McDonald’s Cheeseburger Casserole – Nance and Robyn make the same recipe

Every week we’ll post a recipe that we both made. This week’s recipe was McDonald’s Cheeseburger Recipe. Printable recipe can be found at the bottom of this post.  The original recipe was submitted by reader Kris.

Robyn’s Take:

This week’s recipe was submitted by reader Kris, who submitted it wayyyyyy back in May. I’m not kidding when I tell y’all that we have a backlog, so if you’ve submitted a recipe and we haven’t made it yet, that certainly doesn’t mean we aren’t going to. Be patient – it’ll happen one day. Or not. You’ll just have to wait and see.

I worked at McDonald’s as a teenager, and to this day when I go into a McDonald’s (or, more accurately, drive through), the onions-and-pickles smell makes me nostalgic.

(And then I thank my lucky stars that I no longer work there. I worked there for three years, and can’t believe I made it that long. On the other hand, I think every kid should be required to work in the service industry for at least a year. It might cut down on the number of ASSHOLE CUSTOMERS out there.)

So I was all for giving this casserole a try, even though I don’t eat fast food burgers any more because every time I consider it, I think of the “pink slime” stories and my whole body just says “UM, NO.” (No, I’m not providing a link. You’re ON THE GODDAMN INTERNET, do your own search. I don’t want to have to look at that shit again.)

I don’t eat fast food all that often, really (except for the occasional Egg McMuffin), but when I do it’s usually something from the poultry side of the menu (I KNOW, I KNOW, caged, factory-farmed chickens, shot up with hormones, living terrible, miserable lives, I DIDN’T ASK YOUUUUUUUUU.)

Okay, let’s do this. Your ingredients:

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Lean ground beef, chopped onion, chopped dill pickles, ketchup, yellow mustard, American cheese, an 8 oz. can of crescent rolls, milk, and sesame seeds. Not pictured: water.

Regarding the chopped dill pickles: the recipe calls for 1/4 c. chopped dill pickles, and when I bought pickles at the store I grabbed one of those big jars of the huge dill pickles because they were the SAME price as the much smaller jars. What’s that about, I ask you? It only took me one of those dill pickles to get 1/4 c. of chopped pickle.

I love pickles. I can’t make a decent pickle to save my life, but I’ve always got a jar or two of pickles on hand. Dill, bread ‘n butter, sweet gherkins, I love ’em all. (I do make a mean sweet pickle relish.)

This is a pretty simple recipe (you know how I love that!) First, brown your ground meat and onion.

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You’re also supposed to add salt and pepper to taste, but I spaced on this part. I don’t think it made a difference, honestly. Salt and pepper are overrated. Unless I’m having a salt craving, and then it’s like “WHY SO STINGY?”

“My nipples and I would like to know if you’re EVER going to make something that doesn’t have onion or chocolate in it, so that the kitties can partake. Would that be so much to ask?!”

That’s my foster kitty Livia. She and her nipples are supporting 7 (yes, 7!) 2 week-old kittens at the moment. My hat is off to Livia, because she’s making it work even though I’m ready and willing to step in and bottle feed if the need arises. They’re fat and sassy little things, and Livia is doing a bang-up job. You go, girl!

Drain the fat off your browned meat and onions. I’d show you this part, but I didn’t get a picture of it. Imagine a whole mess of browned meat (and onions) in my fancy-bitch collapsible colander, which is awesome. My only gripe is that it doesn’t come in red or yellow, so it doesn’t really GO with my kitchen, but that’s a minor gripe. It’s not like I really decorate with it (let us take a moment to guffaw over the idea that I “decorate” with anything), it sits in the cupboard unless I’m using it, so that’ll just be our secret, the way the colander doesn’t match my kitchen colors.

Throw your drained, browned beef and onions back in the pan and then toss in your chopped dill pickles, water, ketchup, yellow mustard. Mix together well.

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On a side note, Kris mentioned that the measurements on these ingredients is really more of a guideline. If you are a particular fan of pickles or ketchup or whatever, go ahead and toss in more. It’s all up to you.

