Everyone’s got their go-to guilty pleasure fast food sandwiches -- chefs included.
Toques across the country are making creative interpretations of fast food favorites, such as McDonald’s Egg McMuffin and Burger King’s BK Burger. See how chefs are going full-steam ahead with their own spins on the American classic.
McDonald’s Egg McMuffin
The “Mc-Abigaile” Breakfast Sando Combo #1 at Abigaile in Hermosa Beach, Calif., is a cheffed-up version of the popular breakfast favorite. With American cheese, house-made fennel sausage, sauce, egg and tots, the upscale breakfast sandwich is a salute to the Golden Arches’ version.
Chick-fil-A’s Chicken Sandwich
Chef Martha Wiggins’ “Chick-Syl-vain Sandwich” at Sylvain’s in New Orleans begins with boneless, skinless chicken breast brined in buttermilk for 12 hours before frying. The buttermilk includes a homemade hot sauce of black pepper, Worcestershire sauce and a touch of salt.
Burger King’s BK Burger
The award-winning Acadia burger at Acadia in Chicago consists of a double-decker burger with house-made bacon, double crème gouda, garlic pickles and Chef Ryan McCaskey’s own variation of special sauce.
Carl’s Jr.’s Bacon Western Cheeseburger
At Plan Check Kitchen + Bar in Los Angeles, Executive Chef Ernesto Uchimura draws inspiration from his childhood culinary indulgence with a K-BBQ burger. This Korean-inspired version has "kimcheese" (gruyere cheese processed with wine and dried kimchi for seasoning), gochujang barbecue sauce, grilled pork belly, sesame salt, fried onions and sprouting onion. The burger nods to the American classic, while also paying homage to the restaurant’s new neighbor, Western Avenue in Koreatown.