Bacon Habanero Ranch Burger

So here's the thing, I am obsessed with McDonald's Bacon Habanero Ranch Burger. Since they first launched it, it has become the only sandwich that I buy. I am ashamed to say that there have been days where I go for lunch and dinner in order to enjoy this delicious sandwich. As I let the food settle, it only gives me time to realize that I am gorging myself with McDonald's. It is then that I begin to second guess my love for the habanero burger. Do I really want to be eating it? Absolutely. Could I do better at home? I hope so. mcdonalds

So with this idea in mind, I did a little search and decided to develop my own version of McDonald's Bacon Habanero Ranch Burger. Here it is.

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With the internet nowadays, we hear so many horror stories about the meat that McDonald's uses in their hamburger. Maybe the stories are true. Perhaps they are urban legends. Either way, as delicious as McDonald's is, I prefer knowing 100% where the meat I use comes from. In fact, it was a great practice to be aware of where all of your ingredients come from and what processes they may go through before they reach your hands.

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I made the poor decision (some would say best decision) in making the habanero ranch sauce with two habanero peppers. The McDonald's sauce definitely has a strong kick to it, it would be foolish to say that it is not hot. However, the sauce that I made...wow. If you are adverse to spicy things, this may not be the best recipe for you. Or if you feel like being adventurous, make the sauce with only one habanero pepper. Make adjustments based on your own personal tastes.

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While I absolutely love McDonald's version of this burger, and will most likely eat it in the future, it is nice to know that you can easily take food items from restaurants and make them in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Have you tried making a restaurant meal before? Any luck that you'd like sharing?

Bacon Habanero Ranch Burger

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds ground chuck Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 slices of white cheddar cheese bacon, cooked tomato, sliced lettuce habanero ranch sauce (recipe below)

Directions:

  1. Heat a gas grill to high or heat coals in a charcoal grill until they glow bright orange and ash over.
  2. Grill the burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the first side, about 3 minutes.
  3. Flip over the burgers.
  4. Cook beef burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the second side, 4 minutes for medium rare (3 minutes if topping with cheese) or until cooked to desired degree of doneness.
  5. Add the cheese, if using, to the tops of the burgers during the last minute of cooking and top with a basting cover, close the grill cover, or tent the burgers with aluminum foil to melt the cheese.
  6. Remove patties from grill, serve on bun, topped with lettuce, tomato, bacon, and habanero ranch sauce.

Habanero Ranch Sauce

Ingredients:

1/4 cup buttermilk 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1 habanero pepper, stemmed and seeded (I used 2 habaneros. It was delicious but very hot!) 1 clove garlic 1 green onion dash white vinegar salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in food processor and puree until smooth.