Copycat Big Mac sauce recipe is a riff on that secret sauce everyone loves -- and it tastes just like the real thing! Spread it on burgers or use as a dipping sauce for chicken nuggets, onion rings, and French fries.
Love McDonald's special sauce? Now you can make your own right at home with the BEST Big Mac sauce recipe.
This homemade version of McDonald's Big Mac sauce is super easy to stir together with simple ingredients you probably already have: mayo, sweet pickle relish, Dijon mustard, vinegar, and special seasonings.
If you're wondering ... where's the ketchup? Or the French dressing? Or something red??
The only ingredient turning this homemade Big Mac sauce that signature hue is paprika!
This famous sauce may be best known for jazzing up two all beef patties, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions on a sesame seed bun, but it's also a GREAT dipping sauce for fries or chicken tenders and delicious salad dressing for a Big Mac salad!
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Great way to dress up homemade burgers
Perfect sauce to make your own Big Mac burger at home!
Easy Big Mac sauce copycat recipe that tastes like the real deal
Big Mac Sauce Ingredient List
See the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact quantities.
Mayonnaise. Mayonnaise is the base of this homemade sauce. You can also use Miracle Whip, but the sauce will be sweeter and little spicier.
Sweet relish. I will typically choose dill pickle relish over sweet pickle relish for everything. But sweet pickle relish gives this McDonald's special sauce recipe the perfect level of sweetness we expect.
Dijon mustard. You can also use yellow mustard.
White vinegar. One teaspoon of white vinegar adds the right amount of tang. White wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar are great substitutes.
Garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. This simple combo of spices perfectly flavor the sauce.
How to Make Copycat McDonald's Big Mac Sauce
In a small bowl, stir all of the ingredients together until completely combined.
Spread your homemade McDonald's sauce on burgers or use as a dipping sauce for fries and onion rings.
Store leftover sauce in an airtight container or glass jar in the refrigerator.
Feel free to experiment with flavors! Try stirring in a tablespoon of ketchup or BBQ sauce or a pinch of cayenne pepper.
Amp up the onion flavor by adding a tablespoon or two of grated white onion.
No. Even though Big Mac sauce and thousand island dressing are quite similar, they are not the same. Thousand island dressing typically has ketchup and minced onion and sometimes hard cooked eggs, where McDonald's Big Mac sauce recipe includes none of those ingredients.
This copycat McDonald's Big Mac sauce is made with just a few ingredients: mayonnaise, sweet relish, Dijon mustard, white vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika.
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Copycat Big Mac Sauce
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon white vinegar
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- Stir all of the ingredients together in a small bowl until completely combined.
- Slather onto burgers and use as a dipping sauce for fries, onion rings, and chicken nuggets.
- Store in the refrigerator.