Texas Roadhouse, Inc. operates a chain of casual-dining restaurants catering to blue-collar families, offering a menu of steak, chicken, side dishes, and made-from-scratch rolls. Texas Roadhouse operates 182 restaurants in 34 states. The company's restaurants feature a southwestern décor, hand-painted murals, neon signs, and jukeboxes, offering patrons a free, unlimited supply of peanuts and inexpensive entrées. The per guest check average is $13.53, roughly two-thirds less than the per guest check average of the company's largest competitor, Outback Steakhouse, Inc. Texas Roadhouse targets secondary markets for expansion, preferring communities with populations above 60,000 and a high concentration of working-class families. The company is controlled by its founder and chairman, W. Kent Taylor, who owns approximately 60 percent of Texas Roadhouse stock.




Smokehouse Burgers

Texas Roadhouse Copycat Recipe

Makes 8

2 lbs of ground beef
BBQ sauce
seasoned salt
1 1/2 pound of sliced mushrooms
1 large onion
Jack Cheese
8 buns

Burgers: Begin by dividing your ground beef into 8 parts. Roll each part into a ball. Place the balls on a plate one at a time. Using another plate, gently press down to make an evenly flat patty.Place the patties on the grill, flat top, or skillet. Cook until the patties are at least 155 degrees.

Toppings: While the patties are cooking, heat 2 tablespoons of butter over medium high heat. Once melted, rotate the pan to evenly coat with butter. Add the mushrooms first, then the onions and saute together until soft. While the onions and mushrooms saute, sprinkle with seasoned salt. Be sure to heat up your BBQ sauce on the stove or in the microwave.

Assembly:  Using a cooked patty, lay it on the flat top (or grill) and place a spoon full of BBQ sauce on it. Then add the onions and mushrooms. The last addition is one slice of jack cheese. If you are using a grill, close the lid for a couple of minutes to let the cheese melt and seal all of the toppings inside.  If you are using a flat top or skillet, sprinkle a small amount of water on the flat top around the patty. Place a metal bowl over the top of the patty for a minute or two (depending on the heat), this will also melt the cheese and seal the toppings inside! Place your perfectly topped Smokehouse patty between 2 pieces of bread and ENJOY!

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