McDonald's Special Sauce (Big Mac Sauce) copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur

McDonald's Special Sauce (Big Mac Sauce)

Score: 4.81 (votes: 89)
Reviews: 89
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A big part of the Big Mac's appeal is the tasty "secret" spread slathered onto both decks of the world's most popular double-decker hamburger. So what's so special about this sauce? It's basically just thousand island dressing, right? Pretty much. But this sauce has a bit more sweet pickle relish in it than a typical thousand island salad slather. Also, I found that this clone comes close to the original with the inclusion of French dressing. It's an important ingredient—ketchup just won't do it. That, along with a sweet-and-sour flavor combo from vinegar and sugar, makes this sauce go well on any of your home burger creations, whether they're Big Mac clones or not. 

My McDonald's special sauce copycat recipe is super easy, but if you don't feel like making it at home, try my Burger Special Sauce for a killer bottled version of McDonald's Big Mac Sauce.

Source: Even More Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons French dressing (I use Kraft)
  • 4 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced white onion
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Do This

1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Stir well.

2. Place the sauce in a covered container and refrigerate for several hours, or overnight, so that the flavors blend. Stir the sauce a couple of times as it chills.

Makes about 3/4 cup.

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Andrew Somers
Feb 16, 2024, 22:27
Wow! So good! I would have thought you’d need more French dressing, but the quantities listed just nail it!
Jul 20, 2015, 22:00
It's almost an exact duplicate. After mixing it up, I have found that putting it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds and remixing, and then chilling helps a little. It mixes easier while slightly enhancing the taste and improves the texture to a more creamy consistency.
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