Copycat McDonald’s Big Mac

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No need to go to McDonald’s for a Big Mac when you can make this copycat recipe, using fresh ingredients from your own kitchen. So GOOD!!

Copy Cat McDonald's Big Mac

Who loves McDonald’s? I am a sucker for their french fries, and their burgers.   This Copycat McDonald’s Big Mac can have you enjoying Micky D’s, right in your own kitchen!

Copycat recipes are the best!! In fact, I have a whole section on my blog dedicated to them.   

I especially love the ones that come from restaurants that are no longer in existence, or if they decide to take them from the menu.

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I know McDonald’s gets a bad rap a lot of times, but I have to tell you, when I was pregnant with my twins, the Quarter Pounder with Cheese and French Fries?  That, my friends, was my meal of choice.  Nothing compared to that.  Now my twin babies will be 15 next week (insert sad face here) – and I am not ashamed to admit that I still hit the drive thru for McDonald’s from time to time!


When the theme for this month’s Fantastical Food Fight was announced, and I saw that it was Fast Food Copy Cats, I knew that I was in.  What’s #FantasticalFoodFight ?  It’s a group of bloggers that make recipes based on a monthly theme, and we all share them at the same time.  Make sure that you check out the other’s posts at the bottom of this one, underneath the recipe.

Copy Cat McDonald's Big Mac

I started looking on my Restaurant Copy Cats Pinterest Board as soon as I RSVP’d to the event.  I came across a Big Mac that a fellow blogger had made, and I remembered my youngest son telling me he wanted me to try them sometime. So, I quit looking.  Had I not made these, I would have for sure made Aunt Bee’s Recipes CopyCat Taco Bell Enchiritos !

It’s no secret that Taco Bell is my FAVORITE fast food of all the fast foods!


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First off — you need to make that “special sauce.”  You know the one — if you were raised in the time of the McDonald’s jingle — there is no way you forgot it!

” two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun!”


Ingredients in Copycat McDonald’s Big Mac:

  • For the Sauce: mayo, French Dressing, sweet relish, dill pickle juice, sugar, dried minced onion, ketchup, salt
  • For the Burgers: lean ground beef, salt & pepper
  • For Serving: sesame seed buns, butter, shredded lettuce, dill pickles, minced onion, American cheese

I did a lot of research on the sauce.  Most of the recipes were pretty close to the same.  They all called for relish — some of them sweet relish, some of them dill relish, some of them both.  Most called for vinegar, so I did a little taste testing, and I went with sweet relish, and in place of the vinegar, I used dill pickle juice.


Copy Cat McDonald's Big Mac

Mix it all together and refrigerate over night.  Let those flavors get a chance to get cozy with one another.


Copy Cat McDonald's Big Mac

Now you are all ready to build your Big Macs!



Copy Cat McDonald's Big Mac

You will need sesame seed buns, like the song says … but remember, you need two bottoms and one top bun for each Big Mac.  (Use the leftovers for garlic bread like we did!)

Butter them and toast them in a hot skillet and set them aside while you do the rest.    The burger patties need to be thin and pretty big in circumference.  I used a really lean ground beef, and they still shrunk.  You don’t want the burger to look wimpy on your bun.


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Remember Wimpy??  He’s a big fan of hamburgers, too!


Copy Cat McDonald's Big Mac


You are going to add sauce to the buttered/grilled bun, then pickles, chopped onion and shredded lettuce.  When your burgers are done, melt a slice of American cheese on top. 

One burger goes on the bottom bun, stack another bottom on top, add one more burger then the top bun.  And just like that, Big Mac.  Add a side of fries (of course) and dig in.



“I’m Lovin’ It!”

Copy Cat McDonald's Big Mac


Oh, one more thing, better grab some napkins!



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Copycat McDonald's Big Mac

No need to go to McDonald's for a Big Mac when you can make this copycat recipe, using fresh ingredients from your own kitchen. So GOOD!!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Additional Time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 30 minutes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Copycat McDonald's Big Mac
Servings: 6 Big Macs
Calories: 887kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • For the Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 Tablespoons French Dressing
  • 1 heaping Tablespoon sweet relish
  • 3 teaspoons dill pickle juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup
  • dash of salt
  • For the burgers:
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef patty into 12 thin large patties
  • Salt & Papper
  • 12 sesame seed hamburger buns 6 tops and 12 bottoms
  • butter
  • shredded lettuce
  • dill pickles
  • minced onion
  • American cheese slices


  • To make Sauce: combine all of the ingredients and cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  • In one skillet, salt and pepper the patties, fry the burgers until done. Top with American cheese slices, heating until melted.
  • In another skillet, butter the insides of the buns and toast over medium-high heat. (like you would a grilled cheese) . Set aside.
  • Put sauce on the buttered side of each bun, on the bottom one and the middle one put onions, pickles and lettuce. Top with a burger. Stack them together.
  • Serve hot with a side of fries.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 887kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 68g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 46g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 656mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 5g


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  1. I see you also have a recipe for the Fish Sandwich. That is my personal favorite from McDonalds. Going to check that out for sure, right after I make my hubby a Big Mac.

  2. This looks AH-mazing! It is my favorite of the McD’s offering and the fish too- so I am def. checking out your version! I made a Bean-Mac which is like this but with a bean burger- it is my favorite sandwich and honestly we make them for lunch regularly!! No guilt when it’s homemade!

    1. Thanks so much!! Three buns! 😉 Crazy!! Do you supposed McDonalds has them just make bottom buns??

  3. I have a whole section devoted to copycats on my blog too. They are so fun and so great! This looks fabulous. I, for some reason, have never made copycat Big Macs and I definitely need to asap. Love all the taste testing to get the sauce accurate. 🙂

  4. I used to eat a Big Mac at least once a week when I was a teen. These look better than a regular one with the hamburger you made. Yummy.

  5. When I was in high school I could eat 4 of these in one sitting. These are bigger and better so I think I can only tackle one:)

  6. This recipe was spot on!!!! I didn’t change anything except the store only had 80/20 ground beef so the burgers turned out really juicy. And I was ambitious and made them pretty hefty….they were so rich and I definitely learned my lesson to make the patties smaller than you think you need to when you’re shaping them out lol. Thank you!! Big Macs are my go-to when we so fast food and it was so fun to make them at home.

  7. I can’t wait to try this! Big Macs are one of my favorite items! Could you try remaking the sausage burritos next, if you haven’t already? Thanks!

  8. Amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. The sauce is delicious. We dipped our fries in too!

  9. So happy to find this recipe. Our McD has chosen very short, and inconvenient to me, hours so I’ve been craving my Biweekly BigMac. Now I can make my own and control the ingredients!

  10. This recipe looks delicious!! I have a question though. Strangely they don’t sell sweet relish in my country. I couldn’t find it and I’m a bit skeptical when it comes to ordering from websites I’ve never ordered before. Can I use something else instead of sweet relish? Perhaps even make the burgers without sweet relish or is it a fundamental ingredient?

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