McDonald’s Smoky BLT Quarter Pounder with Cheese

McDonald’s Smoky BLT Quarter Pounder with cheese is an incredible burger with crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes, melted cheese, and smoky sauce. You can make this tasty cheeseburger at home with this easy copycat recipe.

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What Makes the McDonald’s Smoky BLT Quarter Pounder So Good? 

Bacon makes everything better, and adding it to a cheeseburger is a classic combination. But when you want more smokiness than bacon can deliver alone, you need McDonald’s Smoky BLT Quarter Pounder with Cheese.

The burger’s fresh beef quarter-pound patty, shredded lettuce, bacon, sliced tomatoes, slices of melty American cheese, and Smoky Sauce served on a toasted sesame seed bun just can’t be beaten. 

Why Should You Try This Recipe? 

Unfortunately, you can only get the Smoky BLT Quarter Pounder with Cheese at select McDonald’s locations for a limited time. Once they are gone, they’re gone.

This copycat recipe will show you how to recreate the same crave-worthy taste as the original allowing you to enjoy this unique bacon cheeseburger whenever you want. 

What Makes the Smoky Sauce the Perfect Addition to a Bacon Cheeseburger?

Regular mayo may be fine for an ordinary BLT, but McDonald’s Smoky BLT Quarter Pounder deserves something special. Adding smoked paprika and Liquid Smoke to the Smoky Sauce in this copycat recipe takes this burger in a new direction of savory deliciousness. 

Smoky BLT Burger Ingredients 

To prepare the patties, you’ll need: 

  • Ground beef 
  • Salt

To make the Smoky Sauce, you’ll need:

To assemble a Smoky BLT Burger, you’ll need:

  • Hamburger buns
  • American cheese
  • Dill pickle slices
  • Iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • Tomatoes, sliced 
  • Bacon, cooked 
  • Smoky Sauce
copycat McDonald's smoky BLT quarter pounder with cheese ingredients on a tray.

Ingredient Notes

McDonald’s Smoky BLT Quarter Pounder opts for applewood-smoked bacon, but you can experiment with other bacon flavors. A few slices of thick brown sugar-cured bacon would add a nice bit of sweetness to this burger. Try this oven-cooking method for extra-crispy bacon.

Fresh Roma tomatoes are the best in this recipe, but use any tomatoes you prefer.

How to Make Smoky BLT Quarter Pounders

To make the Smoky Sauce:

  1. Whisk or stir the mayonnaise, liquid smoke, and smoked paprika in a bowl. 
  2. Cover and place the sauce in the fridge for later. 
smoky sauce for McDonald's smoky BLT quarter pounder with cheese.

To prep burger patties:

  1. Divide the meat into four balls. 
  2. Place the balls between two pieces of waxed paper or into a burger press and form patties. 
  3. Place the formed patties in the fridge for about ten minutes to firm up before cooking. 
ground beef patties on a baking sheet.

To toast the buns:

  1. While the burgers are in the fridge, it’s the perfect time to toast the buns. 
  2. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat and toast the buns cut-side down for a minute. Remove the buns from the heat and keep them to the side for later. 
four hamburger buns in a skillet.

To cook the patties:

  1. Turn the heat under the cast iron skillet up to medium-high. 
  2. Season both sides of the burger patties with salt.
  3. Cook the patties in the skillet for four minutes on the first side.
  4. When a little liquid starts to pool on the surface of the patties, flip them and cook for three to four minutes more, depending on how you like your burgers.
four cooked quarter pound hamburger patties.

To assemble the burgers:

  1. Spread some Smoky Sauce on the bottom bun and place a slice of American cheese on top. 
  2. Put the hot patty on the cheese and another slice of American cheese on top. The heat from the burger will melt the cheese. 
  3. Cut two strips of bacon in half and place all four halves on the cheese. 
  4. Add two or three slices of tomato.
  5. Top with shredded lettuce.
  6. Spread more Smoky Sauce on the top bun and put it on the shredded lettuce.
three copycat McDonald's Smoky BLT quarter pounder with cheese burgers.

What to Serve With These Burgers

McDonald’s may limit your sides to fries and soft drinks, and those are good choices to serve with this burger, but you may want to try these alternatives:

How to Store the Leftovers? 

Wrap cooked patties and bacon strips in plastic or put them in an airtight container. They will keep fresh in the fridge for up to three days.

The Smoky Sauce will keep for up to a week.

It is best to prepare fresh lettuce and tomatoes and to toast the buns while the burger and bacon reheat. 

What’s the Best Way to Reheat a Bacon Cheeseburger?

You can reheat cooked patties and bacon in the oven:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Let the burger patties and bacon come up to room temperature.
  3. Place the extra patties and bacon strips on a baking tray and cook for three minutes. Flip the patties and bacon strips and cook for two more minutes or until hot. 
copycat McDonald's smoky BLT quarter pounder with cheese burgers on a wood board.

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McDonald’s Smoky BLT Quarter Pounder with Cheese

You can make McDonald's Smoky BLT Quarter Pounder with Cheese at home with this easy copycat recipe.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: McDonald’s Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 792kcal


  • 4 sesame seed hamburger buns
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/3 pounds ground beef chuck this allows for some shrinkage
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 slices American cheese
  • 8 slices bacon cooked until crispy
  • 3 roma tomatoes sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 8 dill pickle slices


  • Toast the buns in a cast-iron or stainless-steel skillet over medium heat for about 1 minute, or until they brown. Set aside.
  • To make the smoky sauce, combine the mayonnaise, liquid smoke, and paprika in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  • Form the meat into 4 equal balls. Place each ball between two sheets of waxed paper or plastic wrap and gently press the meat into patties. Do not press too hard, as the patties may fall apart.
  • Cook the patties for 3 to 4 minutes per side in the same skillet where you toasted the buns. Season the patties with salt before and after flipping them over in the skillet.
  • To build the burger, place a bottom bun on a plate. Spread some smoky sauce on the bun. Top with 1 slice of American cheese, followed by 1 burger patty and another slice of American cheese. Cut 2 slices of bacon in half and place the resulting 4 pieces of bacon on top of the cheese. Add 3 or 4 tomato slices and some shredded lettuce. Spread smoky sauce on the top bun and place it on the burger.


Calories: 792kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 168mg | Sodium: 1734mg | Potassium: 737mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 897IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 544mg | Iron: 5mg

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's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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