CopyCat Recipe: McDonald’s Big Mac


I love searching copycat recipes on Pinterest. The challenge to see if they can taste like the “real” thing is such a thrill to me. Plus I hate spending money to go out to eat ( my niece and my nephew ) love McDonald’s but are hungry an hour later as if I didn’t just bring them out to lunch and spend well over $30.00 or so.So Pinterest is great to find so many copy cat recipes to make at home and save a lot of money trying to make the real thing.

This BIG MAC does come pretty close as well. Angel at did a great JOB on this one.


  • 3/4 lb ground beef
  • 6 sesame seed burger buns
  • Mayonnaise
  • French dressing
  • White vinegar
  • Sweet pickle relish
  • A few dill pickle slices
  • Finely diced white onion
  • Chopped lettuce
  • American cheese slices
  • Sugar, salt, and pepper for seasoning


  • Start with 1/2 cup of mayonnaise.
  • Next, add in 2 tablespoons of French dressing.
  • Add in 4 teaspoons of sweet pickle relish, and one tablespoon of the finely minced onion.
  • Pour in one teaspoon of white vinegar. We went with a white balsamic vinegar, because that’s what we had on hand. Feel free to use whatever kind of white vinegar you have!
  • Add in one teaspoon of sugar and 1/8 teaspoon of salt, then stir the ingredients together. Leave the sauce in the refrigerator overnight to let all the flavors blend.
  • Now it’s time to form the burger patties. We used 3/4lb ground beef to make six patties for three burgers. Remember, each Big Mac burger has two patties. Try to make them as thin as possible, and shape them a little bigger than the size of your hamburger bun.
  • Chill the patties in the fridge for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, toast your burger buns on a grill, griddle, or hot pan. You’ll need three buns for each burger: a top bun and two bottom buns.
  • Here’s what you need to build the Big Mac: the patties, Special Sauce, minced onion, chopped lettuce, American cheese, and dill pickle slices.
  • Over medium heat, cook the patties for one to two minutes on each side. You can season them with salt and pepper.
  • Now, the assembly begins. For each burger, start by spreading 1/2 tablespoon of Special Sauce over the bottom bun.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of diced onion, and 1/4 cup lettuce.
  • Layer on a slice of American cheese.
  • Next comes the first beef patty.
  • Layer on the second bottom bun for your “middle” bun.
  • Now, the process will repeat: again, start with 1/2 tablespoon of Special Sauce.
  • Add on another 1/2 teaspoon onion, 1/4 cup of lettuce, and put in two dill pickle slices.
  • Finish with the second burger patty. Careful — there is only one slice of cheese in each burger.
    Last top with burger top bun.