This Travis Scott burger copycat recipe is easy and so delicious! Made with a quarter pounder, cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce and sesame seeds hamburger buns. Serve it with French fries and barbecue sauce for a complete Travis Scott X McDonald’s experience at home!
What is a Travis Scott Burger?
What could be cooler than having a burger named after you? Well, if you ask superstar rapper Travis Scott, there’s not much. When Scott announced his latest collab - with fast food superchain McDonald’s - fans flocked to their local Mickey Dee’s in droves. The burger sold faster than McDonald’s could make it, all thanks to hip-hop’s biggest name. With this recipe, you won’t have to miss out! We’re giving you all the tricks you’ll need to eat like Travis Scott in the comfort of your own home. You see, the world-famous rapper loves the Quarter Pounder, a McDonald’s menu mainstay, with his favorite toppings. It’s fresh beef, 2 slices of melted cheese, mustard, ketchup, pickles, onions and lettuce, served with a side of Sprite, fries, and barbecue sauce for dipping. Interested?
Ingredients and Substitutes
Ground beef: Of course the star ingredient here is a quarter-pound beef patty. You’ll need ground beef, of course, and we recommend an 80/20 lean to fat ratio (80% lean, 20% fat). This provides the most flavor and the best burger texture. It’s lean enough not to be oily or greasy, but fatty enough to prevent the burger from drying out.
Salt and Pepper: You don’t want to overdo the seasoning here. Use salt and black pepper to season your beef for the classic McDonald’s taste. If you can believe it, this simple seasoning is all the burger chain uses to season their patties.
Sesame Seeds Burger Buns: What’s a burger without a bun? Our favorite buns for this recipe are sesame seed burger buns, which add plenty of texture and flavor to your burger. McDonald’s actually uses sesame seed buns for their burgers, but you can always try another type of bun if you like. Milk buns and brioche buns have become trendy in recent years, so why not try one of those?
Butter: It is a secret hero to many dishes, and this is no exception. Soften your butter at room temperature and spread it across your buns before cooking. This gives them a nice savory flavor and provides that crispy burger finish we all know and love.
Cheddar Cheese: Of course, you can’t have a cheeseburger without cheese. The classic all-American burger cheese is, of course, cheddar, and a nice sharp cheddar will truly elevate your Travis Scott burger. It melts easily and nicely complements the beefy, robust flavor of your patty. You can use any easy-melting cheese of your choice, depending on your preferred flavor profile. Avoid cheeses that are too hard for this recipe, however, as they don’t melt as easily. Melted cheese is key to a great burger.
Bacon: Add some bacon strips to this burger to really help take it to the next level. There’s just something about the pairing of cheese and bacon that sets your taste buds alight with delight.
Lettuce, onion, and pickle slices: This isn’t exactly the world’s healthiest meal, but we need to include some plants. Lettuce, onion, and pickle slices are what Travis Scott likes on his burger, so that’s what we’re including here. Trust us, the burger just isn’t the same without them, although picky eaters can leave them out if absolutely necessary.
Ketchup and Mustard: Travis Scott likes his burgers with ketchup and mustard. You can get these sauces pretty much anywhere, and we recommend American mustard over other kinds. You could always try using other mustards, but the heat of some European mustards will overwhelm the otherwise delicious taste of this burger.
French fries, sprite, and barbeque sauce for servings: For sides, of course, we’re going with the McDonald’s classic. French fries, Sprite, and barbecue sauce to dip your fries in. This is the full Travis Scott experience, just the way the rapper likes his meals, so why not give it a go?
How to make Travis Scott Burger
- Preparation will save you a ton of time and effort. Prepare your buns and toppings before you even start cooking your patties, and the burgers will come together easily. No sense in wasting time, particularly when you’ve got a hot burger ready to be eaten.
- Use a high-quality beef, preferably chuck, with about 20% fat. This is the sweet spot for burger patties, fatty enough to taste great without leaking into the burger.
- Shape your patties so they’re just a little wider than the bun. About half an inch should do the trick. This way, they’ll be perfectly proportioned to go inside the bun once they’re cooked, as the patties should lose a little bit of mass as they cook.
- Season your patties before you cook them. Crack a little bit of salt and pepper over the patties just before you start to cooking. Salt can actually change the structure of the proteins in your beef, toughening the burger, if you salt it prior to forming the patties.
One chef’s secret to ensure an evenly cooked patty: make a thumbprint indentation in the center of each patty before you cook it. This helps the patties to retain their shape while cooking over high heat.
- Do not press down on the burger! Many an amateur cook has made the mistake of assuming that the resulting sizzle sound means the burger cooks better, but that’s actually the sound of juices escaping the patty. They land on the skillet and evaporate. These juices are what gives your burger all its taste and texture, and you want them to stay put in the patty, not sizzling away on the pan. Also, make sure to get a good sear on your burger before flipping to seal those juices in the burger and get the best flavor. It’s a good idea to let your patty stand for just a couple of minutes before eating as well to allow these juices to settle in the beef.
- Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F before eating. Anything lower risks food poisoning, and trust us, you don’t want your burger with that particular side dish. We recommend using an instant-read meat thermometer to ensure the perfectly cooked burger every single time.
- Spread about ½ tablespoon butter on each bun and toast on a grill or skillet until golden brown.
- Place the bottom bun on the cutting board or plate. Top with a slice of cheddar cheese, cheesy patty, bacon, onions, pickles and lettuce.
- Spread ketchup and mustard on the top bun.
- Place the top bun on top of the toppings.
- Serve immediately hot with French fries, sprite and barbecue sauce. Enjoy!
The Best Burger Buns
We like to use sesame seeds hamburger buns because they are very soft and fluffy, and taste like McDonald’s buns. We recommend to toast them before assembling burgers.
What is Quarter Pounder?
It is a famous McDonald’s hamburger that contains a 4 oz (a quarter of a pound) beef patty. McDonald’s introduced this term back in 1971 for their classic burger.
Travis Scott Burger Video
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