Travis Scott Burger (McDonald’s Quarter Pounder Copycat Recipe)

If you’re a fan of Travis Scott, then I’m sure you will have already heard of his collaboration with McDonald’s and his successful Quarter Pounder that has since turned viral!

However, if you weren’t one of the lucky ones that managed to get their hands on a Travis Scott Burger, the good news is that once you strip away the celebrity branding, this recipe is a simple, classic burger that you can make at home.

In this article, I provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to recreate the Travis Scott Burger with sides so you can eat like a rapper from the comfort of your own home!

Without further ado, let’s get started.

What is the Travis Scott Burger?

The end of 2020 saw popular rapper, Travis Scott, and the fast-food mogul, Mcdonald’s, joined forces to create what has become the viral Travis Scott Burger. The exclusive meal was a month-long endeavor and was only available from September 8th to October 4th. The rapper announced that his regular order consists of a few special tweaks at McDonald’s.

That being said, the limited-time collaboration gave fans the chance to purchase the rapper’s usual order – a quarter pounder paired with his favorite toppings. Along with the burger, the meal came with a side order of fries, barbecue dipping sauce, alongside a large Sprite.

What’s in the Travis Scott Burger?

So, what’s in The Travis Scott burger? The burger consists of a quarter-pounder of fresh beef, 2 slices of melted cheese, ketchup, mustard, pickles, onions, and fresh lettuce. The full meal pairs the burger with a side of fries, Sprite, and Travis’s favorite barbecue dipping sauce.

Ingredients and Substitutes for the McDonald’s Quarter Pounder Copycat Recipe

  • Ground beef - 80/20 ground chuck beef is the best to use for a juicy burger. This ground beef is 80% lean, 20% fat, which is the perfect ratio for making burger patties that won’t dry out, and won’t feel or taste too fatty, either.
  • Bacon - The other meat you’ll need to get for this recipe is bacon! Adding bacon to any burger gives it a smokey flavor that is absolutely delicious. 
  • Salt and pepper - When it comes to seasoning your burgers, it’s best to keep it simple with salt and pepper to make sure that you’re not overpowering the flavor of the beef. If seasoning with salt and pepper is enough for McDonald’s, then it’s perfect when you’re trying to recreate a McDonald’s recipe, too!
  • Cheddar cheese - For your burgers, you’re going to want to use cheddar cheese. Cheddar cheese is an American classic as it’s easy to melt with authentic flavor, and takes your burger to the next level. However, if you prefer another cheese, use that!
  • Sesame seed burger buns - Although sesame seeds on a bun are a small touch, they are on the majority of McDonald’s burgers. The sesame seeds add texture and flavor to your bun and allow you to keep the copycat recipe authentic to the original.
  • Butter - Butter improves the flavor and makes your sesame buns deliciously buttery. Soften your butter at room temperature to make your life easier before attempting to spread it onto your burger buns.
  • Lettuce, pickles, and onions - To make your recipe as authentic as possible to The Travis Scott Burger, you’ll want to add lettuce, pickles, and onions. Adding a variety of veggies to your burger adds a much-needed crunch to the dense, juicy meat and adds a fresh layer of texture to your burger bun. 
  • Condiments - The Travis Scott Burger recipe calls for ketchup and mustard as the main condiments in the burger itself. These sauces are readily available in any grocery store and aside from the Travis Scott Burger, are a classic combination to heighten the taste of your burger.
  • Optional sides - For an authentic Mcdonald’s x Travis Scott meal experience, you can also add a side of French fries, barbecue dipping sauce, and Sprite to complete your recreation. Although this part is optional, if you want a meal fit for Travis Scott, go ahead and add them.

How to Recreate the Travis Scott Burger

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4 burgers Calories: 656kcal

Ingredients

For the Burger:

  • 1lb ground chuck beef 80/20.
  • Salt to taste.
  • Ground black pepper to taste.

For the Buns:

  • 4 sesame seed hamburger buns.
  • ¼ tablespoon of butter softened.

Travis Scott Burger Toppings

  • 4 strips of bacon.
  • 8 slices of medium cheddar cheese.
  • ½ medium onion, thinly sliced.
  • ½ bunch of green leaf lettuce.
  • ⅓ cup of dill pickle slices.
  • Ketchup to taste.
  • Mustard to taste.

Optional for Servings:

  • French fries.
  • Barbeque dipping sauce.
  • French fries.

