Original 60-70's Burger King burger recipe?

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2014/04/24 21:02:05 (permalink)

Original 60-70's Burger King burger recipe?

I have been looking to duplicate the original burgers like I remember back in the 1970's. The ones they have seem a little "off" from what they used to be.
Searching the past few days has turned up either very little, or some strange wacky versions that just by looking at the ingredients makes you a little ill.
One would think it is not too difficult but I have yet to duplicate it. Anybody know the exact ingredients and procedures? Any help would be appreciated, Thanks.
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    David_NYC
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    Re:Original 60-70's Burger King burger recipe? 2014/04/24 23:52:35 (permalink)
    I have done some research into the Burger King issue as well as into those Char-Grill mom-and-pop burger joints in Southern California. What I have learned is that the type of broiler they use is very important. I remember, when Burger Kings first opened on Long Island, that you smell cooking burgers in the parking lot. I think, but am not sure, that air pollution concerns caused them to change the cooking methods and equipment.
    Even back then, I believe Burger King put flavor into the beef patties back at the factories where they were produced and then frozen.
    Most likely, some Burger King insider will find this thread and share his thoughts, but it may take a year, so keep checking back.
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    Re:Original 60-70's Burger King burger recipe? 2014/04/25 03:12:20 (permalink)
    Welcome to Roadfood!
    Unfortunately, I think you're dreaming the Impossible Dream.
    A lot of us on here have commented, "Things don't taste like they used to!" on all kinds of products.
    Guess what??
    I lot has changed in our taste buds over the years too!
    Our taste buds aren't as sharp as they used to be.
    The Way cattle are fed and the way meat processing has changed, cooking equipment has changed etc. makes it impossible to duplicate products from 40 years ago.
    The chances of duplicating a product, especially meat, is slim to none.
     
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    Re:Original 60-70's Burger King burger recipe? 2014/04/25 09:21:48 (permalink)
    A couple things:

    They use smoke cleaners now, so that they can put the stores closer to residential areas.

    Try buttering and toasting the bun, not for the BK experience but to recapture the 60s-70s taste.
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    Re:Original 60-70's Burger King burger recipe? 2014/04/25 09:37:30 (permalink)
    What I miss the most is the original Burger King Whaler.
    That was a good fish sandwich.
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    Re:Original 60-70's Burger King burger recipe? 2014/04/25 10:42:19 (permalink)
    I wore that little crown/hat every chance I had!
    I do miss fries that were actually cooked in beef fat.  Dang they were good.
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    Re:Original 60-70's Burger King burger recipe? 2014/04/25 15:57:58 (permalink)
    Oh man, I loved the Whaler. I felt like a big guy when I got one of those when I was a little guy.
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    Re:Original 60-70's Burger King burger recipe? 2014/04/25 22:27:18 (permalink)
    Wow, thanks for the replies, they are very helpful. I did realize that maybe my taste buds are not quite what they used to be, but did not even consider the fact that the ingredients have changed by being grown and processed differently as well.
    Someone who worked there back in those days for a good length of time probably has a gold mine of information lurking somewhere in their head, LOL.
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    Re:Original 60-70's Burger King burger recipe? 2014/04/26 01:24:21 (permalink)
    Britney

    I have been looking to duplicate the original burgers like I remember back in the 1970's. The ones they have seem a little "off" from what they used to be.
    Searching the past few days has turned up either very little, or some strange wacky versions that just by looking at the ingredients makes you a little ill.
    One would think it is not too difficult but I have yet to duplicate it. Anybody know the exact ingredients and procedures? Any help would be appreciated, Thanks.

    BK use to be my favorite fast food burger joint back in the early 80's 
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    Re:Original 60-70's Burger King burger recipe? 2014/04/26 07:59:47 (permalink)
    There was a time, late '70s-early 80s, that I thought Whoppers were a pretty good burger. The last one I ate, around 8 years ago, I found more than a little "off". At this point I have not had a fast food burger in over five years.
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    Re:Original 60-70's Burger King burger recipe? 2014/04/26 10:00:18 (permalink)
    David_NYC

    I have done some research into  those Char-Grill mom-and-pop burger joints in Southern California. What I have learned is that the type of broiler they use is very important. 

     
    Really??!!! Seriously???!!! 
     
    All that would lead me to is  alot of disappointment. That's the equivalent of me doing research into what makes  Pizza in Fargo ND  or Carne Adovada in Birmingham AL so special...
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    Re:Original 60-70's Burger King burger recipe? 2014/04/26 14:07:52 (permalink)
    In our community (greater area 100K +/-) we have more Burger Kings than McDonald's, five to four.
     
    I swear, sometimes during the day, I can sure smell those chargrilled burgers as I go by them -- it's unmistakable.  And delightful. 
     
    But (re Mosca's comment) they are all in commercial/business areas, maybe getting past restrictions that way?
     
    And boy, did I ever love that Whaler in the 70's -- the Whopper and Whaler were two incredible hits -- but so many things are different now, and we are too.  
     
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    Re:Original 60-70's Burger King burger recipe? 2014/04/27 19:02:08 (permalink)
    I seem to have found a recipe that appears to be the original McDonald's regular hamburger, no solid leads on the BK one yet. I would think they are extremely similar except for the cooking process (fried vs flame broiled). Maybe next weekend will give me enough time to try making it if the weather cooperates :)
    Does anybody know what type of onion was used and the proper application on the original BK burger? For the life of me I cannot immediately recall any particulars at all in regard to the onion.
     
    Also (on a side note) while searching I got sidetracked with some recipes for White Castle - some of them are almost laughable! I mean about the baby food added to the meat mixture, LOL. Are people so gullible as to believe that Gerber is in cahoots with a famous burger chain? It appears to me that the baby food thing was put out there as disinformation for one reason or another.
    post edited by Britney - 2014/04/27 19:04:54
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