5 Fast-Food Burgers You Can Make at Home



Chain restaurants tend to evoke a sense of nostalgia, which is why it’s no surprise any American can instantly pinpoint their favorite fast-food burger. White Castle — the pioneer of the fast-food burger — hasn’t lost its luster to passionate diners and new chains like Shake Shack are flipping the idea of fast-food on its head. Not to mention, you can’t go to California without making a stop at In-N-Out — and if you didn’t Instagram it, did it even happen? Food Network Magazine asked the test kitchen to re-create some of Americas most beloved burgers, so you can have a taste of your favorite anytime, anywhere.

White Castle-Style Sliders (pictured above)

White Castle was the first fast-food burger chain in America when the original location opened in Kansas in 1921. The iconic sliders are credited with launching our burger obsession. Every year, new devoted fans of the chain, known as “cravers,” are inducted into the Cravers Hall of Fame.



This iconic New York City burger chain actually started as a hot dog stand in 2001. The demand for the dogs became so high in 2004 that Danny Myer decided to open a permanent kiosk in Madison Square Park to include burgers and shakes and the rest is history. Now, the chain has 133 other locations, including restaurants in Tokyo and Dubai. 



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Photo by: Kang Kim ©2012

Kang Kim, 2012

It’s been reported that Julia Child was a fan of this California-based chain. As its popularity has grown, so has the knowledge of the not-so-secret “secret menu,” which includes items like Neapolitan shakes and the Animal-Style burger. Today, you can find the menu on the company’s website.



The beauty of the Smashburger is the endless customization possibilities. Our test kitchen developed the classic cheeseburger, but it’s common to find people asking for peanut butter on their patty!



Photo by: Steve Giralt

Steve Giralt

This California-based chain is a celebrity favorite: Queen Latifah, Pharrell and Kanye West each own a franchise. Fatburger caters to celebs’ specific requests like a triple-patty burger or toppings placed between burgers sans bun.

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