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Krystal Copycat Burger

Copycat Krystal Burgers


Does the name “Krystal” ring a bell? I’ve known the name and the little burgers in a box since I can remember. Especially during my teenage years. Late, late teenage years.

If you grew up in the South, you’ll know what I’m talking about. If you didn’t you sooo missed out. However, I’m about to school you.

 

Krystal Copycat Burger

 

These little itty bitty burgers were a very welcome sight for you about 1 am after way too many Miller Genuine Drafts. Or it could have been some sort of booze concoction in a fish bowl made by your teenage friends. That made you violently vomit while your friends held your hair. But, no matter what you still wanted these damn things afterwards.

Don’t lie.

 

 


Let me lay it out for you here…

These little things are served up in cardboard boxes, the sides are a bit on the greasy side. Well, ok, fine they were greasy as shit, but it was part of the allure. There was always some cheese sticking out of the top on at least one corner, and sometimes a glimpse of a pickle.

That glimpse even more drove me to these inevitable buying more than I can even ingest.

 

Copycat Krystal Burger

 

At which point you proceeded to throw up, and you subsequently showed up at Krystal’s looking like a damn train wreck. Wanting tiny burgers. I mean, I’m not judging or anything.

These little bastards were definitely a staple, and as nasty as anybody wants to say they are – they’re absolutely delicious.

And you know it.

 

Krystal Copycat Burger

Greasy little tiny ass onions and all.

I’ve found the secret – it’s NO seasoning. Like, seriously, nothing except salt and pepper. I tried splashing some Worcestershire on a batch of them and it ruined the entire Krystal taste. Y’all, I’m not even exaggerating. The burger has to be unseasoned.

Unseasoned AF.

I guess that makes sense? 

So, here’s the method. You start by spreading ground beef out very thin using a rolling pin in between wax paper. Salt and pepper it, slice it into squares and throw it in the freezer. It’s so much easier than I thought it would be. I used my counter top grill, and it worked perfectly.

Another quirky little thing about this is adding the diced onions on the raw side of the burger and then flipping it over and adding the bun on top for a minute. It absolutely works!

However, I still cannot get the unseasoned thing out of my mind. Obviously, we’re drawn to the combination of the plain ass ground beef, greasy soft bun complete with greasy kinda caramelized tiny onions, ¼ of the way melted American processed cheese slice, one squirt of mustard and a pickle that is definitely essential.

No matter WHAT, DO NOT forget the pickle.

Here’s your printable

Copycat Krystal Burgers

Copycat Krystal Burgers

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground chuck or round
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tbsp salted butter
  • 1/2 cup white onions, finely diced
  • American cheese slices
  • Pickle slices
  • Mustard
  • 1 package square slider buns

Instructions

  • Roll ground beef out flat on wax or parchment paper, almost paper thin and transfer to baking sheet on wax paper; cut into 2"x2" squares.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper and place in freezer for at least 30 minutes, but no more than overnight.
  • Melt butter on a flattop griddle or large frying pan over medium high heat and add onions, saute until translucent, about 3-5 minutes; remove from heat.
  • Add burgers straight from the freezer, a few at a time, to griddle.
  • Sear each for 1-2 minutes, then flip, add a spoonful of onions on top, top with bottom part of bun, then top that with top part of bun. Let them grill for about 1 minute.
  • Remove from pan; remove top part of bun, flip over and add slice of cheese, a squeeze of mustard and pickle slice.
  • Top with top part of bun.
  • Serve.
https://www.dixiechikcooks.com/copycat-krystal-burgers/

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21 Comments

  • Reply
    Krystal Connoisseur
    May 18, 2018 at 5:09 PM

    This is the first recipe I’ve seen, that actually looks spot on. So many other recipes have thicker patties- true Krystal’s have patties that are VERY thin.

  • Reply
    Michele
    March 31, 2018 at 10:31 PM

    I did’t grow up in the South, and I really believe I’ve missed out because of that… But I love my Midwest like crazy, and will happily serve these babies up anytime!!

    • Reply
      Shea
      April 1, 2018 at 7:25 PM

      Thank you Michele!

  • Reply
    Christine
    March 30, 2018 at 12:15 AM

    Yum!

    • Reply
      Shea
      April 1, 2018 at 7:25 PM

      They are definitely delish!!

  • Reply
    Ann from Sumptuous Spoonfuls
    March 29, 2018 at 9:16 PM

    I love this recipe and can’t wait to try it! … Just one question: It says “1/2 white onions” … does that mean 1/2 cup white onions or 1/2 of a white onion … or is it just as many chopped onions as you feel like you need? Personally I would go with the latter, but I wanted to ask.

    • Reply
      Shea
      April 1, 2018 at 7:27 PM

      1/2 cup! I fixed it – I’m so SORRY Ann! But, I agree with you, give me lots of onions 🙂

  • Reply
    Claudia
    March 28, 2018 at 9:17 PM

    Wow how awesome you recreated one of the tastiest hamburgers on the planet and they look fabulous!

    • Reply
      Shea
      April 1, 2018 at 7:28 PM

      Thanks Claudia – they’re not difficult at all.

  • Reply
    ally
    March 28, 2018 at 11:07 AM

    Just give me this entire plate…want all three…and I love love classic yellow mustard…I mean why mess up a burger w/so many accessories!! I want the burger experience…pickles, onions, mustard, lettuce and ‘mater! xo

    • Reply
      Shea
      April 1, 2018 at 7:28 PM

      Thank you, Ally! You would adore these!

  • Reply
    JR
    July 15, 2017 at 11:40 AM

    Back in the day we had a Coral Castle in Miami.

  • Reply
    Michele @ Bacon Fatte
    March 17, 2017 at 12:42 PM

    I’d love a big plate of these sliders right now… They look SO good! We don’t have Krystal here in the Midwest, but I know we’re going to enjoy your Copycat Krystal Burgers very soon!

  • Reply
    [email protected] is How I Cook
    March 17, 2017 at 12:29 PM

    Love how you do this. We don’t have Crystal’s here but I can dream!

    • Reply
      Shea
      April 1, 2018 at 7:28 PM

      Abbe, you must make these!

  • Reply
    Lynn Elliott Vining
    March 15, 2017 at 5:17 PM

    We don’t have a Krystal’s here, but I have made a version of this and it was a HUGE hit! Love it!

    • Reply
      Shea
      April 1, 2018 at 7:29 PM

      Thanks Lynn!

  • Reply
    Ann -- The Fountain Avenue Kitchen
    March 15, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    These look so easy and so good…and I love the pickle slice! 🙂

    • Reply
      Shea
      April 1, 2018 at 7:29 PM

      Thank you Ann 🙂

  • Reply
    Adam J. Holland
    March 12, 2017 at 8:25 PM

    I know you’re excited about this. I think my wife is also excited (since Krystal and White Castle are basically the same thing). All I have to say is, y’all are some drunk sumbitches to be eating this stuff. Still, I understand, and this recipe is spot on.

    • Reply
      Shea
      April 1, 2018 at 7:29 PM

      Thank you Holland!!

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