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Fuddruckers Hamburger Seasoning Recipe
Fuddruckers Hamburger Seasoning
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Seasoning
Calories: 18
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Recipe Rating: 5.0 (28 reviews)

For 25 years Fuddruckers has been serving up huge, cooked-when-ordered beef patties on freshly baked buns. The rest is up to you, as you decorate your hamburger creation with sliced tomato, onions, lettuce, pickles, peppers, relish and whatever else is offered up at the toppings bar. Because of this garnishing freedom everyones hamburger is different, yet the company claims these are "The Worlds Greatest Hamburgers." So what makes them so good? Fuddruckers proudly boasts that it uses only 100% USDA choice, aged ground beef. But what Fuddruckers wont tell you is exactly what secret ingredients make up the delicious burger seasoning used on each of those patties, and that's what really makes these burgers special. So, after analyzing a sample of the blend used in the shakers back by the griddle, I've come up with this simple clone which you can now mix up at home in a flash, and pour into an empty shaker bottle. Sprinkle it onto 1/3- or 1/2-pound ground beef patties as they grill, then snag yourself some fresh buns in the bakery section of your store. Add your choice of other fresh toppings, and in no time you'll have a great hamburger burger clone that tastes just like those served at the more than 230 Fuddruckers joints.

Source: "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3" by Todd Wilbur.

2 teaspoons paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle on hamburger patties before cooking.

Makes 2 tablespoons.

Not too bad!!!!!
Submitted on: 03/21/14
I added Worcestershire sauce to the seasonings. It was a hit with my family. Thanks!
love this!
Submitted on: 02/18/14
I was looking for a certain taste and this was the base for my pattie seasoning. I stayed with the recipe and only added 1/4 teaspoon of cumin to it! wonderfull!
So great...
Submitted on: 02/16/14
I don't know how...but this is so great. Gotta try. Impress your friends!
finally a really decent seasoning
Mike Scott  
Submitted on: 02/02/14
We use fresh butchered beef. The seasoning really made the hamburger stand out. You're web sit is the bomb!!!!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Kelly Kienle  
Submitted on: 10/15/13
Wow! My husband and I were blown away by how wonderful this seasoning truly is! Bye bye to $8 pre-made burger seaoning. Hello heaven!
Has a nice bite!
Submitted on: 10/12/13
We normally pay about $7.00 for jar of spice for our burgers and steaks, but now this recipe will be a staple spice in our bbqing from now on! Everyone loved the burgers and went for 2nds!
Best Ever Hamburger Seasoning
Submitted on: 09/20/13
Made this for the family, without the cayenne & black pepper (a family member have sensitive insides) & feeding a toddler here. They were delicious, my toddler had seconds & there were no leftovers. Thank you Todd!
Nice change
Submitted on: 08/25/13
I make this recipe and substitute the cayenne for a 1/8 more tsp of onion powder and an 1/8 more tsp of garlic powder because I don't care for cayenne. I use the whole recipe on 1 lb of ground chunk. Seems like a lot but don't worry it will work out. Gives burger a good sear every time.
Fuddrucker's Burger Seasoning
duggan mcc  
Submitted on: 08/23/13
YaaaayYa!! Love this recipe! Your culinary forensic work is spot on! This seasoning mix added great flavor to regular, store bought chopped meat. It really enhanced the beef! Well done sir!
Submitted on: 08/07/13
My family has never tasted a burger that was so good. Juicy, flavorful - unbelievably good. I don't know how these spices come together to create something so wonderful, but they do!
On Point!
Submitted on: 07/22/13
Thought I would try this spice mix on some burgers with a couple other spice blends to compare flavor. "Steakhouse Onion burger" and "Adobo Goya" From best to worst: 1. Fuddruckers 2.onion steakhouse 3.Adobo and its not even close. This blend of spices is on point! Definitely gonna use this as my staple all spice. Just took another bite and I don't even want to eat the other burgers without this on it. Thank you for this recipe. So simple yet so good.
We loved it!
Submitted on: 07/02/13
I surprised my family with this one night and every one wanted seconds. I can't wait to use it again.
Oh wow!!!
Submitted on: 05/13/13
Wow that is awesome!! I seriously can't believe that just produced burgers like that! For the first time I used NOTHING in my ground beef. Straight from the package, into patties. Season with as much of this spice as you want, and put the patties in the fridge for about an hour to re-firm the shape, then make sure they get a good sear and only turn once. This seriously tasted like the burger version of a perfectly done steak! This spice alongside my badass grill, all I can say is THANKS!!! Gri
Use it on everything!
Submitted on: 05/07/13
Wanted to find something a bit different for some burgers and this did not disappoint! It is awesome! The addition of brown sugar really makes it special. Do not skip that! I like to add it onto practically everything, even tofu. It's that good!
ANG From Cgicago  
Submitted on: 04/12/13
Coming from a Spanish background I like to add cumin to my red meats. After incorporating Todd's mix it went to a whole new level. Best recipe I found all year & just in time for grilling season! Thanks Todd your the best.
Submitted on: 03/31/13
I've already been putting my own mix of salt, pepper, paprika, and onion powder on burgers for years. But this recipe is way better than mine!
Submitted on: 03/03/13
So Versatile
Tim Thompson  
Submitted on: 08/23/12
This great new "Spice" is so versatile and can be used on almost any meat, and some roasted veggies.
Brianna Westergren  
Submitted on: 08/21/12
I worked at a Fudds when I was a teenager and this recipe is spot on. They put this same seasoning on their fries, as well.
I love it!
Diana Johnson  
Submitted on: 07/06/11
I keep this seasoning in my cupboard all the time, but when I make it, I mix together 10 times the amounts listed and keep it in an old spice container because I use it on almost everything.
Submitted on: 03/27/08
Delicious!!! I would never have guessed the brown sugar! Thank You so much...I'll use it often, even on steak! :))  
Submitted on: 03/04/08
I had guessed all but the brown sugar!! Thank you for your services!!
Donna Blair  
Submitted on: 03/04/08
Excellent! I loved it!
Submitted on: 03/04/08
Fantastic, thry have the most delicious burgers in town! Ive waited 24 years for this, Thank you THIS IS ALSO GOOD ON STEAKS!
Submitted on: 03/04/08
I used it IN ground turkey - it was great!
Submitted on: 03/04/08
There was nothing AMAZING about the spices but it was still VERY good! I like to mix the spices in A1 Steak Sauce or some other sauce and then put it on the burgers. All in all thank you VERY much for this Top Secret Recipe! :-)
Submitted on: 03/04/08
Awesome combination, thanks Todd!
Submitted on: 03/03/08
Excellent! I want to suggest that you wash and save used spice bottles that have shaker holes on the top. That way, you can mix the spices together and sprinkle the seasoning on the hamburgers more efficiently. I'm going to give this seasoning a try on steak. Also, this might be good on chicken blended with a little terayki sauce.