Ok, I am going to admit it. I have a few guilty pleasures that I don’t like the world to know, but I am pretty sure that I’m not the only one, and I would like to be able to help others. Every once in a blue moon I get the craving for Red Robin. Not the fries so much as the burgers. But their burgers are so expensive. But with a few little changes, I can make my favorite burger at home.
The first thing you need to do is find out what ingredients go on your burger. You can find out that information on the internet. If they claim that something in their recipe is a secret, chances are, with a little digging you are going to find it. Most of the time the big secret is you can buy it on any grocery shelf. Once you know what it is you need, it’s just a matter of figuring out how they put the darn thing together.
Hit up Red Robin and before you enjoy it, open it up. What goes where, write it down, take a picture with your cell phone, whatever you need to do so you will remember and have a reference point when you make it yourself. Most of the time, it is fairly obvious, but if you want it to be just right, it is worth this step.
If you aren’t sure about something, don’t be afraid to ask. A lot of the time the staff will spill trade secrets, not because they are trying to hurt the business, but most of the time they are young, and may not understand fully the whole concept of trade secrets.
Once you know what you need and how it goes together, head to the grocery store and pick up the ingredients. If you are concerned about calories, you can change things up. Use a veggie burger patty instead of a meat patty. Or use a low calorie option for sauces. Most importantly, when you cook it, you can cut out a lot of the grease and fat. Not only will you satisfy the Red Robin craving, you may have even shaved off a few calories.
And to help get you started, here is the recipe for Red Robin’s famous seasoning.
– 3 tablespoons salt
– 1 tablespoon instant tomato soup mix
– 2 teaspoons chili powder (don’t over do it with this spice)
– 1/4 teaspoon cumin
– 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper (try to use fresh pepper corns)
Good luck copying your favorite Red Robin recipes!