Instructions

  • To begin this recipe, start by preparing the topping ingredients. Thoroughly wash the lettuce and onions, before thinly slicing.
  • Next, preheat a skillet over a medium heat before adding the bacon strips. Cook until the bacon strips have a nice, even crisp all over.
  • Now it’s time to prep the ground beef. Divide ground beef into 4 equal portions and form patties. Ideally, it’s best to make patties that are about 1/2" thick and slightly wider than the burger buns like an authentic quarter pounder from McDonald’s.
  • Once you have shaped the patties to be the correct size, season the patties generously with salt and cracked black pepper.
  • Next, you’re going to want to make an indentation in the middle of the patties with your thumb.
  • Preheat a skillet and wait until it comes to temperature before placing the patties on the skillet.
  • Cook the beef patties for around 4 minutes or until the juices are accumulating on top of the burgers. Flip the burger and cook for about 4 minutes or until the internal temperature of beef reaches 160˚F. It is important to make sure that the burger is cooked throughout.
  • Next, add cheese on top of the patties during the last 1-2 minutes to allow it to melt over the hot burger patties.
  • Whilst the cheese is melting, it’s time to prep the burger buns. Toast the buns under the grill until golden brown. It’s important to toast the buns thoroughly as this will contribute to the flavor of your burger and prevent your burger buns from becoming soggy once you add the meat!
  • Once the buns are evenly toasted and are nice and warm, spread the softened butter on the cut-side of the buns.
  • Once the burgers are done, remove them from the heat and set them aside.
  • Now it’s time to assemble the burgers. Place the bottom buns on a plate. Next, you’ll need to add a piece of cheddar, cheesy patties, slices of crispy bacon, onions, pickle slices, and lettuce.
  • Next, spread ketchup and mustard on the top slice of the bun. Then add the top bun on top of the toppings.
  • Serve straight away!

Note: Although this is an optional step, for the authentic Travis Scott Burger experience, serve with French fries, barbeque dipping sauce, and a cold glass of Sprite!

If you have the time and want to make homemade McDonald’s fries to serve with your homemade Travis Scott Burger, check out the recipe below.

McDonald’s French Fries Copycat Recipe

Ingredients

For the Brine:

  • 8 cups of cold water.
  • ½ cup of corn syrup (can substitute ⅓ cup of sugar).
  • 3 tablespoons of salt.
  • 1 teaspoon of white vinegar.

For the Fries:

  • 6 large Russet potatoes.
  • 1 quart of vegetable oil.
  • ½ cup of vegetable shortening.
  • Salt to taste.

Instructions

  • Combine the brine ingredients into a bowl and set aside.
  • Once you’ve made the brine, it’s time to prepare the potatoes. You’re going to need to peel and wash the potatoes.
  • Slice them into fry shapes just under ½ inch each. You could benefit from a French fry potato cutter for this process but it’s not essential.
  • Place the potatoes in the cold brine as you slice them. Once you have finished slicing, ensure that the potatoes are completely submerged in the bowl. Add more cold water if needed.
  • Cover the bowl and place it in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight.
  • Once the potatoes have been allowed to soak, drain and rinse them twice with cold water. Pat them dry with a clean dish towel, making sure that they are completely dry before moving on to the next step.
  • Preheat the oil in a pan to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. This is where you’ll benefit from having an oil thermometer to hand to make sure that the frying process is as accurate as it can be.
  • Once you have allowed the oil to heat and it has come up to temperature, fry the sliced potatoes in batches for about five minutes. It is important to note that when you remove them, they will be very soft, which is what you want, but it can be unnerving when you’re making them for the first time.
  • Next, add the vegetable shortening and increase the heat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Fry in batches again until the fries turn a lovely golden brown color.
  • Remove and place the flies to drain on paper towels. Season to taste with salt while they’re hot and serve!

If you want to make these McDonald’s fries ahead of time so that you’re not cooking them from scratch alongside the burgers, follow these steps.

  • Soak the fries as instructed above before drying them completely. Fry them in batches at 360° for 5 minutes. Place them on a paper towel.
  • Following on from this, transfer the fries to a plate/tray and flash freeze them for 40 minutes.
  • Next, transfer the fries to a freezer bag and freeze them. These fries will last for up to 3 months in the freezer.
  • When you are nearly ready to serve the Travis Scott Burgers, remove them from the freezer and fry the fries in batches at 400° until golden brown, for about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to paper towels and season them immediately with salt.
  • Serve with barbecue sauce and a tall glass of refreshing Sprite and voila, you’ll have a McDonald’s meal fit for Travis Scott!

How much does a Travis Burger cost at McDonald’s?

When the burger was available, the full Travis Scott meal (including drinks and sides) was $6 plus tax at McDonald’s restaurants. That being said, the exclusive offer was only available to buy for a month from September 8th to October 4th, so if you didn’t get your hands on it, you’ll have to make your own at home!

How many calories are there in a Travis Scott Burger?

It’s hardly surprising that this decadent dish isn’t diet-friendly. However, at 630 calories, the Travis Scott burger was lower in calories than other burgers sold by McDonald’s.

For a homemade Travis Scott Burger, you can adapt the recipe to fit in line with your lifestyle, making it as healthy or as indulgent as you like. That’s the great thing about making copycat recipes at home!

You could even try making the burger protein style, which means instead of the sesame seed bun, you use lettuce leaves for the bread.

However, if you’re going to the trouble of making your own burgers at home, it’s likely you won’t want to miss out on the full experience. Whether you make the Travis Scott Burger on its own or with the sides that he suggests, this recipe is a winner.