Spread your meat-and-other-stuff mixture in the bottom of a 9×9 pan (or if you don’t have a 9×9, use an 8×8. That’s what I used.) Cover with slices of American cheese.

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Clearly I really wanted to get it all well covered with cheese. Hey, I like cheese.

Then take the crescent roll dough and pinch it together the best you can to form a crust to cover the entire pan. I ended up overlapping the dough in the middle.

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Yeah, I know. Kinda ugly. Make small slits in the dough to allow steam to escape. Brush milk over the dough, and then sprinkle generously with sesame seeds. On a side note, I just want y’all to know that I know that McDonald’s cheeseburgers do not have sesame seeds on the buns. But I like sesame seeds, so I used them. McDonald’s cheeseburgers start with pink slime, too, so I guess we’re not being 100% authentic here.

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Bake for 25 – 30 minutes.

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Kinda looks like a giant cheeseburger, doesn’t it? Check out that cheese, bubbling up from the side.

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And here it is, scooped out onto a plate.

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It’s impossible to take a really good picture of any casserole.

The verdict? I liked it. I liked it A LOT. Fred liked it, too, although he was hesitant to give it the full two thumbs up because it’s not the healthiest thing in the world. I bet it’s healthier than the actual McDonald’s cheeseburger, amiright? We are absolutely going to be eating this again – Kris had mentioned that she doubles everything to make a 9×13 pan, and I was wishing I’d done that, too. We had leftovers for dinner the next night, and it was even better than when it was fresh from the oven. Two thumbs up from me, one and three-quarters thumbs up from Fred.

Thanks for the submission, Kris!


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Nance’s Take:
Because I am all about full disclosure you need to know that my 19-year-old son works at McDonald’s. This means absolutely jack shit to me, but it may matter to some of you (Amanda). We’re just not fast-food people anymore, but I do love a cheeseburger. And rumor has it that this recipe could do the trick.  I’m in, but I’m guarded because you know, casserole.

Another disclosure: We were HUNGRY and ready to eat! Rick and I were scrambling to get this thing in the oven so we would know whether or not we had to order pizza.

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I put Rick to work browning the ground beef.  Pretty hard to fuck that up, right?
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I went to work chopping those damn onions. I am just like Rick on this subject. We like onions in recipes, but you’re never going to catch me eating a raw one on purpose. I wanted these bad boys to be small because I know how we are. That’s one of those clear plastic mats that I’m cutting on. They suck.McDonald's  Cheeseburger Casserole
I finally gave up and decided to use the electric mini chopper so I was sure those onions would not be heavy on our tongues. We are a bunch of pussies. Sigh.
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Here, you don’t need to see everything I put in it one single item at a time. Just know that I put in all the shit that the recipe called for and as you can see, I stirred that shit.
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A made a decision to change the recipe. I had bought a two pack of crescent rolls so I decided to do a top and a bottom bun. Somebody that wasn’t me opened this bad boy up because I’m kind of afraid of them. I will do it if I have to, but if someone is available, it’s their job.
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Those man hands are really Rick’s! He was really in a hurry and ready to kill me about this time. I was dawdling.
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I par-baked the bottom crust until it was light golden brown. With my oven it was 6 minutes at 375 degrees. Then I dumped my fixings in it. We decided to stay true to the recipe when it came to the “guts” of the casserole (this ain’t no Burger King up in here). 
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There’s a reason that the cheese on the bottom right is missing a chunk, but the reason is so stupid that I’m not even going to tell.
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Roll the top crust crescent roll dough over the top and pinch those holes closed.  And then add a few slits for steaming. Which, I suppose, would have worked just as well if you didn’t bother pinching those perforations, but what the hell do I know?
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This is what it looked like. Rick was snapping my picture.  As you can see, I have good veins. You could also probably see that I completely forgot to add the sesame seeds.  And, for once, I had them!  
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I didn’t get a good picture of this, but it was delicious. Seriously. Not only is this one a keeper, but it’s definitely going into rotation. Everybody in the house loved it. ALL FOUR PEOPLE.  Miracle. A motherfucking miracle.

