National Burger Day: Recipes to make McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King and Nando’s burgers at home

If you can’t head out to eat burgers and french fries at the moment, recreate your favourites at home instead. (Picture: Getty)

It’s National Burger Day, a day dedicated to the celebration of all things burgers but mainly just a great excuse to eat one.

While these days the humble beef burger has growing competition from plant-based burgers, mushroom burgers and halloumi burgers on many a restaurant menu, a classic burger  – with cheddar cheese – is still the nation’s favourite according to a new study by Tesco, beating it’s chicken and meat-alternative competitors.

If that’s whetted your appetite, here’s how to make some of nation’s favourite burgers, from the likes of McDonald’s, KFC and Burger King, but at home in your kitchen.

How to make a McDonald’s inspired ‘Big Mac’ at home

This year we’ve been graced with the secret to making a McDonald’s McMuffin at home and the fast food chain’s infamous hash browns.

Now the real secret to making a homemade ‘Big Mac’ isn’t the bun or even the patty you use – it’s the burger sauce.

To make McDonald’s secret burger sauce at home, McDonald’s chef Dan Coudreaut says all you need is:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Sweet pickle relish
  • Classic yellow mustard
  • White wine vinegar
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika

Here’s how to make the sauce and put together your own Big Mac at home:

Veggie Big Mac recipe

This McDonald’s dupe has been designed by Quorn as a veggie alternative to the popular burgers you can get from the Golden Arches. Stacked high and smothered with cheese, lettuce and a tasty burger sauce, this is a true ‘fakeaway’ treat.

Just because you don’t eat meat, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the National Burger Day celebrations. (Picture: Supplied)


  • Quorn Brilliant Burgers
  • 4 burger buns
  • 8 cheese slices
  • 10 romaine lettuce leaves
  • 2 white onions
  • 16 slices of gherkin
  • For the sauce:
  • 200ml mayo
  • 50g finely diced gherkins
  • 2 tbsp French’s mustard
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of paprika
  • 1 tbsp of onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder


  1. Cook the Quorn burgers according to the instructions and slice the burger buns into three pieces.
  2. Prepare the salad ingredients by finely slicing the white onions, shredding the lettuce and add the sliced gherkins. Keep these elements separate for use when making up your burgers.
  3. Next, make the dressing by simply combining all of the ingredients and stir well.
  4. To create the burgers, start with the bottom piece of the burger bun, then add the romaine lettuce, sliced onions, drizzle on the sauce and add a cheese slice, before topping with a burger. Next add the middle slice of bread bun and again layer lettuce, onion, sauce and the slices of gherkin (along with another cheese slice if you like), top this with the second burger and a layer of sauce, then add the bread bun lid. Serve with homemade fries and ketchup or a side of onion rings.

How to make KFC-style chicken burger at home

Colonel Sanders doesn’t want you to know what his secret chicken recipe is. It’s part of the brand’s success and they guard the secret closely.

A KFC fillet burger simply contains their famous fried chicken, fresh lettuce and mayo in a sesame bun. So once you’ve nailed how to make the chicken, the rest is pretty simple.

Luckily, this guy on Twitter claims to have found the perfect combination of ingredients to re-create KFC chicken.

Simply follow his tips, pop your cooked chicken in a bun with lettuce and mayo and voila!

How to make Burger King inspired burger at home

If you want to replicate Burger King’s Whopper at home, then you’re in luck, because Youtube cook Nicko has an easy way to do so and shows you how via his channel to boot.


  • 125g Ground / Minced Beef
  • 4 pickles
  • 2 slices tomato
  • 2 tsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 iceberg lettuce leaf (shredded)
  • 1 sesame seed bun

‘Nandos Style’ chicken burger recipe

This recipe, from Mash Direct, seeks to recreate Nando’s famous chicken burger, served with a side of crispy onion rings.

Looks pretty tasty to us! Pass the Perinaise… (Picture: Supplied)

Serves: 2

Oven temperature 200oC (Fan 180oC)/Gas mark 6


  • 1 packet Mash Direct Beer Battered onion rings
  • 2 chicken breast fillets, trimmed and cut in half horizontally
  • 2 tablespoons Nando’s Hot peri peri marinade

To serve:

  • 2 brioche burger rolls, cut in half and lightly toasted
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • A large handful of salad leaves
  • 1 large tomato, cut into 6 slices
  • 2 tablespoons Mash Direct Homestyle Coleslaw


  1. Place the chicken into a shallow dish, brush with marinade, cover with clingfilm, refrigerate and marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven and cook the onion rings as per packet instructions.
  3. Place the chicken into a hot oven/on the BBQ and cook for 15 minutes.

To serve: Arrange toasted brioche buns onto warm plates, top with mayo, salad leaves, tomato slices, chicken, and coleslaw. Serve with onion rings.

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