You are going to love this McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce Recipe. The ingredients are simple and easy to make. It is great on chicken, burgers and even fish.

Close up image of big mac sauce in a white bowl with a side of french fries.

McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce Recipe:

We are all very familiar with McDonald’s Big Mac and how it has a secret special sauce. It has been a secret all of these years, and we have finally figured out just what is all in this special sauce.

Some might think it is just a fancy name for Thousand Island Dressing. While it is similar in color and in taste, the ingredients are slightly different. My family always loves when I figure out copycat recipes and this one was at the top of their list.

Not only is this big mac sauce great on our burgers, we have come to love it on just about anything. It is great as a spread or for dipping your favorite french fries and vegetables.

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What is the Big Mac Sauce made of?

The ingredients in the Big Mac Sauce are surprisingly very simple. They are staple pantry ingredients that you probably already have. Most people think that the Big Mac Sauce is simply Thousand Island Dressing.

After researching, Thousand Island Dressing has tomatoes as one of their ingredients and Big Mac Sauce does not. The main ingredients in Big Mac Sauce are Mayonnaise, French Dressing and Sweet Pickle Relish. Only get sweet pickle relish and not dill pickle relish. There is a big difference when making this special sauce.

Add in a few other seasoning and the Big Mac Sauce is formed.

What flavor is Big Mac Sauce?

The Big Mac Sauce is a combination of creamy, tangy and sweet. The flavor really enhances when you add to your burger or use as a dipping sauce. My kids love to have a sauce to dip just about anything.

I have learned that it is a good way to get them to eat their veggies.

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Homemade Big Mac Sauce Recipe:

Once you gather your ingredients and make this amazing Big Mac Sauce, you will be surprised what all you can add this sauce too. Of course we love it on our grilled burgers. We have added to our chicken and fish recipes and it was so good.

We also love it as a dipping sauce. Now my kids will dip their fries and their fried chicken into this sauce.

We love recreating recipes from our favorite fast food restaurants. Most of the time it taste better and it saves me time and money.

Ingredients needed - mayonnaise, french dressing, sweet pickle relish, white wine vinegar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder.

Ingredients list for Big Mac Sauce: 

  • Mayonnaise 
  • French Dressing 
  • Sweet Pickle Relish 
  • White Wine Vinegar 
  • Paprika 
  • Garlic Powder 
  • Onion Powder 

How to make Big Mac Special Sauce Recipe: 

  • Place all the ingredients in a small bowl.  Stir to thoroughly combine all the ingredients together. 
the process of mixing together big mac sauce.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours but 24 hours is the best for the best results. 
  • Then serve and keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Tips for Big Mac Special Sauce:

  • Make Ahead – We think the sauce taste best when it has set in the refrigerator for a few hours and even overnight. It gives time for all the ingredients to really marinate together.
  • Use it as a Marinate – This sauce would be great to marinate your chicken breast or chicken thighs in. Just place chicken in a zip lock bag and spoon in some sauce. Let it marinate overnight and then grill or bake your chicken.
  • Low Carb Option – Still love the Big Mac flavor but want a low carb option. Make a burger bowl and mix in some sauce. It is almost like eating a Big Mac but without the bun.
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Is Big Mac Sauce only for burgers?

No, there are a lot of uses for Big Mac Sauce. Here are some of our favorites:

  • It is great on Hamburgers and Hot dogs.
  • Use it has a sandwich spread.
  • Mix in with your pasta salad
  • Top your lettuce Wraps
  • Put a spoonful on your bake potatoes
  • We love it has a salad dressing
  • My kids use it has a dipping sauce for their french fries and onion rings
  • Use as a dipping sauce with chopped vegetables

How to store Copycat Big Mac Sauce?

Place your leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It is best to not leave out at room temperature for no longer than 2 hours.

It will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Close up image of big mac sauce in a white bowl with a side of french fries.

Homemade Big Mac:

Since you know how to make the secret sauce that it is on a Big Mac. Let’s build a Big Mac and skip the drive-thru. This will make 4 servings.

  • Ground Beef Patties – Make 8 think patties out of lean ground beef
  • Sesame Seed Buns – You will need 4 top buns and 8 bottom buns. Make sure you get enough so you can make the Big Mac the right way.
  • Lettuce – We like using shredded iceberg lettuce as it gives it the best crunch.
  • Onion – Minced Onion is standard on a Big mac but you can always leave it off.
  • Cheese – We use 4 American Slice cheese. You can always use more or if you want you can omit it.
  • Pickles – Use slice dill pickles for the burger.
  • Now it is time to assemble – Start with a bottom bun, spread your homemade Big Mac Sauce on top, onion, lettuce, cheesy, hamburger patty, bottom bun, sauce, onion, lettuce, pickle, hamburger patty, and top bun.

Big Mac Sauce is a crowd pleaser!

Since this sauce is so easy to make, I always have it ready when my friends and family come over. It now a regular sauce on our menu when we are grilling out burgers or chicken. Everyone loves it and usually is always gone first.

Make this easy, tangy Big Mac Sauce for your next get together. Everyone will be asking you for the recipe.

Print Recipe here for McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce:

McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce

5 from 7 votes
You are going to love this McDonald's Big Mac Sauce Recipe. The ingredients are simple and easy to make. Try as a spread or a dipping sauce.
Prep Time 5 mins
Refrigerate 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Sauces
Calories 155
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup French Dressing
  • 2 Tbsp Sweet Pickle Relish
  • 1 tsp White Wine Vinegar
  • ½ tsp Paprika
  • ¼ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ¼ tsp Onion Powder

Instructions

  • Place all the ingredients in a small bowl.  Stir to thoroughly combine all the ingredients together.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours but 24 hours is the best for the best results.
  • Then serve and keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 155kcal, Carbohydrates 2g, Protein 1g, Fat 16g, Saturated Fat 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat 9g, Monounsaturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 8mg, Sodium 183mg, Potassium 11mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 2g, Vitamin A 108IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 3mg, Iron 1mg

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