Wendy's hallmark square hamburgers and homey atmosphere were introduced in Columbus, Ohio, in 1969, and since that time the company has enjoyed phenomenal growth.

Wendy's International, Inc. is the operator, developer, and franchiser of the Wendy's restaurant chain, which is the number three hamburger chain in the United States, trailing McDonald's and Burger King. At the end of 2001, there were more than 6,000 Wendy's restaurants around the world; about 5,300 of these were located in the United States with the balance located in 26 other countries and territories.

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Big Bacon Classic



BIG BACON CLASSIC
Wendy's Restaurant Copycat Recipe

3 ounces (about 1/3 cup) 96 percent lean ground beef
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 slices center-cut bacon
1 Kaiser style hamburger bun (about 4 inches round)
1 slice yellow American cheese
1 large leaf iceberg lettuce
1 (1/4 inch) slice tomato
1 (1/4 inch) slice small white onion
1 teaspoon light mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon ketchup
5 rounds dill pickle

On a sheet of wax paper, shape the beef into a 4 1/2-inch square patty. Lightly season both sides with salt. Transfer the waxed paper to a plate and place the patty, uncovered, in the freezer for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the bacon slices in a small, nonstick skillet set over a medium heat. Cook, flipping occasionally, for 4 to 6 minutes, or until cooked but not crisp. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Cover to keep warm.

Discard the bacon fat from the skillet and carefully wipe the skillet clean. Preheat the pan over a medium-high flame until drops of water sizzle when splashed on the pan. Place the patty in the pan and cook 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until no longer pink. Cook the burgers 4 minutes on each side.

Place the bun bottom on a plate. Top with the burger, then the cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and onion, in that order. Spread the mayonnaise on the top of the bun. Dollop on ketchup, then place pickles over it. Flip onto the burger. Makes 1 serving.

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