The leftovers microwave beautifully.  I was surprised because I expected rubbery consistency, etc., but it did great.  I had some for breakfast!

Winner, winner, winner!!!!

McDonald's Cheeseburger Casserole - Nance and Robyn make the same recipe
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: Entree
Cuisine: FastFoodlandia
Serves: 6
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • ¼ c. chopped onion
  • ¼ c. chopped dill pickles
  • ½ c. water
  • ½ c. ketchup
  • 1 - 1½ T yellow mustard
  • American cheese slices to cover hamburger mixture (it takes about 4 slices)
  • 8 oz can Crescent Roll
  • 1 T milk
  • 1 - 2 T sesame seeds
  1. Brown ground beef with onion, add salt and pepper to taste. Drain off excess fat. Add the chopped pickles, water, ketchup and mustard to the beef and onions, and stir until well mixed.
  2. (If you want to add more of any of the ingredients except water, go ahead and do so - it's a matter of personal preference.)
  3. Spread the beef mixture into the bottom of your pan. Cover with slices of American cheese.
  4. Take the crescent roll dough and pinch together as best you can to form a crust to cover the entire pan. Make small slits in dough to allow steam to escape. Brush milk over the dough and sprinkle generously with sesame seeds.
  5. Bake at 375ºF for 25 - 30 minutes, until golden brown.
  6. *Recipe can be easily doubled; use a 9x13 pan, but do NOT double the amount of water, just use the ½ c, or you may end up with a runny casserole.
  7. *Note: If you prefer to have a bottom "bun" in addition to the top "bun", use an additional can of crescent dough and layer it on the bottom of your pan. Parbake it at 375ºF until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Then pick up with step 3 (spread the beef mixture in your pan) and go from there.



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  1. 1. Those are big cat nipples. Wow.
    2. I like those clear cutting mats! Couldn’t live without ’em, even.
    3. Prettiest picture of Peace yet.
    4. “…and as you can see, I stirred that shit.” HA.
    5. This sounds so good I’m feeling a bit drooly, but I’m afraid to make it! M and Miss A will want to eat nothing but this! (Who am I kidding? I’m totally going to make this. And when I do, it will have a bottom crust and sesame seeds. Damn straight.)

    Thanks, girls, love ya!

    • 1. I had no idea someone decided to include nipples in this project. I can just imagine the pervy hits we’re going to receive.
      2. I hate those cutting mats, but then again, I’m using them over tile. I will, however, admit that they are nice for just rolling up and dumping your ingredients into a pan. Rick had to show me that trick because I am STUPID.
      3. I try. Nobody bothered to tell me that just because you spend hundreds of dollars on a camera you still have to have talent. Me? I took a shit-ton of money and found despair.
      4. You know damn well that I’m an awful writer, dear friend that offered to edit my entries for me all those years ago. I just wanted everyone to see that I stirred it very well. lol
      5. I agree with Fred (gasp!) – it is not the most healthy thing in the world. But it’s also not the worst. I would make this with a salad on the side so it’s a little bit healthier and you won’t be eating as much of it. Oh, who am I kidding. It’s bad for you, but dammit, it’s really freaking good!

      Oh, Shelley-Anne. You know we love you too! 🙂

      • I’m commenting BIG NIPPLES just to screw with Google algorithms as it scans for key words. Since Lars is visiting next week, be sure to work the phrase HOT LARS into the entry. Who knows what sorts of visitors will turn up?

        Oh, and I like cheese burgers but only without buns so I guess I’ll skip this one (although it would be fun to stir shit a la Nance).

      • Oh, Nanc. Hot Lars ceased to be hot when he got himself married and has two babies. Now he’s just Lars (he always was just Lars to me anyway, I never looked at him as hot probably because he was Rick’s friend). Actually, he’s Lars with wife and two beautiful baby girls.

        I don’t like buns on cheeseburgers either (in fact buns always make me sick if I eat them), so you can stir that shit in a skillet and eat it over something you like…I bet it’s great over macaroni. 🙂

  2. Now if it was *really* a McDonald’s casserole, you should be using dehydrated onions! 😉

    Also, I’m totally terrified of the crescent roll cans, too. THEY COULD TAKE YOUR EYE OUT!

