Quarter Pounder

Quarter Pounder
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The Big Boy Homemade Quarter Pounder Burger by McDonald’s! It’s a very good size Burger and although simplistic, packs some good Beefy Cheese Flavor.

McDonald’s Description reads for the Quarter Pounder as.

Standard Burger Information

Check out my post on How to Make Burgers. Which discusses how to make the Burger Patties, their sizes, How to cook and the Seasonings for Burger Patties. Other topics include Toasting the Buns and Wrapping the Burgers, as well as freezing the Patties.

It’s an informative post outlining the various components that come together to create your Burger. The Toppings & Sauces are up to you.

Quarter Pound Burger Patties

Make the below Burger Mixin with very cold ground beef and weigh out 114g and shape into a Quarter Pound Burger Patty. Place these on a baking sheet to freeze.

If making a bunch of these up, freeze them on a baking sheet and once frozen transfer to a freezer bag. Optionally stack them with waxed paper to separate them.

Hamburger Seasoned Beef

Burger Mixin

For every 1 lbs. of Ground Beef, add the below Burger Mixin to add Flavor, Umami and Texture.

  • 1 tsp Beef Powder
  • 1/2 tsp MSG
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
Quarter Pound Burger Patties

Quarter Pound Patties

Seared and Seasoned Quarter Pound Burger Patties over medium heat.

Burger Seasoning

McDonald’s states they use only Salt & Pepper to season the Burgers. For this, I like my very own Salt & Pepper Blend to season the Burgers. Either Season the Burgers before they go into the Skillet or Sear and then seasoned the sear side. Repeat for the other side when done searing. Seasoning the Burger Patties after searing will preserve the freshness of the Black Pepper more. But either way is fine.

If serving Fries with this Homemade Quarter Pounder, the Seasoned Salt can be used to Season the Fries after they have been Deep Fried or before they go into the Air Fryer for Air Fryer Fries.

Salt & Pepper Blend

Salt & Pepper Blend

  • 1 Tbl Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp White Pepper

Quarter Pound Burger Buns

McDonald’s has these on Sesame Buns. Butter the Buns and toast in a skillet over medium heat.

Sesame Burger Buns 4.5 in

Sesame Hamburger Buns

Quarter Pounder Toppings

The McDonald’s Quarter Pounder is topped with a pinch of Slivered Onions & Two Sliced Pickles with Two Cheddar Cheese slices and some Ketchup & Mustard. I usually buy the French’s Brand. However, Heinz Chili Sauce is the Ketchup that I use for McDonald’s Burger & Fries whenever I have this on hand. For some reason, it reminds me of the Older McDonald’s Ketchup.

Heinz Chili Sauce

Ketchup & Mustard

Five small dollops of Mustard and Five larger dollops of Ketchup.

I find that the Heinz Chili Sauce is best for the Ketchup. Both on Burgers and Fries.

Slivered Onions


Chop the Onion into about 1 inch long by 1/8-1/4 inch wide slivers.

Sauté them to your liking after toasting the Buttered Hamburger Buns, or just soak in water until ready to top the Burgers.

Sliced Pickles


Two pickles per burger.

Sliced Cheddar Cheese

Cheese Slice

Cheese Slices, Real Cheddar Cheese Slice or Velveeta Cheese Slices can be used.

Quarter Pounder with Bacon


Add Bacon! For a Bacon Cheese Quarter Pounder.

Quarter Pounder Assembly

Quarter Pounder Pin

Quarter Pounder

Homemade McDonald's Quarter Pounder with Slivered Onions, Pickles, Cheddar Cheese, Quarter Pound Beef Patty with two slices of Cheddar Cheese on a Buttered and Toasted Sesame Bun.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Servings: 2 Burgers


  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Digital Scale
  • 1 Hamburger Press
  • 1 Baking Sheet
  • 1 Skillet
  • 1 Bowl For the Salt & Pepper blend


  • 2 Sesame Hamburger Buns - Buttered & Toasted
  • 2 Quarter Pound Beef Patties - Frozen
  • 5 Dollops Ketchup & Mustard - Per Burger
  • 1/2 Small Onion - Sliced into Slivers
  • 4 Sliced Pickles - 2 per Burger
  • 4 Slices Cheddar Cheese - 2 per Burger

Salt & Pepper Blend

  • 1 Tbl Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp White Pepper


  • Prepare the Toppings and set aside until ready to top the Burgers.
  • Butter and Toast the Buns in a skillet over medium heat.
    Season and sear the Burger Patties for about 3–4 minutes per side, or until the juices run clear. Season the seared side with Salt & Pepper and repeat for the other side when done.
  • Assemble the Burger, starting with the Crown
    Ketchup & Mustard
    Slivered Onions – small pinch
    Pickles – 2 per burger
    Bacon if adding
    Burger Patty
    Serve right away, or wrap in waxed paper and let sit 5 minutes or keep warm in the oven.



Quarter Pound Ground Beef Patties

For every 1 lb of very cold ground Beef, add the following and mix gently to evenly distribute and weigh out about 114g for 4 Quarter Pound Beef Patties. Shape and place on a baking sheet to freeze. Optionally add in Chopped Beef Suet.
  • 1 tsp Beef Powder
  • 1/2 tsp MSG
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keywords: McDonalds Quarter Pounder, Quarter Pound Burger, Quarter Pound Hamburger, Quarter Pounder
Author: JAH
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