Take Out Style Burgers & Fries
The next time you’re craving take out, save yourself the trip and make these instead. It’s surprisingly easy to replicate that classic fast food feel at home. The key is thin patties, and a super hot pan to get a nice sear. These are guaranteed to satisfy and you know exactly what’s in the food you’re eating.
- 1 lb ground chuck
- 4 slices american cheese
- sliced tomato
- green leaf lettuce
- 2 tbsp butter
- condiments of choice
- 2 burger buns
- 2 russet potatoes
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- salt & pepper
- Divide chuck into 4 equal balls and flatten into 1/4” thick patties, liberally season them with salt and pepper.
- Heat cast iron skillet to high and melt in butter. Add the burgers to the pan and cook for up to 2 minutes then flip. After the flip, add a slice of cheese to each patty and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Place buns in the skillet, cut side down until lightly toasted.
- Assemble the burgers with lettuce, tomato, and condiments of your choice.
- To make the fries, peel the potatoes and cut them into fry size pieces. Soak the cut potatoes in ice water for an hour to remove excess starch. Heat oil to 325°F and cook fries for about 10 minutes until lightly golden. Remove fries from oil and increase the heat to 375°F. Place the fries back in the oil to finish cooking for about another minute or until golden brown.
*For an authentic fast food experience, wrap the burgers in wax paper before serving.
I first heard of cheeseburger spring rolls at a restaurant called Lee in Toronto. It’s one of their signature items so I figured they had to be good. And I was right. They were good. Really good. So good that I had to try making them myself. It may seem like a weird combination but I’m telling you, it just works. They are also really versatile. You can serve them on their own, with dipping sauce, or put them on lettuce “buns” and dress them up like you would an actual burger. The possibilities are endless. Give these cheeseburger spring rolls a try; you won’t be disappointed. Recipe below!
- Spring roll wrappers
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ white onion
- ½ tbsp mustard
- Salt + pepper
- Olive oil
- Canola or vegetable oil for frying
- 1 teaspoon flour
- 1 teaspoon water
- Finely dice the onion and add it to a hot pan with olive oil
- Cook onion for a few minutes until it starts to soften
- Add the beef to the pan and break it up into smaller pieces
- Season with salt and pepper and add the mustard
- Brown the beef but do not fully cook it (it will finish cooking later)
- Remove the beef from pan and drain excess oil
- Combine the shredded cheese with beef
- Mix flour and water together to form a “glue” for the spring rolls
- To form spring rolls add about a tablespoon of the mixture onto the wrappers with the corner facing away from you so it looks like a diamond. You want to place the mixture near the top of the wrapper. Fold the top towards you, wrapping the beef tightly and fold the outer to edges towards the center. Tightly roll towards you and seal with the flour/water mixture. Repeat until you’ve used up all the beef.
- Heat canola or vegetable oil to 350 degrees and deep fry the spring rolls for about 5 minutes or until golden brown