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Big Mac sauce recipe: Almost the real, classic version!

Big Mac sauce recipe: Almost the real, classic version!

A Big Mac is a classic that we all grow up eating. The moment that you take a bite, you know exactly what it will taste like. That consistent flavor is as reliable as the sunset. 

So have you ever wanted that classic secret sauce flavor on a burger at home? OK, I have a confession:  I happen to have one on hand! After many experiments, I finally managed to produce the best copycat Big Mac sauce recipe. 

It took a bit of fiddling to get it right, and sure, I have put my own twist on it, but this is as close as I have ever had! 

The good news is that you can eat this Big Mac sauce on anything, ranging from a grilled burger, to sloppy joes, or even roasted pork chops (yes sir!). Try this mac sauce recipe on a side salad too. It really is a versatile condiment.

The best part about this recipe is that we don’t have to guess about the ingredients. As part of a transparency campaign in 2012, McDonald’s created a video telling us what the ingredients of the Big Mac sauce recipe actually were. 

They didn’t give us the measurements, though. Instead, they left that to us. But at least we have a head start. 

How to use Big Mac sauce

There are so many ways in which you can use this Big Mac sauce copycat recipe. The options are truly endless, but here are just a few creative ideas.

How to store homemade Big Mac sauce

It’s easy to store homemade Big Mac sauce. All that you need to do is put the sauce in a container with a lid. Then, seal the container and make sure that it’s airtight. The sauce will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. It would also be best if you don’t freeze the Big Mac sauce. 

Ingredients in Big Mac sauce

The ingredients for the famous Big Mac sauce are surprisingly simple.

Mayo – Though I like the idea of using Miracle Whip in this recipe, the official record that I can find states mayonnaise. So make your own life choices with this one.

Sweet relish – Even though McDonald’s reveals only sweet relish in their recipe, they prefer to mix half sweet relish and half dill relish. It gives it a slightly sweet and tart flavor. I suggest that you experiment with this one as well. 

Yellow mustard – For years, the speculation was that the recipe included French’s creamy dressing. If you want to play with recipe alternatives, this would be a good place to start. I’ve had the sauce with creamy dressing, and it’s quite yummy.

White vinegar – They say to use white wine vinegar in the sauce, but most people don’t have that in their pantry. So I switched the recipe to white vinegar, and I can’t tell much of a difference in the flavor at all.

Onion powder – You could exchange this for dried minced onion if you would.

Garlic powder – This is a straightforward ingredient, and I wouldn’t recommend any substitutions for this.

Paprika – Some like to use sweet paprika instead of plain paprika. Either way, it’s delicious.

Big Mac sauce Copycat recipe

Big Mac sauce Copycat recipe

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

How to make the classic Big Mac sauce recipe at home.


  • ½ c Mayo
  • 2 T Sweet relish
  • 1 T Yellow mustard
  • 2 T White vinegar
  • 1 t Onion powder
  • 1 t Garlic powder
  • 1 t paprika


  1. Add all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Stir to combine.
  2. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Serve cold.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 83Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 112mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g

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The bottom line

There’s without a doubt that the classic sauce in the Big Mac is what makes it the BIG MAC that it’s famed for, bar none! Once a trade secret, this replicated recipe can now be fastened in your recipe box alongside your other prized entries.

The trick, really, is to master the art of whisking all the necessary ingredients. And if you have the penchant to experiment, you may just stumble on its perfect version one day!

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