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21 Copycat Recipes for Restaurant Burgers

These burger copycat recipes taste better than the real deal!

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Inspired by: Red Robin’s Burnin’ Love BurgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: Red Robin’s Burnin’ Love Burger

On a whim, we mixed homemade jalapeno jam into ground beef patties, then topped the burgers with caramelized onions and tangy Gorgonzola cheese. Fabulous! —Becky Mollenkamp, St. Louis, Missouri

You can’t have a burger without fries! Try one of our fries copycat recipes.

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Inspired by: SONIC’s Bacon CheeseburgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: SONIC’s Bacon Cheeseburger

Where can you get a juicy bacon burger that is so superior to drive-thru fare? Right in you backyard with this delicious cheeseburger recipe. —Jackie Burns, Silverdale, Washington

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Inspired by: Rock Bottom’s Bacon Cheddar BurgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: Rock Bottom’s Bacon Cheddar Burger

Every family has a burger of choice, and this is ours. It's stacked tall with bacon and crunchy onion rings. —Paula Homer, Nampa, Idaho

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Inspired by: Shake Shack’s SmokeShack Burger

We do a lot of camping and outdoor cooking. This all-American, homemade hamburger recipe is on our menu more than any other food. —Diane Hixon, Niceville, Florida

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Inspired by: Red Robin’s Chili Chili Cheeseburger

Big, bold chili and french-fried onions are a fun alternative to the classic burger fixings of ketchup and mustard. The patties are easy to assemble, making this a great weeknight sandwich. —Sue Ross, Casa Grande, Arizona

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Inspired by: McDonald’s Cheeseburger

A crispy coating mix is the secret ingredient that dresses up these baked hamburgers. You bake them in the oven instead of grilling or frying. I like to use a sweet and spicy steak sauce for the best flavor. —Mike Goldman, Arden Hills, Minnesota

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Inspired by: Applebee’s Quesadilla BurgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: Applebee’s Quesadilla Burger

This combo gives you a tender burger, crisp veggies and a crunchy shell, plus fajita flavor. Kids love it. —Antonio Smith, Canal Winchester, Ohio

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Inspired by: Red Robin’s Royal Red Robin BurgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: Red Robin’s Royal Red Robin Burger

These burgers were a huge hit with our friends during football season. Regular mayo can easily be substituted for the garlic aioli if desired. —Melissa Pelkey Hass, Waleska, Georgia

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Inspired by: Hard Rock Cafe’s Black Bean & Quinoa BurgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: Hard Rock Cafe’s Black Bean & Quinoa Burger

These juicy veggie patties have major flavor with cumin, garlic and a little chili powder. They hold their own against any veggie burger you‘d buy at the supermarket. —Marguerite Shaeffer, Sewell, New Jersey

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Inspired by: Culver’s Butterburger “The Original”

Inspired by: Culver’s Butterburger “The Original”

It’s no secret that Wisconsinites love their dairy—so much that they sometimes top their burgers with a generous pat of butter. My recipe is a lot like the butter burgers you’ll find in popular restaurants all over the state. —Becky Carver, North Royalton, Ohio —Becky Carver, North Royalton, Ohio

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Inspired by: Texas Roadhouse’s Smokehouse BurgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: Texas Roadhouse’s Smokehouse Burger

No need to call my family twice when these burgers are on the menu. Get ahead of the game and stuff them ahead of time, then grill later. — Joyce Guth, Mohnton, Pennsylvania

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Inspired by: Rock Bottom’s Classic BurgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: Rock Bottom’s Classic Burger

Go on a burger road trip in your own backyard. Grill the patties and load them sky-high. Peanut butter and bacon make them Southern style; coleslaw and tomatoes, a Northern version. —Susan Mahaney, New Hartford, New York

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Inspired by: Red Robin’s Prime Chophouse BurgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: Red Robin’s Prime Chophouse Burger

When I asked my brothers to come over for barbecue, they laughed. So I came up with this. They don’t laugh anymore. —Bonnie Geavaras-Bootz, Scottsdale, Arizona

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Inspired by: Dairy Queen’s FlameThrower GrillBurgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: Dairy Queen’s FlameThrower GrillBurger

If you like a little spice in your food, these big stuffed burgers are for you. Just have plenty of frosty cold drinks on hand to serve with them. —Kris Swihart, Perrysburg, Ohio

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Inspired by: Applebee’s All-Day Brunch BurgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: Applebee’s All-Day Brunch Burger

To feed my daughter’s hungry cowboy friends after a rodeo, I created these with leftover burgers, hollandaise and bacon. They were a huge hit! —Bonnie Geavaras-Bootz, Scottsdale, Arizona

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Inspired by: SONIC’s Jr. BurgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: SONIC’s Jr. Burger

For an easy weeknight dinner, try these juicy burgers. A dollop of chili sauce on top makes them extra flavorful. —Ron Treadaway, Acworth, Georgia

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Inspired by: Red Robin’s Grilled Turkey BurgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: Red Robin’s Grilled Turkey Burger

These moist burgers get plenty of color and flavor from onion, zucchini and red pepper. I often make the mixture ahead of time and put it in the refrigerator. Later, after helping my husband with farm chores, I can put the burgers on the grill while whipping up a salad or side dish. —Sandy Kitzmiller, Unityville, Pennsylvania

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Inspired by: Hard Rock Cafe’s Hickory Barbecue Bacon Cheeseburger

Inspired by: Hard Rock Cafe’s Hickory Barbecue Bacon Cheeseburger

I can't take all the credit for these winning burgers. My husband's uncle passed down the special barbecue sauce recipe. We love it on everything...it was only natural to try it on, and in, burgers. Add cheese and bacon to take them over the top. —Rhoda Troyer, Glenford, Ohio

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Inspired by: Shake Shack’s Shroom BurgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: Shake Shack’s Shroom Burger

You don't miss the meat on this hearty burger. The veggies, mayo and cheese fill you up with plenty of flavor. —Mary Haas, Hewitt, New Jersey

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Inspired by: Red Robin’s Whiskey River® BBQ BurgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: Red Robin’s Whiskey River® BBQ Burger

This juicy cheeseburger has big flavors to satisfy even the heartiest appetites. It always impresses at our cookouts. —Amber Nicholson, Winooski, Vermont

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Inspired by: Rock Bottom’s Veggie BurgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: Rock Bottom’s Veggie Burger

I've experimented with many combinations of ingredients to make a good meatless burger, and this is our favorite. These patties cook up golden brown and crispy and make delicious sandwiches. —Pat Whitaker, Alsea, Oregon

Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

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