McDonald's Quarter Pounder with Cheese



  • 3/4 Pounds  ground chuck
  • 1/4 Pound  lean, ground beef
  • 3 Tablespoons  salt
  • 1 Teaspoon  black pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  onion powder
  • 1/8 Teaspoon  garlic powder
  • medium sized sesame seed bun
  •   Ketchup, as needed
  •   Mustard, as needed
  • 4 Tablespoons  chopped onion, soaked in ice cold water
  • American cheese slices
  • dill slices

The McDonald’s Quarter Pounder was first introduced into the United States in 1973. Outside of the United States, the ‘QP’ also goes by the names of the McRoyal, or the McRoyal with cheese. Although varieties exist, most people in the United States enjoy a delicious quarter pound of beef with cheese, kisses of mustard and ketchup, raw onion, and pickles. This burger is so simple and delicious it’s almost too good to be true.

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Add the meat to a large bowl and lightly blend. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl for McDonald's burger seasoning. Weigh the meat mixture into exactly four 4-ounce patties for a quarter pound McDonald’s patty.

Place the burgers on a sheet pan in between two pieces of parchment paper and place in the freezer for 1 ½ hours.

Remove the burgers from the freezer exactly 2 minutes before you are ready to cook them. Heat a large, nonstick griddle to high. Place the patties on the griddle, season heavily with the seasonings, and let them sit for 30 seconds. Using a spatula, press down heavily on the patty for roughly 6 seconds. Flip the burger and repeat, remembering to season heavily. 

Place the bun on a clean part of the flat top and toast until warm.

On the crown of the bun, place 5 nickel-sized dollops of ketchup on the cooked burgers, four in each corner, and one in the center. In the empty spaces, place five smaller dots of mustard. Remove the onions from the water and drain thoroughly, placing them on the ketchup and mustard. Place 2-3 slices of pickles on top, and then a slice of cheese. Place another slice of cheese on the bottom bun, then the cooked patty on top of the cheese. Assemble together and serve.



Calories per serving:

421 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Sugar Conscious, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 75g 116%
  • Carbs 104g 35%
  • Saturated 39g 193%
  • Fiber 5g 19%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 12g
  • Monounsaturated 27g
  • Polyunsaturated 5g
  • Protein 147g 293%
  • Cholesterol 396mg 132%
  • Sodium 7,023mg 293%
  • Calcium 1,206mg 121%
  • Magnesium 193mg 48%
  • Potassium 2,541mg 73%
  • Iron 17mg 95%
  • Zinc 30mg 203%
  • Phosphorus 1,814mg 259%
  • Vitamin A 12µg 1%
  • Vitamin C 4mg 7%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 98%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 110%
  • Niacin (B3) 31mg 153%
  • Vitamin B6 3mg 138%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 218µg 55%
  • Vitamin B12 13µg 212%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 5%
  • Vitamin K 15µg 19%
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