Burger King Whopper

The copycat Burger King Whopper may taste even better than the Whopper you get at your local Burger King.

Three hamburgers on a table

The first Burger King opened in 1954 in Miami, Florida. By 2017, there were 50 company-owned Burger Kings and 16,717 franchised Burger Kings worldwide – a story of remarkable growth. For many people, their favorite Burger King menu item is a flame-broiled burger called the Whopper.

The basic Whopper consists of just eight simple ingredients, but, as Burger King’s famous slogan implies, you can “have it your way” (since changed to “be your way”) with different combinations and additions such as American cheese, bacon, mustard, guacamole or jalapeño peppers. If “your way” is vegetarian, they will even make you a veggie Whopper.

Have it “Your Way,” Wherever You Are

In 2009, Burger King introduced the Whopper Bar, described by the company as a more “playful” variation on the standard Burger King. A Whopper Bar features a semi-circular metal countertop around an open kitchen.

Customers can sit on a barstool and enjoy watching their food being prepared. Whopper Bars provide many different Whopper toppings for your basic Whopper Burger – bacon, guacamole, crispy onions, BBQ sauce, and much more.

Whopper Bars are found in malls, airports, casinos, and other similar areas. Enjoying a Whopper at a Whopper Bar will help keep down your frustration when your plane is delayed.

The Essential Whopper

Have you ever wondered what’s on a Whopper? The basic Whopper consists of a ¼ lb. of juicy flame-grilled beef topped with fresh tomatoes and lettuce, Whopper sauce (creamy mayonnaise), tangy ketchup, crunchy pickles, and sliced white onions on a soft sesame seed bun.

My basic Whopper recipe will enable you to easily make a Whopper at home. Why not have a backyard mini-Whopper-bar party on special occasions? Think about the fun you can have when you grill outdoors.

Offer your family and guests a variety of options to have their homemade Whopper their way. Here’s the basic recipe so that you can enjoy Whoppers all summer long.

Burger King Whopper ingredients

Ingredients in the Burger King Whopper

  • 1 sesame-seed hamburger bun
  • 1/4 lb. ground beef
  • 1/16 teaspoon salt
  • 3 dill pickle slices
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup
  • 3-4 sliced onion rings
  • 2 tomato slices
  • 1/4 cup chopped iceberg lettuce
  • 2 teaspoons mayonnaise (Whopper sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup


three homemade Burger King Whopper burgers on parchment paper

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Copycat Burger King Whopper

You can make your own homemade copycat Burger King Whopper at home. 
4.88 from 31 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Burger King Recipes, Burgers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 526kcal


  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + extra divided use
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • butter
  • 4 sesame seed hamburger buns
  • 16 dill pickle slices
  • 1/2 white onion sliced into rings
  • 12 tomato slices
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup
  • lettuce
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise


  • Season the ground beef with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and the pepper, and form the meat into patties.
  • Butter the cut side of the hamburger buns and toast them in a skillet until lightly browned. Set aside.
  • Heat a grill to medium-high heat. Cook the burger patties for 2 to 3 minutes per side. While cooking, add a dash of salt to the burger.
  • Build the burger by placing the meat on the bottom bun followed by 3 or 4 dill pickle slices, 3 or 4 onion slices, and 2 to 3 tomato slices. Squirt a small amount of ketchup onto the burger and add lettuce. Then spread mayonnaise onto the top bun and place it onto the burger.


Calories: 526kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 988mg | Potassium: 446mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 3.8mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. MO

    Been making them that way for forty years now. I did trade the pickles for dill relish it seems to fit itself into every bite. The key is to make a form out of an empty can or old plastic bowl, that way you can place marks inside for how thick you want it. That along with how wide(size of can or plastic bowl) then you can make them ahead and freeze them like I do(old single dude) I do one bigger size for hamburger steak’s and then a giant square weighing in at 1lb. I think I have them mastered along with the Jack in the Box Taco, and breakfast Jack recipes. -MO

  2. Adam Turner

    Add mayo to both buns, more on top. The fat layer on the bottom keeps the bun from getting soggy. Also, part of the allure of the Whopper™ is the thin patty; it cooks quicker making for a quicker dining experience, but lacks that ‘medium rare’ quality. It makes up for it with those grill marks. Oh, and please try it with Impossible Burger. You won’t know the difference, except that you’re helping to keep a cow from taking a piston to the head.

  3. Ziggy

    4 stars
    Its pretty close to the real thing, as a person who has worked at burgerking, i can tell you that you did a good job, but if you wanna follow the real order of the way we do our burgers, here you go.

    You start of lightly toasting your buns, they are not supposed to be brown, just give them 1 minute in the toaster.
    Mayo on the bottom bun, then your patty, then salad on your top bun, tomatoes on top of the salat, then 4 pickles on top of the patty, 3 rings of ketchup over the pickles, 3 rings of onion and thats pretty much it.

    • Karen Singrey

      I think your recipe is a bit incorrect. The burgers need to be 1/4pound formed to 1/4 inch thick. Dry toast the bun in a skillet. On the bun lid, a swipe of mayonnaise with a rubber spatula, add lettuce and 3 sliced tomatoes and set aside. Bottom bun… BK does not put mayo on the bun! It goes like this, bun, burger. 3 circles of ketchup (think of a target), 4 dill pickles and 3 rings of onion. Top with the lid and there you have it! I managed a BK for 3 years. Of course, have it your way, but that is the offical way.

  4. Dave

    5 stars
    Using this recipe and 80/20 (fat=flavor), 3 – 4 Tbsps of homemade gluten free or regular, plain bread crumbs and either water, milk or almond milk (unsweetened), make a thick slurry with the crumbs and liquid of choice; add a teaspoon each of salt and pepper; Work that in with the ground beef. Follow the recipe above and you will have the juiciest burgers bar none. However, I prefer to pan-fry my patties in a little ghee vice grill where all that lovely grease is lost. That little bit of ghee makes them so flavorful and having a high smoke point, you can apply a great sear to the outside of the patties for that great “Millard reaction” flavor.

  5. Enyko

    I haven’t tried this yet but my main concern is that the patty will be flavorful like the Whopper. It’s surprising to me that all you need is salt & pepper? Is there a certain type of ground chuck I’ll need to buy?


  6. NunyaBusiness

    5 stars
    Grilled up these this last weekend. The family was impressed. These tasted better than Burger King.

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