    • I went to Pinterest to try to find the graphic I’ve seen there, where the first frame is someone peeling the wrapping off a can of biscuits and the second frame is a picture of a nuclear blast (it’s funnier than it sounds), and got sucked into the Pinterest vortex. I never did find the graphic, but I wasted half an hour at Pinterest and it’s allllll Traci’s fault!

      • I avoid Pinterest like the plague because I hate seeing all those pins and repins of the same thing. I’ll stick with Imgur as my time waster of choice.

        And Traci is right – those freaking cans are a hazard. I actually stress over those things when they’re in my refrigerator. It’s like putting a can of Pepsi in the freezer and expecting a good outcome…

      • When I was in high school I worked as a checker in a grocery store & a customer opened the gate on the cart & 2 tubes of them fell to the floor & exploded many feet into the air & rained crescent roll dough down on top of my head. Longest sentence evah! Now no shit, just before I read this, I was in Wal-Mart, staring at the packaged cookie dough(lazy), & a tube of biscuits popped right in front of me! It was just sitting there, untouched, & it fucking popped. I about peed.

      • Well, it’s obvious that the crescent roll illuminati is trying to get your attention. Be very careful…

        PS: I would have screamed.

      • I love Nance going all improv and adding a bottom layer,* though the case of the missing cheese chunk may cause a Very Sleepless Night.

        Do you think that “bottom” will increase the perv quotient?

      • Kerry,
        Just so you can catch up on some sleep (hee!). There was a little black dot on that corner of that slice of cheese, which I believe was pepper, but since I could not be sure I absolutely HAD to pull it off so it would not defile the dish.

        I AM A NUTTER.

    • According to comments on Facebook, your recipe was clearly a hit, Kris. THANK YOU! I love it when I find something that my entire family can eat without bitching.

  3. Fast random fact: Robyn knows how to make the biscuits from McDonalds. You know, the ones from back in the day before they started to just defrost them? Yup. She sure does.

      • Hey birthday twin (pointed out to me by Facebook, no I’m not a weirdo) I too was a biscuit maker at McD’s back in the day! Spoooooooooooky. 🙂 Not sure if I was assigned to it because I could work unsupervised or if I was too anti-social to work at the counter. Anyways… Definitely trying this recipe and thanks to both of you for making me laugh!

      • WAY Back in the day (when dinosaurs roamed the earth, pizza-less), I was a bun-toaster at McDonalds. Yes, back then, all the hamburger buns were toasted.

      • Wait. There was a person whose entire job was toasting buns at your McDonald’s? Because we toasted the buns at mine, too, but it was part of the grill person’s job to do it AND cook the burgers. I guess our managers were slave drivers. 🙂

      • Well, to be honest, that was not my entire job. I also had to assemble burgers (add ketchup, pickles etc.). Ketchup was in an open top cone thing. A co-worker once spilled the whole thing down my back. fun times (hah).

      • I was both a biscuit maker and bun toaster WAY WAY back in the day. I worked at McD’s for 13 years through HS, college and then part-time after I graduated. It was gross work but my co-workers were always fun!

      • THIRTEEN YEARS. I’m pretty sure you deserve some sort of special medal for that, Liz! The only reason I lasted three years was because the co-workers made it worth it. 🙂

      • I don’t know where this comment is going to end up…

        FIVE STARS ***** FOR ALL YUNZ McDonald’s working fuckers!

        Edited: I had to take out a motherfucking comma (when I was just bragging about how I’m a rebel when using them, DAMMIT)

      • Wait just one doggone minute — you get to edit your comments? Surely you’re perfect and have no need of such a tool?

  4. Hmm, I have to say, this sounds absolutely disgusting, but you both liked it, so I’ll try it. I’m also going to try and use more commas, but I may have that area maxed out!!!

