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Big Mac Sauce

This Big Mac Sauce Copycat Recipe is the perfect sauce to top homemade burgers, french fries, and onion rings!

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Big Mac Sauce Recipe

You are going to want the recipe to this famous “secret sauce” for sure! I grew up eating Big Macs and have been known to put away a few at one time.

That was when my metabolism was younger, that’s for sure!

I can still see those beef patties, dripping in that famous sauce, stacked not so neatly in between sesame seed buns.

I can honestly say, for me, it’s the pickles and the sauce that makes it for me! That’s why I had to make some at home.

Using simple ingredients, this homemade version of McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce is a creamy condiment that you don’t want to miss out on. I think it’s better than the real thing!

How to Enjoy It

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Ingredient List

Mayonnaise – Duke’s is my favorite brand. Don’t use Miracle Whip!

Sweet Pickle Relish – Substitute finely diced pickles.

Sugar – White granulated sugar is best.

Yellow Mustard – Use old fashioned yellow mustard. Whole grain won’t work.

Spices – Paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder.

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How To Make Homemade Big Mac Sauce

First: Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl.

Second: Transfer to an airtight container and place in the fridge for 30 minutes for best flavor.

Third: Serve when ready!

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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How long does it last?

Keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week or two. If it lasts that long. I like to store mine in a sealed jar. It keeps it extra cold.

Who Invented it?

This Special Sauce Recipe was invented by the McDonald’s franchise owner Jim Delligatti in 1967. Not for the Big Mac, but the original name Blue Ribbon Burger.

Is Big Mac Sauce just Thousand Island Dressing?

Some say it’s closer to a French Dressing in taste but in texture and look it is closer to 1000 Island dressing. But the flavor is so much better!

Both are usually made with tomatoes or ketchup, but I think it makes the sauce too sweet. If you like to make it that way, I would use dill relish.

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How to Make a Big Mac at Home

  1. Slather some homemade sauce on a toasted bottom bun.
  2. Toast another bottom bun and top bun.
  3. Starting with the bottom bun, add some finely diced white onions, ice berg lettuce, American cheese, and a burger patty.
  4. Top with another bottom bun.
  5. Add on some more sauce, iceberg lettuce, pickles, and a second burger patty.
  6. Top with the top bun. Enjoy with fries!
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Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • Switch out the sweet relish for dill pickle relish.
  • If it’s too thick, add in a little bit of lemon juice.
  • Chill for at least 30 minutes for best flavor.
  • Give it a quick stir before using.
  • Use it on all your favorite burgers or a dipping sauce for your relish tray!

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This copycat bug mac sauce is just what you need to make the perfect burger! It has the perfect balance of sweet tanginess that will make your taste buds sing for sure.

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Big Mac Sauce

This copycat version of big mac® sauce recipe is super easy to make and tastes great on so many things!
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 140kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart


  • cup mayo
  • 2 ½ tablespoons sweet relish
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons yellow mustard
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder


  • Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Transfer to a storage container and chill for 30 minutes or maximum flavor.
  • Serve as needed.


  • Switch out the sweet relish for dill pickle relish.
  • If it's too thick, add in a little bit of lemon juice.
  • Chill for at least 30 minutes for best flavor.
  • Give it a quick stir before using.
  • Use it on all your favorite burgers!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 188mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 133IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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