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Homemade Big Mac Recipe

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Don’t go out for a Big Mac! Make your own. You’ll be glad you did.

I love to copy recipes and this copycat homemade Big Mac is one of my favourite burgers to make. The thing is, when you make your own homemade Big Mac you can make it so much better. You have control over the quality of the beef you use and how much of that delicious Big Mac sauce you can slather over your burger.


Big Mac copycat beef burger

Better than the real thing! Give this beef burger a try!

Getting this homemade Big Mac right.

You could just try to copy a Big Mac but when you make your own, it can be so much better than the real thing.

Don’t just stick to the recipe used and the golden arches! Prepare this Big Mac as you want it. You can use the freshest lettuce and onion along with sourcing the best ground beef from a good butcher. 

The freshness of the ingredients you use is so important.

About the special Big Mac sauce

When I was a kid, I worked at McDonald’s for two days. No, it just wasn’t for me.

I did want to know how to make a Big Mac at home though and I squirted some of the Big Mac sauce into a plastic container and took it home with me. There I went to work recreating it and you will find the following Big Mac sauce to be close but also better than the real thing!

Special Ingredients in the Big Mac sauce

It wasn’t until I lived in the UK for a while that I realised most people here don’t have a clue what a dill pickle is. It’s a product everyone in the US is familiar with. The pickles are in a brine of water, vinegar, salt garlic and dill which gives the pickles their famous flavour.

Chopped dill pickle is added to the Big Mac sauce but you could get away with using another hamburger pickle for your homemade Big Mac. There isn’t a lot of pickle in the sauce.

If you like, you could add about 1/4 tsp freshly chopped dill to get the sauce even closer. 

How do you make the Big Mac special sauce?

That’s easy! Mix 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon ketchup, 1 teaspoon finely chopped dill pickle, 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion, 1/2 teaspoon French’s yellow mustard, 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk it all together.

You will easily have enough for four homemade Big Macs. Go ahead and make more though if you want your homemade Big Mac to have even more sauce. This is something that is lacking in the real thing.

Is it important to toast the Big Mac buns?

Yes! In fact McDonald’s tried to leave out this step for a while and it was a money saving flop.

For the ultimate homemade Big Mac, you need to butter and then toast those buns.

What other burgers do you have to try?

If you like this homemade Big Mac recipe, why not try my copycat In-n-Out Double Double burger? You might also enjoy this homemade smash burger or this copycat Whopper.

The homemade Big Mac in photos.

Burger buns with special sauce

No holding back! Give yourself a nice big dose of special sauce.

Adding onion to Big Mac copycat burger

Only the freshest chopped onion will do.

Building a beef burger

Freshly chopped lettuce.

Making a big mac beef burger

We’re almost there! The plastic American cheese is a must here,

Fry up those beef burger patties.

Making a Big Mac

Stack the left side onto the right and you’re in Big Mac heaven.

Yield: 1

How To Make A Homemade Big Mac

Big Mac copycat beef burger
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 175g top quality minced beef - Ask your butcher for a 60% meat 40% fat blend (Very important)
  • 1 top sesame seed bun and two bottom buns
  • butter
  • 2 tablespoons special sauce (recipe above)
  • 1 dill pickle
  • Shredded lettuce
  • 1 piece of American cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion


  1. Separate the meat into two equal sized balls and then flatten them with a flat spatula.
  2. Butter your buns and then toast them in a hot pan over medium high heat. Remove to make the miracle happen.
  3. Now cook your beef patties for two minutes per side. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
  4. At the same time the meat is cooking, you can butter and toast your buns.
  5. Place the two bottom buns next to each other on a clean surface.
  6. Top each bun with a generous amount of the sauce, followed by about a tablespoon of chopped onion.
  7. Top this with the shredded lettuce.
  8. Now place a few pickle slices on the left hand bun and a slice of American cheese on the other.
  9. Place one beef patty on each side and then place the pickle side on top of the cheese side.
  10. Finally place the sesame seed bun on top.
  11. Enjoy with your favourite ice cold lager.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1329Total Fat: 67gSaturated Fat: 28gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 307mgSodium: 1776mgCarbohydrates: 80gFiber: 6gSugar: 11gProtein: 97g

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