How to make Ikea meatballs, Chipotle guac, or a BK Whopper at home

The companies that sell your fast-food favorites want to keep your loyalty during the shutdown, even if you have to make their food in your own kitchen

April 28, 2020
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I'll be honest -- I miss going to Ikea. Not just because I could use a new blonde wood storage unit for my kitchen, but because I miss those meatballs! Apparently I'm not alone, because Ikea has revealed the recipe for their signature snack so you can make them while you're hunkered down at home.

In fact, recognizing that people are doing a lot more cooking for themselves these days, and hoping to remind you how much you love their food so that you'll return to your favorite fast food places when this whole thing is over, the trend is for fast food places to pull the curtain back a little bit and share the secret recipes for some of their signature offerings. 

Just in the last week, you've got:

  • Ikea Swedish Meatballs and Cream Sauce. The hot snack you can't resist once you push your giant cart within sniffing range of the Ikea cafe. They've simplified the recipe a bit to make it easier for home chefs, but they say it's a great re-creation of those iconic balls of beef and pork.
  • Chipotle Guacamole. It may be the very best thing on the menu at Chipotle, and since there's no actual cooking involved, it's the easiest of the fast-food foods to replicate at home: avocados, limes, cilantro, red onion, jalapeño, and kosher salt are all you need. You may even have the ingredients already. There's a link to an Instagram video starring the chain's executive chef -- a guy named Chad -- but the video is 26 minutes long, which if you ask me is too long, even for people trapped in their homes with nothing else to watch. Either way, it's great guac.
  • Burger King Whopper. This one's a little bit of a stretch, because it doesn't seem to call for every single secret ingredient in BK's signature burger, and it was posted by Burger King France, so who knows how different a French Whopper is from an American Whopper. But still, it's a pretty simple recipe and it's worth a try. And if anyone in your family whines, "This doesn't taste like a Whopper!!" you just say, "Excusez-moi, but it's a FRENCH Whopper."