  5. Am I the only one who thinks it’s hilarious that a “Le Cordon Bleu” ad is running at the top of this page?!? I just don’t think FastFoodlandian cuisine is taught at that fine establishment! 😉

  6. Oh, this does look good (will leave out the pickles because my husband and son HATE pickles.) I will just eat pickles with my serving. Might also through some crumbled bacon in with the beef.

    (I’m sure Amanda would make her own croissant dough to put on top of this, along with using Wagyu beef, homemade ketchup and mustard and freshly harvested sesame seeds from her own sesame plant.)

  7. Based on the title, I was convinced this recipe was going to be made with actual McD’s cheeseburgers, cut up and tossed in casserole form. This looks MUCH better than what I was imagining.

      • Ah, what? Oh HELL NO, you would bow out, missy. Ain’t no way you would be leaving me to go buy up McDonald’s cheeseburgers to cut up for a casserole.

        We will have to begin our recipe rejection process right then and there. lol

      • There was a cookbook I saw, maybe in the 80’s?, that was full of disgusting abominations and one of them was Big Macs taken apart and made into a casserole (I think it was Big Mac, maybe it was a Whopper–doesn’t matter ’cause it was so gag-worthy).

        The other one I remember seeing was making a pot pie type casserole but using a frozen pizza, upside down, for the top crust.

  8. So I mentioned to the Big I Am about this recipe and how good it sounded and he says, “I don’t like cheese on my hamburgers.” WHAT?!! What kind of commie pinko is he?? I’ve decided that he can just pick the cheese out then. As if!

    BTW, BIG NIPPLES. You’re welcome, pervy Google googlers.

      • True story: Took my girls into McDonalds last week (I KNOW, we were busy and hungry and on our way somewhere). Dude at the register was clearly new. It took forever to order 3 double cheeseburgers… 1 without onions, 2 without mustard and pickles. Oh, they got no pickles all right. They also got no mustard, no salt, and no cheese (as it was clearly spelled out on the receipt). The girls spent the rest of the night wondering “Who orders a cheeseburger with no cheese? Wouldn’t we have ordered a hamburger?” I was also unaware that they salted their burgers… the more you know.

        Also, our drinks were kiddie sized. I’m not certain that kid will last on the register for long.

      • HA – that sounds like a kid who needed more training! The first time I worked the breakfast shift, I had NO idea what I was doing and it was a total nightmare.

      • Kelly,
        No lie. I read this comment more than once and I still have no idea what anybody ordered. This is probably why I don’t work at McDonald’s.

      • Now hold on. I thought Fred liked cheese, just not on a salad. Did I miss an important Fred-related cheese development?

    • OMG, I read this comment when I was with Rick and fucking fell out when you asked what kind of commie pinko your husband was. He had no idea what I was cackling about and I couldn’t explain. I just said, “DCEP” and moved on.

  9. Now I want a cheeseburger! But I will have to settle for making this sometime soon. But did you guys know that they make a single sheet version of crescent rolls so that you don’t have to pinch them together? Until now, the only thing I knew to make with it was veggie ranch pizza!

      • No way would I eat a hot PB and J. Gross. But the pulled pork or bbq chicken sounds fabulous! I’m gonna be a crescent roll casserole eating mofo!

      • don’t be so sure; my mom used to make French-toasted PB & Js and they were GOOD. Messy, but good!

      • I just bought a can tonight so that I could make this, so I can guarantee they are still manufactured. Unless they are like crazy old and gross, but if that is the case, they have a ridiculous shelf life because they tasted great! Why did I pluralize this can of solid crescent roll dough? Eh whatever.

  10. Made it, and it was a hit. At first the husband was sniffing it until I snapped at him, “oh for gods sake just try it.” The first bite was declared “a little weird” but then he mowed through two bowls of it and said it could go on the rerun list for dinners in the future. I loved it too. Thanks guys!

  11. This looks REALLY good but I’m too lazy to make it. Nance mentioning pizza makes me want to order it for dinner tonight… Also I HAD to comment because Robyn I have a question? Fred likes cheese, but not on salads or burgers? Does he like grilled cheese? Or cheese on regular sandwiches or just prefer his cheese plain? I think you’ve mentioned he likes to be private, but every time you mention Fred/cheese I go back to that comment that he made to I think it was the checkout person at the grocery store?

