Copycat Wendy’s Dave’s Single

"A homemade version of Wendy's classic burger...square meat patty and all."
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
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4 burgers




  • In a large bowl, combine the ground sirloin, salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder until evenly combined. Divide the mixture into 4 equal parts and then shape each into thin square patties. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for 30 minutes.
  • Heat a large griddle or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, place the frozen meat patties on the pan. You might have to cook them in batches. Press down with a spatula and cook for about 4 minutes on the first side. Flip over and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes on the second side. Turn off the pan and place a slice of cheese on top of each patty and allow to melt.
  • Toast the buns and place the remaining cheese slices on top of the bottom buns. To assemble the burgers, place a burger patty on top, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles. Spread the top buns with mayo and ketchup and place on top of the burgers. Serve immediately.

Questions & Replies

  1. Can anyone do a copycat recipe for Wendy's French fries?
  2. What would a "Build Your Wendy's Burger" Menu look like?
  3. How do I make a Wendy's double and triple from this recipe?


  1. This recipe is the best
  2. So I gave this recipe a go. It didn't taste exactly like a Wendy's burger, but in fact tasted way better! My only confusing complaint would be I made a square patty and when cooked it ended up round. Unsure why that happened. But regardless of the shape it was great! Definitely doing this again.


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Jonathan Melendez is a passionate author, food photographer, cook, baker, and recipe developer whose blog, The Candid Appetite, has appeared prominently on such sites as, BonAppetite, People, Cosmopolitan, The Kitchn, Today, The Cooking Channel, Food52 and Joy the Baker. He has created and photographed recipes for Idaho Potato Commission, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, American Butter Institute and Jones Dairy Farm, to name a few. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.
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