Sunday, May 15, 2011

Homemade Big Mac with Special Sauce

While not a huge fan of McDonald's, I do like their Big Macs.  I thought I would try to make a homemade version of the popular hamburger and was pleased with the results.  It tasted exactly like the real thing. 

  • 1.5 lbs lean hamburger
  • 6 sesame seed buns + 6 extra bottoms
  • 6 slices cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 head of iceberg lettuce
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 2-3 dill pickles
Special Sauce
  • 1/2 cup real mayo
  • 1/2 cup Miracle Whip
  • 1/3 cup sweet relish
  • 1/4 cup french dressing
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp diced onions

You are going to want to make your sauce first and allow it to rest in the fridge for at least an hour.   Simply combine all of the sauce ingredients together.

Next, prepare your toppings as these hamburgers patty's are so small, they cool very quickly so quick assembly is key.

Dice the onion into very small cubes.

Next, chop your lettuce very fine

Slice your pickles & cheddar cheese and set aside.

As you know, the Big Mac has an extra bun in the middle.  To achieve this at home, thinly slice the bottom layer of a bottom portion of bun.

To achieve the fast food hamburger patty, weigh the meat into 2 oz balls.  Form into a very thin patty.  The patty's will shrink quite a bit, so the thinner, the better (I stack my patty's on a plate using wax paper to seperate them so they don't stick).

Cook the hamburgers in a frying pan over medium heat for 1 minute per side, or until juices bubble to the top like the picture below:

Now doesn't that look just like a fast food patty?  :)

Next, assemble your Big Mac.

 The Assembly of a Big Mac:

- bottom bun
- 1-2 tbsp special sauce
- 1 tbsp onions
- sprinkle of lettuce
- slice of cheddar cheese
- one burger patty
- middle bun
- 1-2 tbsp special sauce
- 1 tbsp onions
- 2-3 slices of pickles
- sprinkle of lettuce
- one burger patty
- top bun

Nutritional Info

Big Mac (no sauce)
Calories - 500   Fat - 19    Carbs - 44     Protein - 34     Iron - 29    Fibre - 2

Sauce only (per tbsp)
Calories - 49   Fat - 5    Carbs - 2    Protein - 0     Iron - 0    Fibre - 0


  1. OMG!! Just made it and it was AWESOME!!! You sure nailed that sauce down!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  2. I live in the UK so what could I substitute for miracle whip? I don't even know what it is aha. Looks so delicious though!

  3. Miracle Whip is sold throughout Canada and the US as a Mayo substitute. It's quite similar, but is slightly sweeter and has a few additional ingredients.

    You could use regular mayo and add a pinch each of dry mustard, garlic powder, sweet paprika, and sugar to try capture a similar taste.

  4. oooo lovely thank you :)

  5. This is great. Please keep up the good work, I may try doing something like this myself.

    Definitely nice to see somebody try and make "proper" alternatives to McDonalds recipes lol. At least you know what is in it that way.

    First time I have heard of Miracle Whip, I always think of good French mayonnaise as miracle whip, though it is hard to find in Japan :(


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