    • You know, he claims to like cheese, but I can’t think of any time he does like it! Actually, no – he loves it on Mexican food. And he’ll eat it on burgers if he has to (he usually orders a burger without cheese at restaurants, and then eats it anyway when it comes without cheese, because he doesn’t want to send it back). He earnestly told a waiter at a restaurant in Gatlinburg that he likes cheese, just not on a salad, I’m sure that’s what you’re thinking of. 🙂

      • OMG, Robyn! I remember that entry because I screamed with laughter. No, I wasn’t laughing at Fred for “over sharing” but just the way you wrote it hit my funny bone.

      • Me too, Tawnya! I don’t know if it was the mental image of Fred, all serious-like, stating “I like cheese, just not on a salad”, or the way Robyn told the story, but it makes me laugh and laugh every time it comes up.

  12. Nance – I used to loathe the plastic mat cutting boards, as well. Then a friend (who, BTW, is a KNOW-IT-ALL) told me to put a wet paper towel under the mat. It keeps it from slipping! Easy breezy!


  13. Made for dinner on Monday, it was yummy! Everyone liked it. I’m doubling the recipe next time. I skipped the sesame seeds because I couldn’t find them. The meat mixture kind of reminded me of sloppy joes, and the condiment mixture reminded me of thousand island dressing, which reminded me of the special sauce on a Big Mac.

    • That’s exactly what it reminded me of – sloppy joes! My mom makes great sloppy joes and I thought it would be good too. Great minds think alike!

      And I really don’t get the point of sesame seeds. To me, they’re just something to have to pick out of your teeth. Blech.

  14. I made this tonight, but made sloppy joes, put shredded Italian blend cheese on top and then the crescent rolls. awesome!! Will probably try the cheeseburger one next time!

    • Damn, that sounds good! I may even try it with pizza sauce and ground beef, the italian cheese and the crescent rolls with a little bit of garlic powder and butter.

      Thank you for helping me to add 3,000 more calories to this dish. 🙂

  15. Whooo, Nance was a little over achiever here with the layer on the bottom (which made perfect sense). Amanda would be proud!

    Must try this.

  16. We had this for supper yesterday, and we both really liked it! I used grated cheddar because I didn’t have any (processed) cheese slices.

    Stupid question time, is American sliced cheese the same as processed cheese (aka Kraft singles) slices?

  17. Hello first time commenting on you blog.
    Have been a fan for nearly a yr, have made a few of your recipes.
    That being said, this one was a hit and miss, my family members that do like mc d’s cheeseburgers loved it, but myself, and 2 of the kids didn’t like it,
    But hey we order our burgers plain.
    Husband had some for breakfast, and claims it was better then the night before,
    Probably because it wasn’t so runny after solidify overnight.
    I doubled the recipe and added 1 cup of water.
    Next time I will cut it in half ( water only)
    Served left overs to a visiting neighbour who didn’t have just one helping but finished it off in three:)

    • I’m glad some of the members of your family liked it at least, Jamie! 🙂 I’m going to go edit the recipe to suggest that people not double the water, so as not to end up with a runny casserole!

  18. I made this last night and everyone in the family loved it! There are like three things in the world that all of us like, so thank you thank you thank you! They were very suspicious but everybody loved it. Yay!

  19. Add us to the “like it and make it again” column. I didn’t really think my husband would go for it, but he ate seconds. Really does taste like a MacDonald’s burger. The only change I made was using drained dill relish because I didn’t want to buy pickles. The relish tastes exactly like the pickles you get on your burger, but it was chopped too finely. Next time I’ll buy and chop pickles. (we love dill pickles, just not the kind you put on burgers)

    I screwed up though, and bought butter-flavored crescent rolls by mistake–I hate hate hate fake butter flavor! It stinks up the whole house while in the oven, too.

    • Oh yeah, I am NOT a fan of those butter-flavored crescents. I feel your pain!

      I’m glad you guys liked it – I made it to have this week for lunches, and added more pickle and mustard this time around. It’s awesome! 🙂

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