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Burger King Big King
by Todd Wilbur
The Burger Wars are becoming the biggest food fight since that cafeteria scene from the movie Animal House. Now the two burger giants, McDonald's and Burger King, are cloning each other in the bloody battle for the big burger buck. Burger King stepped up first with the Big King -- Burger King's version of the Big Mac. Yes, it has two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun; although everything's arranged a bit differently, and there's no middle bun. Next, McDonald's is rolling out the Big N' Tasty, which will bear a striking resemblance to Burger King's Whopper. Just who wins the fight by leveraging the popularity of the other company's product is anyone's guess. One question though: Did Burger King just figure out how to make a better Big Mac? You be the judge. And don't think the two patty pushers are done there. The fast food battlefield will soon be splattered with ketchup, as the two companies duke it out with new french fries.
   Spread
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons French dressing
2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon paprika
4 sesame seed hamburger buns
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
dash salt
dash pepper
8 slices American cheese
1 1/3 cups chopped lettuce
1-2 slices white onion, separated
8 dill pickle slices
1. Prepare the spread by combining the ingredients in a small bowl. Set this aside until you are ready to use it.
2. Preheat your barbecue or indoor grill to high heat.
3. Divide the ground beef into 8 even portions (3 ounces each). Roll each portion into a ball, then press each ball flat to form a patty about the same diameter as the bun.
4. Grill the beef patties for 2-3 minutes per side, or until done. Lightly salt and pepper each side of the patties.
5. As the meat cooks, brown the faces of the buns in a hot skillet, toaster oven or face-down on the grill. Watch the buns closely so that they do not burn.
6. Build each burger by first spreading a tablespoon of the spread on the face of the top bun. Arrange about 1/3 cup of lettuce evenly over the spread.
7. On the bottom bun stack a patty, then a slice of American cheese, another patty, and another slice of cheese.
8. On the top slice of cheese arrange 2-3 separated onion slices (rings), then 2 pickle slices.
9. Turn the top part of the burger over onto the bottom and serve. You may also want to zap the sandwiches in the microwave, individually, for 15-20 seconds each.
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