Seems like when some restaurants change a recipe it ends up ruining the flavor of their food. This can be said of the Big Mac "secret sauce" I subbed the Arch Deluxe sauce on the Big Mac and it gave it that old school flavor of the 70s. I shared it with several employees at the time and they too agreed that it improved the flavor the BM.
Mar 29, 2014, 22:00
I have been craving one of these for a long time! I worked at McD's for three years as a kid and loved this sandwich. This was a great recipe. I substituted the brown mustard for Grey Poupon's Deli mustard and it was spot on!
Dec 4, 2013, 22:00
Like the others said here, I really miss the Arch Deluxe. It was my favorite burger of all time in fact.
I might be wrong, but this recipe did not replicate it the way I remember. It seems to me the Arch Deluxe had more smoked hickory flavor to it.
Jul 23, 2013, 22:00
I worked at Mc Donald's in Quebec Canada when it appeared and disappeared. I don't know if there was a local taste added to it but I don't think so... Anyway, The buns were potato bread buns. The sauce was more from McChicken sauce and old fashion brown hot mustard even if the mustard was lightly dosed in the mix. It may upset some to know that McChicken sauce is not plain mayonaise but an hybrid between it and Salad sauce (more sweetened).
You can buy the sauce! Well, you can buy it in Canada anyway. It is called Creole Dijon. It is made buy a company called Renne's. You can find it in the Meat department of your local grocery store.
Jan 16, 2009, 22:00
I loved the Arch Deluxe. I ate one almost every day on my way to work. First thing wrong is the ketchup and "BACON" they go on the bottom. Next is the sauce it was a little sweeter than just mayo and mustard. However I think this is as close as the real thing as I can get. So thanks!
Sep 16, 2008, 22:00
I have written frequent letters to McDonalds to bring back the Arch Deluxe. Those bigwigs w/ their corporate greed left me out in the cold w/ a 'Thank you for your letter' and did not address a true fan of the best burger ever. To this day I check to see if they bring it back. I'll never forget that fateful day when it wasn't a value meal anymore. :(
Jun 6, 2006, 22:00
I worked for McD's from '78 - '04 and helped introduce the Arch line up in the Portland area. I loved the Arch Deluxe for it's unique tasting sauce. This recipe is close, but the sauce needs some tweaking. Also, most people bought the Arch Deluxe w bacon! The bacon & the sauce is what really sold this burger in the late 90's! So add that bacon!
Feb 26, 2006, 22:00
You should flatten the beef patty out roughly 20% bigger than the bun. Other wise the patty will shrink to a much smaller size than the bun. A 4" diameter bun should get a 5" diameter patty.
*note. when making the meat ball, smack it into your hands, playing catch with it 3 or 4 tosses. This will compress the ground beef. So when you flatten it, it is less likely to tear.
Oct 17, 2005, 22:00
I ate Arch Deluxe's everytime I visted the States, wonderful, they should be brought back!