Want to make the perfect Big Mac Sauce to top your burgers with? Look no further! I can show you how to make the perfect copycat McDonald’s Special Sauce at home.
Big Mac Sauce
McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce is creamy, full of flavor, a little tangy, and lightly sweet (not to mention downright delicious).
Even better, it’s so easy to make with standard pantry ingredients.
This DIY McDonald’s Special Sauce comes together in just a few minutes, so it’s easy to fit in while you’re grilling to make the perfect burgers at home.
This homemade sauce is the closest thing you’ll taste to a substitute for McDonald’s signature sauce (and honestly, I actually like the homemade version better!).
Some people think that Coles Special Burger Sauce tastes a lot like Big Mac Sauce. I prefer the McDonald’s version, so that’s what this recipe is based off of.
What Is Big Mac Sauce Made Of?
Mayonnaise: The base of this sauce is mayonnaise. It’s the perfect creamy base, but I recommend using a good quality one. The quality of the mayonnaise will definitely affect the overall flavor of the sauce. I use the Kirkland brand from Costco. I wouldn’t recommend using Miracle Whip (unless you prefer a sweeter flavor profile).
Relish: Sweet pickle relish adds the perfect amount of sweetness to this sauce. I prefer sweet pickle relish to dill pickle relish. Not only does it perfectly sweeten the sauce, but you also don’t end up with a grainy texture from sugar like you would if you were to sweeten the sauce with granulated sugar.
Onion: Using grated onion is one of the tricks to make this sauce absolutely perfect! Grating the onion makes it melt in your mouth and helps it kind of disappear into the sauce. It creates such a better texture and flavor than mincing it does.
Mustard: Yellow mustard is the way to go for this sauce. It adds the perfect amount of acid and tartness to balance out the other flavors.
Spices: A combination of paprika, onion powder, fine sea salt, and garlic powder creates the perfect flavor profile in this sauce. You might think it’s surprising to use both grated fresh onion and onion powder, but they add different flavors and the combination is really amazing in this sauce.
Vinegar: I find that the vinegar in the mustard is enough for me, so I normally omit the white vinegar. Even though I prefer this sauce without vinegar, if you want it to taste more identical to the actual Big Mac sauce you’ll probably want to include it. I’d recommend starting with 1/2 teaspoon of white vinegar. After that, add 1/4 teaspoon of vinegar at a time until you get the taste you like. 1 teaspoon should be the max you would need.
Optional: I love this sauce as-is, but if you want to kick it up a notch with some spice, feel free to add some sriracha or creamy horseradish sauce.
How To Make It
This is such a simple recipe to throw together in a hurry. Just measure out the different ingredients into a bowl, and stir to combine. You can eat it right away, but I think the sauce tastes better after it’s had some time to let the flavors mingle in the fridge.
Is Big Mac Sauce Thousand Island Dressing?
McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce is similar to Thousand Island dressing, but they’re not the same. Thousand Island dressing normally incorporates ketchup, while a lot of Big Mac Sauce recipes incorporate French dressing. French dressing gives it a bit of a tangier flavor than ketchup does.
This copycat recipe is made without French dressing because the tangy flavor comes from the mustard and optional white vinegar, and the spices add all the flavor.
Does Big Mac Sauce Have Ketchup?
This recipe is made without ketchup. Some other recipes use ketchup, but I find that it makes the flavor too sweet.
What To Use Big Mac Sauce On
The classic way to use this sauce is on a burger to make your own Big Mac. Just smear it across the bottom bun before you add the burger patty and the rest of your toppings.
Even though I normally use it for burgers, it really tastes great on pretty much any sandwich. I love adding it to fried chicken sandwiches. It’s not quite the same as a McChicken, but it’s still delicious!
You could also use it as a dipping sauce for dipping fries, chicken nuggets, or onion rings.
It even makes a delicious salad dressing. This is especially true if you’re making a Big Mac salad. Just use it the way you would use Thousand Island Dressing.
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Copycat Sauce Recipes
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 Tablespoons sweet pickle relish
- 1 Tablespoon grated yellow onion (with juices)
- 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar (optional, see notes)*
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Grate the onion using a box grater. Be sure to use any juices that accumulate with the onion.
- In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
*I prefer this sauce without vinegar, but if you want it to taste more identical to the actual Big Mac sauce, then I’d recommend starting with 1/2 teaspoon of white vinegar. After that, add 1/4 teaspoon of vinegar at a time until you get the taste you like. 1 teaspoon should be the max you would need.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 101Total Fat: 10.4gCarbohydrates: 1.9gFiber: 0.2gSugar: 1.3gProtein: 0.3g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
Now that you know how to make Copycat Big Mac Sauce, I hope you enjoy making your own!