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Famous Krystal Burgers Copycat Recipe

By bellalimento |

If you’re not from the South you might not be familiar with Krystal burgers. It’s a fast food chain that began humbly in Chattanooga TN in 1932 and quickly spread throughout the South.  They’re synonymous with their small square burgers that you pick up by the sack full. There’s no mistaking the taste of a Krystal burger with it’s signature dill pickle chip and yellow mustard. Sadly since moving away from Georgia and Tennessee there isn’t a Krystal close by so I was tickled when my friend Lainie shared her copycat recipe with me for Krystal burgers.

It’s a Krystal burger that you can make at home and if you closed your eyes tastes like the real thing, YES I’ll have one {okay two} please.

Note: The recipe is easily doubled if necessary.

Famous Krystal Burgers Copycat Recipe
What you’ll need:

1 pound ground hamburger meat
1 envelope Lipton onion soup mix
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup cheddar cheese – shredded
yellow mustard
dill pickle chips
dinner rolls

What to do:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Into a deep sided pan brown your hamburger meat. Remove from heat. Drain excess fat.

2. To pan add: onion soup mix, mayonnaise and cheese. Mix to combine.

3. Without tearing the dinner rolls apart, CAREFULLY cut them in half. Remove top portion. Place bottom half of buns onto a sheet of aluminum foil {large enough to cover}

4. Spread meat mixture evenly on top of bread bottoms. {OPTIONAL: If you’d like additional cheese top with American cheese slices at this point} Place a dill pickle chip on top of each bun. Top with a squeeze of yellow mustard. Place tops of buns on top of mixture.

5. Wrap aluminum foil around burgers. Place onto a rimmed cookie sheet and into oven for approximately 5-10 minutes until bread is toasted {and cheese if melted if you’ve added it}

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Paula Jones started her blog, Bell'alimento, in 2009 as a place to share her recipes with her friends and family. Along with her delicious recipes being a staple on Babble's Food channel, Jones has been featured on sites such as: Saveur, CNN’s Eatocracy, The Cooking Channel, and The Washington Post.

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6 thoughts on “Famous Krystal Burgers Copycat Recipe

  1. Matthew "mmWine" Horbund says:

    Im not a fan of Krystal burgers – but I like White Castle. Yes, I know, 99% the same thing :) However, Anything I make at home is bound to be good, so I’ll give it a go. I’d pair it with a Shiraz, personally!

  2. amybradley111 says:

    Major brands giving out samples on their favorite products search online for “123 Get Samples” I received my samples. No credit card required.

  3. MagicCook says:

    This has got to be the sorriest excuse for a Krystal/White Castle that I’ve ever seen. Apparently the writer never had either (the picture looks like a Sloppy Joe without the sauce). Here’s the recipe: 1/4 dry mined onions, 1/4 cup hot tap water, about 2 1/2 lbs ground round, small jar of either strained beef or veal baby food, 2/3 cup canned beef broth, 1/2 tsp oil for frying each patty, onion salt and pepper to taste, 1 pkg small square rolls (you’ll know them when you see them…they look just like small hamburger buns). Soak dried onions in water for 15 minutes. Combine ground round, baby food, and broth thoroughly. Use a scant 1/4 cup meat for each patty (pack into a 1/4 measuring cup). Drop each 1/2 cup mixture into small sandwich bag and flatten to 3×3 square. Fry briskly in oil, dusting with onion salt and pepper on each side, but as you turn to fry the 2nd side, flip the patty over onto a spoonful of the onions that you soaked in water. While patties are frying, poke 3 or 4 holes into each patty with the tip of the handle of the spatula. Also, after you flip the patty onto the onions, put 1/2 bun on top of the patty and the other half the bun on top of that on (this steams the bun and gives it that “Kystal” flavor. Drop uncooked patties in small sandwhich bags and freeze for up to three months. Trust me — THIS is the closest you’ll get to the real thing!!!

  4. wcr86 says:

    I’m right there with you magiccook that recipe was garbage nothing like krystal which i grew up with in smyrna TN your recipe is much more like the original… maybe you should be a righter anyways thumbs up to magiccook and BIG thumbs down to the recipe posted by bellalimento this was know where near what a krystals taste like

  5. Duke Diamond says:

    Is there a recipe for maid rite burger from the North country. There is a burger to love.

  6. Bpnnie says:

    Sorry to say, but I am from Tenn and this is not anything even resembling a Krystal. I don’t know where you are from but I do hope you learn better than this, but,thanks for sharing, . I hope you can learn better than this.

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