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
To make the Smoky Sauce, you’ll need:
- Liquid Smoke
- Smoked paprika
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
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:
- Whisk or stir the mayonnaise, liquid smoke, and smoked paprika in a bowl.
- Cover and place the sauce in the fridge for later.
To prep burger patties:
- Divide the meat into four balls.
- Place the balls between two pieces of waxed paper or into a burger press and form patties.
- Place the formed patties in the fridge for about ten minutes to firm up before cooking.
To toast the buns:
- While the burgers are in the fridge, it’s the perfect time to toast the buns.
- 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.
To cook the patties:
- Turn the heat under the cast iron skillet up to medium-high.
- Season both sides of the burger patties with salt.
- Cook the patties in the skillet for four minutes on the first side.
- 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.
To assemble the burgers:
- Spread some Smoky Sauce on the bottom bun and place a slice of American cheese on top.
- Put the hot patty on the cheese and another slice of American cheese on top. The heat from the burger will melt the cheese.
- Cut two strips of bacon in half and place all four halves on the cheese.
- Add two or three slices of tomato.
- Top with shredded lettuce.
- Spread more Smoky Sauce on the top bun and put it on the shredded lettuce.
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:
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Let the burger patties and bacon come up to room temperature.
- 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.
More McDonald’s Copycat Recipes
Favorite Burger Recipes
- Air Fryer Burger
- Breakfast Burger
- Buffalo Burger
- Burger King Impossible Whopper
- Culver’s Butter Burger
- Krystal Burger
- Pizza Burgers
- White Castle Burger
McDonald’s Smoky BLT Quarter Pounder with Cheese
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke
- ⅛ teaspoon paprika
- 4 sesame seed hamburger buns
- 1 1/3 pounds ground beef chuck (this allows for some shrinkage)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 8 slices American cheese
- 8 dill pickle slices
- ½ cup sliced iceberg lettuce
- 3 Roma tomatoes sliced
- 8 pieces bacon cooked crisp
- Combine mayonnaise, liquid smoke, and paprika in a small bowl. Stir well. Set aside.
- Toast the buns in a cast iron or stainless steel skillet over medium heat for about 1 minute or until they brown. Set aside.
- Form the meat into 4 equal balls.
- Place each ball of meat between two sheets of waxed paper or plastic wrap and gently press the meat into disc shapes. Do not press too hard, the patties may fall apart.
- Cook the patties in the same skillet you toasted the buns. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
- Season the patties with salt before and after flipping them over in the skillet.
Build the Burger
- Place a bottom bun on a plate
- Spread some of the smokey sauce on the bun.
- Place 1 slice of American cheese on top.
- Place 1 burger patty on top.
- Place another slice of American cheese on top.
- Cut two slices of bacon in half, place the 4 cut pieces of bacon on the cheese.
- Add 3 or 4 slices of tomatoes .
- Sprinkle on some sliced lettuce.
- Spread sauce on the top bun.
- Cover the burger with the top bun.