand Island on top of the meat.
- Place cheese slices across the cooked mean and bake for another minute or two, until the cheese melts. When the cheese is melted, spread out pickles and lettuce on top and then place the “lids” on top.
- Use a pastry brush and brush the tops of the buns with the melted butter, then add a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Serve up warm with a side of fries!
Recipe adapted from The Tipsy Housewife.