There’s really no need for Wichitans to make their own Freddy’s Frozen Custard steakburgers since the burger chain was founded here and they can just drive right through one of Wichita’s four locations anytime they want.
But if they were so inclined to try to make their own Freddy’s steakburgers, now they can thanks to famous food blogger Ree Drummond, also known as The Pioneer Woman. Drummond lives in rural Oklahoma, and she rose to Internet fame with her beautifully photographed and cleverly written cooking blog. That fame translated into New York Times best selling cookbooks and a show on Food Network.
On her blog on Monday, Drummond waxed on about her love for the Freddy’s steakburger, which features perfectly smashed, super-flat patties adhered together with melty cheese. A location opened about an hour from her house a couple of years ago, and her family stops there whenever they have an occasion, she said.
She provided an illustrated how-to recipe that is pretty simple and includes only four ingredients: hamburger, salt, American cheese slices and a bun. But it’s the technique that’s the key, and she explains it well.
Drummond’s blog post did not escape Freddy’s attention. On its Facebook page on Monday, the chain linked to her post and said they wanted to help her make the recipe even better.
“We are so excited to see The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond recreating our Freddy's burgers at home, and posting on her blog!!” the post read. “FYI, we sent her some Freddy's Seasoning so she can make them a little more authentic – and delicious – for her family.” (Note: Drummond also shares in her post a recipe for making shoestring fries like Freddy’s does.)
Freddy’s co-founder Scott Redler said that Drummond’s recipe was “pretty close” to correct, but he offered one correction. A real Freddy’s burger is made with 85 percent lean ground beef.
Now to start working on my burger-smashing muscles.